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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 thousands dead and maybe a hundred thousand wounded. Some so horribly, their lives are destroyed. We wasted trillions of dollars. Well, maybe not. They say war is good for business.

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 I hide in the closet, among my bell-bottom pants and Nehru jackets that I am sure will be making a stylistic comeback one of these days.

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 almost three years as administrator of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit of Georgia's public-defender program and earlier for five years as a high-school mathematics educator. I readily realized how technology could be used in the office to automate redundant and laborious clerical tasks and to increase efficiency of work performed by office staff.

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 him out of my hair.

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 than double the current pay). This statement would only become fact if we choose to elect the same slate of officials in November.

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 2015. But after that, the future begins to look murky because of the looming expiration of the federal investment-tax credit for solar energy.

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 on my latest passion - learning to play the flugelhorn. Alas, it is not to be. My skills as a peacemaker are once again required. And wouldn't you know it? I had just mastered the aria "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's opera "Rinaldo." Rats.

July 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


With ISIL, diplomacy is not an option

As the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIL, continues to grow and advance in the Middle East and even in our homeland, it is clear that we are not doing enough to eliminate these radical Islamic terrorists.

July 21, 2015 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson Guest columnist | Opinion


The fire: 'I refuse to cry'

My sister and I stood in the charred remains of a life that once was and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

July 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Rebel-flag column 'mostly wrong'

Editor, Regarding the Confederate battle flag, Tom Crawford gets it mostly wrong in his opinion piece in the Coastal Courier of July 15.

July 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


How you are summoned for jury duty

One of the most important statutory jobs that the clerk of superior court has is custodianship of the county's jury lists. Ultimately, the clerk is charged by law with protecting and preserving grand- and trial-jury lists so that no one can alter them or do anything to them that would give anyone an unfair advantage during jury selection for civil or criminal cases.

July 20, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


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Southerners love nicknames

For some reason, Southerners - more than people in any other region - love nicknames. It's really a show of affection when we care enough to ...

August 31, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


What about people who don't vote?

The campaigning for next year's elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which ...

August 28, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


What is childhood apraxia of speech?

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in public awareness of childhood apraxia of speech. Despite this awareness, this neuromotor condition remains poorly ...

August 28, 2015 | By Shaunita Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


State must ensure schools don't fail students

In 2016, Georgia voters will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment creating an Opportunity School District (OSD), which would step in and ...

August 28, 2015 | By Richard Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


Brian Robinson is more than just spokesman

Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or ...

August 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Carter shows special kind of courage

When he sat down in a room full of journalists at the Carter Center to talk about the cancer that has spread to several parts ...

August 26, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


HomeProud Homes counter what broken windows bring

This month, we are accepting nominations for HomeProud Homes in Liberty County.

August 25, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


An introduction, Southern style

Back in the autumn - just as the leaves began to hint of the enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come - we took a Monday off ...

August 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Clerks created state authority for residents

Georgia's Uniform Commercial Code provides the process for lenders to secure loans on personal property (i.e., non-real-estate property) by filing with the clerk ...

August 24, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Midway neglecting historic trees

Editor, I think that I shall never see

August 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Free technical school education is great deal

At June's grand opening of Lanier Technical College's new campus in Barrow County, Gov. Nathan Deal talked about one of the best educational ...

August 20, 2015 | By State Rep. Terry England Guest columnist | Opinion


One of Georgia Tech's 'Lost Dodd Boys' reminisces

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact. Who else do ...

August 20, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Trump is telling truth about one big issue

Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination seems to defy gravity and all the other laws of nature.

August 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Rebel flag does symbolize slavery

Editor, Mr. Calderone, even if "Rebel flag not a symbol of slavery" (Coastal Courier, letter to the editor by Len Calderone, July 26) was not ...

August 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help recognize attractive homes this month

If we want to improve our overall community, it really does start at home - yours and mine.

August 18, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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