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Be grateful to our veterans

The United States military has been in the news a lot lately, from the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" to the Dec. 31 deadline for all troops to return home from the war in Iraq. Such politically charged topics can bring strong opinions to the forefront. But Friday will be the one day when everyone should put their opinions aside to honor the nation's veterans and active-duty service members and give them the respect that they deserve.

November 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ham hock mission thwarted by revolution

When I awoke Monday morning, it was as if I had been in one of those fogs I used to experience back in the 1960s. As I stood in front of the mirror with a tube of toothpaste in one hand and my toothbrush in the other, wondering why I came into the bathroom in the first place, it all started coming back.

November 09, 2011 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


With age comes appreciation for life

It may sound cliche, but I'm reminded more and more often these days that the older I get, the less I know. Conversely, however, I also have noticed that as my age climbs, so does my appreciation for the people and blessings in my life.

November 09, 2011 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Shout-outs to newsmakers, farewell to Sheila

Oops! I left the "t" off the Rev. Bryant Wright's name in last week's column about the possibility of the Southern Baptist Convention dropping "Southern" from its name.

November 09, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Recycling is natural, easy

Recycling and recycling education are the focus for Keep Liberty Beautiful during November. Our local program is participating in an annual campaign, America Recycles Day, on Nov. 15 to encourage Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.

November 08, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Drug sentencing reform was overdue

The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 resulted from a powerful combination of social and political forces. The war on drugs fervor of the 1980s (and '90s), the emergence of crack cocaine and the growing political popularity of mandatory sentences, especially for drugs and drug-related crimes, all seemed to reinforce one another. The cocaine overdose death of basketball star Len Bias and the violence that accompanied the crack epidemic only added to the reaction.

November 08, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Civic center's Halloween was fun

Editor, The Dorchester Village Civic Center was renovated to provide enjoyment for our community. Hundreds recently took part in the Halloween haunted schoolhouse and the haunted hayride, which was made possible by the many volunteers who worked endless hours before and during the four-night event.

November 07, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


The good, the bad, the ugly internet

The good news is there is a world of free data available to us at the stroke of a computer key. It moves to us like lightening.

November 07, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Welcome, baby Anastasia

My daughter, Anastasia Mae, was born Thursday, making me the proudest mama in the world. Maybe there are a few moms out there who would challenge me for the title but at this point, with my sweet baby girl sleeping happily on her daddy's chest, I feel I have a pretty good handle on it.

November 07, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


One vote carries a lot of weight, go use it

Many Liberty County residents have an important job to tackle Tuesday at the polls. Here's hoping they buck the recent low-turnout trends and rise to the occasion. There sure is a lot at stake.

November 07, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Country endangered by apathy

We are getting too lazy in America. We have more enthusiasm for "Dancing with the Stars" than we do for the political issues that mold our lives and the well-being of our families. To overcome apathy, we need principles and the interest to carry through with those principles.

November 05, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Lions and tigers and bears, oh my

On Oct. 18 in Zanesville, Ohio, the owner of a privately owned wild animal park opened the cages of dozens of lions, tigers, bears and other exotic animals allowing them to escape before he committed suicide.

November 03, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


U.N. should not be in charge of Internet

The United States has run the Internet since the late 1960s when it first emerged as a communications network among U.S. defense agencies and research labs, and considering the Internet's ubiquitous presence worldwide, the United States has done a remarkable job.

November 03, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


If you're fed up, get out and vote

Editor, This is not a partisan statement. I am foregoing my usual Democratic rant and instead am attempting to plead with everyone to go to the polls and send the message that needs to be sent to the powers that be. I am talking to the Tea Partiers, the occupiers, the birthers, the non-birthers, the Democrats, the Republicans, the Libertarians, the independents, African-Americans, whites, Hispanics, Asians and people of any other races, creeds or religions. If you're a registered voter, you have been given an opportunity of historic importance. The voters can take back the power.

November 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Being Southern not the biggest problem

The Rev. Bryan Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced recently he has appointed a task force to explore the possibility of changing the name of the organization. It seems the name "Southern" may soon be gone with the wind. That doesn't sit well with a number of my Baptist friends, who think this is nothing more than political correctness and a denigration of our beloved South.

November 02, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Hitting the reset button on Russia

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January 21, 2017 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


President Tweety Bird

Let's call him President-elect Tweety Bird. Donald Trump clearly has decided that he will continue to utilize his stream-of-consciousness Twitter messages to intimidate others ...

January 20, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


National issues crowd out thoughts on broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits ...

January 20, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Thoughts on the national political scene

I hope you will forgive me, but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits ...

January 20, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Juliet meets her match

1998 was a hard year for Juliet Stoughton. Sure, she almost single-handedly ended the political career of would-be mayor Raymond Cooper, seriously contemplated a protest ...

January 19, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Healthcare a potential crisis

To get an understanding of the major problem facing state legislators this year, you have to have been watching a town hall meeting televised on ...

January 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


General Assembly gets down to work

The first official week of the legislative session is one that sets the tone for the work that will get done during the Georgia General ...

January 19, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Even hypocrisy has a weight limit

Editor:

January 19, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Opportunity knocking for state

Opportunity is knocking as the door opens on Georgia's 2017-18 legislative session. In a state with a Republican governor since 2002 and GOP majorities ...

January 17, 2017 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Help keep water clean

About 50 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency was born because of concern about pollution, particularly air and water pollution fears.

January 17, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Sound off for Jan. 16

These opinions are not the Courier's. Callers are not required to identify themselves, so we can verify neither sources nor motives. Call 876-3733. You ...

January 16, 2017 | Anonymous calls | Opinion


Good-bye to pioneer of broadcast entertainment

There is an old Chinese proverb that says "When an old man dies, a library burns down." With no man was this truer than it ...

January 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump should expect little honeymoon

Forget about the honeymoon being over. There won't be any honeymoon.

January 14, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


It's time to defund the United Nations

We've come a long way from Daniel Patrick Moynihan excoriating the UN's 1975 "Zionism is racism" resolution in one of the finer exhibits ...

January 13, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Keep them honest in 2017

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 13, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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