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Amendment 1 is not the answer

Editor: In order to turn around struggling schools, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed creation of an Opportunity School District (OSD). To do this, there has to be an amendment to the State Constitution. This amendment is scheduled for vote in the November election, as "Amendment 1." The voters will make the final decision. This amendment would authorize the state to temporarily step in to assist chronically failing public schools and rescue children languishing in them, or so says the governor.

September 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Fighting Georgia's shadow economy

The United States has a massive underground economy – reportedly over $1 trillion.

September 29, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion

Being a bed-wetting liberal redneck ain't easy

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner or later, so let me explain.

September 29, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Stem the tide of trash going into oceans

Want to hear something scary, scarier than any horror movie I have ever seen?

September 28, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Who will judge the judges? Keep the JQC

There are roughly 2,000 judges in Georgia, serving at every level of the judicial system from the state Supreme Court all the way down to local magistrate judges.

September 28, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Reactin' takes time

It is with earnest intention that I arise each day and assemble my "to do" list. Somewhere between coffee and barn chores, the day thumbs its nose at my list.

September 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Ask candidates if they believe in democracy

Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Twenty-one times, they faced questions on foreign and domestic policy, on America's role in the world and on the philosophy each would bring to the Oval Office. And on none of those 21 occasions were they asked to debate the single most important challenge facing the country: the health of our American democracy.

September 27, 2016 | By Marc Morial and Morris Pearl Guest columnists | Opinion

Respect, obey police and they'll respect you

The number of police shootings of quote "innocent victims" has seemingly increased at an alarming rate in the past few years.

September 26, 2016 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion

Cooper supporter motivates women voters

On Wednesday, the day before the "election of the century," Lennox Valley was captivated by the series of events that had transpired the previous night.

September 26, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Say no to closing judicial process

Two years ago, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation honored the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission for an opinion that strongly discouraged judges from keeping the public out of courtrooms.

September 23, 2016 | By Hyde Post Guest columnist | Opinion

Drought may require divine solution

Uh oh, here we go again. I have been told that we are beginning to experience drought conditions in the state. Somebody needs to alert Dr. Gil Watson, the world's greatest preacher. There is no question he can soon have some serious raindrops falling on our heads.

September 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Just be glad we're not North Carolina, yet

If you want to see how badly politicians can mess up a state, look no farther than our neighbor North Carolina.

September 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Freedom of speech often hurts

Editor: I read Mr. Riddle and his column on Mr. Colin Kaepernick and his protest of racial injustice in the United States, which has spread to several NFL players to include raising fists and even a whole team locking arms in solidarity.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Wetlands protect open waterways

At Keep Liberty Beautiful we have waterways on the brain in September and October. Liberty County's 11th annual Rivers Alive Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, but we already have groups cleaning up locations throughout September and October. With more than 40 percent of Liberty County "liquid" - either wetlands and marshes, creeks, rivers or and ponds - water protection should be crucial for us. Often, the focus for Rivers Alive is actual bodies of water, but we believe these cleanups are just as essential for protecting our marshes and wetlands. As a coastal county we have an abundance of ...

September 20, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Words are important

Editor: Words are important because words have meaning. People use words as a communication tool. Words are also like recording devices - they record the ideas in our minds. A speaker must have prior understanding of the possible meanings that his or her words will have upon an audience. What meaning do you get from these quotes by Hillary Clinton:

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

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Help for state's working poor

On any given day in Georgia, hundreds of working families walk through the doors of nonprofit food banks in our communities. A young mom earning ...

October 04, 2016 | By Wes Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion

Snuff out cigarette litter

In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S ...

October 04, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Old Jail remembers Sheriff Bobby Sikes

Editor's note: Local historian Margie Love wrote this column in 2004 on the "Old Jail." It includes lengthy references to former Liberty County Sheriff ...

October 03, 2016 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion

Election Day! Campaign separates couples

Election Day finally arrived. Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, was perhaps the most awaited date in Lennox Valley history.

October 03, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

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