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June 06, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Logic does not a solid marriage make

The here-again, gone-again nature of a military marriage is tough on all couples. Between the initial separation of basic training and advanced individual training, schools and the national training center, and deployments, it's almost surprising when a spouse finds themselves living with their soldier for a year straight.

June 06, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Comcast price hike unacceptable

Editor, The following is a letter I recently sent to Comcast:

June 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Community should really around BRAG riders

Next Friday, more than 1,000 physical-fitness enthusiasts will coast into Hinesville on bicycles. Some will be advanced riders striving to beat their own best times; others will be families just looking to get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. Whatever the case, the 32nd annual Bicycle Ride Across Georgia tour, which concludes Saturday in Savannah, has chosen our city for its second-to-last stop, and it's time to make those cyclists feel welcome.

June 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Son's mission lives on, thanks to dad

It's hard to say when Michael's Ultimate Mission started.

June 06, 2011 | By Terry Dickson Guest columnist | Opinion


Court keeps parents prisoners of school boards

It's hard to believe it's happening in 2011. In Georgia, of all places. And that the Georgia Supreme Court is just fine with

June 06, 2011 | By Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


State gala funding is problematic

In all fairness, Gov. Nathan Deal – and, in fact, any new Georgia governor – faces a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" conundrum in connection with marking their inauguration as the state's chief executive, and the issue of whether public or private resources are used to fund any festivities associated with their taking the oath of office.

June 01, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


If end is near, why write a column?

Rats. I thought I could get out of writing a column this week.

June 01, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Porsche rates praise for ignoring boycott

It looks like Porsche has no problems with the new Georgia law that mandates that all companies with more than 10 employees use the free, federal E-Verify system to determine whether those people are in the country legally.

June 01, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Session taught lawmaker lessons

The 2011 General Assembly marked my seventh year as a legislator. Every year, I learn something new or am reminded of something along the way. This year certainly was no different. Here are a few things I either learned or was reminded of:

June 01, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


U.S. foreign policy could use help

We invaded Afghanistan because the Taliban was harboring Al-Qaeda members and allowing them to train fighters who were willing to kill Americans. Now, 10 years later, we are still there but I don't think Al-Qaeda is. We now are fighting the Taliban, which, I admit, is a bad group, but not the correct target. We appear to be fighting the Taliban because the Afghans are unable to put together a sufficiently trained army to defend themselves. It is time for us to leave.

June 01, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Prescription safety bill is useful tool

Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed into law SB 36, the Patient Safety Act of 2011, making Georgia one of the last states in the nation to implement a prescription drug monitoring program to combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.

May 31, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Some days you just have to go 'active'

Almost all military spouses can be divided up into two categories: passive and active. Recently I've experienced some confusion about which category I belong in. I've always considered myself rather passive when it comes to my position as the soldier's other half. I'm not much into Family Readiness Group meetings - although I probably should be - and I rarely find myself worrying about my husband's upcoming promotions.

May 31, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Day rekindles memories of loved ones

For many of us, the observance of the fourth Monday in May has taken on special significance during our lifetimes. The long-term conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, in particular, have affected so many families and individuals right here in our community. Memorial Day also rekindles memories of our past, not only the aftermath of more dated conflicts, but also of customs observed during our childhood and beyond.

May 31, 2011 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Pay tribute to heroes on Memorial Day

All over Liberty County - and most of the country, for that matter - folks are striking up grills for backyard barbecues, hitting stores for holiday sales and reveling in the fact that they don't have to go to work Monday.

May 31, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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‘What do you want on your tombstone?’

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What is a bucket list without the Gaithers?

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July 27, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Recycling makes more than cents

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July 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Trump cares about and helps people

Editor, For some reason, many people think badly of Donald Trump. Maybe it's because he is new to the political scene. Actually, that is ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Six days could shape future of the Valley

These might have been the most memorable six days of my teenage years. Between Friday, July 17, and Tuesday, July 21, 1998, Iris Long had ...

July 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Unity is fragile

Unity. It is a word that comes to the forefront in the midst of crisis. It is what is desired and reached for when people ...

July 25, 2016 | By Timothy Byler Guest columnist | Opinion


No question: Answer Man has answers

Hey, boys and girls! What time is it? It's time for Answer Man! The show where we delve into inquiring minds and show you ...

July 22, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Safer to stay away from a convention

You can understand why people were reluctant to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena this week, or for that matter ...

July 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford The Georgia Report | Opinion


Baton Rouge police shooting needs to unite us all

Last Tuesday, I attended a prayer vigil in Long County that was called by Sheriff Craig Nobles and held at the courthouse in Ludowici.

July 20, 2016 | By Mike Riddle | Opinion


So now she's "Teflon' Hillary

Editor,

July 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Oh to be able to say 'I don't want to'

As the years of Mama's life grew into the long shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing ...

July 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Fighting litter improves communities

We do a litter scan around Liberty County every June, rating 240 sites of 1 or more miles.

July 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Tree recycling should be year-round

Editor, To recycle or not to recycle, is that the question?

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Soulmate memories haunt Claire Paletta

Loneliness lasts. It never completely goes away. It is the one emotion that seems to make its way into the hearts of almost every man ...

July 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Clarkston is going down a grassy slope

When Mayor Ted Terry talks about the recent decision by him and the Clarkston City Council to dramatically reduce the penalty for the possession of ...

July 15, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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