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Mama B -- a most memorable woman

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.

May 12, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Volunteers are priceless for service organizations

There are organizations that estimate the value of the average volunteer, like, which currently values their time at $22.55 an hour.

May 12, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Lawmaker right about Opportunity School District

Editor, State Rep. Valencia Stovall, D-Lake City, was "right on" concerning the need for the Opportunity School District legislation (Coastal Courier op-ed, Wednesday, May 6). If you look who is objecting to this legislation, I am sure you will find the self-serving teachers' union. They object to anything that will improve our children's education if it means they will not control the schools and add to their coffers.

May 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Georgia moms earn, deserve tax credit

Working moms are the bedrock of so many Georgia families. Between raising kids, contributing to their communities and holding down one or more jobs, moms put in a lot more than a full day's work.

May 11, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion

Don't miss small business conference

Editor, National Small Business Week was May 4-9, but the must-attend event for small business entrepreneurs this month is the Mayor's Small Business Conference on May 20.

May 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Centennial celebrations lead down Memory Lane

You are going to have to give me a little scat room today. I am having an attack of the nostalgias. Going down someone else's Memory Lane can be as boring as a lecture on the life cycle of guppies, but this has been a reflective few weeks for me. My beloved Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia and the campus chapter of my college fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, both celebrated their 100th anniversaries this past month in Athens.

May 07, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

It is time to restructure Georgia schools

On May 22, my youngest child will graduate from high school, and I am ecstatic to see her turn that tassel and move on to her next chapter in life.

May 07, 2015 | By State Rep. Valencia Stoval Special to the Courier | Opinion

Them's some strong words

Once on "The Andy Griffith Show," Ernest T. Bass tried to join the Army. Several times, Barney says comically, "He's a nut!"

May 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Tell officials how you feel about pipeline

Someone asked the question, "Is Buddy Carter beholden to oil?" Would approximately $400,000 from a super PAC in Texas that represents big-oil interests mean anything? After all, the folks in Texas want Georgia to have good representation in Washington.

May 06, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion

Worry about what rain can wash into waterways

April certainly was the month for showers this year.

May 05, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

The concrete road less traveled

What if you were told that 95 percent of Georgians are using a product that may not always be the best value for money?

May 05, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion

Tuition hikes cloud goal of increasing grads

A college education in Georgia just got less affordable. Tuition is rising again in the wake of cuts in state funds for the university system. The HOPE Scholarship covers far less than it used to, and many students do not receive it. A college degree is more important than ever, yet it may be priced out of reach for many students.

May 04, 2015 | By Claire Suggs Guest columnist | Opinion

Baltimore police arrests serve justice

Editor, I, along with many other Americans, breathed a sigh of relief at the news that the six officers involved in the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore will face multiple charges. The death has been ruled a homicide. This is a great day for the cause of justice in our country.

May 04, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Legislature's health care record was mixed

Georgia lawmakers left town earlier this month after producing a 2016 state spending plan that invests no more money overall for health care than last year. Georgia ranks near the bottom of all states for health-care investment, and the consequences include hundreds of thousands of uninsured Georgians and hospitals that struggle to stay afloat.

April 30, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion

Is Buddy Carter beholding to big oil?

Editor, When 1st Congressional District U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter spoke before Richmond Hill High School students on the issues surrounding Kinder Morgan's Palmetto Pipeline, he stated, "I suspect many of you drive, and gas is expensive. … Having a pipeline could help that. … So sometimes, we have to make tough decisions" (, April 17, reported by Jeff Whitten).

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

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Recycle It! Fair can free room for holidays

It is your last chance to recycle all those electronics and household items that are taking up space you need for the holidays.

November 10, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

It takes time to be a proper Southerner

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness. In fact, it takes so much time ...

November 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

What in the world is a Sega Fish?

Editor, SEGAFFSH (pronounced Sega Fish) is an acronym for Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter, also known as Friends of Fort Stewart and ...

November 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Innovation is true health-care solution

Political support for Medicaid expansion in Georgia is on life support, and the prognosis may be terminal. This doesn't mean, however, that there isn ...

November 09, 2015 | By Josh Daniels Guest columnist | Opinion

Tax plan is just wealth redistribution

Editor, This letter is in response to the editorial in your Sunday, Oct. 25, paper by Wesley Tharpe titled "Bolstering Ga. families through targeted tax ...

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

WHO shouldn't mess with porcine preferences

The history revisionists are still as busy as bees trying to rid us of all vestiges of the Old South. That means some brave soul ...

November 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Government keeps stealing Social Security

Editor, I would like to respond to a Sound off in the Wednesday, Oct. 28 paper. The caller brought up the fact that people on ...

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

There's no denying that it's getting wetter

This is what the future looks like.

November 05, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

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