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Test your water smarts with EPA quiz

As we near our Sixth Annual Rivers Alive event on Saturday, Oct. 22, I wanted to give you an opportunity to test your own water smarts. This is an opportunity to find out just how much you know about taking care of our local waterways. This little quiz is courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

October 10, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Three suggestions to cut military spending

Editor, I am sending you some of my suggestions on how to cut military spending. For my qualifications on this subject, I spent 21 years in the U.S. Army, plus I was a military brat before that.

October 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Braves fan down; 'wait till next year'

Phooey - that's about the only reaction from an Atlanta Braves fan that's printable in a family newspaper after the 2011 team completed the worst September collapse ever.

October 10, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Poor timing for cuts in jobless benefits

Georgia's unemployment rate is at a six-month high - 10.4 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That's more than a full percentage point higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. All over the state, families are struggling to make ends meet. Some have to choose between paying bills and buying food.

October 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


You get used to the false alarms

It was 4 a.m. and I was up for the third time that night for yet another trip to the bathroom when I heard the rooster crowing.

October 10, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


States should be able to protect people

Anyone requiring further explanation why the Georgia General Assembly adopted its own laws against illegal immigration during the last session of the General Assembly need only to consider the recent nationwide round-up by duly appointed officers with Immigrations and Custom Enforcement. Of the hundreds of nonregistered aliens taken into custody by the federally empowered agency, more than 1,600 had felony convictions.

October 06, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Get to the root of pollution problem

The injection of the sleeping giant, the Savannah Morning News, into an environmental-based fray is a welcome change. I am referring to an article by none other than Tom Barton, editorial editor of that same paper.

October 06, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Move U.S. back toward capitalism

I was born during World War II. Since then, I have seen great industrial advances inspired by American business ingenuity. In the 1940s, consumers could buy a car in any color they wanted - as long as it was black. Air-conditioning was supplied by winding down the windows. Most cars had a stick shift rather than an automatic transmission. Motorist music sources were limited to an AM radio with few stations

October 05, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Better protection is needed

Every parent familiar with the noisy and chaotic, physically, mentally and emotionally demanding reality of taking care of even one or two children – which is to say, every parent – owes respect bordering on awe for those who responsibly take care of many.

October 05, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Due process? Not for known terrorists

Everybody needs a guru. Someone you can go to whenever you find yourself stuck on the horns of a moral dilemma. Some climb the mountain tops of Nepal to sit before an old guy wrapped in a bed sheet and listen to him prattle about inner beauty.

October 05, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Good, bad news on Georgia waterways

Congratulations to the state Environmental Protection Division for dropping the hammer on King America Finishing by identifying the company as the source of the recent fish kills in the Ogeechee.

October 04, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Rules for election coverage

It's that time of year again - election season. And as campaign signs begin to grace more and more business windows and front yards, we wanted to take a moment to familiarize our readers with just a couple of rules regarding campaign-related news coverage and letters to the editor.

October 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


'Don't ask...' repeal is step in right direction

Kudos to the United States for repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which banned openly gay Americans from serving in the U.S. military since it was introduced in 1993. It's about time we brought the military into the 21st century.

October 03, 2011 | By Christie Schroeder Columnist | Opinion


Army wives are only human

I'll grudgingly admit that I sometimes avoid Army wives. Of course, as an Army wife myself, I know that's completely ridiculous.

October 03, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Thanks to officer for helping child in need

Editor, I am a mother of five children, one of whom is very ill and confined to a wheelchair. After some scheduling confusion Wednesday over the dates of an audition, my son, Tyler, found himself at Snelson-Golden Middle School with no way to call me and no ride home. He bravely began to travel the long road back to Highway 84 and then headed up 84 to the stoplight near the Department of Labor.

October 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Dr. Melvin Pender is bona fide hero, y'all

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

February 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Election will indicate Trump's standing

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 22, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Senate amends budget to give raises to LEOs

It was a very busy and productive week at the state capitol as we are nearing the halfway mark this legislative session. We deliberated legislation ...

February 22, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Maj. Cribbs was one of the best

Count me as one of the many saddened Monday to learn of the death of Maj. Thomas Cribbs, perhaps the finest cop I ever knew ...

February 22, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Grow your own insect repellent

I had three bug run-ins this week. Today I was attacked by fire ants and my foot is swollen. A couple of days ago, I ...

February 21, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Administration is stirring hate

With his executive order to build that southern-border barrier, President Donald Trump simply was keeping his campaign promise, placating his millions of anti-Latino bigot followers ...

February 18, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Perdue already knows how to drain swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

February 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Judge Gorsuch is the anti-Trump

If President Donald Trump is a budding authoritarian, as his critics allege, one of the safeguards is Judge Neil Gorsuch.

February 17, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for history symposium support

Editor: I would like to personally appreciate those sponsors and members of the greater Liberty County Community for their overwhelming support on February 6 to ...

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


State Senate honors firefighters, Girl Scout cookies

The Senate assembled this week to consider a wide range of legislation and we passed several bills that could affect our district. We also had ...

February 16, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Alternate-facts on McCain, Lewis, evolution

Editor: Doesn't mixing blue and red get purple? Not at the White House - alt-fact - it's orange.

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Would someone actually kill A.J.?

Three weeks had passed and still no one had seen or heard a peep from A.J. Fryerson. Something was amiss and the good folks ...

February 16, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Laws may be decaying away

What should be the priority for state legislators -helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering, or protecting the financial status of their most affluent ...

February 16, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


An open letter to NAACP leader

Editor and President Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson: I read with great embarrassment the article in the Feb. 1 Coastal Courier outlining your comments during your ...

February 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Paying down national debt is win-win

Editor: I think that Professor Winter Nie missed the mark in her column from Wednesday Feb. 8. She stated that China would win a trade ...

February 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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