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School’s new rule is questionable

Both my daughters attend a local elementary school. We are a military family and moved from Washington state to this area at the end of May. My husband deployed Aug. 15. My daughters are 7 and 5 years old, and my 5-year-old started kindergarten in August. That's a lot of big changes in my 5-year-old daughter's life, so the first few weeks of the school year, I went almost every day to have lunch with her. The last couple of weeks, I've gone maybe once or twice.

October 01, 2012 | Nicole Merrifield Midway | Opinion


Repealing welfare reforms not a solution

In 1996, a Republican-controlled Congress worked with a Democratic president to reform a welfare system that was failing the American people.

September 28, 2012 | Rep. Jack Kingston Guest columnist | Opinion


Superintendents-association head refutes pro-charter claims

With the vote on the charter-school amendment about a month away, the heat is getting intense. I know; I have felt it. I wrote a column a few weeks ago giving the pro-charter folks an opportunity to make their case for the amendment. For my trouble, a number of anti-charter advocates wondered if I was going soft on them, and backers of the bill continued to accuse me of giving out "misinformation."

September 27, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Operation Fast and Furious flop ignored public safety

The Justice Department's internal investigation of the debacle known as "Operation Fast and Furious," a poorly thought-out and worse-executed federal gun program that resulted in the death of a U.S. border agent and 1,400 guns still illegally on the street, has resulted in the retirement and resignation of two senior Justice officials.

September 26, 2012 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Charter-school amendment is all about local control

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

September 25, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Yep, politics comes in many flavors

I recently overheard a conversation that put me into a state of deep thought. At least I thought that was what I was in. I have been in deep stuff that wasn't thought.

September 24, 2012 | Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Constitution still as relevant as ever

Sept. 17 marked the 225th anniversary of the world's most enlightened political document - the Constitution of the United States.

September 23, 2012 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Get jazzed for some good tunes

Music helps so many of us get through the everyday grind - the early morning sound of the alarm, the boring paperwork, the stinky diaper changes and washing the dishes. This week, people in this community have some great opportunities to dive head-first into the music scene with the wonderful combination of the Savannah Jazz Festival from Sept. 23-30 and Hinesville's ninth annual Blues & BBQ on Saturday night, Sept. 29.

September 23, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


We’re still living in a dangerous world

If there is anything that last week reminded us, it is that we still live in a dangerous world.

September 20, 2012 | Rep. Jack Kingston Guest columnist | Opinion


For the legislature, this party just may be over

When the gavel bangs to open the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I would suggest the first order of business be to have Willie Nelson serenade our solons with "The Party's Over."

September 20, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Liberty County must bring back Freedom Walk to remember heroes

Editor, What happened to the Sept. 11 Freedom Walk on Fort Stewart? I heard through the grapevine that it may have been canceled due to a "lack of cost effectiveness."

September 19, 2012 | Dennis P. Fitzgerald Riceboro | Opinion


Job-creation numbers still are weak

For all the political splash, pomp and circumstance during the past two weeks as America's two major political parties patted themselves on the back and hobnobbed with celebrities and the like, the jobs numbers that came out Sept. 7 should have been a dose of sobering reality.

September 18, 2012 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Children know where it’s at

Our kids teach us so many lessons, don't they? Recently my daughter reminded me about the importance of taking nothing for granted.

September 18, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


We’ll never agree on the role of government — and that’s fine

The conventional wisdom has settled on the subject of this year's presidential campaign: It's about the proper role of government in our nation's life.

September 17, 2012 | Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


Follow volunteers’ example and support United Way campaign

As part of its platform, the United Way continually calls on communities to give, advocate and volunteer. Liberty County clearly has the market cornered when it comes to advocating and volunteering, and now local residents, businesses and organizations are hard at work on the giving aspect, too.

September 17, 2012 | Courier editorial | Opinion


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Men, women still have way to go

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November 21, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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