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It’s time to break through the hug barrier

Sitting somewhere near the top of the list of things I miss about living near family is frequent hugs.

August 21, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Safe gun practices prevent tragedies

Two young lives have been lost recently, and these tragedies could have been avoided. A 2-year-old girl in Pooler accidentally shot herself in July with a gun she found on her father's nightstand. Last week, a 2-year-old boy was fatally shot in a home in Hinesville's Eagles Landing subdivision. Authorities still are in the early stages of the investigation, but the gunshot is thought to be self-inflicted. The boy's father was outside mowing the lawn.

August 20, 2012 | Courier editorial | Opinion


Olens’ political star getting brighter

The political star of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens seems to be getting brighter every day.

August 20, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


LCSS response to policy in entirety

Editor's note: Liberty County School System Deputy Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Conley on Friday, Aug. 17, issued the following statement in response to parents' complaints about the new visitor policy. Her response appears unedited in its entirety below.

August 17, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Providing economic certainty takes more than a few temporary measures

In the recently released July jobs report, we found out that almost as many people gave up looking for work all together in the month of July as were able to find a job. In total, 23 million Americans are struggling to find work.

August 16, 2012 | Jack Kingston U.S. representative | Opinion


Hold legislators to their promises regarding gifts

Are you sitting down, dear reader? House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has announced he will propose a full ban on gifts from lizard-loafered lobbyists in the next session.

August 15, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Continued support of Morrill Act, land-grant universities is important

Editor, In June, the World Food Prize Foundation awarded land-grant universities with the Norman E. Borlaug Medallion in honor of the 150 years of agricultural growth under the Morrill Act of 1862. This prestigious award has been presented to only three additional world initiatives since its creation in 2006.

August 15, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Faced with crisis, Congress plans a long vacation

As measured by a recent Gallup poll, the U.S. Congress has a public approval rating of 17 percent. It is a dubious honor the lawmakers have worked hard to earn.

August 14, 2012 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


T-SPLOST defeats were Tea Party victory

The voters spoke in the Georgia primary elections, and there were no surprises.

August 14, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Community service humbles student

Editor, My name is Aaron Vaughn. I am a ninth-grader at Liberty County High School. Every student in Liberty County has to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service in order to graduate. On June 9, I got a jump-start on my community service hours.

August 13, 2012 | Aaron Vaughn Hinesville | Opinion


Are the Stooges running Midway?

Lake Gale Road needed repair work, and the Midway City Council agreed to have the work performed. So far, so good. Although the city has an agreement with the county to do such work at no additional cost - other than existing payments to the county - Mayor Clemontine Washington had the city hire a contractor without informing the council of a verbal agreement with the vendor.

August 13, 2012 | Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


It was nice to have tax-free holiday back

It's back! This weekend, the sales-tax holiday for back-to-school shopping returned to Georgia.

August 13, 2012 | Buddy Carter state senator | Opinion


Recent trip a reminder to take nothing for granted

I have just returned from a memorable trip to Valdosta. I went there to speak to the Rotary Club. The members laughed in all the right places, which not only was memorable, but downright remarkable. What made the trip even more special were two visits I made while there. I dropped by to see my beloved college professor, Dr. Raymond Cook on his 93rd birthday. My detractors will find little comfort in this but I would not be where I am today had I not been assigned Dr. Cook's English Literature course in the Spring term of my freshman ...

August 09, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks to those who worked on, supported and voted for T-SPLOST

Editor, As the voters of Liberty County are aware, the T-SPLOST did not pass in many regions of the state, including the Coastal Region (Region 12). There were high expectations that it would pass in Region 12 and lower expectations for other regions. Not passing in Region 12 was a great disappointment; however, all is not lost in the efforts to approve the TIA project list for this region. Each of the 10 counties in the Coastal Region has identified transportation-improvement projects that are important to their needs.

August 09, 2012 | John D. McIver Chairman Liberty Co. Board of Commissioners | Opinion


New school year brings optimism

This week, school bells rang and the 2012-13 academic year began. Some kids welcome it, others don't. Parents also likely have mixed feelings about the start of another term.

August 08, 2012 | Courier editorial | Opinion


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Humor: Graduating from school in three terms

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November 10, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Time for Mr. Answer Man

Hey, what time is it, boys and girls? It is time for Answer Man! The show that gives you the straight skinny to whatever has ...

November 09, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Royko’s classic on Veterans Day

Editor's note: The late and great Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko, a veteran of the Korean war, wrote this column in 1993 about Veterans ...

November 09, 2017 | By Mike Royko Guest columnist | Opinion


Bipartisanship is still possible

Back in 2001 and 2002, there was no Democrat more hated by Georgia Republicans than Roy Barnes, who was then the state's governor.

November 09, 2017 | By Tom Crwaford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Increased police presence will cut crime

Editor: I am writing to discuss safety in Liberty County neighborhoods, particularly those neighborhoods of Hinesville.

November 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Clear out clutter to make room for holiday gifts

What is in your closet? My hall closet is a mysterious place. I do not know what happens every few months. All sorts of things ...

November 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Cutting butter with a nuclear chainsaw

Editor: With abundant justification, much has been written about the colossally expensive, publicly subsidized, 30-billion-dollar fiasco known as the Plant Vogtle nuclear power-plant expansion. That ...

November 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Running from the Russians

Writing about something before it happens for publication after the fact is a pain in the you-know-what, but here I am doing it anyway.

November 06, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Maybe it's not the schools afterall

I am trying to remember when our public school system became an inferior way to learn to read, write and cipher. Maybe public schools have ...

November 04, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't punish business with tax reform

As a legislator here in Georgia who chairs a committee dedicated to fostering greater economic development and growth, I am completely behind the concept of ...

November 03, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bad childhoods can show parents what not to do

I was standing in the lobby of an auditorium in which I'd just spoken, talking with a small group of attendees, when a 30-something ...

November 03, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Humor: Beer can aluminium paying better than bank interest

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

November 02, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Republicans attacking their own party

Several candidates for higher office are employing an old campaign strategy: attack the establishment as being hopelessly corrupt and promise to clean up the mess.

November 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


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