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This Sebastian is the real deal — no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do, and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in their way by politicians, bureaucrats, special-interest groups, ideologues, social experimenters and assorted other navel-gazers - none of whom could carry their book bag. They sure don't do it for the financial reward. That, we save for semi-articulate professional athletes and Hollywood liberals who earn obscene amounts of money pretending to be someone else.

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Junior E. Lee gives thoughts on election

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now, but in order to do so, I needed to talk with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Garfield, Georgia.

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Officers must stop speeders on Rye Patch Road

Editor,

June 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Investing in people is not snooping

Over the course of many years, I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms hoping for good news and, at the same time, dreading the bad. I can remember clearly moments of time suspended by a pounding fear resounding in my ears like a thunderous cannon firing relentlessly.

June 14, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Have you been feeding monsters?

There are monsters lurking around our cities. No, not zombies, but they are just as devastating. These monsters create havoc on our environment because citizens are feeding them.

June 14, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Armed with truth, editor ponders strategy

In all the years Iris Long had served as editor of Hometown News, she had never felt faint while covering a story. Never, that is, until she stood on Marvin Walsh's porch and listened as Elbert Lee Jones placed the blame for inflated egg prices directly on the shoulders of Raymond Cooper, local celebrity and aspiring politician.

June 13, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Tip on preventing thefts from autos

People entering automobiles and taking things that don't belong to them has become all too common. The Hinesville Police Department has handled a number of cases that could have been avoided if certain precautions had been taken. Most thefts from automobiles are crimes of opportunity through unlocked doors and open windows.

June 13, 2016 | By George Stagmeier Guest columnist | Opinion


DOT: Please pardon our progress

It's springtime in Georgia and summer is around the corner. It is a time when we welcome visitors to our great state, and we start thinking about hitting the roads with family and friends for fun and vacations. For the Georgia Department of Transportation, this also means it's time for road work. GDOT forecasts one of the busiest construction seasons that Georgia has seen in a long time, and we want you to know what work we've scheduled, so you can plan ahead.

June 13, 2016 | By Russell McMurry Guest columnist | Opinion


Some good guys leave the Capitol playing field

We've spent a lot of time talking about people running for office this year, but I want to note the departure of a few who are running away from public office.

June 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Liberty Transit does not have enough routes

Editor,

June 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


UGA athletic director does right thing

I haven't met University of Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity, but I give him high marks for the way he has handled the blowback from the ludicrous Ludacris debacle.

June 08, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Someone is watching, so make your place attractive

Someone is watching you. Whether you are a business or a neighborhood or just a homeowner, someone around you notices how your property looks and whether you are taking care of it.

June 07, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Reformed Yankee loves Southern connections

Sitting in for Ronda Rich this week is her husband, John Tinker ... "Tink"

June 07, 2016 | By John Tinker Guest columnist | Opinion


Renewable energy must be our future

Earth is not ours to simply take from and destroy. Do we not share responsibility in stewarding what God has provided? During this now lengthy life, I have learned a few lessons: What I take for granted can be taken away, awakening me to improper care and attention to matters of great importance.

June 06, 2016 | By Clay Sikes Guest columnist | Opinion


Egg farmers have some 'splainin' to do

Raymond Cooper was feeling pretty good about himself as he took to the airways on Friday, July 17, 1998. After all, with just five weeks until the mayoral election, Cooper felt like he could almost hear the victory celebration that would take place at the VFW Post on Highway 11, just south of town.

June 06, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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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


Time to lower rhetoric, start healing

Have we gone totally, completely insane? It is not bad enough that the specter of Islamic terrorism hangs over us like a toxic cloud. Now ...

July 14, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Board pick weighs in on controversy

Editor,

July 14, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Father says son mistreated at jail

Editor, Has the Liberty County Jail turned into Andersonville Prison?

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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