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God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came running on the field carrying an American flag. A school official told the Marietta Daily Journal, "The football team decided to all carry flags on the field because of all that's going on in our world with several athletes maybe not showing respect for God and country and the lack of unification in the country after the election. The fact that they did this during a playoff game makes it even more special." Yes ...

December 01, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Remembering Jesup's quirky Roscoe Dean

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just hate it?

November 30, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


America is not a 'safe space,' folks

Pity the anti-Trump protesters thronging the streets of American cities.

November 29, 2016 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Does a woman stand a chance?

Two days goes, it was assumed by just about everyone in Lennox Valley that attention would turn on Friday from the mayor's race to the upcoming county fair.

November 29, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Plan a 'green' Christmas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but the unintended consequences of our holiday frenzy can also make it the most wasteful time of the year. It it doesn't have to be.

November 29, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Watch Trump's transition closely

For those millions of Americans who awakened to discover that their Donald Trump nightmare was not just a bad dream, the question is, What to do now? Do they accept the platitude about national unity from a stunned Hillary Clinton that "We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead"?

November 29, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


How to learn from Trump's victory

Editor: This is a moment when we need to be organizers.

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Election resulted from Trump's masterful strategy

Editor: I believe I finally have some insight into the shocking 2016 Presidential election results:

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Have Midway leaders lost their minds?

Editor: I just received today's paper, and saw the front-page article about the Midway "city leaders" proposing a new City Hall. They may need one - but a $1 million price tag? Are they out of their minds?

November 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


With election over, is Penguin Awareness Day soon?

I promised last week that I would share with you the results of the latest patent-pending Wikiwinkwink Political Report, courtesy of my colleague, Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia. Not only is Junior one of the most highly-respected political analysts in the country, he is also a pest control professional – a claim that neither Bill O'Reilly or that fat guy on MSNBC can make.

November 24, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Media biggest losers in election

Hillary Clinton is not the biggest loser of this election although she is certainly a loser in many ways. I think that there were a number of losers in this historical moment in time.

November 24, 2016 | By Jimmy Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Toothpicks needed to get crow from between teeth

Editor: I read with interest and humor the letter to the editor from Lynda Hall in the Nov. 16 issue. Lynda does a fine job of expressing her feelings about the presidential election results as well as her thoughts about my letter to the editor regarding the same.

November 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Time to get on the Trump train

Well, another election has come and gone and once again the people have spoken. Unlike the last two presidential elections, this time I enjoyed the outcome, having cast my vote for President-Elect Donald Trump.

November 23, 2016 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Reports of Georgia going 'purple' permature

Now that the final election totals are in, let's look at a couple of Georgia's voting trends.

November 23, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Think and shop small Saturday, help your town

The National Federation of Independent Business is America's leading small business advocate. We are proud to represent 350,000 small, independent business owners nationwide, including over 7,000 in Georgia.

November 23, 2016 | By Nathan Humphrey Guest columnist | Opinion


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Opportunity knocking for state

Opportunity is knocking as the door opens on Georgia's 2017-18 legislative session. In a state with a Republican governor since 2002 and GOP majorities ...

January 17, 2017 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Help keep water clean

About 50 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency was born because of concern about pollution, particularly air and water pollution fears.

January 17, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Sound off for Jan. 16

These opinions are not the Courier's. Callers are not required to identify themselves, so we can verify neither sources nor motives. Call 876-3733. You ...

January 16, 2017 | Anonymous calls | Opinion


Good-bye to pioneer of broadcast entertainment

There is an old Chinese proverb that says "When an old man dies, a library burns down." With no man was this truer than it ...

January 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump should expect little honeymoon

Forget about the honeymoon being over. There won't be any honeymoon.

January 14, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


It's time to defund the United Nations

We've come a long way from Daniel Patrick Moynihan excoriating the UN's 1975 "Zionism is racism" resolution in one of the finer exhibits ...

January 13, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Keep them honest in 2017

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 13, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Uh-oh, it’s time to hide the silverware

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 13, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Spring County Fair calms Valley atmosphere

The mayoral election seemed a million miles away on Friday night at the Spring County Fair. With "Silver Tongue" firmly entrenched in his role as ...

January 12, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers start 2017 session with work to do

On Monday, the Georgia General Assembly began the 2017 session and I am honored that you place trust in me to represent you in the ...

January 12, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Good luck Mike, you’re going to need it

Mike Riddle was a pretty good Long County correspondent for the Coastal Courier for a lot of years.

January 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Frequent Midway critic at it again

Editor: As the city turns. In our last episode, the suspense was high as the city council reprimanded two outstanding employees unjustly. The council also ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Resolve to help the environment

If you are still having trouble firming up some New Year's resolutions that you can actually keep, consider recycling.

January 10, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Seconds count in opoid overdose

Editor: The use of Naloxone can save a life. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist used in opioid overdoses to counteract the ...

January 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The Old Lady is going home

Henry Ford converted a 1937 For pickup truck into a fire truck to be used in Way's Station, now Richmond Hill.

January 07, 2017 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


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