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Recycling is natural, easy

Recycling and recycling education are the focus for Keep Liberty Beautiful during November. Our local program is participating in an annual campaign, America Recycles Day, on Nov. 15 to encourage Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.

November 08, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Drug sentencing reform was overdue

The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 resulted from a powerful combination of social and political forces. The war on drugs fervor of the 1980s (and '90s), the emergence of crack cocaine and the growing political popularity of mandatory sentences, especially for drugs and drug-related crimes, all seemed to reinforce one another. The cocaine overdose death of basketball star Len Bias and the violence that accompanied the crack epidemic only added to the reaction.

November 08, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Civic center's Halloween was fun

Editor, The Dorchester Village Civic Center was renovated to provide enjoyment for our community. Hundreds recently took part in the Halloween haunted schoolhouse and the haunted hayride, which was made possible by the many volunteers who worked endless hours before and during the four-night event.

November 07, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


The good, the bad, the ugly internet

The good news is there is a world of free data available to us at the stroke of a computer key. It moves to us like lightening.

November 07, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Welcome, baby Anastasia

My daughter, Anastasia Mae, was born Thursday, making me the proudest mama in the world. Maybe there are a few moms out there who would challenge me for the title but at this point, with my sweet baby girl sleeping happily on her daddy's chest, I feel I have a pretty good handle on it.

November 07, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


One vote carries a lot of weight, go use it

Many Liberty County residents have an important job to tackle Tuesday at the polls. Here's hoping they buck the recent low-turnout trends and rise to the occasion. There sure is a lot at stake.

November 07, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Country endangered by apathy

We are getting too lazy in America. We have more enthusiasm for "Dancing with the Stars" than we do for the political issues that mold our lives and the well-being of our families. To overcome apathy, we need principles and the interest to carry through with those principles.

November 05, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Lions and tigers and bears, oh my

On Oct. 18 in Zanesville, Ohio, the owner of a privately owned wild animal park opened the cages of dozens of lions, tigers, bears and other exotic animals allowing them to escape before he committed suicide.

November 03, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


U.N. should not be in charge of Internet

The United States has run the Internet since the late 1960s when it first emerged as a communications network among U.S. defense agencies and research labs, and considering the Internet's ubiquitous presence worldwide, the United States has done a remarkable job.

November 03, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


If you're fed up, get out and vote

Editor, This is not a partisan statement. I am foregoing my usual Democratic rant and instead am attempting to plead with everyone to go to the polls and send the message that needs to be sent to the powers that be. I am talking to the Tea Partiers, the occupiers, the birthers, the non-birthers, the Democrats, the Republicans, the Libertarians, the independents, African-Americans, whites, Hispanics, Asians and people of any other races, creeds or religions. If you're a registered voter, you have been given an opportunity of historic importance. The voters can take back the power.

November 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Being Southern not the biggest problem

The Rev. Bryan Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced recently he has appointed a task force to explore the possibility of changing the name of the organization. It seems the name "Southern" may soon be gone with the wind. That doesn't sit well with a number of my Baptist friends, who think this is nothing more than political correctness and a denigration of our beloved South.

November 02, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Litter has nine lives and then some

The Sixth Annual Rivers Alive events for Liberty County will wrap up in the next week. These annual statewide waterway cleanups are part of an effort to preserve and protect our waterways throughout our state.

November 01, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Sports fans must demand decorum

We expect the Arabs and Israelis to make peace. We don't understand why the Islamic sects can't seem to get along. And yet, we can't even seem to shake hands after a football game without getting into a fight?

November 01, 2011 | By Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


Don't complicate food, just enjoy it

Have you ever been surprised by a piece of information and then realized that perhaps you've gone through the better part of your life not knowing something?

October 31, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


EPD failed Ogeechee River, residents

It's been almost six months since the Ogeechee River was ruined for the summer of 2011 with the seemingly mysterious death of nearly 40,000 fish in a 70-mile stretch of the river. But it was only about a month ago that the state Environmental Protection Division, which monitors the state's waterways, determined what many Ogeechee residents and the Ogeechee Riverkeeper group had been saying practically since the fish kill first happened - that discharge from King America Finishing in Screven County was to blame.

October 31, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Just tell the folks, who, what, where, etc.

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics for telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

September 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Powerful words: Underdog attacks make-believe issues

For a while it seemed as if the mayoral debate might have ended before it began. After prayers by Raymond Cooper and Dick Bland incited ...

September 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Military base visit shows their importance

National defense is our government's greatest responsibility, which is why I am chairing the new House Military Affairs Study Committee to learn how we ...

September 15, 2016 | By State Rep. Dave Belton Guest columnist | Opinion


Freedom to disrespect works both ways

Who cares what Colin Kaepernick, the sage of San Francisco, thinks? Really. So, why am I writing about him? Because people have asked me to ...

September 15, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Be careful who you send packing

Gov. Nathan Deal very much wants to do away with local boards of education that run Georgia's public school systems.

September 14, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


It takes a village

The success of our community's children is tied to the foundations embedded within them by more than their parents and family; much like in ...

September 13, 2016 | By Kristin J. Bryant Guest columnist | Opinion


Tempers flare as prayers become personal

The excitement in the Valley was palpable that Tuesday evening as the good folks made their way to the fellowship hall of the Methodist Church ...

September 13, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Little house that raised a Southern columnist

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves ...

September 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Life can be beachy on pretty barrier island

Life can be pretty beachy here in Liberty County! One of the prettiest barrier islands on Georgia's coast is right here for us to ...

September 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Kaepernick’s stand on flag is wrong

Well, the NFL football season is a week away. Usually at this time of year, NFL fans are being treated to an abundance of coverage ...

September 09, 2016 | By Mike Riddle Guest Columnist | Opinion


Saluting some of Georgia’s unsung heroes

I spoke recently to the Peace Officers' Association of Georgia at their annual conference in Savannah and was privileged to witness a group of dedicated ...

September 09, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Be careful about who you want to send packing

It's a long-established political truism that a presidential race doesn't really start until after Labor Day.

September 08, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


For and against SPLOST

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September 08, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Time to crack down on anonymous companies

The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money.

September 07, 2016 | Frank Knapp Guest Columnist | Opinion


Report: 30 percent of adult Georgian’s considered obese

There is a troubling, but not surprising, report out, "State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America," by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that ...

September 07, 2016 | Macon Telegraph Guest editorial | Opinion


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