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What does future hold at local, national levels

Editor, I have always planned on returning to my hometown of Hinesville after graduating from college. However, what is happening to our nation and, in particular, our military has caused me to reconsider the future viability and growth of the Hinesville area and, more importantly, the future of our nation.

December 25, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Little ears do hear everything

My house just became a much more positive place. My husband and I usually do watch what we say when my daughter is around, but now I have iron-clad proof that she is always listening, watching and, more importantly, mimicking. Now that we know this, exclaiming, "Oh, fiddlesticks!" is about the only thing that is still permissible in our family.

December 25, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Support military families during hard times

Military life is surrounded by the grey clouds of deployment, the sunny days of returns and little is mentioned of the rest.

December 24, 2013 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Have wast-free holidays

There are so many wonderful experiences at Christmas, but the accumulation of trash and waste is not one of them.

December 24, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Cold journey to grave was worth it

It was during mid-flight, perhaps somewhere over Virginia, that a thought hit me and I suddenly turned in excitement toward my husband, Tink.

December 24, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Help a mother thank her son

Dear Santa, I know some people may think I'm crazy for writing this letter, but I believe God will find a way for Santa to hear my wish.

December 18, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


There's much to believe in at Christmas

I believe in Christmas.

December 18, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Keep an eye on your holiday 'wasteline'

People usually are nicer and friendlier during the holidays. It is a wonderful time of the year! The downside, though, is that it also is one of the trashiest times of the year.

December 17, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Remember little things on holidays

A friend was talking about a hail and farewell she recently attended. She laughed about the farewell of a junior officer, about whom it was widely known (even to him) that he was somewhat worthless to his unit, never knew which way was up and always was two steps behind.

December 17, 2013 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Please thank a farmer

There's nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can't find a way to escape it, because it's all they've ever known.

December 17, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Not quite ready for a night apart

I often think about how nice it would be to have a break from all my familial responsibilities for just one night. I dream of a quiet evening alone - no dinner to cook, no lunches to pack, no dishes to wash, no whiny pets to walk and feed, no toddler to bathe and put to bed, and no intermittent wakeups throughout the night to soothe said toddler, supply milk and coax her back to bed.

December 17, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Military communities need certainty

'Outlook unclear, ask again later'

December 16, 2013 | By Anita Hughes Columnist | Opinion


Mandela a leader who as a great man

The white South African system of apartheid was a brutal, cynical system of racial segregation that was becoming increasingly unsustainable and most observers believed it could end in only one way - massive bloodshed.

December 16, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Improper payments cost $100 million a year

Imagine filling up your gas tank and realizing that the price you were charged was more than the price advertised. What would you do?

December 12, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


There are alternatives to Obamacare

For many of us, it's that special time of the year - the time when you get notification for renewal from your health-care insurance provider.

December 12, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Articles by Section - Opinion


21-day diet for Congress? No, never mind

MOULTRIE - The first item in my emails today was: "How to get thin quickly."

August 12, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve better care

Our veterans shouldn't need an act of Congress and a presidential signature to get the Veterans Affairs healthcare system up to speed. But that's just what it took.

August 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Litmus test for Pres. Obama on whistleblowers

Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail - whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.

August 11, 2014 | By Tom Devine and Shanna Devine Guest columnists | Opinion


EPA just making a power grab

According to the Federal Register, on Dec. 7, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency "found" that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Unfortunately, this finding and the EPA's subsequent action threaten the health and welfare of current and future generations of Georgians far more than greenhouse gases do.

August 07, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


System is fine, officials are the problem

Just when you thought Washington couldn't get any messier, our elected officials in the nation's capital prove it can.

August 06, 2014 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Here's why teaching is a noble career

Dear Georgia public-school teachers, It is new school year but, alas, the same old impediments: an out-of-touch federal bureaucracy, ideological state legislators who choose not to send their kids to public schools but intend to tell you how and what to teach, and a society that values reality television more than quality education. Sometimes, I wonder how you manage.

August 06, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Here's to start of new school year

This week, school bells will ring and the 2014-15 academic year will begin. Some children welcome it, others don't. Parents also likely have mixed feelings about the start of another term.

August 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Positive change starts with individuals

How do you create positive community change? That is a good question. It is one that the national organization, Keep America Beautiful, has been fine-tuning a solution since the 1950s.

August 05, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Memories of hot pink luggage

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

August 05, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Look at desalination in area

Editor, According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, our water source is slowly being polluted with saltwater, and the coastal area of Georgia will have to reduce the amount of water that it pulls from the Floridan aquifer by 17 million gallons a day.

August 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why I still have faith in Congress

It's depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans' utter disdain for Congress. But it's my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.

August 04, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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