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An identity crisis only a squirrel can love

I am having an identity crisis. Identity crises are much more serious than mid-life crises. For the latter, you can buy a toupee or a convertible or visit a tanning salon. If you have an identity crisis, you tend to talk to yourself and people assume you are nuts.

October 12, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Do you recognize the breed of this fish

We have a debate swirling through our neighborhood. No it's not whether the recent health-care reform bill will bankrupt America or improve our lives. And it's not whether Iran really has an underground nuclear facility designed to develop weapons.

October 09, 2009 | By Pat Watkins Staff writer | Opinion


The Iran charade

The revelation of an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility buried in a mountain at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps base near the religious city of Qom might seem ominous. If, that is, the Iranians were determined to develop a nuclear weapon.

October 07, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Journalism is failing

A central aspect of the art of politics in Washington is getting information to the people. Determining what the White House, Congress and the people will focus on - and, just as important, what the content of debate will be - preoccupies politicians at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and legions of lobbyists, pundits, strategists and consultants.

October 07, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Parade for veterans

The East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 and the Liberty County Veterans Council have announced plans for a Veterans Day Parade through downtown Hinesville.

October 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Drumming up support for our marching bands

A young man asked recently if I would write a letter on his behalf, recommending him to the University of Georgia. That was an easy request. The lad is as bright as a newly-minted penny and I have no doubts that if UGA remains his first choice, he will excel there as he has done in one of the more academically demanding, private schools in our state.

October 05, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Put consumers in charge of health care

Two weeks ago, President Obama presented his health-care proposal to the nation in a joint session of Congress. In the past 50 years, joint sessions of Congress have been called only 15 times.

October 02, 2009 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Mastermind of weakness

If diplomatic pusillanimity was the aim, President Barack Obama's decision to abandon our current missile-defense plans in Eastern Europe must be regarded as a masterstroke.

September 30, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Government is no cure for health-care woes

One of the biggest and most important issues for Americans right now is the health care reform being debated in Congress. This issue touches every single one of us and I am glad to see so many Georgians and so many Americans engaged on this issue.

September 30, 2009 | By U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Who benefits from politics as usual?

Sen. Eric Johnson, the Republican lawmaker who has represented most of Liberty County in the Georgia Senate for the past decade, has gotten quite a bit of praise for his decision to give up his seat to concentrate on his campaign for governor.

September 28, 2009 | By Pat Watkins Staff Writer | Opinion


Carter has no room to talk about racism

I don't know how Jimmy Carter can look himself in the mirror. He has made hypocrisy an art form.

September 28, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Mitsubishi plant good; not done yet

Gov. Sonny Perdue's announcement that Mitsubishi is going to build a manufacturing facility in Pooler is welcome news on the economic front for neighboring Chatham County - and indeed, the region.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Carter wrong on motives

Former President Jimmy Carter was a student at Georgia Tech, a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and was trained to be an engineer on a nuclear submarine; just goes to show that all the book-smarts in the world, don't make you the brightest bulb in the pack.

September 23, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


The E.F. Hutton of prostitution

The radical activist group ACORN is the E.F. Hutton of prostitution. It stands ready to provide discreet advice on setting up a brothel and engaging in other, associated acts of criminality. When ACORN talks, pimps and hookers listen.

September 23, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Closer to the flagpole

One of my resolutions for Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year - is to be less quick to judge a person or a situation, trying instead to get all the facts before I come to a conclusion. Being a journalist, this is a valuable skill, as well as a character improvement.

September 21, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Opinion


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Minimum wage doesn't buy what it did in '60s

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

September 18, 2014 | By Roger Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Road trips can lead to great food finds

Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.

September 18, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Senator wrong on VA claims wait time

Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

September 16, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Confidence can trump conformity

Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It's easy, it's efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it's even chic. When I know I'll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.

September 16, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Green space as industrial recruiter

I am superficial. I know that looks matter - when it comes to our community's appearance, that is.

September 15, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Local governments spending way too much

Editor, I'm appalled - to say the least - at the extravagant salary paid to Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Behold, fat men in the woods

I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

September 11, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."

September 11, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Meal time needs to return to being family time

Some of my favorite Norman Rockwell prints all have something to do with eating, but not for the reasons you might think.

September 11, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Dalton State key to economic rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

September 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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