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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 I haven't talked about much even though it is near and dear to my heart. It is the Georgia Preparatory Academy, the state's 181st school district and a part of the Department of Juvenile Justice, on whose board I have had the pleasure to serve for the past several years.

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


Hateful rhetoric has consequences

Editor,

April 14, 2016 | By Staff Report | 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


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. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus. The senator asked for the opportunity to explain his position directly to you. I figured I owed him that. Here is what he had to say:

April 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | 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


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 he reads this column, which the newspaper then mailed to me.

April 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich 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 me: Having 300 volunteers join me on Earth Day.

April 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida 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


Raymond's Fourth of July fireworks steal show

Raymond Cooper had been priming the pump all week on his daily radio show, "Renderings With Raymond," as he prepared to carry out his evil scheme on the morning of Sunday, July 4.

April 11, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Deal's veto of 'religious liberty' bill wrong

Editor, God help Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal certainly won't. Deal vetoed the "religious liberty" bill, which is a slap in the face to all Christians and small-business owners. Deal and the PC (politically correct) police are willing to throw the Constitution in the trash to kiss up to the altar of greed. The government should have no say as to whom businesses can or should serve.

April 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


It's the princple, not the individual

Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution is clear.

April 08, 2016 | By Sen. David Perdue Special to the Courier | Opinion


U.S. letting ISIS commit genocide

Editor, My favorite quotation is, "If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it," by Winston Churchill. We can see that happening today. Just like the Nazis murdered 10 million Jews, ISIS is murdering Christians, Kurds, Turkmen, Shabaks and Yazidis by the thousands. Because of the chaos, the actual number is unknown.

April 05, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Moonshiners had strict ethical standards

When the Chattanooga Better Business Bureau hired me as the keynote speaker for its annual luncheon, the president and CEO was very specific on what he wanted me to talk.

April 05, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Volunteers help make April Earth Month

There are many opportunities to volunteer in April as Keep Liberty Beautiful observes Earth Month. From litter cleanups and geocache fun, to environmental education disguised as a festival, there will be plenty to do to thank the Earth.

April 05, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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Holtzmans were easy pick for parade honor

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce recently chose George and Babs Holtzman to serve as the 2016 Christmas Parade Grand Marshall. Why, you might wonder?

November 22, 2016 | By Leah Poole Guest columnist | Opinion


Making Liberty County better

Sometimes, it seems like we have forgotten what Thanksgiving is about. We should be thankful every day. Even the poorest of our poor is still ...

November 22, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Health care column was 'fear mongering'

Editor: Many people think that because a columnist is syndicated, he knows what he is talking about. They don't. Such a column was in ...

November 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


NAACP leader: Give Trump a chance

As Liberty County transitions under President Elect Donald Trump's administration, I humbly request that all citizens respect the office of the president of the ...

November 21, 2016 | By Graylan Quarterman Guest columnist | Opinion


What I'm thankful for

Thanksgiving is here, and I thought I'd get a jump on the crowd by offering up some things for which I am thankful in ...

November 21, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Why the polls got it so wrong

The election-night coverage of the 2016 vote began with images of the Clinton campaign team gathering in the Javits Center - under the symbolic glass ceiling ...

November 18, 2016 | By Dr. Gary Welton Guest columnist | Opinion


A recommendation for a sheep dipping

Dear Gov. Deal:

November 17, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Happy days are here again

Editor:

November 17, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia voters wanted change, now they have it

For both Georgia and the United States as a whole, the election of Donald Trump as president is going to mean some major changes in ...

November 16, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Illegal immigrants costing us too much

Editor, Well, the rollercoaster ride is over and many in this country were overwhelmed by the result. This is especially true of the pollsters, who ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


America Recycles Day

We are celebrating recycling this week at Keep Liberty Beautiful. America Recycles Day is Tuesday. It is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging ...

November 15, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Court is fighting for veterans freedom

We ask much of our men and women in uniform, and they ask little in return. As a nation, we are ultimately responsible for ensuring ...

November 14, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


The perfect scheme to win an election

When the good folks of Lennox Valley began to stir on Friday morning, many wondered if the events of Thursday evening had been a dream ...

November 14, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why GIS is an important gig

Tuesday is Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day! I realize that many of you do not share my enthusiasm nor have any idea what GIS is ...

November 14, 2016 | By Dustin Michew Guest columnist | Opinion


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