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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

For and against SPLOST


September 08, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

Time to crack down on anonymous companies

The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money.

September 07, 2016 | Frank Knapp Guest Columnist | Opinion

Report: 30 percent of adult Georgian’s considered obese

There is a troubling, but not surprising, report out, "State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America," by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that shows Georgia coming in 19th among states in obesity with 30.7 percent of its adult residents considered obese. This should be no surprise because the obesity rate has been climbing in Georgia and most of the rest of the country since 1990. That year the rate was only 10 percent in the Peach State.

September 07, 2016 | Macon Telegraph Guest editorial | Opinion

Gen. Cooper gets help from Private Ryan

Undoubtedly, the two chief forms of entertainment in my hometown in 1998 were politics and church, in no particular order. If we wanted to bowl or play miniature golf, then a trip to Springfield, the county seat, was required.

September 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

It's our turn


September 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

The two Bibles that sit untouched on the mantle

It was with remarkable bravery that Daddy plunked down $1,000 of hard earned, long saved money in 1956 to buy a few acres of pasture land with a tree-shaded large creek that twisted through it.

September 06, 2016 | Rhonda Rich Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Be careful about who you want to send packing

When it comes to people who observe the Muslim faith, Georgia doesn't exactly put out the welcome mat. If anything, that welcome mat is yanked out from under them.

September 02, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

This is one presidential candidate that rocks

One of my loyal readers and a person of some political gravitas in his community says he has had a gullet full of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

September 01, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Let citizens serve on advisory panel


August 31, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

State taking 'holistic' approach to education

It's true there are no silver bullets in education - no single change that will set every student on the path toward success. What's needed, instead, is a holistic approach. We must focus on the whole child, on each child, and all the interlocking elements necessary to equip all of them them with the skills they need.

August 27, 2016 | By Richard Woods Guest columnists | Opinion

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Family grateful for love and support

Editor: The Pattman-Jones family would like to take this opportunity to graciously and humbly thank all of you for your generosity during the passing of ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Protect your identity at Shred It! Day

Another Community Shred It! Day is coming. It will be Nov. 19 at the Liberty County Health Department.

October 25, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Corporations dodging $718 billion in taxes

European regulators' recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech ...

October 25, 2016 | By Matthew Gardner Guest columnist | Opinion

Really random meanderings

This and that: I'm not sure what I think about Opportunity School Districts, but I do know when you get south Georgia conservatives who ...

October 24, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Tight race makes for odd bedfellows

On a riser at the front of the room sat a large whiteboard with the names Bland, Cooper and Stoughton across the top. A fourth ...

October 24, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | 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

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