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Honoring the greatest of all time

On Friday, June 10, I had the distinct honor of attending the public memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. I was accompanied by life long friends Quinton Lewis, Jackie Scott and Marc Anderson. The trip began on a whim, and somewhat a response to a dare. Ali died June 3, and the following day, after attending the funeral of a family friend, I casually mentioned that once the funeral arrangements were made, that we should go. Accepting my dare, the guys said yes.

June 27, 2016 | By Gary Gilliard Guest columnist | Opinion


Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 24, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Daddy's ugly shed will stay with me

Behind the little house in which I spent a happy childhood - where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my bed nightly to pray, where homemade biscuits buttered and sprinkled with sugar were a favorite treat - is a little shed that, to the outside world, is noted for its ugliness.

June 22, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Open letter to superintendent

Maybe it's my fault. Maybe it's my fault to expect a superintendent to exhibit excellence. Maybe it's my fault to not only expect excellence, but to also require you to prove it. Maybe it's my fault that you confused accountability with bullying. Maybe it's my fault for thinking that having "F" schools for the first time in Liberty County School System history is not acceptable. Maybe it's my fault that I do not sit quietly and approve a budget without knowing the line items like everyone else does. Maybe it's my fault to ...

June 22, 2016 | Marcus Scott IV Guest Columnist | Opinion


Vote for Clinton -- or maybe not

Editor, Now that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, I thought that I would give the voters some reasons to vote for Hillary.

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support attractive businesses

Hello, my name is Sara, and I am addicted to shopping. I make no apologies for this addiction - I mean hobby.

June 21, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Egg case about to crack wide open

I've always said that gossip in Lennox Valley was born in one of three places: Maxine's weekly column called "Rumor Has It," Raymond Cooper's radio show, or Caroline's Beauty Salon.

June 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Is Sen. David Perdue aiming for higher office?

During his first 18 months as a U.S. senator, David Perdue had not made much of a splash on the national scene. He was just another backbencher in a Senate dominated by bitter fights between party leaders.

June 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


This Sebastian is the real deal — no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do, and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in their way by politicians, bureaucrats, special-interest groups, ideologues, social experimenters and assorted other navel-gazers - none of whom could carry their book bag. They sure don't do it for the financial reward. That, we save for semi-articulate professional athletes and Hollywood liberals who earn obscene amounts of money pretending to be someone else.

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Junior E. Lee gives thoughts on election

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now, but in order to do so, I needed to talk with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Garfield, Georgia.

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Officers must stop speeders on Rye Patch Road

Editor,

June 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Investing in people is not snooping

Over the course of many years, I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms hoping for good news and, at the same time, dreading the bad. I can remember clearly moments of time suspended by a pounding fear resounding in my ears like a thunderous cannon firing relentlessly.

June 14, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Have you been feeding monsters?

There are monsters lurking around our cities. No, not zombies, but they are just as devastating. These monsters create havoc on our environment because citizens are feeding them.

June 14, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Armed with truth, editor ponders strategy

In all the years Iris Long had served as editor of Hometown News, she had never felt faint while covering a story. Never, that is, until she stood on Marvin Walsh's porch and listened as Elbert Lee Jones placed the blame for inflated egg prices directly on the shoulders of Raymond Cooper, local celebrity and aspiring politician.

June 13, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Tip on preventing thefts from autos

People entering automobiles and taking things that don't belong to them has become all too common. The Hinesville Police Department has handled a number of cases that could have been avoided if certain precautions had been taken. Most thefts from automobiles are crimes of opportunity through unlocked doors and open windows.

June 13, 2016 | By George Stagmeier Guest 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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