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Radio host hatches plan to become mayor

Elections have always been big deals in small towns, and Lennox Valley is no exception. Winning an elected office is one of the few ways to be a big fish in a community like "The Valley." About your only other options are serving on a church board or opening a law office.

November 30, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


L/LCFD chief explains medical protocols

Editor, When I was hired as chief of the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department, I looked at what calls we were responding to. We want to provide the citizens of Long County with quality and professional care in every type of incident we respond to.

November 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Rural health care is very important

Editor, Nov. 19 was National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to celebrate the "can do" spirit of our rural communities. On this day, we honored the unselfish, community-minded determination of our rural health-care providers. This day was also an opportunity to focus on these communities and the unique challenges they face - finding ways to take care of their own, dealing with hospital and clinic closures, a dwindling health-care workforce and declining revenues.

November 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Academician got it right about Woman Who Shares My Name

Several of you got a chuckle over my recent observations on a survey from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia that says a good way to improve your marriage is to show gratitude to your spouse. As one reader told me, groveling doesn't hurt either.

November 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Giving thanks for those we love

An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that Randy Parks, one of the dearest friends of my life, was back in the hospital with congestive heart failure.

November 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


What should Georgia do with refugees?

Gov. Nathan Deal was adamant when he signed an executive order declaring that no Syrian refugees will be allowed to set foot in Georgia.

November 25, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


New traffic light is big deal in small town

Editor's note: A new feature in our newspaper is a weekly serial named "The Good Folks of Lennox Valley," written by Kevin Slimp. Kevin says the original idea for the serial came while visiting with a friend from the small town of Lennox, South Dakota, several years ago. For five years, he jotted ideas concerning the folks who lived in his fictional hometown and eventually put those ideas into stories you can read each week in this and scores of other newspapers across the country.

November 23, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


U.S. should not take in Syrian refugees

Editor, How do you commit mass suicide? You bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, as the present administration wants to do. Homeland Security has stated that they are unable to perform proper background checks. Given the abysmal security situation in Syria and the fact that the United States does not maintain a permanent diplomatic presence in the country, it's difficult for U.S. authorities to gather the information they need to thoroughly vet a Syrian applicant.

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hinesville still has hospitality

Editor, I came to live in the Hinesville area in 1970, when Hinesville was 6,500 population, and Liberty County was 17,000. Then Fort Stewart was activated, and now Hinesville is greater than 34,000, and Liberty County is greater than 64,000.

November 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support Veterans Memorial Walk

Editor, We had a well-attended Veterans Memorial Walk groundbreaking on Saturday, Nov. 7. It is exciting to see four years of work come to fruition.

November 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Unsubstantiated, anonymous sources have no place in journalism

I can't guarantee that I got all the commas where they belong today, but I can guarantee that what you read here is my opinion laid out for all to see.

November 19, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


College students, coaches get upper hand

There was an interesting role reversal at the University of Missouri last week.

November 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Legal community mourns loss of Gary Bacon

Editor, On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of attorney Gary A. Bacon of St. Marys on his recent and very untimely passing.

November 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Recycling can save you money and the world its resources

Sunday was America Recycles Day. ARD encourages Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.

November 17, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


New GDOT board chair introduces herself

Transportation has always been the driving force of a thriving economy. Here in Georgia, the same holds true. Transportation touches the lives of everyone every day, from people going to work and parents bringing their kids to soccer practice to farmers getting their crops to market and visitors traveling here to experience this wonderful state.

November 17, 2015 | By Emily Dunn Guest columnist | Opinion


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'Silver Tongue' Dick Bland begins assault

"Renderings with Raymond" was normally a labor of love for Raymond Cooper. After all, it was his "baby." Started in 1997 as a camouflaged attempt ...

April 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why I voted 'yes' on 'campus carry'

Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry ...

April 15, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Congress, pass a budget for once

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why ‘religious freedom’ bill failed

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


What’s wrong with Ted Cruz?

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


181st school district changing young lives

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Elected officials want to keep you in the dark

Editor's note: This column,which was completed Sunday, was revised to indicate that Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 323 into law Monday.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers declare their independence

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Hateful rhetoric has consequences

Editor,

April 14, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


It’s the principle, not the individual

Editor's note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Washington Examiner.

April 14, 2016 | Sen. David Perdue | Opinion


McKoon defends ‘religious freedom’ bill

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of state Sen ...

April 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Earth Day will be a blowout with your help

Could there be anything better than being an environmental educator in April, which is Earth Month? Only one thing could make it even better for ...

April 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


What is worse than a cranky Yankee

A few years ago, a gentleman went to a lot of trouble to write me a simple letter that he sent to the newspaper where ...

April 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Spring is in air; get busy on your garden

Editor, Greetings, all you seed savers and plant rooters.

April 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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