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Free trees, recycle fairs this weekend

February is a wonderful time to plant trees, recycle household goods and purge your old personal documents for shredding.

February 12, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Response to letters on oil exploration

Editor: It was refreshing to see folks responding to my comments about the perils of seismic testing and subsequent drilling for oil off the Georgia coast.

February 02, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Marijuana instead of opioids?

Editor: There is an opioid epidemic! At least, that is what the government is telling us. But, the question remains, "Why is there an epidemic?"

February 01, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trump, Clinton and a Texas standoff

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

February 01, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Another take on Tump's immigrant stance

The world fell on Donald Trump's head - yet again - when he said in a White House meeting that we should be trying to get immigrants from Norway rather than s***hole countries in the Third World.

January 30, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Collect items now for next recycle fair

Did you know that the United States is the No. 1 trash-producing country in the world, generating 1,609 pounds per person per year?

January 30, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Some Zen for this dummy

The way I understand Zen, it boils down to this.

January 29, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Apologies seem to be obscene distortions

Is it me, or has anyone else noticed that when someone is exposed for wrongdoing, the responses all seem similar? No matter whether someone is overheard saying something racist, credibly accused of sexual harassment or caught in some incredibly egregious act, if the person decides that it's futile to dispute the charge, his (or her) apology looks like it came from the same mea culpa template.

January 28, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Review facts on oil exploration

Editor: In a recent Letter to the Editor, the author claimed that the "sky is falling" due to the recent announcement to open up leasing opportunities in the waters around the United States. I don't know what's more egregious, the lack of information behind his arguments or the inflammatory nature and false facts being pushed in his diatribe. I'd like to address some of his concerns and points and present the facts on the matter.

January 27, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Buddy Carter supports our coast

Editor: There has been quite a bit of back and forth about the recent draft proposal released by Secretary Zinke and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management setting up possible lease sales for exploration off of our coast. While this is a topic that certainly raises a number of questions, it's time we get personal beliefs out of the way in favor of the facts.

January 26, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Me, Too crosses pond to I, as well

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

January 26, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Facts can be pesky things

Editor: I am a retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer who has sailed across two of our planets oceans and enjoyed seeing the beauty of marine wildlife.

January 25, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Perdue plays fast and loose with memory

Let's start with the fact that all politicians, regardless of their party affiliation, will lie.

January 25, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Economic boom leaving workers behind

As we enter the new year, the economy is booming for big businesses and the stock market is at an all-time high. But many of us have friends, family or neighbors who lost their jobs in 2017 through no fault of their own. Take the 52 workers who lost their jobs at Invista on December 12, two weeks before Christmas, when their carpet factory shut down in Athens because their companion business relocated to Monterey, Mexico.

January 23, 2018 | By State Sen Nan Grogan Orrock and state Rep. Dewey McClain Special to the Courier | Opinion


4-H is ready for your soldes

Our 4-H'ers want your soles - your shoe soles, that is. Kasey Bozeman and her energetic 4-H students are kicking off a project and they need your help.

January 23, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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Sheriff draws fire from state lawmakers

It was a sight you very seldom see at the General Assembly - legislators, including Speaker David Ralston, openly attacking a Georgia sheriff.

February 22, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Sure, throw a military parade

The Pentagon has confirmed that it is in the preliminary stages of planning a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue - one of President Donald Trump's ...

February 22, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Robert Mueller is lucky; he's no Ken Starr

No matter the criticisms directed his way by Republicans, Robert Mueller should count himself lucky: He's not Ken Starr.

February 20, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Spring means time for Great American Cleanup

I do not care about what that groundhog predicted a few weeks ago. Spring is here for Keep Liberty Beautiful. And that means it is ...

February 20, 2018 | By Sarah Swida Special to the Courier | Opinion


We want the best for our kids

The love between a parent and his or her child is the purest, most unconditional love that is ever experienced.

February 20, 2018 | By Maggie Buckner Guest columnist | Opinion


Senate passes bills ahead of Crossover Day

As we complete legislative days 19 through 22, we find ourselves just six legislative days away from the Crossover Day deadline – the date whereby a ...

February 20, 2018 | Sen. Blake Tillery | Opinion


Maybe we really can't fix stupid

Maybe Forrest Gump's momma was right. Maybe we really can't fix stupid.

February 19, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Humor: The many faces of Donald Trump

President Trump issued his $2 trillion budget proposal Monday. He pleased Democrats by saluting Black History Month and pleased Republicans by insisting on the wall ...

February 17, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Take a break from negativity

Editor: As we enter the Lenten season, I encourage the Courier to take a fast from printing negative political comments in Sound Off. Last Saturday ...

February 17, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Making I-16 ugly, unsafe again

Editor: Old-timers may remember how torn up the forest was during the building of I-16.

February 16, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Money isn't everyting in politics

Money isn't everything in politics. The candidate who raises the most cash isn't always going to be the candidate who gets the most ...

February 15, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Symposium was gerat success

Editor: I would like to personally appreciate those sponsors and members of the greater Liberty County community for their support on Feb. 5 of the ...

February 13, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hate, humility and social media

I was a late adopter of Facebook. I had a nagging fear that no one would befriend me, and that my Facebook experience would become ...

February 13, 2018 | By Dr. Gary Welton Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump's impure thoughts on Mueller

President Donald Trump has had impure thoughts about special counsel Robert Mueller.

February 12, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Building walls, curing baldness

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

February 10, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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