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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

Clerk's staff can't practice law

O.C.G.A. § 15-6-51 makes the unauthorized practice of law illegal. Specifically, it bars any person other than a duly licensed attorney at law of this state from rendering or furnishing legal services "of any kind in any actions or proceedings of any nature."

June 30, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion

Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine - long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations - called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

June 30, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

No butts about it, cigarette litter is nasty

One of the most challenging elements that businesses have to grapple with in maintaining attractive venues is the cigarette litter that people dispose of in parking areas and sidewalks.

June 30, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

MaMa Irene thanks group for assistance

Editor, I'm coming to our community to say thanks for all of your help and assistance. So many of you have given in the past years to MaMa Irene's Outreach. Through all of you, I was able to help a countless number of families who were in need with clothes, furniture, appliances, Christmas toys, Easter baskets and school supplies.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Now, Georgia can close insurance gap

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act against a politically driven effort to dismantle the law through the court system. The King v. Burwell ruling protects tax credits in states such as Georgia that chose to use the federal marketplace rather than create their own state-based health-insurance exchange.

June 29, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion

Thanks from Manna House

Editor, The Board of Directors of Liberty County Manna House would like to acknowledge and thank: Hinesville Rotary Club, GeoVista Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors, City of Hinesville and Liberty Regional Medical Center for their efforts in collecting and donating more than 500 jars of peanut butter and jelly. A special thanks to the Rev. Doug Harn, who graciously allowed us to use his truck to move all this food.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Five young men help define successful life

Five young men, ages 18-23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 25, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

The great EPA ozone-asthma caper

The first ozone alert of 2015 was issued June 17 amid 90-degree temperatures in metro Atlanta, a "Code Orange" warning children and "sensitive" individuals to "limit prolonged outdoor exertion."

June 25, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion

Poverty increases demand for feeding programs

Georgia summer nutrition programs served about 18,000 more children in July 2014 than in July 2013. That's the good news. The bad news is that these programs still served less than 1 in 6 needy children in 2014, according to a recent report by the Food Research and Action Center.

June 24, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion

Honor businesses that have clean facilities

Creating an attractive Liberty County is good for all of us who live here. Attractive and clean communities attract new businesses and residents, and are healthier places for all of us to grow and thrive.

June 23, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

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Finding time to make a living

It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just came to me that perhaps my writing days were over. That it was time ...

October 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Avoiding the Plastic Ocean

Plastic Ocean - just the sound of that gives me shivers up and down my spine. Unfortunately, we are creating enormous "plastic patches" in almost every ...

October 13, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Many Georgians struggle; it doesn't have to be

For the last 15 years or so, I've peered out across many crowded rooms filled to capacity with bright-eyed - on occasion, teary-eyed - Georgians.

October 13, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion

Letter: Brown should be mayor

Editor, I didn't realize that I am related to Allen Brown until many years ago, when, at my mother's subtle insistence, I drove ...

October 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Remembering Georgians in Iraq

What a difference a decade makes.

October 08, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Georgia colleges should be open to undocumented students

Many Georgia students started college for the first time this fall.

October 07, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion

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

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