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Mommy play dates are important

Motherhood seems to make it nearly impossible to keep and make friends. It's not that old friends aren't still amazing. But if they don't have children, it can be hard to find any common ground. Chances are non-parents and single women don't find discussions about teething and diapers very interesting.

November 13, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion

Being thankful is a family tradition

Editor, It's that time of year when families gather together to give thanks. This was my late father's favorite time of year. It was a yearly tradition that my father would submit to the local paper a list of things for which he was thankful. As his daughter and in his honor and memory, I would like to carry on that tradition. I hope it touches the lives of those who didn't know him and brings a smile to the faces of those who did.

November 12, 2012 | Becky Chambless and Bill Owen Ludowici | Opinion

Midway City Council has no sense of urgency

The wheels of government move slowly, especially in Midway. I've attended city council meetings and have seen mundane projects voted through while important issues just languish.

November 12, 2012 | Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Let’s reassert the value of hard work

It is a paradox: Everywhere I go, supervisors tell me they can't find enough quality workers. Yet, the unemployment numbers hover at record highs. How is this possible?

November 08, 2012 | Tim Echols Guest columnist | Opinion

Salute to the heroes who did and did not make it home

Because of the timing of my column deadline, I defer comment on the elections until next week. I can say this much, however: We cast our votes freely and with no tanks in the street.

November 08, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion

Put politics aside and move on with business of running the nation

Barring a repeat of the 2000 presidential election, with its hanging chads and recounts, the worst of this election season is over. Thank heavens for an end to robo calls and TV ads and a mailbox full of promises from candidates of all political stripes.

November 07, 2012 | Courier opinion | Opinion

Maybe mom isn’t always right

I think my husband and my daughter's pediatrician are in cahoots. Before I elaborate, let me stress that I like our pediatrician very much. He's been practicing for more than 20 years and has raised five healthy children of his own. He previously served as chairman of Memorial University Medical Center's Department of Pediatrics and definitely seems to know his stuff.

November 06, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion

Well, now who’s your English-speaking daddy?

I was rumaging through an old box of pictures and useless memorabilia yesterday and found my senior year report cards. Yes, I had two of them - one for the regular school year and one for summer school, which I had to attend in order to get my diploma signed by the school system superintendent. I flunked English and, unless I made up for it, I wasn't going to graduate. Oh the humility.

November 05, 2012 | Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion

Retired educators do not support charter-school amendment

The Liberty/Long Retired Educators Association would like to go on the record as recommending a "no" vote on the charter-school amendment. The following news release from the Georgia PTA outlines some reasons why voters should join us in our fight to defeat this attempt to divert needed funds from our local school boards.

November 05, 2012 | Don Melton President, Liberty/Long Retired Educators Association | Opinion

Medicare Part D needs to be left alone

Democrats in Washington, D.C., aren't being honest with the American people. Medicare is in big trouble. According to the latest report from the program's Trustees, Medicare is facing a $38 trillion shortfall and will be out of money in just 12 years.

November 01, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion

Ten reasons to vote ‘no’ on charter-school amendment

The charter school amendment will be decided Nov. 6. If it doesn't pass, it will be the greatest upset since David conked Goliath with a rock.

October 31, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion

Let’s ‘STEM’ the tide of joblessness

As the first report cards are handed out for the 2012-13 school year, parents should pay attention. It's not just about the grades; it's about what courses the grades are in. And while we want our children to grow up to be productive, taxpaying citizens, to reach that goal begins very early.

October 31, 2012 | Macon Telegraph | Opinion

Teachers union supports charters schools, opposes amendment

We were glad that State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge came out in opposition to the constitutional amendment on charter schools that will be on the November ballot. We were equally glad that he made a strong statement of support for "high quality charter schools." Both views are ones that we share at the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. We consistently have supported charter schools and are proud of our charter school members. We cannot support the amendment.

October 30, 2012 | Dr. Allene Magill Guest columnist | Opinion

American citizens, not a candidate, lost political debates

If you are a political junkie like me, you likely just watched all the presidential and vice presidential debates. So, did they change your mind regarding which candidate gets your vote? My mind was made up long ago, and the debates did little to validate or detract from my choice.

October 30, 2012 | Len Calderone Guest columnist | Opinion

Motorists beware — deer on the move

Deer are beautiful animals, but they also are a pain for many of us.

October 29, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion

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Senate welcomes Malcom J. Mitchell, Father Schreck

This week in the Senate was spent working in our respective committees considering the bills that were passed by the House of Representatives.

March 13, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

Second guessing the second-guessers

Allow me to play devil's advocate. It's what I do as a journalist, plus I personally enjoy taking on orthodoxy, particularly when it ...

March 12, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion

Humor: We keep sending them overseas

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

March 10, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

‘Old-fashioned’ child rearing really does work

An individual who occupies a fairly high-level position in the mainstream media recently told one of my associates that I'm "old-fashioned."

March 09, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion

The Cleveland Brown’s No. 1 pick?

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

March 08, 2018 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion

Commissioners, call Bruce


March 08, 2018 | Bruce McCartney | Opinion

Tax ‘break’ for the rich, not most of us


March 08, 2018 | Dollie Goldman | Opinion

Right thing, wrong reasons

The recent unpleasantness surrounding Delta Air Lines, the NRA, and a foregone tax break are a telling example of how the right thing often gets ...

March 08, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Who you calling a fish wrap?

Editor: Obviously the person referring to our Coastal Courier as a fish wrap does not subscribe to it and probably never has. I'm a ...

March 06, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Senate passes bill creating joint defense commission

This week under the Gold Dome, bills that passed the Senate and the House were sent to the other chamber for consideration on what we ...

March 06, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

The British are not coming, folks

Editor: The tragedy of repeated school shooting angers and depresses me, as I am sure it does most. I cannot fathom the depth of despair ...

March 05, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Keep trash out of gutters, let rain have the drain

Storm drains. You may take them for granted but you've just got to love them.

March 05, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Bear, Moe, you will be missed

The past couple of weeks have been tough. Two weeks ago, a friend of mine and former co-worker from the Hinesville Fire Department, George "Bear ...

March 05, 2018 | By Mike Riddle Special to the Courier | Opinion

NRA, Delta is ready when you are

If I were running Delta Airline, I'd end discounted tickets for everybody and blame it on Georgia's Republicans. I'd say I did ...

March 05, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Children would benefit from running their own sports

Thirty years ago, I offered a free (expenses-only) speaking engagement to any community that would abolish adult-organized-and-run children's sports programs (except those run by ...

March 02, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion

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