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Remembering what Easter week is all about

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 14, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Enacted bills impact health care, education jobs

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned during the early morning hours of March 31 and many bills have been sent to Governor Deal for his consideration.

April 13, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


GOP in a fight in the sixth

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed congressman Tom Price.

April 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Hinesville cleanup will be April 29

We are in the middle of our part of the national Great American Cleanup. Hundreds of area residents have joined up to cleanup more than 50 miles of our county.

April 11, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A reason to be 'Liberty County proud'

Editor: The theme for National County Government Month for 2017 is "Brilliant Ideas at Work." This theme could easily have been written to acknowledge the new momentum in Liberty County. The strategic teamwork framed by county, city, business, civic and lay leaders was rewarded with the successful passing of our SPLOST referendum. These SPLOST projects, comprehensive by design, will touch every area of the county. The cost of the much needed capital and road projects can now shift from the property owners to all who shop in Liberty County.

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In praise of 'Bull Dog' Leon

Editor: My oh my, this BoE fiasco seems to be like the Energizer Bunny - it just keeps going and going and going.

April 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Piling on is fun

Let's dispense with the sanctimony and admit it: Most of us really enjoy piling on. I know I do. There are few things more exhilarating than participating in mass malice. Rarely do we get such an obvious opportunity for schadenfreude than the Trump-Ryan health care debacle. Maybe Donald Trump should have his ghostwriter create a new book: "The Thwart of the Deal."

April 09, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve expanded choice, better VA

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 08, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson | Opinion


Republicans can't do much worse

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care.

April 08, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve VA that does its job

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 07, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Brocolli up the nose ends political career

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I inform you today that I am not now nor will I become a candidate for public office. I felt compelled to share my decision with you after I was deluged with mail this past week urging me to offer myself for public service. (Note from editor: He got three emails. Big deal.) However, there is much work yet to be done in carrying out the awesome responsibilities with which you have entrusted me. (Note from editor: Barf.)

April 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


The people don’t matter

I wish I could tell you that Georgia's lawmakers are getting better at the way they handle the people's business, but that would be a lie.

April 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Stop stealing from student-athletes

Imagine you start a new company and hire employees. Would you expect them to work for free? Of course, not! So why does the NCAA feel that it's fair for its players to work for no financial compensation?

April 04, 2017 | By Steve Siebold Guest columnist | Opinion


Earth Day is opportunity to learn, have fun

April is Earth Month. A whole month to renew your interest (if needed) in looking for ways to take care of Earth.

April 04, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A cruel budget

It's called a "skinny budget," because it's just a president's blueprint for where the federal money goes, and it doesn't get into details. Those will be fleshed out later. Actually, this one is anorexic, containing the usual bullet points that Donald Trump always prefers rather than getting tangled in the weeds of messy specifics. However, even these budgetary bullet points target the entire notion that the United States has a kindhearted government.

April 01, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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Thank you from Project Reach

Editor: Thank you Liberty County and surrounding areas.

July 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Prescription for tackling litter in our county

I am not a doctor and don't play one on TV, but I do understand how to heal a littered community. And I have ...

July 25, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Neighbor's flag upsets woman

Editor: On June 15, I got new neighbors. It was a joyous day. The neighboring house has been vacant for months. To know that the ...

July 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Social media is actually dividing us

Judging by what I read on Facebook and other social media, this country is headed for trouble.

July 24, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


The war has been over 152 years, y'all

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: "May they play a zero-zero tie in the ...

July 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Young ‘thief’ needs to learn value of things others own

Q: We've just been informed that our 7-year-old son has been effectively "expelled" from the private school he attended last year because of repeated ...

July 21, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family psychologist | Opinion


Spaceports have not worked, neither would Camden's

Editor: Some writers and elected officials have extolled the virtues of spaceports as if they were general manufacturing industries producing industrial or consumer products. Apparently ...

July 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia's own 'The Donald'

For those Georgia voters who couldn't get enough of Donald Trump in last year's election, fear not.

July 20, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Ford luring young buyers with pot?

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

July 20, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Disappointed for county's children

Editor: It appears, according to recent reporting, the BOE is considering expanding extra-curriculum sports programs down to the middle schools. Programs that help build character ...

July 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Liberty County’s new Extension agent introduces herself

Good day, Liberty County! My name is Ashley Hoppers, and I work with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

July 19, 2017 | By Ashley Hoppers Guest columnist | Opinion


Be a voice for those without one

Mahatma Ghandi once said, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

July 18, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Editor missed point of previous letter

Editor: This is in response to your staff column on July 9. I am afraid that you missed the point of my letter of July ...

July 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Summer reading list with environment-friendly books

If you are already looking for ways to keep your kids busy and avoid the dreaded "Mom, I'm bored. I don't have anything ...

July 18, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Gestures drive relations home

If you see a balding curmudgeon driving around somewhere with a certain finger extended at the world, pay no mind. It's just me, having ...

July 17, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


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