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Growing great neighborhoods

What makes a great neighborhood? I think a great neighborhood is a combination of great people that care about their neighbors and the quality of life that they are creating for their families. Just like we "grow" our children by the love and care we give them, we also can "grow" a great neighborhood to live in by giving it the attention it needs to thrive. Great neighborhoods don't just happen. It takes a united group to make a neighborhood special. Often a neighborhood is pulled together by one leader who energizes neighbors into action.

August 09, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

It feels good to come home to Hallmark

As a child, I was captivated by emotional stories and how words strung together had the power to make me feel happy, touched, sad or inspired. The rudiments of my education came around the kitchen table or in the car as I listened to Mama's and Daddy's storytelling.

August 09, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

It's our turn to defend them

The state of Georgia has been blessed with many pivotal military champions. The Russell Senate Office Building, one of only six legislative offices buildings in our nation's capital, is named after a Winder native who was a military advocate of historic importance. Milledgeville's Carl Vinson, or the "Father of the Two-Ocean Navy," is one of only two non-presidents to have an aircraft carrier named after him. Sam Nunn is a living legend and has been a dominant voice for our military for decades. President Jimmy Carter was a graduate of the Naval Academy and a submarine officer who ...

August 09, 2016 | By state Rev. Dave Belton Guest columnist | Opinion

Valley clergy unite; evil must be stopped

Every fifth Friday of the month, which generally comes around about four times most years, the clergy of the Valley would gather together for lunch. Over time, the gathering came to be known as the Ministerial Alliance of Lennox Valley.

August 08, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Will Georgia go from a red state to purple?

As the last of the two conventions finished its business of nominating a presidential candidate last week, the Clinton and Trump campaigns were quickly shifting into high gear.

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

Celebrating a legendary man


August 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Putin denies responsibility for hacked emails

Ring! Ring! Ring!

August 03, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

GOP is alive and well, thank you


August 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Make sure baby is sleeping safely

Each year in the United States, thousands of babies die suddenly and unexpectedly. These deaths are called SUID, or sudden unexpected infant death. SUID includes all unexpected deaths: those without a clear cause, such as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), and those from a known cause, such as suffocation.

August 02, 2016 | By Kristian Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion

Government is strangling the people

Editor, There's been much discussion lately about the burden of government in our personal and business lives. While it's entertaining to watch the conflicts and contempt among elected and bureaucratic hirelings in Washington and Atlanta, the grim reality is that the detrimental and destructive effects of government are most often inflicted on citizens at the local level in their dealings with city and county governments.

August 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

A first — Cooper silenced by shocking news

Raymond Cooper's plan was simple on Wednesday as he began his daily program at noon on Talk Radio 88.3. As had become his custom, the show commenced with Lee Greenwood singing "I'm Proud to Be an American," followed by a heartwarming prayer by Raymond.

August 01, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

It is a great day to recycle

Every day is a great day to recycle. Now, as families get children ready for school, I hope they remember to turn in outgrown uniforms so they can be reused.

August 01, 2016 | By Sara Swinda Columnist | Opinion

Fear lone-wolf attacks the most


July 29, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

Republican Party’s end approaches


July 28, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

‘What do you want on your tombstone?’

When he asked it, I answered. Then I laughed. The question proved that my husband, a New England-bred Yankee with many years of Los Angeles influence, was morphing into a true Southerner.

July 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Syndicated columnist | 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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