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Hatred doesn't require thought

Racists have targeted Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts since he published a column that explores the news reporting of black on white crime and vice versa.

July 10, 2007 | By John Deike Staff writer | Opinion


Cuba, Cubans still stuck

You'd have to be a masochist, a journalist or a CIA analyst to sit through more than 30 seconds of the latest Fidel Castro video appearance.

July 05, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Michael Moore's 'sicko' propaganda

Is all that ails the U.S. health-care system is that it's not run by a communist dictatorship? That has long been a premise of apologists for Fidel Castro who extol the virtues of medical care on his totalitarian island nation.

July 05, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


DOE's formula for failure

Georgia public schools have a long and sorry tradition of high dropout rates, low graduation rates and an education establishment dedicated to masking the truth.

July 03, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Blog: Trip to the big city

I've spent the past week in New York City, watching a nephew's Brooklyn apartment and dog, touring and learning more about City College of New York where R2 will be attending classes starting in August, and hunting for an apartment for him and a couple friends. It's been an education.

July 03, 2007 | By Pat Watkins | Opinion


Freedom marching in reverse

Hugo Chavez may be a thug, but he's no dummy. He knows that with a packed Supreme Court, a rump Congress, a divided opposition and - tragically true - a good deal of support from The People, Venezuela's free press is one of the few remaining institutions strong enough to keep him from realizing his dream of grabbing absolute power.

July 03, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


The untold truth in the Wilson case

The mainstream media is portraying Genarlow Wilson as a victim and Georgia as a backwater state by oversimplifying this case. There is more to this story than a young student getting 10 years in prison for consensual oral sex. A lot more.

July 03, 2007 | By Eric Johnson Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore | Opinion


It's a bird, it's a plane, it's - who?

Nearly every week, there is another super hero featured in a new movie on the big screen. Well, I would like to introduce you to a different kind of super hero, one you probably never saw in the comics when you were growing up.

June 30, 2007 | By Sara Swida Keep Liberty County Beautiful | Opinion


TV ad cooks up less than truth

Buyer Beware: I'm sure most of you have seen the recent ad showing a lady using a device that looks like a small waffle maker. She mixes concoctions quickly and pours them into a cooker and, voila, in minutes she has produced a tasty meal. Well, I wanted one of them and one night the ad said if you call within three minutes, you can buy one and get one free for only $19.95. I called immediately and ordered the pair - one for me and one for my mom. What a shock when the two cookers arrived. They ...

June 30, 2007 | By Dot Moss Columnist | Opinion


Blog: Bradwell, Liberty rivalry

We need to revisit a new Rivalry with Bradwell and Liberty.

June 28, 2007 | ga4runner Blogger | Opinion


Introducing MovieCare

Imagine turning 65 and finding a letter tucked in your mailbox offering unlimited movie tickets for just $25 a month. You read through the fine print, and amazingly, the offer isn't a scam. It's a new federal program called "MovieCare."

June 28, 2007 | Peter J. Pitts Columnist | Opinion


Remembering Old Glory

Hello. Remember me? Some people call me Old Glory; others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your flag, the flag of the United States of America.

June 28, 2007 | By David C. Graham Special to the Courier | Opinion


Blog: Can you afford Microsoft?

I've used Windows for years, along with a free alternative that I think could be useful for many. While I have heard much complaining about Windows, most do not know that alternatives exist.

June 28, 2007 | siafulinux Blogger | Opinion


A star is born - maybe

Under the old rules, investigative newsman Dale Cardwell would be treated as a fringe candidate for the U.S. Senate - a TV reporter probably in the throes of a midlife crisis and determined to jump off a cliff.

June 26, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Blog: Red-light cameras voted down

I would personally like to commend the (Hinesville) city council for their wise review and subsequent vote down for the use of red-light cameras within the city.

June 26, 2007 | Tom Hickey Blogger | Opinion


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Nation doesn't need more 'boots on ground'

The talking heads and politicians love to use the term, "boots on the ground." It sounds macho.

October 16, 2014 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Polls shouldn't open on Sunday

Editor, Perhaps Liberty County Commissioners Lovette, Stevens, Frasier and Gilliard need to pause and reflect some before they cast any future votes. I'm referring, of course, to their recent votes to open the polls on Sunday.

October 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gubernatorial candidate talks education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.

October 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Situations are as dramatic as you make them

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to let things roll right off her back.

October 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Rivers Alive cleanups coming soon

You drink it. You clean with it. You shower in it. You swim in it. You fish in it. You have fun in it.

October 14, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Even 'educational' TV is questionable

Letting a child watch too much TV may be as bad for parents as it is for little ones. In fact, depending on which shows a child is allowed to watch, it may be worse for parents.

October 14, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Don't vote for SPLOST; property tax hike likely anyway

On Dec. 16, 1773, a group of demonstrators boarded ships in Boston Harbor. They threw chests of tea overboard to protest the British parliament's unfair tax on tea. It's time for the citizens of Midway and Liberty County to borrow a page from Boston's history book.

October 14, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Port should get money it deserves

Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second-straight year the GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.

October 10, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Columnist | Opinion


Help soldiers from war room to board room

Over the next three years, as many as 60,000 military members are expected to return to Georgia. Already, 770,000 veterans call Georgia home. In fact, the Peach State is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans nationwide. In addition to those returning to Georgia, more than 10,000 service members will be transitioning from the state's Army installations - 4,000 from Fort Stewart alone.

October 09, 2014 | By James Wilburn Guest columnist | Opinion


UGA is home of top college mascot

If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.

October 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Cool house with breezes, memories

"It's a funny thing." That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 07, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Make a difference at Rivers Alive

Are you ready to make a difference this fall? Then consider volunteering this month for our ninth annual Rivers Alive in Liberty County.

October 07, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Another mom shares insights

I imagine, from time to time, you all get tired of reading about my adventures in toddler town and would like to hear from other parents. So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled when Hinesville Public Relations Manager Krystal Britton Hart took me up on my offer to guest write this week's column. Krystal has two daughters herself, one of whom is the same age as my daughter, Reese. I enjoy comparing notes and talking with her, and I'm sure our readers will be as interested in hearing what she has to say as I am. Enjoy!

October 07, 2014 | By Krystal Britton Hart Guest columnist | Opinion


Lift offshore-drilling moratorium

President Barack Obama's recent move to allow seismic exploration of oil and gas reserves off the shores of Georgia and the Atlantic Coast has left many hopeful that the offshore drilling moratorium currently in place may soon be lifted. A new study by University of Wyoming energy economist Dr. Tim Considine indicates the degree to which such a move would benefit Georgians and our Mid-Atlantic counterparts.

October 01, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Special to the Courier | Opinion


Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers th

Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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