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Don't trivialize any mother's role

There's a topic I've always shied away from in this column - that of the working mom vs. stay-at-home mom debate. I never felt the need to broach this subject before because, honestly, I didn't really feel it was an issue anymore. I thought we, as parents, had moved past all that trivial nonsense and decided all mothers play important roles. Period.

October 22, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Old bowl symbolizes family history

Just as my husband, Tink, started up the stairs, stepping slowly and carefully to keep the contents of his bowl and coffee cup from sloshing, I appeared around the corner. I paused, watched and debated silently whether to speak.

October 22, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Help waterways, wetlands in Rivers Alive

Liberty County's eighth annual Rivers Alive cleanups are scheduled for Saturday, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. at more than 40 locations around the county.

October 22, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Debt 'deal' fails to address spending

While much of the media attention over the past two weeks has been focused on the government shutdown, the real story is why it was shutdown: We have a spending problem in this country.

October 21, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Parties are failing to represent America

Democrats and Republicans in Congress finally compromised Wednesday to end the shutdown of the federal government and to prevent the nation from being pushed into default.

October 21, 2013 | Brunswick News | Opinion


Customer service is DOT job one

For nearly 30 years, I have held elective office in Georgia and been involved, at one level or another, in shaping and implementing public policy.

October 17, 2013 | By Jay Shaw Special to the Courier | Opinion


Risky waters for coastal homeowners

Question: Which of these three natural risks is the most costly and prevalent in the United States?

October 17, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Military should have to live on post

Editor, The U.S. government has cut back troop strength to World War I levels, which means there should be enough on-post housing for all 3rd Infantry Division troops to live on Fort Stewart. Commanders need to make it mandatory for all their troops to live on post when on-post housing is available.

October 17, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Not winning peace prize has its rewards

Bummer. I just learned that I did not win the Nobel Peace Prize again this year. This is getting old. I was so confident this time that I had my tuxedo pressed and new laces put in my Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star high-top sneakers.

October 16, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


'Georgia Gardner' coming to Liberty

If you love playing in the dirt, I have a treat for you.

October 15, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Journey to Midwest a little messy

As it turns out, all my worrying last week about how my toddler would deal with a flight from Georgia to Missouri definitely was not for nothing. In fact, probably the only thing that would have made the journey worse would've been a plane crash. And, sadly, it was my own meticulous planning that did me in.

October 15, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Slope from triumph to tragedy is slippery

When Peggy Sue went away, just fell off the face of the Earth with no warning or even a holler, we all wondered where she had gone.

October 15, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Time has come for congressional intervention

The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?

October 15, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


State parks can use all the help they can get

A letter to Georgia's citizens: An estimated 26,000 visitors participated in dozens of events and service projects at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites on Saturday, Sept. 28. The occasion was "Your State Parks Day," a celebration of National Public Lands Day hosted by Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Our Friends organization sponsored service projects with approximately 3,000 volunteers and underwrote the cost of parking at state parks and admission to state historic sites for the day.

October 10, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


You can let us be your newspaper

After more than 53 years in the newspaper business. I have learned that there are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism. First, you can say nothing. Second, you can do nothing. And third, you can be nothing.

October 09, 2013 | By Bob Tribble Guest columnist | Opinion


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Lawmakers want guns in more places

In the Georgia Legislature, even a relatively simple bill can turn into one of the most important pieces of legislation that is considered.

April 09, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Swarm of gnat nation has arrived

Just a wisp of time elapsed, and the almighty sand-gnat is back with a vengeance. Like a swallow returning to Capistrano or a martin to a gourd, the little varmints are back just in time for the Blessing of the Fleet. They just refuse to give up.

April 09, 2014 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


No point fighting desire to help others

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment, but still, Rodney keeps trying.

April 08, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Don't be at kid's beck and call

Call me an old-timer, but moms and dads just did things differently when I was a child. The overall approach to parenting seems to have changed so much. My parents fostered independence in my siblings and me. They wanted us to learn early on that we needed to be able to speak and do things for ourselves, and the sooner we understood that, the better off we'd be.

April 08, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Effort to eradicate blight won't work

Editor, Hmm. I read in the Coastal Courier that Liberty County's government and various cities' political leaders have declared a war on blight. You know - yada, yada, yada.

April 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Time to fix government is overdue

In 1965, Wilbur Mills, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House.

April 07, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Elected leaders need backbrones

Editor,

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Irritating, you got to love it

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in South Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.

April 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Legislative session was an embarrassment

Having had time to reflect on the recently completed 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, it is with great regret that I have to say it was the most embarrassing performance by your state legislature that I can remember.

April 02, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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