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My husband's chainsaw assault

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw - a farm accessory that has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.

July 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Program promotes N.E.A.T. neighbhorhoods

An essential element of a vibrant, attractive community is clean, inviting, thriving neighborhoods.

July 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Clerks commission notaries in Georgia

Superior-court clerks in Georgia wear a lot of hats and perform numerous statutory duties.

July 13, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion

Didn't voters reject SPLOST

Editor, I voted no on the 1-cent sales tax and thought it was over. Now, I hear they are going to have a vote on it again. My question is, the county and city get to call for a revote on the 1-cent tax. If the tax passes, do the people who voted no get to revote as do the city and county?

July 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Gun-free zones invite mass shootings

Editor, Bring your gun to church. Bring your gun to the movie theater. Teachers, take your gun to school. Don't leave home without it.

July 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

'Occasional' column now going on 17 years

It was supposed to be one and done, but it didn't work out that way.

July 09, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Where should you get water?

This is what's happening in California as the state tries to cope with a record-breaking drought that is now in its fourth year.

July 08, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Miss Elinor's special 'thank you'

It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don't know me, but I feel that we are friends."

July 07, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Remember environment when battling bugs

I love summer, but something's really been bugging me - bugs.

July 07, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Land records hold a plethora of information

In many Georgia counties, the lack of - or gaps in - many public records is blamed on the Union Army's monthlong march through Georgia in the winter of 1864 when, in fact, the real reasons are a century and a half of complacency on the part of some officials entrusted to protect and preserve such records, lack of proper recordkeeping techniques, shoddy and inept recordkeeping practices, corruption, fraud, intentional alteration or destruction of records, and the lack of appropriations required to properly store and preserve such records.

July 06, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Guest columnist | Opinion

Health law still unaffordable, unworkable

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Obama administration to allow Obamacare subsidies to flow through This is a disappointment for the rule of law and for the states that have fought to keep some of Obamacare's flawed policies out of their states.

July 06, 2015 | By Nina Owcharenko Guest columnist | Opinion

Seven Ministries thankful for support

Editor, The board of directors of Seven Ministries Inc. would like to thank the community for its support of our annual fundraiser, The Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-A-Thon. We had a record turnout and raised enough funds to award scholarships as well as help support our other programs.

July 04, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Former UGA prexy heads back to Malibu, all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

July 02, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Motorcycles disturb quiet neighborhood

Editor, On the afternoon of June 20, my quiet neighborhood of Sharon, Lesa and Elaine streets bordering the usually serene Irene B. Thomas Park was basically "occupied" by a large, loud motorcycle group. I called the Hinesville Police Department and was informed by the HPD that about four or five people called about this incident. The motorcycle group involved about 30-40 motorcycles and had two individuals on private property on Sharon Street near the park entrance videotaping their entrance. Thankfully, the Hinesville police responded in force, and the "occupying force" quieted down and left in an orderly manner.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Three new chapters in America's story

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

July 01, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

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Fighting for opportunity: I can't forget their faces

For a moment, let's forget the pie charts, trend lines, new census poverty data and the research. I want to remember their faces. Fact ...

October 06, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion

What Mama taught stays with me

There's not a day goes by that I don't think of Mama and do something the way she taught me to do it.

October 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Test your water smarts during Rivers Alive Month

"Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink" - "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel T. Coleridge

October 06, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Reader questions SPLOST

Editor, I read the article ("State of roads tops SPLOST discussion," July 29, front page) and have several questions and comments I would like Liberty ...

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Does Midway councilman feel left out?


October 01, 2015 | By Staff Report | Opinion

This legislator’s gift will matter

If you tried to find a state legislator who opposed the HOPE Scholarship, you couldn't do it.The lottery-funded program that pays college tuition ...

October 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Aliens reluctant to invade Earth

Knock! Knock! "Open the door, please!"

October 01, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Tax credits help lead the fight against poverty

When Georgians think about the best ways to fight poverty and help more families climb the economic ladder, tax credits probably aren't the first ...

September 26, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Georgia Budget and Policy Institute | Opinion

Citizen-review panel helps children in need

Every child deserves a safe, permanent home. Unfortunately, an estimated 9,000 children in Georgia are removed annually from their family homes because of abuse ...

September 26, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes For the Record | Opinion

What it means to be ‘out-snuckered’

It is a blessing of a life to know common-man philosophers - those people, though not formally educated, who are plenty smart when it comes to ...

September 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion

High-school fishing clubs growing in Ga.

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The ...

September 23, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

US is going the way of the Roman Empire


September 23, 2015 | Len Calderone | Opinion

Parties seek the right path on immigration

It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.

September 23, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Grocery store conversations in the South

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in ...

September 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Participate in 2015 Veterans Day Parade

Editor, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, falls on a Wednesday this year. As with the last three years, the Veterans Day Parade will line up in ...

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

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