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Look close at constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Hurricane evacuation preparedness is key

There are several lists available across the web that help you prepare for a hurricane.

October 05, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion


Learning from the Great Depression

It was the Great Depression that shaped my parents and would, in the years to come, shape my life as well. Because they saw first-hand the deprivation and starvation wrought by hard times, they would never forget.

October 04, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Help for state's working poor

On any given day in Georgia, hundreds of working families walk through the doors of nonprofit food banks in our communities. A young mom earning minimum wage as a cashier who can't afford child care if she wants enough money left for groceries.

October 04, 2016 | By Wes Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion


Snuff out cigarette litter

In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S. and across the globe.

October 04, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Old Jail remembers Sheriff Bobby Sikes

Editor's note: Local historian Margie Love wrote this column in 2004 on the "Old Jail." It includes lengthy references to former Liberty County Sheriff R.V. "Bobby" Sikes, who died Monday at 88. Given that tie between the former sheriff and the jail, we decided it would be worth running a portion of the column again.

October 03, 2016 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Election Day! Campaign separates couples

Election Day finally arrived. Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, was perhaps the most awaited date in Lennox Valley history.

October 03, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Amendment 1 is not the answer

Editor: In order to turn around struggling schools, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed creation of an Opportunity School District (OSD). To do this, there has to be an amendment to the State Constitution. This amendment is scheduled for vote in the November election, as "Amendment 1." The voters will make the final decision. This amendment would authorize the state to temporarily step in to assist chronically failing public schools and rescue children languishing in them, or so says the governor.

September 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Fighting Georgia's shadow economy

The United States has a massive underground economy – reportedly over $1 trillion.

September 29, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Being a bed-wetting liberal redneck ain't easy

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner or later, so let me explain.

September 29, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Stem the tide of trash going into oceans

Want to hear something scary, scarier than any horror movie I have ever seen?

September 28, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Who will judge the judges? Keep the JQC

There are roughly 2,000 judges in Georgia, serving at every level of the judicial system from the state Supreme Court all the way down to local magistrate judges.

September 28, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Reactin' takes time

It is with earnest intention that I arise each day and assemble my "to do" list. Somewhere between coffee and barn chores, the day thumbs its nose at my list.

September 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Ask candidates if they believe in democracy

Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Twenty-one times, they faced questions on foreign and domestic policy, on America's role in the world and on the philosophy each would bring to the Oval Office. And on none of those 21 occasions were they asked to debate the single most important challenge facing the country: the health of our American democracy.

September 27, 2016 | By Marc Morial and Morris Pearl Guest columnists | Opinion


Respect, obey police and they'll respect you

The number of police shootings of quote "innocent victims" has seemingly increased at an alarming rate in the past few years.

September 26, 2016 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


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Good-bye to pioneer of broadcast entertainment

There is an old Chinese proverb that says "When an old man dies, a library burns down." With no man was this truer than it ...

January 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump should expect little honeymoon

Forget about the honeymoon being over. There won't be any honeymoon.

January 14, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


It's time to defund the United Nations

We've come a long way from Daniel Patrick Moynihan excoriating the UN's 1975 "Zionism is racism" resolution in one of the finer exhibits ...

January 13, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Keep them honest in 2017

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 13, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Uh-oh, it’s time to hide the silverware

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 13, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Spring County Fair calms Valley atmosphere

The mayoral election seemed a million miles away on Friday night at the Spring County Fair. With "Silver Tongue" firmly entrenched in his role as ...

January 12, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers start 2017 session with work to do

On Monday, the Georgia General Assembly began the 2017 session and I am honored that you place trust in me to represent you in the ...

January 12, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Good luck Mike, you’re going to need it

Mike Riddle was a pretty good Long County correspondent for the Coastal Courier for a lot of years.

January 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Frequent Midway critic at it again

Editor: As the city turns. In our last episode, the suspense was high as the city council reprimanded two outstanding employees unjustly. The council also ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Resolve to help the environment

If you are still having trouble firming up some New Year's resolutions that you can actually keep, consider recycling.

January 10, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Seconds count in opoid overdose

Editor: The use of Naloxone can save a life. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist used in opioid overdoses to counteract the ...

January 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The Old Lady is going home

Henry Ford converted a 1937 For pickup truck into a fire truck to be used in Way's Station, now Richmond Hill.

January 07, 2017 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Valley residents respond to challenger's whisper-thin defeat

The morning following "The Great Valley Runoff" was perhaps the oddest moment of my growing-up years. It was as if we were surrounded by fog ...

January 06, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


All Trump, 24/7

My loyal readers, both of them, possibly remember that I've long championed some outside-the-box ways to reduce the deficit before we're overwhelmed with ...

January 06, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


2016 had its positives

The year 2016 is over, but I want to start 2017 by looking back at some of the positive things from last year.

January 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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