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Keep this election season clean, fair

Election season is upon us. Here's hoping Liberty County is treated to some good, clean races. Too often, name-calling and mudslinging overshadow the importance of political contests, and candidates who hope to head up states, counties, cities and communities may exhibit qualities that aren't often associated with leaders.

September 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

God's time is right time for life events

There's a fine line between a cute baby bump and being so uncomfortably ginormous that your walk becomes a waddle. I recently crossed that line.

September 19, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion

Water wars may boil over soon

An issue that's been going on for decades involving Georgia, Alabama and Florida could heat up pretty quickly again as summer winds down.

September 15, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion

Public doesn't understand Tea Party mission

Has everyone taken leave of their senses? The president of the Teamsters Union, James Hoffa Jr., shouted, "Take these (expletives) out," at a Labor Day rally while Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, attacked the Tea Party by saying, "As far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell."

September 15, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Statue of Liberty, a symbol of our country

My wife and I recently made a trip to Long Island, N.Y., to visit a brother of mine and his family. During our stay, we went into New York City to take in a few sights. The weather was hot and humid, and our party included my two nephews, 4 years old and 10 months.

September 15, 2011 | By Rafe Semmes Columnist | Opinion

Family thankful for help buying van

Editor, Truckin' for T.J. was started about a year ago to help raise money for a wheelchair-accessible van for our son, T.J. Norby. Very successful thrift sales and Boston butt sales were held with all of the proceeds going toward the van.

September 15, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Parting thoughts on 10th anniversary

Before we leave the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93 over Shanksville, Pa., allow me a couple of parting thoughts.

September 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

The challenge: Oysters, no saltines

The History Channel recently had a feature titled "You Don't Know Dixie." It was a great production that explored our language, food, music, inventions, humor, vices, etc. I've been a lot of places in the South, and I've learned that we have broad experiences that may be very similar in some respects but will vary greatly in others.

September 13, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

Clergy had place at Sept. 11 ceremony

Let's think back to 10 years ago. Let's remember how we, as a country, felt immediately after the 9/11 attacks on America.

September 12, 2011 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion

Going back to a 'new' New York

I love New York. I love the sights, the sounds, even the smell of New York. As a 19-year-old girl from the Midwest, moving to New York City in 1986 wasn't merely an adventure, it was the equivalent of moving to a different planet.

September 12, 2011 | By Kathryn Fox Guest columnist | Opinion

Don't let coastline become a dump

All that glitters is not gold.

September 12, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion

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

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Transparency is vital to good government

The average Georgian has never been under the Gold Dome. Many have vague memories of a two-headed calf on display during a State Capitol school ...

March 20, 2018 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion

Clean up your block for Great American Cleanup

In the spring, we annually participate in the national Great American Cleanup, which is the largest community improvement effort in America. More than 20,000 ...

March 20, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Senate hears veterans foundation, rural health bills

Last week in the Senate, we continued to work in committees considering the bills that were passed by the House of Representatives. With only two ...

March 20, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

St. Patrick's Day is too much fun

The question almost always comes up.

March 19, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Protest should have been allowed

Editor: I was across the street from Bradwell Institute at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14.

March 19, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Humor: We keep sending them overseas

HOLLYWOOD - God Bless America, and how's everybody?

March 17, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

Voters to get choices in 2018 elections

There have been many predictions in the national media that we are potentially headed for a "blue wave" election year at the state and local ...

March 16, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Guns in classroom are not smart


March 15, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Let's talk about gun control

Editor: Let's talk about gun control. Since three of the top 10 deadliest gun massacres in U.S. history have occurred since October of ...

March 13, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

We need to control people, not guns

Editor: We don't need gun control - we need people control. This starts in school. There is no discipline in today's schools. The students ...

March 13, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

'Plogging' improves you, your community

I have been helping with volunteer litter cleanups since I was in my mid-20s, which was a long, long, long time ago.

March 13, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Delta execs can’t seem to navigate turbulence of external environment

For a number of years, I supervised a staff in Washington - first with BellSouth Corporation and then with Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games - and ...

March 13, 2018 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

How HB 831 made it to the Senate

At this point in the session, bills are flying back and forth between chambers in a constant state of change. Rather than my usual list ...

March 13, 2018 | Sen. Blake Tillery | Opinion

Senate welcomes Malcom J. Mitchell, Father Schreck

This week in the Senate was spent working in our respective committees considering the bills that were passed by the House of Representatives.

March 13, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

Second guessing the second-guessers

Allow me to play devil's advocate. It's what I do as a journalist, plus I personally enjoy taking on orthodoxy, particularly when it ...

March 12, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion

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