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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 things that come to mind. But new data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau confirm that the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and Child Tax Credit, or CTC, are among the strongest anti-poverty tools in the nation's toolbox. And the data arrive at an opportune time, as Georgia lawmakers face several opportunities to strengthen the credits at both the federal level and the state Capitol.

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 and neglect and are placed in foster homes on a temporary basis, separating them from their families and requiring them to adjust to new surroundings, friends and circumstances.

September 26, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes For the Record | Opinion


What it means to be ‘out-snuckered’

It is a blessing of a life to know common-man philosophers - those people, though not formally educated, who are plenty smart when it comes to sizing up life.

September 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


High-school fishing clubs growing in Ga.

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The Bass Federation, which means he gets to work with young people across the land to introduce them to the joys of fishing through high-school fishing clubs.

September 23, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


US is going the way of the Roman Empire

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September 23, 2015 | Len Calderone | Opinion


Parties seek the right path on immigration

It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.

September 23, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Grocery store conversations in the South

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in the loaf-bread section of the grocery store or in the checkout line.

September 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Participate in 2015 Veterans Day Parade

Editor, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, falls on a Wednesday this year. As with the last three years, the Veterans Day Parade will line up in the Bradwell Institute parking lot beginning at 2 p.m. and will promptly step off at 4 p.m. This is done to accommodate the members of the 3rd Infantry Division and their band sufficient time to return from the morning parade in Savannah.

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why security is needed in courthouse

Late on a Friday afternoon in 1989, Judge James E. Findley (now deceased), one of the three superior-court judges of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, which includes the superior court of Liberty County, was conducting a hearing for parties involved in a dispute over child support and alimony. The plaintiff, the former wife of a retired soldier, alleged that her ex-husband, the defendant, owed her substantial unpaid amounts for both forms of postdivorce support.

September 22, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Honor businesses that care about appearance

Businesses are part of the heart of our community here in Liberty County. We are fortunate that we have so many business owners who work hard to make the appearance of their businesses as positive as the services and products that they sell.

September 21, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


City resolves hospital security issue

Editor, It appears the city of Hinesville and the Police Department have reversed the decision to short the car plan to provide a static post inside the hospital. Instead, it will be offered to officers as a voluntary overtime job.

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Torn between metro Pooler and Ryo

This world is full of surprises. I just got a call from Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. That alone is rare. Skeeter doesn't call me much because he doesn't particularly care for those of us in the media. He thinks we add little value to society. That doesn't make him unique. According to my mail, quite a few others share his opinion.

September 17, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Politicians failing us on economy

A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy's long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it: We're headed for the fiscal rocks.

September 16, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


Unintended consequences of 'religious freedom'

If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky, where a court clerk has been in and out of jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses on the grounds that it violates her religious beliefs.

September 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Recalling those old sports guys

Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called "SEC: Storied."

September 15, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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Plant a tree for Arbor Day

In our little corner of the world, trees are an essential part of life. We may take them for granted, but if they were not ...

February 02, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


On being orphaned late in life

No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan. It feels oddly like a ship that has been securely moored in ...

February 02, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's probably best to stay on Claire's good side

Perry Pratt was the kind of man everyone would want living in their hometown. As owner of Valley Country Store, Perry was a friend of ...

February 01, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Grumpy pol seeks to support disabled people

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician ...

January 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Who wins in this fight over freedom?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 27, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Here is why your tax bill is late

Editor, The end of the year comes with the very important duty for the Tax Commissioner's Office to issue property tax notices to our ...

January 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hollywood gets it wrong -- again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...

January 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


De-clutter your life for a fresh new year

This is a great month for de-cluttering your life. Although any month will do, January is a fresh year.

January 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Radio host calms listeners' nerves

Her intentions were innocent enough as Claire Lapella purchased her very first copy of The Lennox Valley Hometown News on Tuesday, May 5, 1998. She ...

January 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Jefferson's words continue to ring true

Editor, One of the greatest statesmen this country has ever known is Thomas Jefferson, who lived from April 13, 1743, to July 4, 1826. He ...

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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