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Be careful with online comments

As we see news stories and Facebook posts sharing comments and critiques about recent budget items that directly impact military families' futures, it is easy to sit back, type a snarky comment and continue the sharing train.

January 16, 2014 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Improper payments cost taxpayers billions

Imagine filling up your gas tank and realizing that the price you were charged was more than the price advertised. What would you do?

January 15, 2014 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Loss of friend reminds of misplaced priorities

If this sounds like name-dropping, I apologize - but I am trying to make a point here.

January 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Midway should learn from other cities

Is Midway a city or a hodgepodge of buildings along country roads? A good city plan was developed during Don Emmons' term as mayor, but not one part of the plan has been implemented since Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington took office. The plan likely is collecting dust in some drawer.

January 14, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Recycle old phone books and catalogs

Start this new year right by recycling your old phone books and the gazillion sales catalogs you received during the holiday season.

January 14, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Handing kids easy lives is no favor

The way she was was a long way from what she became. I can't help thinking about how life veers so far away from the beginning of the journey and how the destination can vary drastically from where it all started.

January 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Search for new doctor not easy

For months now, I've heard complaints about the current state of the U.S. health-care system, but until recently, I had no specific reason to be dissatisfied. Then, I started my search for a new pediatrician for my daughter and "got a taste of some bad medicine."

January 14, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Session may be one of fastest ever

The 2014 session of the Georgia State Legislature will begin Monday.

January 08, 2014 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Grandson, give it your best shot

Dear Cameron: You have been in this world for a tad more than five years now. I think you would agree it has been a pretty good ride to this point. A lot of people love you and care deeply about you. When you are older, you will understand just how fortunate you are.

January 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Opportunities to 'treecycle'

If you have not taken down your Christmas decorations yet, you are not alone. I like to stretch the Christmas season out as long as possible. I do not like the "undecorating" part, which is not nearly as fun as decorating. But there is one good thing about this time of year. You can join more than 100,000 other Georgians by "treecycling" your live Christmas tree.

January 07, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Restaurant, volunteers help fundraiser

Editor, Gateway Behavioral Health Services extends a sincere hand of appreciation to Royal Waffle King's regional manger, Hinesville restaurant owner Charlie Krowder, manager Cheryl Hodges and all the staffers at the eatery for sponsoring a yard sale Oct. 12 and a customer-appreciation day Oct. 26.

January 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ancestor witnessed history

It was the summer of 1865, which - according to Charlie Tinker's diaries - had been a summer of oppressive heat. Its airless steaminess was made more miserable by the heavy sorrow that Charlie and his colleagues shouldered following the death of their commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln.

January 07, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Learn to budget in the new year

The new year brings many things, including further budget discussions in Congress that could very drastically affect military life.

January 07, 2014 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Working hard is a good thing, most times

Recently, a co-worker who is fairly new to our staff here at the Courier made a comment that sent a wave of various emotions crashing over me.

January 07, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Big man in red lives: Hoe, hoe, hoe!

Recently I've read some commentaries where people told about the moment they first realized there was no Santa Claus. I got to thinking about that, and I couldn't recall a specific moment when such realization came to me. It's kind of like I absorbed that wisdom during a progression of maturity. No single event did it.

January 02, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


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Midway needs better fire-protection deal

It's good when the fire department is quiet, but the Midway Fire Department is the busiest department outside of Hinesville. The Midway volunteers do an excellent job with a quick response time. Many residents are not aware of Midway's coverage area, but the Midway Fire Department covers Midway's 4 square miles and 40 square miles of unincorporated areas of Liberty County. It also supports other fire departments when called upon for assistance.

July 17, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


BRAC should be feared in Georgia

Few acronyms raise the concern of elected officials, community leaders and military personnel as much as BRAC does.

July 17, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The tyranny of automobiles

In the week leading up to Independence Day, several news stories prompted us to contemplate what freedom means in 2014.

July 17, 2014 | By John Bennett Guest columnist | Opinion


Waxing poetic is quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Tales, myths evolve; legends live on

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more because their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

July 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Make healthy cooking, eating fun

I've always heard and read that it's a good idea to involve children in meal-preparation efforts, because they're more likely to eat dishes that they helped cook. That makes sense.

July 15, 2014 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Cure rude behavior with all-day room confinement

Q: The sassiness that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter.

July 13, 2014 | By John Rosemond Parenting Columnist | Opinion


State still leads on immigration

Politically speaking, perhaps the biggest news story this election cycle is the historic loss of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary election.

July 10, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Renewables offset high gas prices

As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4 per gallon.

July 10, 2014 | By Bob Dinneen Guest columnist | Opinion


Hinesville needs own Fourth celebration

Editor, I saw an item in Friday's paper informing me about the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart. Having been raised here, I already knew that, but was surprised to see they were shooting off their fireworks at 9:30 p.m., instead of closer to July 5, if you catch my drift. As I reflected on years gone by, my blood began to boil.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thoughts on Ogeechee, riverkeeper

Ogeechee Riverkeeper Day is Saturday over at Loves Seafood. That's a good thing.

July 09, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Opinion


Force county to cut spending or face tax increases

Editor, The special purpose local option sales tax is another example of Liberty County spending taxpayers' money before it is even collected, making the taxpayers liable for county expenditures.

July 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Polls and pests all in same business

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 09, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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