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Motorists beware — deer on the move

Deer are beautiful animals, but they also are a pain for many of us.

October 29, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


‘Uncool’ parents aren’t doomed yet

I'm not cool. I listen almost exclusively to classic rock, and I cannot pass up a "Golden Girls" rerun marathon. I don't have a sophisticated cell phone, iPad, mp3 player, gaming console, GPS, TiVo or any other trendy electronic devices. Now, I'm not a total cave-dweller; I do have a computer, a simple cell phone, a television and a DVD player, but that's about it. And I'm fine with that.

October 29, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Learn what sequestration really will mean for area

From 1990-91, the 24th Infantry Division, assigned to Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield prior to 3rd Infantry Division, was called in its entirety to deploy during the Gulf War. During that time, Liberty County - without the presence of the soldiers - experienced economic hardship that it barely survived.

October 25, 2012 | Monica Eusebio Guest columnist | Opinion


Voting no on charter-school amendment a step in right direction

Editor, A "no" vote on the Georgia Charter Schools Amendment is a vote for local control.

October 24, 2012 | Dr. Judy Scherer Liberty County School System superintendent | Opinion


Columnist didn’t explain concerns of charter-school amendment supporters

Editor, Dick Yarbrough's recent column failed to accurately explain the concerns of charter-school amendment proponents regarding the future ability of the state school board to handle charter-application appeals absent this constitutional amendment.

October 24, 2012 | State Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta Georgia House majority whip | Opinion


Charter-school amendment more about ‘how’ than ‘what’

Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, majority whip in the Georgia House of Representatives, said he finds himself bordering between "amused and disturbed" by opponents of the charter-school amendment, which is set for a vote Nov. 6. Specifically, he doesn't like the assertion that the state school board retains the power to overrule on appeal a local school board's decision to deny a charter school after the Supreme Court's ruling on the subject in May 2011.

October 24, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Support network integral to parenthood

Raising a baby is tough. I doubt that comes as a surprise to the hardworking parents out there. What many people fail to realize is that having a baby is even harder when new parents have no support network.

October 23, 2012 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Little-known amendment may save taxpayers millions

Throughout Georgia next month, citizens will consider how to vote for candidates from president of the United States down to county leaders. In the midst of all we hear about candidates, some Georgians may not be aware they will find two constitutional amendments at the end of the ballot. The second will allow the state to enter into multiyear leases and save taxpayers millions over the next 10 years.

October 22, 2012 | Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Guest columnist | Opinion


New driver, professional license backlogs unacceptable

When lawmakers in the state Capitol sift through the thousands of bills from the sublime to the ridiculous, they rarely factor in their discussions the law of unintended consequences. Same thing happens in Washington, D.C.

October 22, 2012 | The Telegraph, Macon | Opinion


Medicine regulations seek to keep citizens safe

During the past few weeks, we have learned of a growing number of fungal-meningitis cases linked to a batch of contaminated epidural steroid injections created by the New England Compounding Center. Meningitis refers to inflammation of the meninges, which are the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Common types of meningitis are viral and bacterial meningitis, which can be highly contagious and begin with flu-like symptoms. Often these types of meningitis may go undiagnosed as patients simply will write it off as a flu. Unlike viral and bacterial meningitis, fungal meningitis is not contagious, and cases currently under investigation ...

October 21, 2012 | Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, and Rep. Ben Watson, R-Savannah Guest columnists | Opinion


House bill ensures that there will be HOPE

HOPE will endure! That's the message the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the state agency that provides financial aid to Georgia students, recently communicated to leaders of the Georgia General Assembly. Thanks to the impact of House Bill 326, the Enduring HOPE bill that was passed during the 2010 legislative session and enacted in 2011, projections for what many consider to be the most successful merit-based scholarship program in the nation now are looking much better.

October 18, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Pro-charter amendment forces bullying opponents

If the pro-charter amendment people are trying to win friends and influence voters to pass the measure in November, they have picked a bad way to do it.

October 18, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks to kind strangers for helping with flat tire in the rain

In a world of uncertainty, it is heartwarming to know that there still are good Samaritans out there. On the rainy morning of Oct. 4, I was bringing my husband home from the hospital after he had surgery the day before. We both were glad the surgery was over, and we were eager to get home. However, there was a kink in our plans - or rather, a flat tire. We were close to the intersection of Highways 144 and 84.

October 17, 2012 | Denice and Tom Ward Hinesville | Opinion


What is Liberty County doing for the city of Midway?

What goes up does not necessarily come down. Each year, the residents of Midway send their property taxes to Liberty County, but we see very little of that money come back to us.

October 16, 2012 | Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


So long, Hinesville — it’s been fun

Three years ago, I walked into the Coastal Courier office begging for whatever writing gig they could give a 19-year-old girl who followed her new husband across the country after he joined the Army. I walked out with a military spouse column - far more than I ever could have expected.

October 16, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


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Locals earn recognition for environmental work

One of the hardest things I have to do as director for Keep Liberty Beautiful is to select groups and individual volunteers for additional recognition ...

December 12, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Newspaper has memories, as well as news

In this business, nothing is ever cut and dried and nothing stands still. You can have the saddest story in the world one day and ...

December 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Time to stop opioid abuse, harm

Georgia, unfortunately, is no stranger to the malicious effects of the epidemic. In Georgia alone, from June 2016 to May 2017, the total number of ...

December 11, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson and Chris Carr Special to the Courier | Opinion


Unintended consequences of criminal reform

It's hard to fathom the depth of the pain and suffering of crime victims and families left behind. For Henry Nicholas, the experiences of ...

December 09, 2017 | By Benita Dodd Columnist | Opinion


Health care for rural Georgia

If you get sick or badly injured in Georgia, you could find yourself slap out of luck if you live in one of the state ...

December 07, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


For Christmas, press 1

"Hello, you have reached the offices of Santa Claus at the North Pole."

December 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Writer: ‘Do not feed the wildlife’

Editor:

December 07, 2017 | Judith Herren of Liberty County | Opinion


They’re just words, right?

Russia. Fake news. Hate. Collusion. Flynn. David Duke. Republican. Treason. Conservative. KKK. Misogyny. Roy Moore. Religion. Rich people. Plea deal. Twitter. Obstruction. Guilty. Guns. Racism ...

December 07, 2017 | Will Darsey of Midway | Opinion


The good news is it’s not Christie

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 06, 2017 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion


Some abused kids thrive later

In a letter to the editor of the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Tribune, psychologist Afton Koball and two colleagues objected to a recent column in which ...

December 06, 2017 | John Rosemond | Opinion


Meet Mr. Grump Driver

It's an awful thing, being old before my time and evidently not only resembling Grumpy of Seven Dwarfs fame but also acting the part.

December 05, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Stay 'green' giving and wrapping gifts

The Christmas countdown has begun! Are you ready? With a little bit of planning, we can all make this the "greenest" Christmas ever. Santa makes ...

December 05, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The greatest power is not financial power

Editor: I don't know who invented the political system, but maybe it's time to change it. Politicians are egotistical and are in office ...

December 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


City being poorly operated

Editor: I feel this letter is way overdue, for I know most of the employees who work at City Hall, past and present.

December 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Local deputies, police need your

Editor's note: The following is an open letter from Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes.

December 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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