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It is time to bring the troops home

Reversing long-standing policy, President Barack Obama now will send condolence letters to the families of U.S. military personnel who commit suicide in combat zones.

July 23, 2011 | By Sheldon Richman Guest columnist | Opinion


'Revote' is best solution

OK, everybody, are we clear now?

July 21, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Support Army museum plans

Dear Editor, For more than 236 years, we Americans have owed our freedoms to the men and women of the United States Army. Now, at long last, the American soldier will be honored with the National Museum of the U.S. Army near our nation's capital.

July 20, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


CSU teaching grant is timely, welcome news

Georgians have needed some good news on the education front lately. After weeks of almost nonstop scandal, controversy and bleak statistics, nobody could be blamed for thinking the state of teaching and learning was spiraling toward rock bottom.

July 20, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Social Security threats mere scare tactic

"I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on Aug. 3 if we haven't resolved this issue (raising the debt ceiling). Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it," President Barack Obama said during a recent CBS interview.

July 20, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Should we trust in God or state government?

You would think designing a license tag would be relatively simple, wouldn't you? Not in Georgia.

July 20, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Winn dedicated to quality care

Editor, This letter is in response to a story published July 13 titled "Army spouse criticizes care at Winn."

July 20, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Turn the AC back on in Washington

Editor: The air conditioning must not be working in Washington, D.C. At least, not in the halls of Congress or the White House.

July 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Therapy in flashbacks

I've been having flashbacks lately. And no, I didn't use LSD when I was in college.

July 19, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight takes a bite of healthy foods

July 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Turn old CDs, DVDs into educational tools

It's magic! This week, with your help, First Presbyterian Christian Academy will turn donated CDs and DVDs into useful educational tools for students. On Tuesday, FPCA will collect used CDs and DVDs - you know, those things that replaced cassettes and VCR tapes and now are sitting around collecting dust in your cabinets and entertainment centers.

July 18, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Experience provides security

Buying a house is a lot like joining the military. You sign the paper and you're in, whether you like it or not.

July 18, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Lemonade stand shutdown reflects bigger problem

Editor, Your July 6 front page story was a very sad commentary of the times in which we live. The headline, "Lemonade stand operation goes sour," reflects much more than just the lack of judgment of the officers involved in this incident. In my opinion, those officers should have allowed the girls to continue to sell their lemonade unless the officers had been instructed by their superiors to do what they did. If they were instructed to take action, then they simply were following orders and rightly so. However, if they had not received any complaints and had not been ...

July 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't blame Midway PD for enforcing law

Editor, In response to the news article about the Midway police shutting down the girls' lemonade stand, I'm saddened and offended that we choose this story as front page news! Why is this breaking news? First, this is not news, and second, it is the law!

July 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway PD too concerned with being politically correct

Editor, I was absolutely astounded to learn the Midway Police Department felt it necessary to enforce an ordinance by shutting down a girl's lemonade stand on private property because she didn't have the proper permits.

July 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Keeping dolphins in Georgia Aquarium is cruel

The Georgia Aquarium claims to be an educational facility. I haven't seen it yet, even though I've visited it several times.

February 24, 2017 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


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


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