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Ronald Reagan has inspired many

Editor, We had a wonderful time at the centennial birthday celebration for Ronald Reagan, which was sponsored by the Southwest Georgia Republican Women. It truly was an honor to meet Reagan's son, Michael, and share some of my stories of respect and admiration for his father. At the state funeral of our late President Ronald Wilson Reagan, I was one of two American citizens selected to make a global tribute, which was televised around the world. See the video on YouTube titled "Flagman Reagan State Funeral."

February 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shriver remembered for service

Editor, The Community Action network, made up of 1,000 community action Agencies nationwide, is deeply saddened at the recent passing of R. Sargent Shriver. Mr. Shriver was a distinguished public servant and visionary leader. Along with his wife, the late Eunice Shriver, he was the founding director of the Peace Corps, the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Special Olympics.

February 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


DOT memorial plan is sensbile

The Georgia Department of Transportation has struck the perfect balance between sensitivity and safety with the introduction earlier this month of a formal plan for memorializing those who die on state and federal roadways.

February 14, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Random thoughts on random stuff

State Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, is one of the more able members of the Georgia General Assembly and a serious young man not given to hyperbole. When he gets upset, it is noteworthy. Golick went ballistic last week when the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, came to Atlanta specifically to criticize a couple of pieces of proposed legislation regarding the estimated 425,000 illegal (a key word) immigrants in the state of Georgia. Golick is chairman of the House Judiciary (non-civil) Committee, in which one of the bills is being deliberated.

February 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Military kids know price of freedom

I've heard it said that no one understands the sacrifices of the military lifestyle more intimately than the children of a soldier. I tend to agree.

February 14, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Are socks educators' new gateway drug?

Editor, At Snelson-Golden Middle School, some administrators seem to have their priorities a bit confused.

February 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Live, laugh, love on Valentine's Day

There are varying opinions about the origin of St. Valentine's Day. Some say it was named after a priest in the times of the Roman Empire named Valentine.

February 14, 2011 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Lee's oath-of-allegiance found by Liberty native

On Oct. 12, 1870, Gen. Robert E. Lee died from complications of pneumonia after having a stroke a few days earlier. He died as a man without a country. Just after Lee surrendered in April 1865, he applied to President Andrew Johnson for amnesty and the restoration of his citizenship. For some reason, Lee did not get the oath-of-allegiance paper fixed at that time.

February 14, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Community values trees, recycling

We love trees - especially at this time of the year! Georgia Arbor Day, which is celebrated annually on the third Friday of February, is this Friday. In honor of Arbor Day, we will give out more than 230 trees to be planted in our community this year.

February 14, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Many issues are on hold at Capitol

Day 7 (Jan. 31): In my seven years of serving in the state legislature, this session has started off slower than any other. Compared to other sessions, very few bills have been introduced and, with most of our focus on the budget and saving HOPE, many issues have been put on hold.

February 09, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Funding HOPE still legislative priority

The Georgia General Assembly is sprinting to complete the work that is essential to our state within the 40-day legislative session, as required by our Constitution.

February 09, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Gifts to lawmakers are not OK

In 2011, after years of debate and after the resignation of a Georgia House speaker, members of the state General Assembly still don't know how to say "no" to gifts from the companies and special interest groups they regulate on behalf of all Georgians. They are still accepting gifts, and they're accepting them by the bucketful.

February 09, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Egypt's revolution is ambiguous

Every revolution against autocracy is initially stirring. Who wouldn't have cheered when Louis XVI was forced to convene the Estates General, or when a liberal provisional government took over from Czar Nicholas, or when the rank and file of the Shah's army refused to fire on protesters in the streets?

February 09, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Employee time off may hinder record access

Editor, I requested records from the city of Ludowici for the month of December, but officials had so much time off - 11 days during a seven-week period - that I haven't received anything. Apparently, they are too busy "catching up."

February 09, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thanks for helping families over holidays

Editor, We at the Liberty County Department of Family and Children Services and Director Debbie Bennett would like to thank all of the donors who helped families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Because of you, there were many happy families - especially children. Again, thank you to the following donors:

February 09, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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‘What do you want on your tombstone?’

When he asked it, I answered. Then I laughed. The question proved that my husband, a New England-bred Yankee with many years of Los Angeles ...

July 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Syndicated columnist | Opinion


What is a bucket list without the Gaithers?

I don't have a bucket list, but if I did, I would be hard-pressed to find room to add anything else. There is not ...

July 27, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Recycling makes more than cents

A plastic bottle can be tossed out and end up as litter, tossed in a trashcan and end up in a landfill, or tossed into ...

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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