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Shaking the money tree

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 09, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Crossover Day is benchmark for Georgia legislation

The Georgia General Assembly ended the week on what is known as "Crossover Day." This is the 28th legislative day in which bills that passed the Senate and the House "crossover" to the other chamber for consideration before becoming law. There were many bills that passed the Senate on a wide variety of issues ranging from education to healthcare.

March 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Perspective on scholarship programs

A recent opinion piece in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked, "Are vouchers a failure?" Any answer requires examining the best evidence on the topic and placing research results into a reasonable policy context.

March 07, 2017 | By Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnist | Opinion


Great American Cleanup starts on east end

What if a million years ago a caveman finished off a soda and he tossed the glass bottle on the ground on the ground?

March 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Trump's issues with the press

My feelings are hurt. I'm not on President Donald Trump's list of "enemies of the American people." Here is his exact tweet:

March 07, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Immigrants can be bad for a country

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a vague warning about immigration-related problems in Sweden.

March 07, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Great American Cleanup starts here in March

The 2017 Great American Cleanup kicks off in March in Liberty County! Keep America Beautiful launches the 19th annual Great American Cleanup this spring. The Great American Cleanup is the country's largest community improvement program. It engages more than 4 million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities. Counting you this spring, it will be 4,000,001.

February 28, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Casino gambling will have negative impact

Casino owners are betting on Georgia, and their lobbyists are doubling-down on policy makers across the state. Before we go all-in on their gold-plated plans, let's count the costs you may not hear that much about.

February 27, 2017 | By Tim Echols Guest columnist | Opinion


News conference sheds no light on A.J.'s disappearance

As was usual in late September, leaves and temperatures were falling as the Good Folks of Lennox Valley woke on Wednesday morning.

February 27, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Getting to know a sewing machine, shotgun

It was when I was approaching 7 and about to wrap up the first grade, where I reigned as the number one reader of books, as well as the number one talker, that Daddy decided it was time to teach me a skill that he determined would be as necessary to me in life as reading and talking.

February 26, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump relation with son-in-law too much

For those of us who have found it difficult to say anything nice about Donald Trump, here's something: He clearly is a family man. No, that is not a joke about any of the mafia associations he inevitably accumulated during his rough-and-tumble construction days in New York and elsewhere. Nor is it a snarky comment about his cavalier approach to his various marriages. That's his business.

February 26, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Trump tweet exposes judiciary

As you might have heard, Donald Trump tweeted at a judge.

February 25, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


It would be better to have Russia as a friend

Editor: We need to ask ourselves if Russia is really our enemy? During WWII, they were our ally. While we attacked Germany from the west, Russia advanced on them from the east, causing Hitler's downfall. Then, while General MacArthur was planning the invasion of Japan, Russia moved against Japanese forces in Manchuria.

February 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Keeping dolphins in Georgia Aquarium is cruel

The Georgia Aquarium claims to be an educational facility. I haven't seen it yet, even though I've visited it several times.

February 24, 2017 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Dr. Melvin Pender is bona fide hero, y'all

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years of age); a Bronze Star recipient with two tours of duty in Vietnam, retiring as a captain after having joined the Army at 17; a college graduate; a member of 11 halls of fame; a coach; an author and motivational speaker; a cancer survivor and a devout Christian. A list of remarkable achievements to which many of us would aspire but which few, if any of us, could ever equal. He has.

February 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Local media always running for re-election

This may come under the heading of home cooking but this is National Newspaper Week, something we should both be celebrating. Me, because I get ...

October 05, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Old adages fit the bill

In my latest book, "Grandma Was Right After All!," I take the top 25 parenting sayings of my youth and explain what they really meant.

October 05, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family psychologist | Opinion


Changes coming to city website

Beginning on Oct. 8, the city of Hinesville's website will go through some changes in regards to how our users log on to use ...

October 05, 2017 | By Brittany Denney Guest columnist | Opinion


Speaking out on the issue of the flag

Editor: After writing two letters to the editor last year concerning our 2016 presidential election, I said I would not do that again, but in ...

October 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Cleanup keeps rivers alive and healthy

You're invited to wade into Rivers Alive with us this month as we focus on protecting our many diverse waterways throughout Liberty County.

October 03, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Statue at courthouse honors all veterans

Editor: Just before daylight the other morning I went downtown to visit a fellow old solider. I've seen him many, many times but never ...

October 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


That's no way to run a bus service

Editor: On Tuesday, Sept. 18, I missed an appointment in downtown Hinesville because the bus servicing the area was 25 minutes behind schedule.

October 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Times ain't a changing much

This column was going to be about my gearing up to run the Rock 'n' Roll marathon in November.

October 02, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Former city manager: 'I am truly humbled'

Editor, The day I graduated from college, Mayor Carl Dykes, along with council members Frank Bagley, Ben Darsey, Bobby Fussell, W.I. Stafford and Alonzo ...

October 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Never too late to think legacy

Do me a favor, will you? I would greatly appreciate it if you would see that my obituary gets printed as is, just in case ...

September 30, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Does therapy help kids?

Q: Over the past year, our 4-year-old has developed several fears that have become quite disruptive. It started with a fear of dogs, which is ...

September 29, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family psychologist | Opinion


Humor: President Trump vs. NFL and NFL vs. us

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

September 28, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers shirk duty to serve

On the seventh day of November, elections will be held in Atlanta and many other cities across Georgia as voters elect such local officials as ...

September 28, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


A good man needs help

I'll keep this brief. I stumbled across a gofundme page late Wednesday set up for longtime Bryan County firefighter Otis Willis, who is suffering ...

September 28, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


‘Eat the rainbow’ is healthy advice

Has anyone ever told you that "carrots are good for your eyes" or "if you want to be big and strong then you'd better ...

September 27, 2017 | By Ashley Hoppers Extension Agent | Opinion


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