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No war should be forgotten, nor those who fought

The war in Korea is sometimes called the Forgotten War. Try telling that to the man I met in Washington, D.C., last week.

April 03, 2012 | By Carol Megathalin Guest columnist | Opinion


Celebrate with Walthourville

Editor, During the week of April 22-28, the city of Walthourville will join other cities across Georgia in celebrating Georgia Cities Week. This week has been set aside to recognize the many services city governments provide and their contributions to a better quality of life in Georgia.

April 02, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House OKs tax code, justice system revisions

The Georgia General Assembly reached the end of the 2012 legislative session, which adjourned Thursday, March 29.

April 02, 2012 | State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


I'm one of 'those' moms, pretty proud of it

This week, I reluctantly attended my very first MOPS meeting. Most know that MOPS stands for mothers of preschoolers, and since my daughter won't be a preschooler for another few years, I was a little confused about why I was invited in the first place. It turns out that MOPS, or at least the MOPS group that meets at Gum Branch Baptist Church, has branched out and now offers support and fellowship to moms of children who haven't yet started elementary school.

April 02, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Don't forget to turn out lights when you leave

I have never seen a president lie as much as President Barack Obama, except for maybe President Lyndon B. Johnson, who said that he wouldn't bomb North Vietnam in order to win the election over Sen. Barry Goldwater. After being elected, he then turned around and bombed North Vietnam.

March 29, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Junior E. Lee identifies next president

Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield, Ga., recently called me, all out of breath. I usually am not that concerned because after Junior has sprayed Arven Ridley's barn for fleas, it sometimes leaves him winded. But I knew this wasn't the case. He isn't scheduled to de-flea Arven's place for another two months.

March 28, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Obesity costly in more ways than one

Big people are big business in the United States, where about one in three adults and one in six children and adolescents are considered obese.

March 27, 2012 | By Laura Smith Public Health News Bureau | Opinion


Aftermath as bad as fish kill itself

As upsetting as the Ogeechee River fish kill remains some 10 months after it took place, events that have happened since have been just as hard to stomach.

March 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Students become 'trashologists'

A visitor made his annual trek to Liberty County last week and shared his "trashy" view of the world with hundreds of local children. Dr. T, a self-proclaimed "trashologist," talks trash wherever he goes. Keep Liberty Beautiful invites him to several schools each year to provide mini courses in trashology for local students. He never fails to get his message across, and he brings smiles to the faces of those in the audience. His entertaining - but highly educational - show fits right in with my philosophy about learning. Engage kids - and adults - and they will learn something whether they want to ...

March 26, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


No easy choices in school budget

With education funds from the state and federal governments dwindling, it's more apparent than ever that our local officials must exercise caution when spending the Liberty County School System's money. Schools are making do with older books and fewer supplies. In recent years, teachers have dealt with furlough days. The district has postponed necessary building repairs.

March 26, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Daughter missing dad

I remember when a few days away from my husband almost were impossible to get through. After basic training, raider focus, NTC and a year-long deployment, a few days is usually no problem. Of course, I miss him when he's not around, but I no longer stop functioning or sink into a deep depression.

March 26, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Georgia's new endangered species: Wildlife rehabilitators

Editor, Wildlife rehabilitators are very special people. They have acquired the knowledge and experience that is needed to work with injured and orphaned wildlife. Licensed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - and, if caring for federally protected species, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - a wildlife rehabilitator's ultimate goal is to take an injured or orphaned animal, get it healthy and return it to its natural habitat.

March 26, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Your vote does county, why not use it?

I am embarrassed by the voters of Liberty County. A few weeks ago, we had a primary election in Georgia. The turnout was abominable. Fewer than 900 Liberty County Democrats came out in support of President Barack Obama. Was that because the Democrats think that he is a sure thing? Maybe it's because he's losing his voter base and could lose the general election in November. The point is, if Liberty County Democrats support him, they didn't show it.

March 22, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Ethics reform unlikely with legislators feeling entitled

So much for the theory that Tea Partiers are the tail that wags the conservative Georgia Legislature. And so much for the theory that the Legislature is supposed to be responsive to what the public wants.

March 22, 2012 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Thanks for supporting local play

Editor, Thanks to the greater Liberty County community for its recent support of the encore performance of the hit stage play, "With My Spiritual Eyes I Can See." This original Love-It Productions play served as the benefit kickoff for the Liberty County Manna House's fundraising campaign. The sanctuary at Bethesda Church nearly was filled to capacity with an enthusiastic audience of church groups, families with children, elected officials and friends from neighboring counties. Approximately 500 canned goods and donations of varying amounts were collected as admission to the play. These funds were donated to the Manna House to qualify ...

March 21, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Deconstruct the administrative state

Steve Bannon blew a dog whistle for constitutional conservatives when he spoke of "deconstructing the administrative state" at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

March 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Muckraking is tradition in America

OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are ...

March 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Darts and daisies, daisies and darts

At my first paper some 20 years ago there was a middle-aged, bespectacled and be-permed teacher named Ginger something-or-the other who regularly wrote a column ...

March 11, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Learn about the new chamber

As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world and in my travels I have achieved many successes.

March 10, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


Legislation targets low-performing schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...

March 10, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School board has gotta be kidding with payout

Editor: Either your reporting of the "BoE, superintendent to part ways June 30" had an error or this is another one of those "you gotta ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shaking the money tree

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 09, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Crossover Day is benchmark for Georgia legislation

The Georgia General Assembly ended the week on what is known as "Crossover Day." This is the 28th legislative day in which bills that passed ...

March 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Great American Cleanup starts on east end

What if a million years ago a caveman finished off a soda and he tossed the glass bottle on the ground on the ground?

March 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Perspective on scholarship programs

A recent opinion piece in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked, "Are vouchers a failure?" Any answer requires examining the best evidence on the topic and placing ...

March 07, 2017 | By Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump's issues with the press

My feelings are hurt. I'm not on President Donald Trump's list of "enemies of the American people." Here is his exact tweet:

March 07, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Immigrants can be bad for a country

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a ...

March 07, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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