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Conserve precious water

Nothing is more satisfying than a cold glass of water when it is hot, like it has been in recent days. But what if you did not have running water or a fridge? What if the nearest water was more than a mile away and was in a stream filled with water-borne bacteria that could make you very sick?

July 11, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Support tax relief for wounded veterans

Editor, I urge you to support Senate Bill 2712, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016, introduced by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. Service members who have been separated from the armed forces due to combat-related injuries sustained while serving are to receive a tax-exempt, one-time lump-sum disability severance payment. However, the Department of Defense has been taxing this payment and must be held accountable to stop this action and identify and notify those who have been affected, allowing the veterans to reclaim that which was improperly withheld.

July 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Annual event lures stars to the Valley

In 1937, Albert E. Brumley wrote a catchy gospel tune titled "Turn Your Radio On," which was eventually recorded by dozens of artists and groups, including Skeeter Davis in the 1960s and Ray Stevens a decade later.

July 11, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Vote no on Opportunity School District

In November, voters will decide whether the Georgia Constitution should be amended to allow Gov. Nathan Deal to create the Opportunity School District, or OSD. This proposed state takeover of struggling, high-poverty schools uses scores from the College and Career Ready Performance Index, or CCRPI, to justify the power grab. The CCRPI derives its scores primarily from student performance on standardized tests. If you've kept abreast of the issue, you know that standardized testing in Georgia has earned low marks for reliability. We also know that low test scores are, more than anything, a direct reflection of poverty in ...

July 09, 2016 | By Dr. Alleen Magill Guest columnist | Opinion


Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is still trying to find a way to reverse that.

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


Helen Walker loves to scream 'bingo!'

With the news surrounding Sarah Hyden-Smith, first female pastor in Lennox Valley, and Raymond Cooper's conversion at the Lutheran church, one might think the other churches on the town square took a back seat during the summer of 1998. But the good Lord works in mysterious ways, and during the summer of '98, it was truer in the Valley than in most places.

July 07, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


As nation turns 240, prayer is much needed

On Monday, our country celebrated her 240th birthday. With all of the celebrations, many groups sang "God Bless America."

July 06, 2016 | By Mike Riddle | Opinion


We can brag about our state parks

I am late getting to this subject with summer whizzing along, but not so much so that we can't still squeeze it in the state of Georgia's brag book, along with Vidalia onions, St. Simons sunsets, rainbow trout and Ray Charles Robinson. I am talking about our state parks.

July 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Support urged for surviving military spouses

Editor,

July 01, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Reader states case against gun-free zones

Editor,

June 30, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


2 Ga. senators give politics a good name

This is a bit weird. I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones.

June 30, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Maybe David Shafer should run for president

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most entertaining - presidential campaigns since at least 1912.

June 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Cigarette litter is not 'pleasing'

Cigarette litter is ugly but, more than that, it is nasty and unhealthy.

June 28, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Celebrate the Fourth safely and legally

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, the Hinesville Fire Department wants to remind the public that while fireworks can be fun, they can also be quite dangerous. Be sure to follow these important safety measures:

June 28, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion


Truth shall set radio show host, candidate free

The ladies in Caroline's Beauty Salon were on pins and needles after hearing Raymond Cooper, host of the daily radio talk show, "Renderings with Raymond," utter the chilling words, "I have the biggest news flash in Lennox Valley history," just after Vera Penrod announced that Elbert Lee Jones and Marvin Walsh were scurrying into the radio station across the street.

June 27, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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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 ...

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


Writer: council lacks civic pride

Editor:

August 26, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


A lesson for voters: Payback is at the ballot box

It's generally considered impolite to take pleasure in other people's misfortunes, but sometimes you have to make an exception.

August 26, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Sea turtles, the Olympics and Vince Dooley

Lawyers, like kids, can say the darnedest things. That was proven during a recent hearing in Atlanta regarding an appeal by environmental groups of a ...

August 25, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Taking road trip to New York, Connecticut

When we decided to visit the few remaining members of Tink's family who live in Connecticut and New York, we chose to drive.

August 23, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump not a complete buffoon

Editor, Delet -Merge UpYes. Donald Trump is a horrendous human being and is unfit to be President. But, Trump is NOT a complete buffoon. Proof ...

August 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't leave pets in hot cars

When I was given the opportunity to write a piece for the City of Hinesville about something I am passionate about, I was drawn to ...

August 22, 2016 | By Jaci Tompkins Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump won's solve U.S. problems

Editor, All those people who voted for Donald Trump must figure if he gets elected as our president he will pay off the national debt ...

August 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


New ad campaign: 'Be recycled'

When you walk by your kitchen garbage can, do you ever hear a tiny voice, crying "Help me! I want to be recycled!"

August 22, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Phone call to mayor sets up big debate

Now that Sarah Hyden-Smith and Iris Long had carved out a platform for Juliet's last-minute mayoral campaign, it was time to talk strategy.

August 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


State races may be competitive for once

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 19, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Dear public school teachers, hang in there

Dear Public School Teachers:

August 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Writer: Dems the root of all evil

Editor,

August 18, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


A woman who made Georgia a better place

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class ...

August 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Johnson: Policing is the No. 1 issue

Recently, I was privileged to lead a forum on race relations and policing at the River Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Columbus with ...

August 17, 2016 | Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson President Ga. NAACP | Opinion


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