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We need more sunlight in government

Less than one-third of Americans view elected officials as "honest," and a lack of transparency lies at the core of this distrust.

November 08, 2016 | By Patrice McDermott Guest columnist | Opinion


Vote count leads to arrests

Could this really be happening in our Valley?

November 07, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why fair pay is important to workers

At Earth Friendly Products, our passion is making cleaning products that are environmentally friendly, safer for people and pets, and affordable for everyone. We make our plant-powered cleaners at sustainable facilities in California, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington using 100 percent renewable energy while creating green jobs and paying our employees a living wage.

November 04, 2016 | By Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks Guest columnist | Opinion


Keep your schools local

Among the important choices voters must decide now through Nov. 8 is one that impacts whether local communities lose control of the education decision-making processes for their children.

November 03, 2016 | By Dr. Sid Chapman Guest columnist | Opinion


A dose of Skeeter Skate's political perspective

One of the dangers of providing you with my opinions each week - besides not having a clue where to put commas - is that it is easy to lose touch with reality and start acting like all the media pundits who think they are so smart that their IQs should be measured with a yardstick. My momma didn't raise me like that.

November 03, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Democrats are putting an end to U.S.

Editor: Every time the Democrats do something, it costs the American people money. Locally, SPLOST is a good example. But when Washington does something, it really costs us. The best example is Obamacare. Next year, the rates are going up from 25 to 116 percent. Obama said in a recent speech, "You are getting better quality, even though you don't know that Obamacare is doing it." I'm not too sure about the better-quality part.

November 02, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


The GOP of the past is dead

Editor: The party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan is dead. It has been kidnapped by a lunatic known to his delusional supporters and some others as The Donald. I value a two party system, and believe it or not, this Democrat is saddened to see the GOP's total demise.

November 02, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgians might get two senators for the price of one

There's not much suspense about who will win Georgia's senate race.

November 02, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


National parks are our greatest idea

As a newly-formed nation, the United States could not compete with the cultural icons of its mother country. Absent from American lands were castles, cathedrals, and centuries-old cities.

November 01, 2016 | By Grant Mercer University of Georgia/Georgia Political Review | Opinion


Make room for the holidays

Ready or not, it is coming. Only 25 days to the official beginning of the holiday season. This is a perfect time to make room for all of the decorations and new gadgets and other presents coming your way.

November 01, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Veterans Salute to be bigger, better this year

The fourth annual Veterans Salute is less a week away, and the Hinesville Military Affairs Committee is busy finalizing plans to guarantee the event's success. In addition to the motorcycle show, sponsored by Savannah PowerSports Center, there will be a Battle of the Bands competition.

November 01, 2016 | By Michelle Ricketson Guest columnist | Opinion


Legion supports veterans, not candidates

As leader of the nation's largest veterans service organization, I am frequently asked who The American Legion is supporting in this year's presidential election. My answer is simple. "Veterans." And by that answer I am not referring to a candidate's military service (or lack thereof) but to his or her proposals on issues such as VA health care, a strong national defense and border security.

October 31, 2016 | By Charles E. Schmidt Guest columnist | Opinion


Time for HABR's Turkey Trot 5K

Editor, It's that time of year again! Time to dust off that turkey feather tutu and join us for the Hinesville Area Board of Realtors (HABR) 3rd Annual Turkey Trot 5k. This year's event will take place in Downtown Hinesville on Nov. 19. at 8 am.

October 31, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Total bedlam at vote count

Iris counted and recounted the votes during the five-minute recess. It was difficult to concentrate with a room full of Valley residents, all loudly sharing their thoughts.

October 31, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Fight over Amendment 1 far from over

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets. That is because the office controls a lot of money and patronage and can dispense or withhold either, depending on whether or not you support or oppose the governor.

October 29, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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Muckraking is tradition in America

OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are ...

March 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Darts and daisies, daisies and darts

At my first paper some 20 years ago there was a middle-aged, bespectacled and be-permed teacher named Ginger something-or-the other who regularly wrote a column ...

March 11, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Learn about the new chamber

As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world and in my travels I have achieved many successes.

March 10, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


Legislation targets low-performing schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...

March 10, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School board has gotta be kidding with payout

Editor: Either your reporting of the "BoE, superintendent to part ways June 30" had an error or this is another one of those "you gotta ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shaking the money tree

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 09, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Crossover Day is benchmark for Georgia legislation

The Georgia General Assembly ended the week on what is known as "Crossover Day." This is the 28th legislative day in which bills that passed ...

March 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Great American Cleanup starts on east end

What if a million years ago a caveman finished off a soda and he tossed the glass bottle on the ground on the ground?

March 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Perspective on scholarship programs

A recent opinion piece in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked, "Are vouchers a failure?" Any answer requires examining the best evidence on the topic and placing ...

March 07, 2017 | By Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump's issues with the press

My feelings are hurt. I'm not on President Donald Trump's list of "enemies of the American people." Here is his exact tweet:

March 07, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Immigrants can be bad for a country

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a ...

March 07, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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