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It is up to officials to unite the county

Editor, Citizens of Liberty County, thank you for your support, prayers and work during my term as president of the Liberty County Branch of the YMCA. I have come to the end of my presidency, and the branch will hold elections for new officers. Until then, the Ms. Hannah Williams-Donegan will serve as interim president.

January 09, 2013 | Dwight Newbould Former president, Liberty County NAACP | Opinion


To Cameron: Thanks for reminding us what matters

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: During the years, it has been a tradition at the first of the year to impart some words of wisdom in this space to your father, uncle and cousins, who double as my grandsons. Perhaps some of my observations were useful to them. Maybe some fell on deaf ears. I have never asked. Anyway, they are adults now, old enough and wise enough (I hope) to figure things out for themselves. So now it's just you and me, kid.

January 09, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Making a career of label reading

I've recently become a serious label reader. Previously while grocery shopping, I'd glance at the data on the back of food packages to make sure the item I was about to purchase didn't contain an entire day's worth of fat, or I'd do a quick comparison to determine which brand of granola bars contained fewer calories. But since my baby girl began eating solid food, I've pretty much made a career out of studiously inspecting every scrap of nutritional information I can get my hands on.

January 08, 2013 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion


Raising minimum wage will lift the economy

As a longtime businessman, I see a deficit in America that has received far too little attention. That's the wage deficit experienced by growing numbers of Americans, with serious consequences for our economy.

January 08, 2013 | Darius Ross Special to the Courier | Opinion


Dual ceremonies show racial divide

Editor, This is in reference to the two articles on the swearing-in of our elected officials. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. What does Friday's article "Sheriff, other elected officials sworn into office for new terms," which ran with a picture of white elected officials, versus Sunday's article, "Liberty County's leaders take oaths, begin new terms," which ran with a picture of black elected officials and two white females, show us?

January 07, 2013 | Graylan Quarterman Former Liberty County Development Authority member | Opinion


Gilliard had always planned to attend nighttime swearing-in ceremony

Editor, In reference to the story in last Sunday's Courier ("Dual ceremonies stir emotions"), a source for the story said that I'd planned to be sworn in earlier along with my colleagues, Commissioners Walden and Bowen, but that's not the case. At our regular December commission meeting, Commissioner Walden mentioned to me that he had plans to visit with his son during the holidays, and he was considering being sworn in before the planned date of Dec, 27. During a conversation before the December mid-month meeting, Walden asked whether I'd be interested in being sworn in ...

January 07, 2013 | Gary Gilliard District 5 commissioner | Opinion


Replace Georgia’s broken medical-tort system

When the governor paints the state's financial picture as "daunting" and Medicaid is at least $700 million in the red, you know it's time to get serious about the state budget.

January 03, 2013 | Ross Mason Guest columnist | Opinion


Gun dialogue must be comprehensive

The White House said curbing gun violence is a complex problem requiring a "comprehensive" solution.

January 03, 2013 | The Augusta Chronicle Online: www.chronicle.augusta.com | Opinion


Goats could be answer to economic issues

My work never ends. Not only do I have to deal with compound verb forms each and every week, the editors insist I throw in some commas along the way for reasons I don't fully understand. I think commas are a nuisance and only serve to get in the way of great thoughts.

January 02, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks to community for support with annual Christmas giveaway

Editor, The Seven Ministries board of directors would like to thank the community for its support of our annual Christmas giveaway. With your help, we were able to deliver more than 80 hams and more than 30 turkeys to deserving seniors throughout Liberty County.

January 02, 2013 | Gary Gilliard Seven Ministries president/CEO | Opinion


It’s easy to get wrapped up in life and miss the best parts

I usually don't like Christmas. Now, before I offend anyone, let me make it perfectly clear that it's the commercialization and the added family stress that leave a bad taste in my mouth. The celebration of Jesus' birth is - and should be -the focal point of the holiday.

January 01, 2013 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion


Midway needs to enforce laws or just change them

I want to welcome the new Family Dollar store to Midway. For those who have yet to visit the store, it is very attractive and the shelves are well-stocked. Some of you are upset that the store missed its announced grand opening. It was not the company's fault. The city failed to issue its business license in a timely manner, even though the company filed the paperwork in plenty of time.

December 31, 2012 | Len Calderone Guest columnist | Opinion


Let’s allow Georgia voters to decide on horse racing, betting

Should horse racing and pari-mutuel betting be allowed in Georgia?

December 30, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald Online: www.times-herald.com | Opinion


Politicians will pick up where Mayans left off

I was hoping that, for once, the Mayans would be right about something and that the world would have ended on Dec. 21 as they had said it would.

December 27, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


School slaughter presents tough questions for lawmakers

On June 21, 2008, my mother died. It was the first time in my adult life that I had someone close to me die. The sadness I felt at that time was unlike any other I had ever experienced.

December 26, 2012 | State Sen. Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


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Call your congressman to save coast

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The holiday season is full of wonderful magical delights, but unfortunately, it is also full of trash.

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Addressing dire issues

Editor, This letter is being sent to address dire issues in Liberty County.

November 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Fully belly and a giant head

Truth is, I should probably be in a turkey-and-dressing induced coma. But I've got to work, so excuse some not so deep thoughts.

November 27, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Steve Bannon's Roy Moore

Roy Moore is the Steve Bannon project in a nutshell.

November 27, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Staff writer says goodbye

I had no idea how much Liberty County would impact my life when my family moved to the area in 2003.

November 24, 2017 | By Tiffany King | Opinion


Humor: Manson survived by those still crazy enough

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

November 23, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


No longer our greatest enemy

When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, there was no country more feared by Americans than the Soviet Union.

November 23, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Thanksgiving thoughts

It is tempting at this time of the year to compose a "I am thankful for ... " column. But I can't. Not because I don ...

November 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


GOP plan won't end tax 'gaming'

As the country begins to digest the revelations in the new offshore tax haven leak known as the "Paradise Papers," it's important to not ...

November 22, 2017 | By Gary Kalman Columnist | Opinion


Be grateful for a green Thanksgiving

The Holidays are here. It is the most wonderful time of the year! Make the next month some of the greenest days of the year ...

November 22, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Be grateful for a green Thanksgiving

The Holidays are here. It is the most wonderful time of the year! Make the next month some of the greenest days of the year ...

November 22, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Men, women still have way to go

In 1968, Phillip Morris decided the time had come to market cigarettes toward women, who had begun to make discernible social progress and were finally ...

November 21, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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