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Irresponsible spending led to county's debt

Editor, Great headline in Wednesday's paper, "1% sales tax would pay off half of the debts." Why do we have any debts at all? Now, I remember. The Liberty County Board of Commissioners spent more money than they had, and now they expect the taxpayers to cover their ineptitude.

March 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Mama comes around again

All my life, as long as I can recall, Mama saved things. Not because she was sentimental but because she had grown up Scotch-Irish poor, so any little bit of something might be valuable down the road.

March 15, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's finally Sunday! Can anyone save Sarah?

Sarah Hyden-Smith was usually a cheerful, confident woman. Lennox Valley Methodist Church was her third appointment, having served as an associate pastor at two larger churches since graduating from a fine seminary in central Ohio five years earlier.

March 14, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Seniors shouldn't have to pay school taxes

Editor, I recently contacted Buddy Carter's office concerning seniors in Liberty County having to pay school taxes. He replied in writing, stating that seniors in Georgia (according to Gov. Deal) do not have to pay school taxes. However, he stated that some counties are still charging seniors.

March 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why not hold parents accountable?

To my friends in the Legislature (and, yes, you are my friends. Without you, I wouldn't have a job).

March 11, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Congratulations to LCHS Panthers

Editor, Congratulations to the Liberty County players on winning the state championship in basketball. To my knowledge, this is only the third state championship won by a public school in Liberty County. What a great accomplishment!

March 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why you should care about qualifying week

Qualifying week, when candidates fill out the paperwork to be on the election ballot, is something I call "put up or shut up" time.

March 10, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Here's where the story begins

A few years back, I was interviewing Celia Rivenbark, a noted Southern humorist and a friend of mine, on public radio. We were in a discussion about her latest book when I asked, "Are you funny every day?"

March 08, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Help pick most attractive businesses, homes

It is that time again! Time to nominate attractive homes and businesses in our community. We have so many assets that we should be proud of and that add value to our community. Through March 31, we are taking nominations for our Win-dex Awards for attractive businesses and for our biannual HomeProud recognition, honoring attractive homes and yards in our county.

March 08, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Maxine could spin tales in 'Rumor Has It'

It didn't take a Nielsen rating to uncover the favorite local entertainment in Lennox Valley in 1998. Without our own TV station, the newspaper and radio were our outlets for local news.

March 07, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


ESPLOST up for renewal on May 24 ballot

Editor, Due to the defeat of the Special Local Option Sales Tax in November 2014, we currently pay 6 percent sales tax in Liberty County - 4 percent state sales tax (no state sales tax on groceries), 1 percent Local Option Tax to operate Liberty County and 1 percent for education, also known as ESPLOST, which expires next year in July.

March 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia legislators contradict themselves

Talk to any member of the General Assembly, and most of them will tell you one of their biggest goals is to bring business to the state and create more jobs.

March 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Positively tired of negative news?

I had intended to provide you with an in-depth analysis of the SEC Primary this week, but that will have to wait. For one thing, Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, tells me that he is going to need time to pore over the results. Currently, he is tied up rummaging around in Aunt Flossy Felmer's drawers looking for fire ants. In addition to being one of this nation's most highly respected political analysts, Junior is also a certified pest-control professional.

March 02, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Williams to highlight work for vets

Editor,

March 02, 2016 | By Bruce A. McCartney Midway | Opinion


Learning through pondering

Someone I know not but who is a reader of this column wrote to ask a question the other day. She had just finished reading my last book and was curious to know, "When these people or situations cross your life, do you take notes of what you're learning from them?"

March 01, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


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It's best not to know what lies ahead

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...

April 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Silver Tongue' Dick Bland begins assault

"Renderings with Raymond" was normally a labor of love for Raymond Cooper. After all, it was his "baby." Started in 1997 as a camouflaged attempt ...

April 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why I voted 'yes' on 'campus carry'

Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry ...

April 15, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Congress, pass a budget for once

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why ‘religious freedom’ bill failed

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


What’s wrong with Ted Cruz?

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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 ...

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


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


Hateful rhetoric has consequences

Editor,

April 14, 2016 | By Staff Report | 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


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 ...

April 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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