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Newspaper has memories, as well as news

In this business, nothing is ever cut and dried and nothing stands still. You can have the saddest story in the world one day and the lunatic actions of local elected officials the next. You report and move on.

December 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Time to stop opioid abuse, harm

Georgia, unfortunately, is no stranger to the malicious effects of the epidemic. In Georgia alone, from June 2016 to May 2017, the total number of opioid doses prescribed to patients surpassed 541 million. To put that in perspective, that is approximately 54 doses for every man, woman and child in our state. Sadly, 982 Georgians lost their lives due to opioid-related overdoses in 2016, making opioids responsible for approximately 69 percent of drug overdose deaths in Georgia. The consequences of opioid abuse and over-prescription are devastating every community, every age group, every demographic and countless families in our state.

December 11, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson and Chris Carr Special to the Courier | Opinion

Unintended consequences of criminal reform

It's hard to fathom the depth of the pain and suffering of crime victims and families left behind. For Henry Nicholas, the experiences of his family after his sister was murdered inspired his mission to protect victims.

December 09, 2017 | By Benita Dodd Columnist | Opinion

Health care for rural Georgia

If you get sick or badly injured in Georgia, you could find yourself slap out of luck if you live in one of the state's rural counties.

December 07, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

For Christmas, press 1

"Hello, you have reached the offices of Santa Claus at the North Pole."

December 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Writer: ‘Do not feed the wildlife’


December 07, 2017 | Judith Herren of Liberty County | Opinion

They’re just words, right?

Russia. Fake news. Hate. Collusion. Flynn. David Duke. Republican. Treason. Conservative. KKK. Misogyny. Roy Moore. Religion. Rich people. Plea deal. Twitter. Obstruction. Guilty. Guns. Racism. Papadopoulos. Under educated. Electoral College. Nazi. White supremacy. Mental illness. Richard Nixon. Manafort. Trump. Making. America. Great. Again.

December 07, 2017 | Will Darsey of Midway | Opinion

The good news is it’s not Christie

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 06, 2017 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion

Some abused kids thrive later

In a letter to the editor of the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Tribune, psychologist Afton Koball and two colleagues objected to a recent column in which I asserted that one can be parented badly and still parent well. It comes down to one's perspective, and is, therefore, a matter of choice. Said another way, parenting is influential but not deterministic.

December 06, 2017 | John Rosemond | Opinion

Meet Mr. Grump Driver

It's an awful thing, being old before my time and evidently not only resembling Grumpy of Seven Dwarfs fame but also acting the part.

December 05, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion

Stay 'green' giving and wrapping gifts

The Christmas countdown has begun! Are you ready? With a little bit of planning, we can all make this the "greenest" Christmas ever. Santa makes a list, so why don't we? In the less than 25 days ahead, we need to plan for shopping, decorating, gifting and food, of course, but we will get to that later.

December 05, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

The greatest power is not financial power

Editor: I don't know who invented the political system, but maybe it's time to change it. Politicians are egotistical and are in office only because they won a popularity contest, not because they possess the qualifications to run a city or county.

December 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion

City being poorly operated

Editor: I feel this letter is way overdue, for I know most of the employees who work at City Hall, past and present.

December 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion

Local deputies, police need your

Editor's note: The following is an open letter from Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes.

December 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion

Can't even trust catfish anymore

You would figure that as a purebred and proud son of the South, I would know all there is to know about catfish. I have caught them, been poked in the thumb by their barbs and have eaten copious amounts of them, usually with hushpuppies (Note to newly arrived Yankees: We aren't talking footwear here. We are talking about cornmeal batter rolled into a little ball and deep-fried, preferably in lard. By the way, if you intend to live amongst us, you had better get used to lard. It is one of our major food groups, along with pecans ...

December 01, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

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Bear, Moe, you will be missed

The past couple of weeks have been tough. Two weeks ago, a friend of mine and former co-worker from the Hinesville Fire Department, George "Bear ...

March 05, 2018 | By Mike Riddle Special to the Courier | Opinion

NRA, Delta is ready when you are

If I were running Delta Airline, I'd end discounted tickets for everybody and blame it on Georgia's Republicans. I'd say I did ...

March 05, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Children would benefit from running their own sports

Thirty years ago, I offered a free (expenses-only) speaking engagement to any community that would abolish adult-organized-and-run children's sports programs (except those run by ...

March 02, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion

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