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Students are not blueberries

Dear public-school teachers in Georgia:

May 22, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Violent discipline means someone failed

Editor, I am writing to express my shock and dismay over an incident I witnessed on May 9 in the early afternoon as I was leaving a hardware store. A young mother - and I use that term loosely - was severely and literally beating a small boy with a strap that looked like it had been made from a radiator belt. The child was screaming in pain and terror, and I felt compelled to stop and say something to the woman.

May 22, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Make your house 'smart,' save water

Last weekend, my husband and I toured the 2013 HGTV Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach. I am kind of a house-and-garden junkie, and I avidly record shows on HGTV to watch when I have time.

May 21, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Urge to compare children is hard to resist

I'm finding it hard not to compare my child to others her age. Reese is healthy, communicative, active and right where she needs to be developmentally. At her 1-year checkup, our pediatrician was pleased with her growth and progress. He assured me she is hitting all of her milestones right on target. That news was music to my ears because, just like every parent on the planet, all I want is for my little girl to live a long, healthy, happy life.

May 21, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion

And do you want fries with that cricket?

MOULTRIE - Most of us have seen the Chick-fil-A signs that urge us to "eat more chicken." So would you ever expect to see one that says, "eat more crickets?"

May 21, 2013 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

Midway minutes flap draws apology

Editor, I would like to extend my heartfelt apologies to those citizens who had planned to conduct business before the Midway City Council, others who were in attendance and to the citizens of Midway for the unprofessional conduct of the mayor pro tem and another Midway councilman at the May 13 council meeting. These two elected officials left the meeting in protest over a legitimate request for an oral reading of previous council minutes as provided for in "Robert's Rules of Order" the lawful rules governing the conduct of business before the council.

May 20, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Midway Council members walk out of meeting, should resign

Editor, Midway Councilman Levern Clancy Jr. and Mayor Pro Tem Curtis Roberts Sr. should resign immediately from the Midway City Council. I was at the monthly council meeting Monday when past council meeting minutes were due to be read, which is the procedure according to "Robert's Rules of Order" - the rules that govern Midway's meeting procedures.

May 20, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Diaries offer glimpse into history

Editor note: This is the second of a three-part series. It is not running three consecutive weeks but over a four-week period.

May 20, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

School nurses have important role

Editor, Parents should be able to send their children to school with the peace of mind that they will remain safe and healthy. Given that today's children face more chronic health illnesses - asthma, diabetes, food allergies, etc. - than ever before, I take my role as a licensed, professional school nurse very seriously. I am grateful for the teachers, administrators and professional support staff with whom I work each day. They help to create a healthy learning environment for every child in the Liberty County School System. My knowledge, assessment skills and judgment help to ensure I can provide quality ...

May 16, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Rid EPD of its economic mission

State Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) deserves thanks for taking a stand against the issuance of another wastewater permit to King America Finishing, the Screven County manufacturer believed to be responsible for the largest fish kill in the Ogeechee River in memory.

May 16, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

EPD gets vote of no confidence

Last week, the Environmental Protection Division held a public hearing to solicit comments on the draft wastewater permit for King American Finishing in Screven County. The hearing was held at Effingham County High School in Springfield and, although I was not there, I understand it was well-attended.

May 16, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

Dalton mayor mulls challenge to Deal

David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, is making noises about challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary.

May 15, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

The plight of Ogeechee River

The Ogeechee River is in southern Georgia, just south of Savannah, where it expands majestically into the ocean near Fort McAllister.

May 15, 2013 | By Marian Rockwood Guest columnist | Opinion

Midway is like a maze

Have you ever tried to figure out a maze? You travel down a path and find yourself at a dead end, forcing you to backtrack to find another way out. Well, Midway is in that maze right now - it's called the city charter.

May 14, 2013 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

There's no changing Mama's made-up mind

Mama was stubborn. "Set in her ways," is what country folks call it and boy, was she. When she made up her mind, nothing stopped her. Especially when she set her jaw and punctuated her declaration with a firm nod of her head. If she also threw that crooked forefinger in your direction, you knew that it was set in stone. Destined to be.

May 14, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

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