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Show pride in our home and lawn

Are you HomeProud? At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we hope so.

February 04, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Local jobs are among favorites

The Second Amendment. Made in the USA. Jobs for Georgia. These are three of my favorite things.

February 04, 2014 | By Bob Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion


Don't wait on 'someday'

"Someday," Daddy used to say often as I was growing up, "I'm going to the Holy Land. I want to walk where Jesus walked."

February 04, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's a dirty but necessary job

The next big milestone on my parenting horizon isn't really something that's fun to talk about, let alone figure out how to handle. It's not a dinner-table conversation topic, but it certainly is a necessity - potty training.

February 04, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


This could be your year to shine

As spouses and mothers, we far too easily let the needs of our family come first. As members of the military community, we give and give, tirelessly supporting those alongside us. While the challenges often faced by our community aren't dwindling anytime soon, instead of letting our lives and goals and intentions pass us by, let's go out and make big things happen.

January 30, 2014 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


House OKs amended budget for this year

Last Friday, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to approve a $320 million addition to the state budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30. The midyear adjustment would increase this year's total budget amount from $19.9 billion to $20.2 billion.

January 30, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Legislature aims at passing 'guns for God'

American humorist Will Rogers once said, "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Ol' Will would have loved the Georgia Legislature. They are the gift that keeps on giving.

January 29, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Coastal educators visit Capitol

After taking a day off to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we continued our session Jan. 21. Traditionally, the shortened week is set aside for budget hearings, so only members of the Appropriations Committee would need to be in attendance. However, with the fast pace that we have started out with this year, budget hearings were held the week of Jan. 13 in order to save time.

January 29, 2014 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


A little independence never hurts

Back years ago, when Mama was widowed, it became suddenly and shockingly clear that she wasn't completely capable of being on her own. This was news to us because she had always stepped up and did whatever it took to look after our family. She was quite ingenious and hard-working.

January 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Want kids? Pass a screening

Awhile back, I worked with a woman who was vocal about her belief that potential parents should have to pass a strict screening before welcoming children into the world. Although, from a purely scientific standpoint, there was no way to enforce my coworker's slightly far-fetched proposal, she maintained all human beings should be stripped of their fertility at birth and should have their ability to procreate returned to them in their mid-to-late 20s only if they meet certain criteria.

January 28, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Kudos to Coastal EMC

Editor, I was very pleased to read that Coastal Electric Cooperative recently has been named the best electric co-op in Georgia and also received the 2013 Georgia Electric Membership Corporation "Community Service and Volunteerism Award."

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't congratulate Congress just yet

Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier.

January 27, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton | Opinion


'Playing the field' sure isn't easy

I'm not sure how it is with soldiers in non-combat roles.

January 23, 2014 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Upcoming event is truly for the birds

Look up there in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a really a bird - hopefully, lots of them.

January 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers hit the ground running

Carter, R- Pooler, will report each week during the Legislative Session, which began Jan. 13 and is expected to last until March 1.

January 22, 2014 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Articles by Section - Opinion


Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Road trips can lead to great food finds

Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.

September 18, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Senator wrong on VA claims wait time

Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

September 16, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Confidence can trump conformity

Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It's easy, it's efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it's even chic. When I know I'll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.

September 16, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Green space as industrial recruiter

I am superficial. I know that looks matter - when it comes to our community's appearance, that is.

September 15, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Local governments spending way too much

Editor, I'm appalled - to say the least - at the extravagant salary paid to Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Behold, fat men in the woods

I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

September 11, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."

September 11, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Meal time needs to return to being family time

Some of my favorite Norman Rockwell prints all have something to do with eating, but not for the reasons you might think.

September 11, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Dalton State key to economic rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

September 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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