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Hope may deter illegal immigrants

One piece of good news is that tougher enforcement along the Mexico border seems to have slowed illegal immigration.

March 24, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


PETA trashes its humane rep

New developments in the practices of the "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" recently released reveals employees for the controversial organization consider a "trash can" an "ethical" place for homeless pets in America.

March 22, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Other opinions

If children can be targeted watch out, state employees

March 22, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Seatbelts for small trucks is positive move

Pickups make you think of back roads, farming and country, especially Southern country. So, in recent years, when the Georgia lawmakers rightly imposed seatbelt requirements on most passenger vehicles they elected to exclude pickups from those requirements.

March 22, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Advancing student achievement

Only when we design education around the individual needs of children will we achieve excellence. I have visited several schools throughout the state this session to share details of two of my priorities, which revolve around the fundamental belief that no two children learn at the same pace or in the same way.

March 20, 2007 | By Casey Cagle Special to the Courier | Opinion


Return of the pipeline monster

Remember the standard scene from the old horror movies? Just when the hero sighs with relief that he has finally killed the monster, the damned thing rises up again and grabs the good guy by the throat.

March 20, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Shoot first, ask questions later?

Eight Marines were recently charged at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in the deaths of 24 Iraqi "civilians."

March 17, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Other opinions

Underlining the 'P' in PSC

March 17, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


DotCommies: Keyword — Cuban government

A while back, while researching my family history for a magazine article on genealogy, a cousin gave me the e-mail address of our mutual third cousin in Cuba.

March 17, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Happy birthday, Liberty County

It's terrible when you forget a friend's birthday. That feeling of guilt that comes upon you when you realize that a special day came and went without being recognized. We get so caught up in our mundane existence, so busy in our day-to-day activity that sometimes we all miss a special day.

March 17, 2007 | By Patty Leon Columnist | Opinion


Liberty proves its generosity again

Liberty County's residents and business community have proven their generosity and caring once again - this time in support of homeless pets.

March 15, 2007 | Sonya Campbell-Kurth | Opinion


Is Obama running on Obama?

You know you're at a Barack Obama rally when there is a student in the front waving a "Liberals Are Sexy" sign.

March 15, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Controversial case resurfaces

Leonard Peltier, a well-known Ojibwa (Chippewa) and Vietnam Marine veteran has served 30 years imprisonment in the federal penitentiary for the notorious killings of two FBI agents on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near the village of Oglala in 1975.

March 15, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Other opinions

Technical schools may be forced to make layoffs

March 13, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Cider House is work of art

With juvenile and gang-related crime on the rise, it is good to know there are people in our community who are trying new approaches to old problem.

March 13, 2007 | Sonya Campbell-Kurth | Opinion


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Wounded Warriors don't help older vets

Editor, My hat goes off to the Tri County RC Flyers for their recent airshow and the thousands of dollars they raised for wounded veterans. Unfortunately, the Courier's story contained a description of the Wounded Warrior Project organization that was misleading and is inaccurate. It read "… which helps veterans wounded in conflict…"

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


A little help from one mother to another

Editor, My wife went grocery shopping the morning of Aug. 21 with our 2-year-old son. While shopping, she bumped into another shopper along the way several times and made small talk. My son started to get bored and upset, so my wife cut her trip short and headed to the checkout.

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Teens, this is series -- text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 27, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Show your 'recycle heart' at fair

I am fascinated by how other countries approach recycling. I recently visited a website called Recycle More from Ireland. Their approach, like so many European countries, is detailed. They expect their citizens to make the effort to recycle as many items as possible. And they certainly don't limit their recycling to plastic bottles and aluminum cans. There is no one-stop drop-off for many items. If you are Irish, you take electronics back to electronic shops, batteries to shops that sell them, etc.

August 26, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Learn from those who've gone before us

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away - or rather, frosting its way into autumn - I took to noticing signs that our mountain people always have used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

August 26, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Let children choose own interests

Football season is upon us. I'm sure some of you are thrilled about its arrival. I am not.

August 26, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Journalist also face dangerous world

We are constantly reminded that the world is a very deadly place - not just for our military personnel - but also for members of the Fourth Estate. Some journalists working in dangerous regions in a globe full of conflict will not return home. The latest: 40-year-old James Foley. His gruesome death at the hands of ISIS has been available for all to see.

August 25, 2014 | Macon Telegraph | Opinion


State must get transportation in order

The regional transportation sales-tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the legislative session.

August 21, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Most recent Long Co. audit is a joke

Editor, I would like to respond to the Long County audit for the year ending June 30, 2013, which is - needless to say - a joke.

August 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Not even the liberals want him

Rap! Rap! Rap: "The special called meeting of the Loyal Order of Liberals will come to order. Let's begin the meeting as we always do - with the Liberal Pledge of Allegiance:

August 20, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


County employee was trailblazer, good guy

Editor, I lost a friend last week. I lost a longtime coworker. I lost an Army comrade, though we never served together nor did we share "war stories." And Liberty County lost someone who was a loyal, extremely dedicated and tireless worker until his "untriumphant" retirement last year.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Grab uncomfortable situations by horns

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don't like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is "whenever possible, step out of the way."

August 19, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Some things are tough to explain

My 2-year-old daughter, Reese, adores the Disney movie, "Frozen." I admit, it's a cute flick with plenty of catchy tunes and even a few good one-liners. There's one part, however, that I'm having trouble explaining to Reese, and I fear I'll have even more difficulty with it as she gets older.

August 19, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Recycling by the numbers

If you still are not convinced about the benefits of recycling, let me share these facts provided by the Georgia Recycling Coalition.

August 18, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


TV food commercials remembered

As a general rule, I don't care much for TV commercials, except as an excuse to grab a snack or run to the bathroom.

August 14, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


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