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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 state. His name was Zell Miller. His vision was the HOPE scholarship, funded by the Georgia Lottery, which gives financial assistance to eligible students who attend our state's colleges and universities. It has been a game-changer.

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 keep residents informed of the storm's impact. Afterward, we asked her to write a first-person account of her experience.

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 father. A man without a lot of education or sophistication, his was a world of right and wrong, good and bad, legal or illegal. It either was or it wasn't. Rationalization didn't count much with him if you were trying to defend bad decisions. It was just simpler to do the right thing.

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 the general election.

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 SPLOST and give the $12,500,000 to the cities where it will benefit the residents the most. Just imagine what your city can do with this money.

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 "Chik-Fil-A, others are on the way."

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia is the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by special interest groups into disrespecting a country that allows them the freedom to do so.

October 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Look close at constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Hurricane evacuation preparedness is key

There are several lists available across the web that help you prepare for a hurricane.

October 05, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion


Learning from the Great Depression

It was the Great Depression that shaped my parents and would, in the years to come, shape my life as well. Because they saw first-hand the deprivation and starvation wrought by hard times, they would never forget.

October 04, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Help for state's working poor

On any given day in Georgia, hundreds of working families walk through the doors of nonprofit food banks in our communities. A young mom earning minimum wage as a cashier who can't afford child care if she wants enough money left for groceries.

October 04, 2016 | By Wes Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion


Snuff out cigarette litter

In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S. and across the globe.

October 04, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Old Jail remembers Sheriff Bobby Sikes

Editor's note: Local historian Margie Love wrote this column in 2004 on the "Old Jail." It includes lengthy references to former Liberty County Sheriff R.V. "Bobby" Sikes, who died Monday at 88. Given that tie between the former sheriff and the jail, we decided it would be worth running a portion of the column again.

October 03, 2016 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


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Reports of Georgia going 'purple' permature

Now that the final election totals are in, let's look at a couple of Georgia's voting trends.

November 23, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Holtzmans were easy pick for parade honor

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce recently chose George and Babs Holtzman to serve as the 2016 Christmas Parade Grand Marshall. Why, you might wonder?

November 22, 2016 | By Leah Poole Guest columnist | Opinion


Making Liberty County better

Sometimes, it seems like we have forgotten what Thanksgiving is about. We should be thankful every day. Even the poorest of our poor is still ...

November 22, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Health care column was 'fear mongering'

Editor: Many people think that because a columnist is syndicated, he knows what he is talking about. They don't. Such a column was in ...

November 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


NAACP leader: Give Trump a chance

As Liberty County transitions under President Elect Donald Trump's administration, I humbly request that all citizens respect the office of the president of the ...

November 21, 2016 | By Graylan Quarterman Guest columnist | Opinion


What I'm thankful for

Thanksgiving is here, and I thought I'd get a jump on the crowd by offering up some things for which I am thankful in ...

November 21, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Why the polls got it so wrong

The election-night coverage of the 2016 vote began with images of the Clinton campaign team gathering in the Javits Center - under the symbolic glass ceiling ...

November 18, 2016 | By Dr. Gary Welton Guest columnist | Opinion


A recommendation for a sheep dipping

Dear Gov. Deal:

November 17, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Happy days are here again

Editor:

November 17, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia voters wanted change, now they have it

For both Georgia and the United States as a whole, the election of Donald Trump as president is going to mean some major changes in ...

November 16, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Illegal immigrants costing us too much

Editor, Well, the rollercoaster ride is over and many in this country were overwhelmed by the result. This is especially true of the pollsters, who ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


America Recycles Day

We are celebrating recycling this week at Keep Liberty Beautiful. America Recycles Day is Tuesday. It is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging ...

November 15, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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