Last week, the United States marked the end of a foreign conflict that claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 American troops and 100,000 Iraqis, wounded thousands more and cost the nation more than $800 billion. The war in Iraq lasted nearly nine bitterly conflicted years, but the flag-retiring ceremony that brought the battle to a close lasted only 45 minutes.
There's no escaping it now. With Christmas less than a week away, it's time to face the inevitable.
This year, 483,605 Georgians have the same item on their Christmas wish list - they want a job.
Recently, 192 mostly socialist governments, led by Bolivia, asked the U.N. to create a treaty that would grant the same rights found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to "Mother Nature." The treaty supports a legal system to maintain a balance between human rights and what they perceive as the rights of other elements of the Earth's community - the plants, animals and terrain.
Editor, I am a mother of five children, one of whom is very ill, recently became wheelchair-bound and is getting worse daily. I went to a company called JCVisions here in town for assistance because my son's medical bills and my husband's recent layoff make it tough for us to keep up with bills. While I was at JCVisions, I asked the staffers if they knew of any resources for handicap accessories because my family is in need of a wheelchair lift and/or a larger van for our family and a wheelchair ramp for our son.
As you're frantically buying gifts and checking names of your holiday lists, please stop for a moment to consider our local stores, businesses and eateries.
Dear valued reader: In appreciation for your loyalty and support this past year, I had planned to thank you by sending each of you your own personalized Dick Yarbrough Christmas card - suitable for framing - that you could proudly show your envious friends. The cards might even become a collector's item some day and you could take them to the Antiques Road Show and make a lot of money which you could then spend on a new Ferrari. It is the least I could do for you.
I don't like crowds. A family reunion is about as big a group as I want to be in. Forget theme parks and other places where you wish you had the Right Guard franchise. I think this attitude may come with age. And with wisdom.
Dear editor: Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in men behind lung cancer. The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, even with limitations, is the best screening method we have today along with the DRE (digital rectal exam).
Part of the Public Service Commission's job in Georgia is certifying how and where Georgia Power gets electricity. With ever-changing federal environmental regulations, the PSC soon will have to decide whether to close some of our old coal facilities or bring them into Environmental Protection Agency compliance with new standards by putting controls on them to further remove sulfur, mercury and NOx.
Jud Turner, Gov. Nathan Deal's choice to head the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, will officially succeed EPD Director Allen Barnes in the new year. At Wednesday's meeting of the state Natural Resources Board, Turner pledged to "adopt the policies of his predecessor in trying to keep economic development coming into the state while regulating its impact on the environment."
Editor: Since I attended the Nov. 8 Ludowici City Council meeting, there has been much speculation by the public about funds paid to Vanessa Cunningham. This woman is trying against great odds to bring the city into the 21st century by bringing up to date the charter, ordinances and a series of other things as shown in documents signed by the mayor and city clerk. These things, required by state and federal statutory requirements, are not necessarily good for old politics and, in my opinion, this is the reason for all the turmoil unfolding right before the new government begins ...
There's talk again in the media and among some politicians of expanding gambling in Georgia to produce another revenue stream for education, trauma care and other needs in our state.
City governments should not be allowed to function with smoke and mirrors. City government and its records must be open to its residents, and the full city council should be part of the decisions made for the city.
Editor: Why ask a question like that?
Editor: Since my letter to the editor, "Tax For Cop Salaries Doesn't Work For Him," in the Jan. 29 edition of the Courier, I ...
Yes, A.J. Fryerson complained about everything, and the number of folks on his "bad list" increased by the week.
The work of unraveling President Barack Obama's legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law ...
In the months before we married, I sought to show Tink the Southern mountains of my raising.
His "America First, America First, America First" inaugural address is seen by many as divisive, particularly those who are miserable that Donald Trump is actually ...