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The seersucker suit and the Book of Life

From the moment Tink visited the Mississippi Delta, he began to long for a seersucker suit. While men in big cities like Atlanta, Memphis, Birmingham and Nashville wear the lightweight, airy suits in the hot, humid Southern summers, it is the men of the Delta who favor them most and keep them trendy.

March 24, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


What Easter is really about

Editor's note: Continuing a long-standing Holy Week tradition in this space.

March 24, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Ludowici leaders make ignorant statements

Editor,

March 24, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Deal has 2 choices on ‘religious liberty’ bill

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other Republican governors handled this particular issue.

March 23, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


More than names on a wall

On a day when I was visiting someone in a nursing home, angels, disguised as caregivers, came in and requested that I step out while they worked. I walked down the hall, observing a life that caused me to ponder the circle of life.

March 22, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Control runoff to help control pollution

Stormwater runoff is rain that flows over the ground when it falls on roads, driveways, parking lots, roofs and other surfaces that do not allow water to soak in.

March 22, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Drama peaks at 1998 winds down

When thinking back to childhood memories, people have a tendency to remember summer as a restful, peaceful time of life. In my hometown of Lennox Valley, summer was anything but restful as June 1998 neared its end.

March 21, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Car-show organizers thank the community

Editor, The International Car Show enjoyed a very successful second year at the 2016 Hinesville Small World Festival. The show raised more than $2,100, all of which was donated to the creation of Veterans Memorial Walk at Bryant Commons. When complete, this beautiful tribute to service members from all military branches will be a source of pride and honor for the city of Hinesville - a place to reflect and commemorate the sacrifices veterans made for this nation.

March 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


March to the beat of your own eardrums

When it comes to hearing, a majority of us walk through life unaware of the dangers we pose to our eardrums. We forge ahead, staying fit through regular exercise, conducting annual physicals and developing healthier eating habits, without assuring that our hearing is in optimum health. Consequently, this lapse in judgment could lead to hearing loss.

March 18, 2016 | By Mark Kishel | Opinion


Incumbents are playing defense

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Keep your online business identity in check

Jeb Bush recently made headlines for allegedly forgetting to renew his domain name. It was discovered that JebBush.com was pointing to Donald Trump's official campaign website. Since this news originally broke, we have learned that Bush never owned JebBush.com, and Trump never had control of that domain. A company in Australia owns it.

March 16, 2016 | By Lauren Dingus Speros | Opinion


Volunteers needed for local cleanups

The annual Great American Cleanup has begun. GAC was started in 1999 by Keep America Beautiful.

March 15, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Irresponsible spending led to county's debt

Editor, Great headline in Wednesday's paper, "1% sales tax would pay off half of the debts." Why do we have any debts at all? Now, I remember. The Liberty County Board of Commissioners spent more money than they had, and now they expect the taxpayers to cover their ineptitude.

March 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Mama comes around again

All my life, as long as I can recall, Mama saved things. Not because she was sentimental but because she had grown up Scotch-Irish poor, so any little bit of something might be valuable down the road.

March 15, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's finally Sunday! Can anyone save Sarah?

Sarah Hyden-Smith was usually a cheerful, confident woman. Lennox Valley Methodist Church was her third appointment, having served as an associate pastor at two larger churches since graduating from a fine seminary in central Ohio five years earlier.

March 14, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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Zell Miller's mama: Strong mountain woman

The honorable Zell Miller of Young Harris was raised by a remarkable mountain woman. Folks around those parts called her "Miss Birdie," while her son ...

May 03, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Recycle It! Fair Saturday can relieve recycling fever

There is a fever going around. I hope you catch it.

May 03, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Advice for Sarah Hyden-Smith, new pastor

It had been nine days since the Rev. Sarah Hyden-Smith made her first appearance in the pulpit of Lennox Valley Methodist Church. Her schedule was ...

May 02, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


The PSC should learn how to say ‘no’

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

April 29, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Children show visions of peace through art

I believe that each of us has an obligation to leave this world a better place than we found it. Linden Longino is trying to ...

April 28, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Remembering a good neighbor

Editor,

April 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ways to keep litter from hurting community

Somebody made me really mad on Islands Highway this week. Nothing makes volunteers madder than having someone spew litter all over a road right after ...

April 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Your safety is HFD's business

The Hinesville Fire Department is dedicated to safeguarding lives, property and the environment. One of the ways we pursue this mission is through educating the ...

April 26, 2016 | By Capt. Earnest McDuffie Columnist | Opinion


Remembering the boy in the coveralls

The other day I had something on my mind, a situation we had just encountered with someone we had sought to help.

April 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Oppose cuts to Post-9/11 GI Bill

Editor, Last month, the House passed a bill (H.R. 3016) that included a 50 percent cut in the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing provided ...

April 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Poet laureate aims at Raymond Cooper

Small-town newspapers are a bit different from their counterparts in New York or Los Angeles. That's true today, and it was true in 1998 ...

April 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Liberty schools about to finish a successful year

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and we have already begun celebrating our many 2015-16 successes. The following are just a few ...

April 21, 2016 | Dr. Valya Lee | Opinion


Now might be the worst time to get a DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad when the next ...

April 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Learn water conservation at Earth Day

When the 10th annual Earth Day Celebration takes place on Friday, everyone who attends has the chance to learn easy ways to change our world ...

April 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


It's best not to know what lies ahead

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...

April 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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