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No butts about it, cigarette litter is nasty

One of the most challenging elements that businesses have to grapple with in maintaining attractive venues is the cigarette litter that people dispose of in parking areas and sidewalks.

June 30, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


MaMa Irene thanks group for assistance

Editor, I'm coming to our community to say thanks for all of your help and assistance. So many of you have given in the past years to MaMa Irene's Outreach. Through all of you, I was able to help a countless number of families who were in need with clothes, furniture, appliances, Christmas toys, Easter baskets and school supplies.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Now, Georgia can close insurance gap

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act against a politically driven effort to dismantle the law through the court system. The King v. Burwell ruling protects tax credits in states such as Georgia that chose to use the federal healthcare.gov marketplace rather than create their own state-based health-insurance exchange.

June 29, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks from Manna House

Editor, The Board of Directors of Liberty County Manna House would like to acknowledge and thank: Hinesville Rotary Club, GeoVista Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors, City of Hinesville and Liberty Regional Medical Center for their efforts in collecting and donating more than 500 jars of peanut butter and jelly. A special thanks to the Rev. Doug Harn, who graciously allowed us to use his truck to move all this food.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Five young men help define successful life

Five young men, ages 18-23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 25, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The great EPA ozone-asthma caper

The first ozone alert of 2015 was issued June 17 amid 90-degree temperatures in metro Atlanta, a "Code Orange" warning children and "sensitive" individuals to "limit prolonged outdoor exertion."

June 25, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Poverty increases demand for feeding programs

Georgia summer nutrition programs served about 18,000 more children in July 2014 than in July 2013. That's the good news. The bad news is that these programs still served less than 1 in 6 needy children in 2014, according to a recent report by the Food Research and Action Center.

June 24, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion


Honor businesses that have clean facilities

Creating an attractive Liberty County is good for all of us who live here. Attractive and clean communities attract new businesses and residents, and are healthier places for all of us to grow and thrive.

June 23, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A father to remember

It happens all the time: Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

June 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Real estate records kept in clerk's office

"Clerk" is a commonplace term used to describe a variety of vocations, referring to persons who sell goods, wait on customers or engage in any type of clerical work, such as bookkeeping, copying and even running a cash register in a checkout line. Black's Law Dictionary defines "clerk" as the "officer of court who files pleadings, motions, judgments, etc., issues processes and keeps records of court proceedings," thus more aptly describing the functions of the 159 elected clerks of superior court in this state.

June 22, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


In search of cure for Alzheimer's disease

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

June 19, 2015 | By State Rep. Robert Trammell Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


A day for memories of a special man

It has been 31 years since he passed away, and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 18, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Funding the state transporation bill

The transportation bill received much attention this past legislative session, and rightfully so. It doesn't take long for one to drive anywhere in Georgia before noticing that our roads, interstates, and bridges are in terrible disrepair.

June 18, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


The American dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes, I agree with that disagreement.

June 17, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Clerk of courts discusses his position

Many years ago, at the conclusion of the longest criminal jury trial in Liberty County's history, I overheard an attorney's son, who sat through several days of presentation of evidence during the trial, tell his father that, of all the jobs of court officials involved, he wanted my job as clerk of superior court.

June 16, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Tax-assessment appeal laws have changed

Georgia legislators this year amended laws governing procedures for appealing county tax assessments on real and personal property. The changes took effect July 1.

August 03, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes | Opinion


Police should not provide hospital security

Editor, I read the article ("Police to provide hospital security," July 22, front page) with much disdain. Certainly, it's a multilayered mistake that could ...

August 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Candidate announces run for city council

Editor, I'm a retired combat veteran and member of the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission, and I'm announcing my intent to run for the ...

August 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Project G.A.N.G thanks numerous supporters

Thank you, Liberty County and surrounding areas. Project Reach G.A.N.G. Inc. and its executive director, Lavonia LeCounte, give all credit to God ...

August 01, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Middle East troops, not Americans, should fight ISIL

Editor, We committed our infantry on two disastrous Mideast battlefields. You know, those places where Christian churches and Christians are not allowed. The result - many ...

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


How to be a liberal in one angry letter

I want you to hear this from me rather than from Donald Trump. I have been outed. I am a "bed-wetting liberal." No longer can ...

July 30, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


How does Georgia stack up against other states?

Georgia is a state where we measure ourselves by how other people think of us.

July 29, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Clerk's office leads way in court technology

I was hired Nov. 13, 1983, as chief deputy clerk of the Office of the Clerk of Courts of Liberty County, having served previously for ...

July 28, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tink's quest for a chainsaw

My husband is like a relentless teenager. When he wants something, he persists until it's easier for me to say "yes" just to get ...

July 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Elect new leaders in Riceboro

Editor, In March, I wrote in to express my horror at the prospect of the Riceboro mayor and City Council voting themselves healthy raises (more ...

July 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Rebel flag not a symbol of slavery

Editor, I am really tired of all of the "political correctness," especially concerning the Confederate battle flag.

July 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hard city surfaces play rough with streams

Usually, when we picture streams, we are thinking more of a pastoral landscape.

July 27, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers try to defuse explosive issue

With the legalization of fireworks this year, Georgia residents had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend - literally.

July 24, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Expiring federal tax credit threatens solar industry

With the state's Solar Power Free Market Financing Act now law, Georgia is expected to have a banner year for new solar installations in ...

July 23, 2015 | By Rhone Resch Guest columnist | Opinion


Blessed are the peacemakers, who state the obvious

Blessed are we, the peacemakers. Ours is a lonely lot. I had hoped I could cut back on pacifying petulant poops and spend more time ...

July 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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