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Bottom line is lesser of two evils

I've seen people get into heated debates over a wide range of topics, running the gamut from the rules for hopscotch to whether we should abandon the electoral college concept.

September 24, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Don't be tricked into SPLOST vote

Editor, I am tired of politicians using scare tactics to get voters to buy what they are selling. Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas said we need SPLOST to draw businesses because new businesses don't want to locate next to a shack. My question is, why do the shacks exist anyway? How many "shacks" will he replace if SPLOST goes through?

September 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Alternatives for Jekyll deer population

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world.

September 24, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bo, Luke back in saddle, sort of

A few days ago I saw a television commercial where Bo and Luke Duke were brought back from the "Dukes of Hazzard" to promote some product. Once again they were in "The General" outrunning the law. I don't even recall the product they were hawking, but it made me stop and think about that old programming and just how juvenile it really was - just short of "Scooby Doo."

September 23, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Honor businesses that keep county beautiful

Many local businesses work every day to make our shopping and business experiences pleasures by creating and maintaining attractive locations.

September 23, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Let's hear it for all the homemakers

You know how attics are. They're filled with junk, Christmas stuff and memories that you can't toss away. As I was digging through boxes the other day, bound and determined to find a dress pattern from 15 years ago, I found a scrapbook from my high school FHA years.

September 23, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


When life is easy, just say thanks

Those who read my column know I give props to dads every June, when Father's Day rolls around. But I've been thinking lately that maybe my husband doesn't get enough credit for everything he does the rest of the year.

September 23, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Quit depriving vets wounded before 9/11

Editor, Veterans, did you know that when Congress passed legislation to provide caregiver assistance to our nation's most severely disabled warriors, they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which hasn't been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crow laws?

September 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Minimum wage doesn't buy what it did in '60s

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

September 18, 2014 | By Roger Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Road trips can lead to great food finds

Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.

September 18, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Senator wrong on VA claims wait time

Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

September 16, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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Adopt, beautify a spot near you

Liberty County is our home. Just as we take care of the homes we live in with our families, we need to take care of our community. Keep Liberty Beautiful sincerely appreciates the nearly 4,000 volunteers each year who help to make our county cleaner and more attractive through neighborhood projects and area litter cleanups, but those who are interested in going to the next level should consider "adopting" Liberty.

January 28, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Man cherished by many belongs to all

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday. There was no pomp or circumstance involved. He abhors that. Because he is among the most beautifully well-mannered people I have ever encountered, he politely took all the calls though he really wished we would just treat it as another day and leave him alone to watch the news channel.

January 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Juvenile-justice system going to dogs, thankfully

The state of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Budgeting must be open, fair

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, and a member of the House's Ways and Means Committee, last week was a busy one for me. We gathered for four days of hearings at Gov. Nathan Deal's office, where the budget was presented. We also listened as state agencies offered input about budget needs and then asked questions regarding which programs worked well or were under- or over-funded.

January 28, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


State may get transportation funding right

In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by unfortunate events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk of delaying decisions, Georgia needs to address its transportation shortfall quickly and practically.

January 22, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Column has never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I do that gladly today. For one thing, this will be a lot shorter and less boring than the State of the Union address (Boooo!) and, also, we don't have to endure a bunch of fawning politicians trying to be seen on national television. (Yay! Ha! Ha! Ha!)

January 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


'Green' volunteer opportunities abound

Ready to start this new year right?

January 21, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


At least one lawmaker supports pre-9/11 veterans, caregivers

Editor, Since Georgia's own Sen. Johnny Isakson voted for discriminating against pre-9/11 veterans and later against ending this discrimination, I've penned and sent the following to then-Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-VT, who introduced the Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013:

January 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Things to love about the South abound

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

January 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Why rush? Stop and enjoy the day

Two weeks ago, my husband, daughter and I struggled to come up with a fun way to pass a Sunday afternoon. My mother-in-law had just been staying with us, and she left that morning to head back to Florida. Since I'd given our house a good, thorough "pre-mother-in-law-visit" cleaning before she arrived, I was completely caught up on chores and housework.

January 20, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Protest was against injustice, not police

Editor, In an attempt to somewhat clarify and somewhat respond to the recent letters to the editor, the online opinion poll question in the Coastal Courier and subsequent results of said poll, I want to say that the protests (locally and nationally) are not anti-police, as some have and continue to misinterpret them to be.

January 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Officials should show support for police

Editor, In recent weeks, more than 20 police officers have been killed or wounded by fanatics and/or terrorists on this planet. This would be a great time for Rep. Al Williams, Mayor Pro Tem Charles Frasier, Commissioner Gary Gilliard, Councilwoman Luciria Luckey Lovette, et al., to make a statement of recognition and support for police officers - wherever they serve. This exercise of their rights would go a long way to heal the wound of what was interpreted by many to be anti-police sentiment last month.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia needs fiscal prudence, innovation

With major policy decisions on transportation, education, health care and tax reform on the legislative agenda, Georgia should think beyond the traditional approach of spending more money as the solution for every problem. Focusing on ways to enhance economic opportunity and empower individuals beats doubling down on the status quo.

January 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Wounded Warrior Project is too top heavy

Editor, I read Mr. Bruce McCartney's letter to the editor regarding the Wounded Warrior Project. He is totally correct. The project is top-heavy with a greedy group of executives. The top 10 officers have a compensation package from $150,000 to $333,000 a year. The remaining funds are disbursed to over 40 distribution organizations with similar management configurations.

January 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thanks to all who helped with appreciation

Editor, On behalf of the St. James Community Church family, we would like to give thanks to everyone for coming out to our church-appreciation banquet that was held Saturday, Dec. 6.

January 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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