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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

What is a bucket list without the Gaithers?

I don't have a bucket list, but if I did, I would be hard-pressed to find room to add anything else. There is not much I have wanted to do that I haven't done, from shooting the breeze with the president in the Oval Office to seeing the sun rise in the Scottish Highlands to being embedded with the brave men and women of Georgia's 48th Brigade Combat Team in Iraq.

July 27, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Recycling makes more than cents

A plastic bottle can be tossed out and end up as litter, tossed in a trashcan and end up in a landfill, or tossed into a recycle bin and be reincarnated into something useful.

July 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Trump cares about and helps people

Editor, For some reason, many people think badly of Donald Trump. Maybe it's because he is new to the political scene. Actually, that is a good thing, considering how badly politicians have damaged our country. But to understand Trump, you need to know the man. Obviously, he is a self-made billionaire, which means that he has good instincts and knows how to create businesses, which we are in sore need of now.

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Six days could shape future of the Valley

These might have been the most memorable six days of my teenage years. Between Friday, July 17, and Tuesday, July 21, 1998, Iris Long had broken the egg price-fixing story wide open; Raymond Cooper had quickly devised a sinister scam to convince his listeners he wasn't involved in the price scandal; the good folks of the Valley learned that one of the biggest gospel groups of all time would be playing at the county fair in just four weeks; and both Elbert Lee Jones and Marvin Walsh had publicly rededicated their lives to the Lord during the contemporary service ...

July 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Unity is fragile

Unity. It is a word that comes to the forefront in the midst of crisis. It is what is desired and reached for when people are faced with chaos and disrupted lives. On the best days, unity goes unnoticed. On the hardest of days, it seems easily obtained. In between, unity is elusive. One great consistency about unity is this:

July 25, 2016 | By Timothy Byler Guest columnist | Opinion

No question: Answer Man has answers

Hey, boys and girls! What time is it? It's time for Answer Man! The show where we delve into inquiring minds and show you how little is on ours. Please note that all answers remain the exclusive property of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Co. in Greater Garfield, Georgia, and may not be rebroadcast, retransmitted or refried without the expressed written consent of Major League Baseball.

July 22, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Safer to stay away from a convention

You can understand why people were reluctant to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena this week, or for that matter the Democratic convention coming up in Philadelphia next week.

July 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford The Georgia Report | Opinion

Baton Rouge police shooting needs to unite us all

Last Tuesday, I attended a prayer vigil in Long County that was called by Sheriff Craig Nobles and held at the courthouse in Ludowici.

July 20, 2016 | By Mike Riddle | Opinion

So now she's "Teflon' Hillary


July 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Oh to be able to say 'I don't want to'

As the years of Mama's life grew into the long shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing old. She used it to get both what she wanted and to shun that which she did not want.

July 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich 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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