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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


What's wrong with our schools?

Editor, What's wrong with our education system, our educators?

October 09, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


State DDS doesn't want you standing in line 3 hours

After a friend told me she recently waited three and a half hours to get her Georgia driver's license renewed and then had to deal with a clerk who could have passed for a robot - and an unhelpful one, at that - I thought this to be a typical example of a bunch of government bureaucrats who don't care because they don't have to.

October 09, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Up for toddler travels?

I apparently did not learn my lesson two weeks ago with the debacle in involving an explosion of Gerber puffed-wheat snacks in church.

October 08, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Language has been dragged into gutter

Recently, I was in a bookstore with a friend. We stopped at a table near the front of the store and it was loaded with different books that had such obscene titles that many of the words were expressed as @?*#.

October 08, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Rivers Alive is one way to make community better

Life is so hectic, and it seems to go by so fast the older I get.

October 07, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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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


Congratulations to HomeProud winners

Sometimes, I think I focus too much on the litter. But it is the nature of what I do.

April 01, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Long County, let us have our guns

Editor, I travel a lot and have written on the subject of gun rights before. Recently in Atlanta, they locked down a school because a neighbor was squirrel hunting nearby. Those people in Sandy Hook, Conn., are getting a new school because one of their own citizens committed murder there. Pretty soon, local commissioners are going to be sending drones through the community to look for zoning violations.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


April is Month of the Military Child

Editor, April marks the nation's "Month of the Military Child" - a time to honor youth and their service to our country. On Tuesday, April 15, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices, the public is invited to "Purple Up! For Military Kids." Everyone in the community is encouraged to wear purple shirts, scarves, shoes, buttons and pants. If it's purple, or can be turned purple, make it happen.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Losing friends hurts; laughter will return

It happened recently - the 20th anniversary of stock-car racer Davey Allison's death. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don't. But I shall never forget him.

April 01, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Put kids' safety above all else

There is nothing more important than the safety and protection of innocent children. Not constitutional rights, not animal rights, not thoughts, opinions, feelings or political beliefs. The lives of children must be given top priority.

April 01, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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