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Poet laureate aims at Raymond Cooper

Small-town newspapers are a bit different from their counterparts in New York or Los Angeles. That's true today, and it was true in 1998, when I was growing up in Lennox Valley.

April 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Liberty schools about to finish a successful year

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and we have already begun celebrating our many 2015-16 successes. The following are just a few of them:

April 21, 2016 | Dr. Valya Lee | Opinion

Now might be the worst time to get a DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad when the next election is less than six weeks away.

April 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Learn water conservation at Earth Day

When the 10th annual Earth Day Celebration takes place on Friday, everyone who attends has the chance to learn easy ways to change our world. Little lifestyle changes at home and at work or school can make big changes in our environment.

April 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

It's best not to know what lies ahead

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted to share.

April 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

'Silver Tongue' Dick Bland begins assault

"Renderings with Raymond" was normally a labor of love for Raymond Cooper. After all, it was his "baby." Started in 1997 as a camouflaged attempt to bolster his clandestine mayoral candidacy, the talk show drew close to half of Lennox Valley's residents each weekday from noon until 3.

April 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Why I voted 'yes' on 'campus carry'

Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry" bill, sponsored by Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, would permit 21-year-old, licensed concealed-carry permit holders to carry concealed weapons on Georgia's publicly funded college campuses, but not in dorms or at athletic events. The following is my publicly stated position on this very difficult issue.

April 15, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion

Congress, pass a budget for once


April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Why ‘religious freedom’ bill failed

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom" bill vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal. My personal opinions are irrelevant to this discussion. Rather, this is a refresher course in Politics 101.

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

What’s wrong with Ted Cruz?


April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

181st school district changing young lives

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that I haven't talked about much even though it is near and dear to my heart. It is the Georgia Preparatory Academy, the state's 181st school district and a part of the Department of Juvenile Justice, on whose board I have had the pleasure to serve for the past several years.

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Elected officials want to keep you in the dark

Editor's note: This column,which was completed Sunday, was revised to indicate that Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 323 into law Monday.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Hateful rhetoric has consequences


April 14, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion

Lawmakers declare their independence

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion

McKoon defends ‘religious freedom’ bill

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus. The senator asked for the opportunity to explain his position directly to you. I figured I owed him that. Here is what he had to say:

April 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

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Family grateful for love and support

Editor: The Pattman-Jones family would like to take this opportunity to graciously and humbly thank all of you for your generosity during the passing of ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Protect your identity at Shred It! Day

Another Community Shred It! Day is coming. It will be Nov. 19 at the Liberty County Health Department.

October 25, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Corporations dodging $718 billion in taxes

European regulators' recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech ...

October 25, 2016 | By Matthew Gardner Guest columnist | Opinion

Really random meanderings

This and that: I'm not sure what I think about Opportunity School Districts, but I do know when you get south Georgia conservatives who ...

October 24, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Tight race makes for odd bedfellows

On a riser at the front of the room sat a large whiteboard with the names Bland, Cooper and Stoughton across the top. A fourth ...

October 24, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Signs invite criminals in

Editor: "Stupid is as stupid does." This is a quote from the movie, Forrest Gump. Basically, it means people are as stupid as their actions ...

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Thanks for good work, Coastal EMC

Editor: Just a note to say "Thank You!" to the good folks at Coastal Electric Membership Corp. who put in long hours this past week ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

In Georgia government, experience doesn't count

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 19, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Lieutenant governor has education plan

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Storm's lesson: Be kind, patient, grateful

Editor's note: Brittany McClure is the public relations manager for the city of Hinesville. During Hurricane Matthew, she worked around the clock to help ...

October 17, 2016 | By Brittany McClure Guest columnist | Opinion

Christmas may come early for Georgia Power

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 17, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Bank's ethical lapses could be costly for all

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My ...

October 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Patients need truth about increasing drug prices

We are in the midst of an epic media freakout. It is a subset of a larger liberal panic over Donald Trump's strength in ...

October 13, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

No SPLOST until debt service gone

Editor: Are you for or against SPLOST? I suggested in a previous letter to the editor that the county commissioners remove the debt service from ...

October 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Work needed to make Liberty beautiful

Editor: I read, with interest, two articles in Sunday's Courier and would like to give my views on both. The front page article entitled ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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