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The Hinesville Area Board of Realtors is a local non­profit organization that thrives to make a difference in the Liberty, Long, Tattnall and Wayne county communities. HABR is an organization comprised of 153 Realtors and 22 affiliate members who are the heart of the organization. This partnership allows HABR to make an impact within the community and make a difference in the lives of the people who reside in our communities.

September 20, 2016 | By Karen Carter Guest columnist | Opinion

'Ban the box' and help ex-offenders succeed

More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to re-enter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely difficult for anyone who has served time to ever become gainfully employed, even though they have paid their debt to society. A barrier that needs to be removed is that box on standard job applications that asks, "Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?"

September 19, 2016 | By Mike Brady Guest columnist | Opinion

Status symbols now include moutain families' hand-me-downs

When I was a child and we visited my grandparents, who lived up in the mountains in small, humble houses which we drove to slowly around inclining, twisting roads, I knew their standard of living was different from ours.

September 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Just tell the folks, who, what, where, etc.

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics for telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

September 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Powerful words: Underdog attacks make-believe issues

For a while it seemed as if the mayoral debate might have ended before it began. After prayers by Raymond Cooper and Dick Bland incited a near-riot in the Methodist church fellowship hall, voices quickly dulled to whispers as Juliet Stoughton took her place behind the podium.

September 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Military base visit shows their importance

National defense is our government's greatest responsibility, which is why I am chairing the new House Military Affairs Study Committee to learn how we can improve the military value of Georgia's bases. The committee's second visit was to the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Fort Benning where U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and Congressmen Austin Scott and Sanford Bishop joined us to protect our bases.

September 15, 2016 | By State Rep. Dave Belton Guest columnist | Opinion

Freedom to disrespect works both ways

Who cares what Colin Kaepernick, the sage of San Francisco, thinks? Really. So, why am I writing about him? Because people have asked me to weigh in and I will do it this one time.

September 15, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Be careful who you send packing

Gov. Nathan Deal very much wants to do away with local boards of education that run Georgia's public school systems.

September 14, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

It takes a village

The success of our community's children is tied to the foundations embedded within them by more than their parents and family; much like in the mid 80's there was a song that peaked at the top of several music charts. This song reminded the nation that it was our responsibility to nurture, empower and mentor our children. It's undeniable the emotion and passion that can be felt in each word as Whitney Houston sang the lyrics to The Greatest Love of All.

September 13, 2016 | By Kristin J. Bryant Guest columnist | Opinion

Tempers flare as prayers become personal

The excitement in the Valley was palpable that Tuesday evening as the good folks made their way to the fellowship hall of the Methodist Church for what would soon be known as "The Debate of the Century."

September 13, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Little house that raised a Southern columnist

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves polishing furniture, mopping floors, scrubbing the outside doors, cleaning out the window sills and wiping down Mama's cracked, ceramic canister set.

September 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Life can be beachy on pretty barrier island

Life can be pretty beachy here in Liberty County! One of the prettiest barrier islands on Georgia's coast is right here for us to enjoy. The beach on Saint Catherine's Island is a scenic place to spend the day when it is as pristine and clean as God intended it to be. Each year we have an annual cleanup of the beach to help maintain that pristine beauty.

September 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Kaepernick’s stand on flag is wrong

Well, the NFL football season is a week away. Usually at this time of year, NFL fans are being treated to an abundance of coverage about the opening week of play and tips on how to draft a dominate fantasy football team.

September 09, 2016 | By Mike Riddle Guest Columnist | Opinion

Saluting some of Georgia’s unsung heroes

I spoke recently to the Peace Officers' Association of Georgia at their annual conference in Savannah and was privileged to witness a group of dedicated law enforcement officers being honored by the POAG for their heroism. Here are their stories, much abridged because of space limitations.

September 09, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Be careful about who you want to send packing

It's a long-established political truism that a presidential race doesn't really start until after Labor Day.

September 08, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion

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Articles by Section - Opinion

Signs invite criminals in

Editor: "Stupid is as stupid does." This is a quote from the movie, Forrest Gump. Basically, it means people are as stupid as their actions ...

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Thanks for good work, Coastal EMC

Editor: Just a note to say "Thank You!" to the good folks at Coastal Electric Membership Corp. who put in long hours this past week ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

In Georgia government, experience doesn't count

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 19, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Lieutenant governor has education plan

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Storm's lesson: Be kind, patient, grateful

Editor's note: Brittany McClure is the public relations manager for the city of Hinesville. During Hurricane Matthew, she worked around the clock to help ...

October 17, 2016 | By Brittany McClure Guest columnist | Opinion

Christmas may come early for Georgia Power

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 17, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Bank's ethical lapses could be costly for all

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My ...

October 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Patients need truth about increasing drug prices

We are in the midst of an epic media freakout. It is a subset of a larger liberal panic over Donald Trump's strength in ...

October 13, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

No SPLOST until debt service gone

Editor: Are you for or against SPLOST? I suggested in a previous letter to the editor that the county commissioners remove the debt service from ...

October 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Work needed to make Liberty beautiful

Editor: I read, with interest, two articles in Sunday's Courier and would like to give my views on both. The front page article entitled ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Georgia is the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by ...

October 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Look close at constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Hurricane evacuation preparedness is key

There are several lists available across the web that help you prepare for a hurricane.

October 05, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion

Learning from the Great Depression

It was the Great Depression that shaped my parents and would, in the years to come, shape my life as well. Because they saw first-hand ...

October 04, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Help for state's working poor

On any given day in Georgia, hundreds of working families walk through the doors of nonprofit food banks in our communities. A young mom earning ...

October 04, 2016 | By Wes Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion

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