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Poole’s Deli owner thankful to staff, customers for 21 wonderful years

Editor, It is with regret that I write this letter after agonizing for many hours. It comes with mixed emotions and thousands of tears. This is a decision that any independent small-business owner dreads, but, unfortunately, the time has come for me to close the doors of Poole's Deli.

October 15, 2012 | Susan Poole McCorkle Former owner, Poole’s Deli | Opinion


Hospital-provider fee surrounded by questions

Many questions surround Georgia's Hospital Provider Program, also known as the "hospital tax," "hospital-provider fee" or "hospital-bed tax."

October 11, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


School has positive impact on special-needs children

If you aren't careful, it is very easy to get pessimistic these days.

October 10, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Gasoline prices downright terrifying

When you hit the local gas pumps and see the price bouncing between $3.47 and $3.50 or so a gallon (at least that's what they were running Oct. 5), you can be thankful for one thing: You don't live in California.

October 10, 2012 | The Albany Herald | Opinion


Public funds for public schools; private funds for private schools

Both public schools and private schools are making valuable contributions to Georgia's children. Most of us, as educators, totally respect both public and private schools. We need the range of opportunities that these schools provide to our children.

October 09, 2012 | Dr. Franklin Shumake Guest columnist | Opinion


It’s important to brave the awkward

Breast cancer ranks pretty low on my list of favorite things to talk about. If I'm being honest, it doesn't even make the list.

October 09, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Namesake road just might confuse pizza-delivery man

It all started a few years back when a friend of mine called to tell me that he bought 7,000 acres of land in Crescent, Ga.

October 08, 2012 | Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


Country needs a president who will hold true to country’s foundation

Editor, Let's knock off this foolish pettiness and start talking about what this country needs: jobs, legal immigration, a strong military, a government that believes in and follows the Constitution, a government that believes in the separation of church and state, a government that believes in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, and - above all - a government that believes that we are a great nation, indivisible under God.

October 08, 2012 | Reggie Sage Hinesville | Opinion


The old saying is true: It’s not easy being green

I, more than anyone on Earth, realize that I am very unknowing and, for the most part, lackadaisical when it comes to being passionate about the world's greenery.

October 05, 2012 | Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


Junior E. Lee says UGA is tops on his BUGS list

Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in greater Garfield, just called me with what he said was an exciting development.

October 04, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


No wonder the board of education opposes charter-school amendment

I see that the Liberty County Board of Education fears the loss of "critically needed funds" should the charter-school amendment pass this fall.

October 03, 2012 | Joe Gillam Hinesville | Opinion


Learning to embrace fall cleaning

Fall cleaning - I had never seen it or heard of it until I moved to the South.

October 02, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Maryland resident impressed with Hinesville residents’ respectfulness

I wanted to take this time to mail a letter to the editor of the local newspaper in the Hinesville area.

October 02, 2012 | Raymond E. Helmick Brooklyn Park, Md. | Opinion


Employment laws important to job creation

Earlier this month, our state and nation celebrated Labor Day, a holiday that appropriately recognizes the important contributions made today and throughout our history by the American worker.

October 01, 2012 | Chris Clark Guest columnist | Opinion


Families make many sacrifices during times of deployment

As many families are out choosing Halloween costumes and trying to decide how to decorate pumpkins, others in our community are preparing to say goodbye to their soldiers for nine to 12 months. While this is really nothing new to Liberty County - our heroes have been deploying for more than 10 years, since the beginning of the war - each time is poignant and offers a new opportunity to wish our soldiers farewell and to support family members left behind in what surely is a trying time.

October 01, 2012 | Monica Eusebio Guest columnist | Opinion


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Time for Mr. Answer Man

Hey, what time is it, boys and girls? It is time for Answer Man! The show that gives you the straight skinny to whatever has ...

November 09, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Royko’s classic on Veterans Day

Editor's note: The late and great Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko, a veteran of the Korean war, wrote this column in 1993 about Veterans ...

November 09, 2017 | By Mike Royko Guest columnist | Opinion


Bipartisanship is still possible

Back in 2001 and 2002, there was no Democrat more hated by Georgia Republicans than Roy Barnes, who was then the state's governor.

November 09, 2017 | By Tom Crwaford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Increased police presence will cut crime

Editor: I am writing to discuss safety in Liberty County neighborhoods, particularly those neighborhoods of Hinesville.

November 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Clear out clutter to make room for holiday gifts

What is in your closet? My hall closet is a mysterious place. I do not know what happens every few months. All sorts of things ...

November 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Cutting butter with a nuclear chainsaw

Editor: With abundant justification, much has been written about the colossally expensive, publicly subsidized, 30-billion-dollar fiasco known as the Plant Vogtle nuclear power-plant expansion. That ...

November 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Running from the Russians

Writing about something before it happens for publication after the fact is a pain in the you-know-what, but here I am doing it anyway.

November 06, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Maybe it's not the schools afterall

I am trying to remember when our public school system became an inferior way to learn to read, write and cipher. Maybe public schools have ...

November 04, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't punish business with tax reform

As a legislator here in Georgia who chairs a committee dedicated to fostering greater economic development and growth, I am completely behind the concept of ...

November 03, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bad childhoods can show parents what not to do

I was standing in the lobby of an auditorium in which I'd just spoken, talking with a small group of attendees, when a 30-something ...

November 03, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Humor: Beer can aluminium paying better than bank interest

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

November 02, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Republicans attacking their own party

Several candidates for higher office are employing an old campaign strategy: attack the establishment as being hopelessly corrupt and promise to clean up the mess.

November 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Bullies are human, but bullying is not

Bullying is something I know very well. I've experienced every type of bullying you can imagine. I'm still experiencing it to this day.

October 31, 2017 | By De'Lacy Rouse Guest columnist | Opinion


To be understood, seek to understand

In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper titled "A Theory of Human Motivation." In it, Maslow described a pyramid-shaped figure, representing the most basic needs ...

October 31, 2017 | Patricia Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


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