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It is up to officials to unite the county

Editor, Citizens of Liberty County, thank you for your support, prayers and work during my term as president of the Liberty County Branch of the YMCA. I have come to the end of my presidency, and the branch will hold elections for new officers. Until then, the Ms. Hannah Williams-Donegan will serve as interim president.

January 09, 2013 | Dwight Newbould Former president, Liberty County NAACP | Opinion

To Cameron: Thanks for reminding us what matters

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: During the years, it has been a tradition at the first of the year to impart some words of wisdom in this space to your father, uncle and cousins, who double as my grandsons. Perhaps some of my observations were useful to them. Maybe some fell on deaf ears. I have never asked. Anyway, they are adults now, old enough and wise enough (I hope) to figure things out for themselves. So now it's just you and me, kid.

January 09, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion

Making a career of label reading

I've recently become a serious label reader. Previously while grocery shopping, I'd glance at the data on the back of food packages to make sure the item I was about to purchase didn't contain an entire day's worth of fat, or I'd do a quick comparison to determine which brand of granola bars contained fewer calories. But since my baby girl began eating solid food, I've pretty much made a career out of studiously inspecting every scrap of nutritional information I can get my hands on.

January 08, 2013 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion

Raising minimum wage will lift the economy

As a longtime businessman, I see a deficit in America that has received far too little attention. That's the wage deficit experienced by growing numbers of Americans, with serious consequences for our economy.

January 08, 2013 | Darius Ross Special to the Courier | Opinion

Dual ceremonies show racial divide

Editor, This is in reference to the two articles on the swearing-in of our elected officials. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. What does Friday's article "Sheriff, other elected officials sworn into office for new terms," which ran with a picture of white elected officials, versus Sunday's article, "Liberty County's leaders take oaths, begin new terms," which ran with a picture of black elected officials and two white females, show us?

January 07, 2013 | Graylan Quarterman Former Liberty County Development Authority member | Opinion

Gilliard had always planned to attend nighttime swearing-in ceremony

Editor, In reference to the story in last Sunday's Courier ("Dual ceremonies stir emotions"), a source for the story said that I'd planned to be sworn in earlier along with my colleagues, Commissioners Walden and Bowen, but that's not the case. At our regular December commission meeting, Commissioner Walden mentioned to me that he had plans to visit with his son during the holidays, and he was considering being sworn in before the planned date of Dec, 27. During a conversation before the December mid-month meeting, Walden asked whether I'd be interested in being sworn in ...

January 07, 2013 | Gary Gilliard District 5 commissioner | Opinion

Replace Georgia’s broken medical-tort system

When the governor paints the state's financial picture as "daunting" and Medicaid is at least $700 million in the red, you know it's time to get serious about the state budget.

January 03, 2013 | Ross Mason Guest columnist | Opinion

Gun dialogue must be comprehensive

The White House said curbing gun violence is a complex problem requiring a "comprehensive" solution.

January 03, 2013 | The Augusta Chronicle Online: | Opinion

Goats could be answer to economic issues

My work never ends. Not only do I have to deal with compound verb forms each and every week, the editors insist I throw in some commas along the way for reasons I don't fully understand. I think commas are a nuisance and only serve to get in the way of great thoughts.

January 02, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion

Thanks to community for support with annual Christmas giveaway

Editor, The Seven Ministries board of directors would like to thank the community for its support of our annual Christmas giveaway. With your help, we were able to deliver more than 80 hams and more than 30 turkeys to deserving seniors throughout Liberty County.

January 02, 2013 | Gary Gilliard Seven Ministries president/CEO | Opinion

It’s easy to get wrapped up in life and miss the best parts

I usually don't like Christmas. Now, before I offend anyone, let me make it perfectly clear that it's the commercialization and the added family stress that leave a bad taste in my mouth. The celebration of Jesus' birth is - and should be -the focal point of the holiday.

January 01, 2013 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion

Midway needs to enforce laws or just change them

I want to welcome the new Family Dollar store to Midway. For those who have yet to visit the store, it is very attractive and the shelves are well-stocked. Some of you are upset that the store missed its announced grand opening. It was not the company's fault. The city failed to issue its business license in a timely manner, even though the company filed the paperwork in plenty of time.

December 31, 2012 | Len Calderone Guest columnist | Opinion

Let’s allow Georgia voters to decide on horse racing, betting

Should horse racing and pari-mutuel betting be allowed in Georgia?

December 30, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald Online: | Opinion

Politicians will pick up where Mayans left off

I was hoping that, for once, the Mayans would be right about something and that the world would have ended on Dec. 21 as they had said it would.

December 27, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion

School slaughter presents tough questions for lawmakers

On June 21, 2008, my mother died. It was the first time in my adult life that I had someone close to me die. The sadness I felt at that time was unlike any other I had ever experienced.

December 26, 2012 | State Sen. Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion

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Transparency is vital to good government

The average Georgian has never been under the Gold Dome. Many have vague memories of a two-headed calf on display during a State Capitol school ...

March 20, 2018 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion

Clean up your block for Great American Cleanup

In the spring, we annually participate in the national Great American Cleanup, which is the largest community improvement effort in America. More than 20,000 ...

March 20, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Senate hears veterans foundation, rural health bills

Last week in the Senate, we continued to work in committees considering the bills that were passed by the House of Representatives. With only two ...

March 20, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

St. Patrick's Day is too much fun

The question almost always comes up.

March 19, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Protest should have been allowed

Editor: I was across the street from Bradwell Institute at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14.

March 19, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Humor: We keep sending them overseas

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

March 17, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

Voters to get choices in 2018 elections

There have been many predictions in the national media that we are potentially headed for a "blue wave" election year at the state and local ...

March 16, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Guns in classroom are not smart


March 15, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Let's talk about gun control

Editor: Let's talk about gun control. Since three of the top 10 deadliest gun massacres in U.S. history have occurred since October of ...

March 13, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

We need to control people, not guns

Editor: We don't need gun control - we need people control. This starts in school. There is no discipline in today's schools. The students ...

March 13, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

'Plogging' improves you, your community

I have been helping with volunteer litter cleanups since I was in my mid-20s, which was a long, long, long time ago.

March 13, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Delta execs can’t seem to navigate turbulence of external environment

For a number of years, I supervised a staff in Washington - first with BellSouth Corporation and then with Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games - and ...

March 13, 2018 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

How HB 831 made it to the Senate

At this point in the session, bills are flying back and forth between chambers in a constant state of change. Rather than my usual list ...

March 13, 2018 | Sen. Blake Tillery | Opinion

Senate welcomes Malcom J. Mitchell, Father Schreck

This week in the Senate was spent working in our respective committees considering the bills that were passed by the House of Representatives.

March 13, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

Second guessing the second-guessers

Allow me to play devil's advocate. It's what I do as a journalist, plus I personally enjoy taking on orthodoxy, particularly when it ...

March 12, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion

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