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Dr. Melvin Pender is bona fide hero, y'all

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years of age); a Bronze Star recipient with two tours of duty in Vietnam, retiring as a captain after having joined the Army at 17; a college graduate; a member of 11 halls of fame; a coach; an author and motivational speaker; a cancer survivor and a devout Christian. A list of remarkable achievements to which many of us would aspire but which few, if any of us, could ever equal. He has.

February 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Election will indicate Trump's standing

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 22, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Senate amends budget to give raises to LEOs

It was a very busy and productive week at the state capitol as we are nearing the halfway mark this legislative session. We deliberated legislation this week that could affect certain business practices, the economy and healthcare in Georgia. With each decision I carefully considered the impact on your family and future for the betterment of our community.

February 22, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Maj. Cribbs was one of the best

Count me as one of the many saddened Monday to learn of the death of Maj. Thomas Cribbs, perhaps the finest cop I ever knew and probably ever will know.

February 22, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Grow your own insect repellent

I had three bug run-ins this week. Today I was attacked by fire ants and my foot is swollen. A couple of days ago, I was attacked by sand gnats in our yard. Last night I was attacked by mosquitoes while walking my dog, Munson.

February 21, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Administration is stirring hate

With his executive order to build that southern-border barrier, President Donald Trump simply was keeping his campaign promise, placating his millions of anti-Latino bigot followers and not really causing any sudden problems - except maybe forever antagonizing Mexico.

February 18, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Perdue already knows how to drain swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a severe shortage of broccoli.

February 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Judge Gorsuch is the anti-Trump

If President Donald Trump is a budding authoritarian, as his critics allege, one of the safeguards is Judge Neil Gorsuch.

February 17, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for history symposium support

Editor: I would like to personally appreciate those sponsors and members of the greater Liberty County Community for their overwhelming support on February 6 to witness and partake in the First Susie King Taylor Symposium.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


State Senate honors firefighters, Girl Scout cookies

The Senate assembled this week to consider a wide range of legislation and we passed several bills that could affect our district. We also had the opportunity to welcome several distinguished groups to the capitol.

February 16, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Would someone actually kill A.J.?

Three weeks had passed and still no one had seen or heard a peep from A.J. Fryerson. Something was amiss and the good folks of the Valley were starting to wonder what had happened to the town complainer.

February 16, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Alternate-facts on McCain, Lewis, evolution

Editor: Doesn't mixing blue and red get purple? Not at the White House - alt-fact - it's orange.

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Laws may be decaying away

What should be the priority for state legislators -helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering, or protecting the financial status of their most affluent constituents?

February 16, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


An open letter to NAACP leader

Editor and President Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson: I read with great embarrassment the article in the Feb. 1 Coastal Courier outlining your comments during your visit to Dorchester Academy, Liberty County.

February 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Paying down national debt is win-win

Editor: I think that Professor Winter Nie missed the mark in her column from Wednesday Feb. 8. She stated that China would win a trade war with the U.S. In fact, we already lost the trade war.

February 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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The war within our country

Just over a year ago we were just beginning to sort out the options available for choosing our next president. There were 20 candidates offering ...

May 23, 2017 | By Jimmy Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Volunteers make the world go round

This week we are celebrating volunteers at Keep Liberty Beautiful and we have a lot to celebrate! Our annual volunteer celebration will be on Thursday.

May 23, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Response to Sound off on tax sales

Editor: Thank you for allowing my letter to be printed in the Coastal Courier. I would like to use this opportunity to address comments recently ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Laugh: Qualifications for president changing

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

May 22, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Advice to graduates

Dear class of 2017:

May 22, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Senior correspondent | Opinion


And the next governor is?

The dance card is filling up quickly for next year's race for governor.

May 21, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Laugh: Mother's Day rough on Kardashians

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

May 18, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


No such thing as fake news

According to our Tweeter-in-Chief, there is a lot of fake news running around these days. I think he is talking about the national television networks ...

May 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Raekwon is blessed. Jeff's a jerk

Raekwon is rich. Jeff's a jerk. I wrote the first three words atop Wednesday's front page to tease a short story on 1B ...

May 15, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


State suffers two blows from elected officials

Within the space of 24 hours, Georgia suffered two devastating blows from their governor and their congressional delegation. I wonder if the state will ever ...

May 15, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Disabled veterans have new dental option

Editor: Disabled veterans, are you having to travel 100, 300 or more miles - from my house in Midway it's 270 round trip - to Charleston ...

May 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Get some fried fish, support veterans

Editor: East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 will host an Armed Forces Day fish fry Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 ...

May 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In this case, Ann Coulter is right

Among my many strong principles is this one: Disagree with whatever Ann Coulter says. Actually, Ann is not the only one; she's really just ...

May 14, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Thoughts from Mr. Murder and Mayhem

I've earned a nickname from my colleagues in the news business over the years and it's not one I really relish, but nonetheless ...

May 14, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Guest columnist | Opinion


Corporations will still game tax system

For all the concerns raised by economists and others about the House tax plan, it is generally assumed that the proposal will reduce the gaming ...

May 12, 2017 | By Gary Kalman Columnist | Opinion


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