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'Ban the box' and help ex-offenders succeed

More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to re-enter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely difficult for anyone who has served time to ever become gainfully employed, even though they have paid their debt to society. A barrier that needs to be removed is that box on standard job applications that asks, "Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?"

September 19, 2016 | By Mike Brady Guest columnist | Opinion


Status symbols now include moutain families' hand-me-downs

When I was a child and we visited my grandparents, who lived up in the mountains in small, humble houses which we drove to slowly around inclining, twisting roads, I knew their standard of living was different from ours.

September 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Just tell the folks, who, what, where, etc.

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics for telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

September 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Powerful words: Underdog attacks make-believe issues

For a while it seemed as if the mayoral debate might have ended before it began. After prayers by Raymond Cooper and Dick Bland incited a near-riot in the Methodist church fellowship hall, voices quickly dulled to whispers as Juliet Stoughton took her place behind the podium.

September 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Military base visit shows their importance

National defense is our government's greatest responsibility, which is why I am chairing the new House Military Affairs Study Committee to learn how we can improve the military value of Georgia's bases. The committee's second visit was to the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Fort Benning where U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and Congressmen Austin Scott and Sanford Bishop joined us to protect our bases.

September 15, 2016 | By State Rep. Dave Belton Guest columnist | Opinion


Freedom to disrespect works both ways

Who cares what Colin Kaepernick, the sage of San Francisco, thinks? Really. So, why am I writing about him? Because people have asked me to weigh in and I will do it this one time.

September 15, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Be careful who you send packing

Gov. Nathan Deal very much wants to do away with local boards of education that run Georgia's public school systems.

September 14, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


It takes a village

The success of our community's children is tied to the foundations embedded within them by more than their parents and family; much like in the mid 80's there was a song that peaked at the top of several music charts. This song reminded the nation that it was our responsibility to nurture, empower and mentor our children. It's undeniable the emotion and passion that can be felt in each word as Whitney Houston sang the lyrics to The Greatest Love of All.

September 13, 2016 | By Kristin J. Bryant Guest columnist | Opinion


Tempers flare as prayers become personal

The excitement in the Valley was palpable that Tuesday evening as the good folks made their way to the fellowship hall of the Methodist Church for what would soon be known as "The Debate of the Century."

September 13, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Little house that raised a Southern columnist

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves polishing furniture, mopping floors, scrubbing the outside doors, cleaning out the window sills and wiping down Mama's cracked, ceramic canister set.

September 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Life can be beachy on pretty barrier island

Life can be pretty beachy here in Liberty County! One of the prettiest barrier islands on Georgia's coast is right here for us to enjoy. The beach on Saint Catherine's Island is a scenic place to spend the day when it is as pristine and clean as God intended it to be. Each year we have an annual cleanup of the beach to help maintain that pristine beauty.

September 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Kaepernick’s stand on flag is wrong

Well, the NFL football season is a week away. Usually at this time of year, NFL fans are being treated to an abundance of coverage about the opening week of play and tips on how to draft a dominate fantasy football team.

September 09, 2016 | By Mike Riddle Guest Columnist | Opinion


Saluting some of Georgia’s unsung heroes

I spoke recently to the Peace Officers' Association of Georgia at their annual conference in Savannah and was privileged to witness a group of dedicated law enforcement officers being honored by the POAG for their heroism. Here are their stories, much abridged because of space limitations.

September 09, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Be careful about who you want to send packing

It's a long-established political truism that a presidential race doesn't really start until after Labor Day.

September 08, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


For and against SPLOST

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September 08, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Volunteer to help clean up the county

The last few weeks have been busy for Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers.

March 14, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Changing consumer protection is bad idea

Editor: Senators Isakson and Perdue have proposed a bill for turning control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over to Congressional oversight rather than ...

March 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Deconstruct the administrative state

Steve Bannon blew a dog whistle for constitutional conservatives when he spoke of "deconstructing the administrative state" at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

March 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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


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