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Expectation of war now almost normal

I was just 11 years old on Sept. 11, 2001 - just a homeschooled girl on her way to an Iowa livestock sale to help her church provide the hot meal, beef and noodles (with a side of corn, of course). As a natural-born people watcher, I mostly just sat back and observed other's reactions. I had no reaction of my own.

September 12, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Recognize attractive businesses

It is time to nominate local businesses for the quarterly Win-dex Awards. Through Sept. 30, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Keep Liberty Beautiful will accept nominations for area businesses that maintain attractive appearances.

September 12, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


A new man in charge

David Petraeus is a career military man who exchanged the uniform of the U.S. Army he has served long and honorably for civilian attire appropriate to the head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

September 12, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


A good idea on ethics

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens last week attended a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee, where he urged further strengthening and refining of the state's open meetings and open records laws. The General Assembly, in the last regular legislative session, took some steps in that direction.

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


U.S. Middle East policy is a disaster

The 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history reminds us that we still have enemies who wish all Americans dead. America's actions on the world stage affect us. Now more than ever, we must determine how America should interact with Middle Eastern countries.

September 07, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Who was the real victor?

At 4:31 p.m. on Aug. 31, the special session of the Georgia state legislature that began three weeks earlier came to an end.

September 07, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Restless? Then re-elect nobody

Bill White, the Big Canoe Tree Czar - he is the guy you had better talk to before you pluck a pine cone in the place - told me about a bumper sticker he saw recently that sums up the frustration many of us are feeling these days.

September 07, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Here's to a great season

Area high schools recently marked the beginning of an annual rite of fall, one every bit as ingrained into our collective consciousness in the South as pumpkin patches before Halloween and the story of the Mayflower at Thanksgiving.

September 07, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Figure things out along the way

Apparently there are things that confuse some people that are quite clear to me. And I'm not bragging that I have such superior intelligence, I just think that some other folks are having trouble with the square-pegs-and-square-holes concept. Tinker toys and Lincoln Logs are pretty self-explanatory.

September 07, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Redistricting moves quickly

Well, that was quick.

September 06, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


In need of 'smarter people than me'

With the ever-expanding debt in the federal government, more talk has been generated about bringing home the troops – not being "the police force of the world," etc.

September 06, 2011 | By B.J. Clark Guest columnist | Opinion


Committees won't improve schools

According to media reports, the latest legislatively created state commission tasked with looking at public education funding in Georgia ... appears poised to follow the lead of previous panels in making recommendations that will do little or nothing to change the way state dollars are steered to local public schools.

September 06, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Forecasting hurricanes is exercise in futility

In an affluent country, government can afford to do many unnecessary things, and do them in complex and impressive ways. One example in the United States is the predilection for predicting the number of hurricanes in the upcoming season.

September 06, 2011 | By R. Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Renewing spouse ID is frustrating

Editor, On July 5, I set up an appointment for my wife at the Fort Stewart ID card section. I was told what forms were needed and I scheduled the appointment for Aug. 29. Spouse IDs are only made 60 days prior to expiration. My spouse's ID will expire six days after our appointment date.

September 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support schools' recycling programs

I constantly am amazed at the creative ways to recycle and reduce waste that increasingly are available, particularly in our schools. A number of our schools have recycling programs and even more are setting them up this year.

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


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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


Uh-oh, it’s time to hide the silverware

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 13, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Spring County Fair calms Valley atmosphere

The mayoral election seemed a million miles away on Friday night at the Spring County Fair. With "Silver Tongue" firmly entrenched in his role as ...

January 12, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers start 2017 session with work to do

On Monday, the Georgia General Assembly began the 2017 session and I am honored that you place trust in me to represent you in the ...

January 12, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Good luck Mike, you’re going to need it

Mike Riddle was a pretty good Long County correspondent for the Coastal Courier for a lot of years.

January 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Frequent Midway critic at it again

Editor: As the city turns. In our last episode, the suspense was high as the city council reprimanded two outstanding employees unjustly. The council also ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Resolve to help the environment

If you are still having trouble firming up some New Year's resolutions that you can actually keep, consider recycling.

January 10, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Seconds count in opoid overdose

Editor: The use of Naloxone can save a life. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist used in opioid overdoses to counteract the ...

January 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The Old Lady is going home

Henry Ford converted a 1937 For pickup truck into a fire truck to be used in Way's Station, now Richmond Hill.

January 07, 2017 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Valley residents respond to challenger's whisper-thin defeat

The morning following "The Great Valley Runoff" was perhaps the oddest moment of my growing-up years. It was as if we were surrounded by fog ...

January 06, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


All Trump, 24/7

My loyal readers, both of them, possibly remember that I've long championed some outside-the-box ways to reduce the deficit before we're overwhelmed with ...

January 06, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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