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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


Seniors shouldn't have to pay school taxes

Editor, I recently contacted Buddy Carter's office concerning seniors in Liberty County having to pay school taxes. He replied in writing, stating that seniors in Georgia (according to Gov. Deal) do not have to pay school taxes. However, he stated that some counties are still charging seniors.

March 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why not hold parents accountable?

To my friends in the Legislature (and, yes, you are my friends. Without you, I wouldn't have a job).

March 11, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Congratulations to LCHS Panthers

Editor, Congratulations to the Liberty County players on winning the state championship in basketball. To my knowledge, this is only the third state championship won by a public school in Liberty County. What a great accomplishment!

March 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why you should care about qualifying week

Qualifying week, when candidates fill out the paperwork to be on the election ballot, is something I call "put up or shut up" time.

March 10, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Here's where the story begins

A few years back, I was interviewing Celia Rivenbark, a noted Southern humorist and a friend of mine, on public radio. We were in a discussion about her latest book when I asked, "Are you funny every day?"

March 08, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Help pick most attractive businesses, homes

It is that time again! Time to nominate attractive homes and businesses in our community. We have so many assets that we should be proud of and that add value to our community. Through March 31, we are taking nominations for our Win-dex Awards for attractive businesses and for our biannual HomeProud recognition, honoring attractive homes and yards in our county.

March 08, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Maxine could spin tales in 'Rumor Has It'

It didn't take a Nielsen rating to uncover the favorite local entertainment in Lennox Valley in 1998. Without our own TV station, the newspaper and radio were our outlets for local news.

March 07, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


ESPLOST up for renewal on May 24 ballot

Editor, Due to the defeat of the Special Local Option Sales Tax in November 2014, we currently pay 6 percent sales tax in Liberty County - 4 percent state sales tax (no state sales tax on groceries), 1 percent Local Option Tax to operate Liberty County and 1 percent for education, also known as ESPLOST, which expires next year in July.

March 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia legislators contradict themselves

Talk to any member of the General Assembly, and most of them will tell you one of their biggest goals is to bring business to the state and create more jobs.

March 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Positively tired of negative news?

I had intended to provide you with an in-depth analysis of the SEC Primary this week, but that will have to wait. For one thing, Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, tells me that he is going to need time to pore over the results. Currently, he is tied up rummaging around in Aunt Flossy Felmer's drawers looking for fire ants. In addition to being one of this nation's most highly respected political analysts, Junior is also a certified pest-control professional.

March 02, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Williams to highlight work for vets

Editor,

March 02, 2016 | By Bruce A. McCartney Midway | Opinion


Learning through pondering

Someone I know not but who is a reader of this column wrote to ask a question the other day. She had just finished reading my last book and was curious to know, "When these people or situations cross your life, do you take notes of what you're learning from them?"

March 01, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


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It has been a strange election year

When friends ask if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "how can I leave when I'm having so ...

May 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Stop the liberal insanity

Editor, I can't help it. I just have to write about the insanity that is engulfing our country today. In my 70-plus years, I ...

May 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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


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