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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


Election will indicate Trump's standing

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 22, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Senate amends budget to give raises to LEOs

It was a very busy and productive week at the state capitol as we are nearing the halfway mark this legislative session. We deliberated legislation this week that could affect certain business practices, the economy and healthcare in Georgia. With each decision I carefully considered the impact on your family and future for the betterment of our community.

February 22, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Maj. Cribbs was one of the best

Count me as one of the many saddened Monday to learn of the death of Maj. Thomas Cribbs, perhaps the finest cop I ever knew and probably ever will know.

February 22, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Grow your own insect repellent

I had three bug run-ins this week. Today I was attacked by fire ants and my foot is swollen. A couple of days ago, I was attacked by sand gnats in our yard. Last night I was attacked by mosquitoes while walking my dog, Munson.

February 21, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Administration is stirring hate

With his executive order to build that southern-border barrier, President Donald Trump simply was keeping his campaign promise, placating his millions of anti-Latino bigot followers and not really causing any sudden problems - except maybe forever antagonizing Mexico.

February 18, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Perdue already knows how to drain swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a severe shortage of broccoli.

February 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Muckraking is tradition in America

OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are ...

March 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Darts and daisies, daisies and darts

At my first paper some 20 years ago there was a middle-aged, bespectacled and be-permed teacher named Ginger something-or-the other who regularly wrote a column ...

March 11, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Learn about the new chamber

As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world and in my travels I have achieved many successes.

March 10, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


Legislation targets low-performing schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...

March 10, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School board has gotta be kidding with payout

Editor: Either your reporting of the "BoE, superintendent to part ways June 30" had an error or this is another one of those "you gotta ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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 ...

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


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 ...

March 07, 2017 | By Benjamin Scafidi Guest 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 ...

March 07, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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