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Last week, family and friends gathered in the small town of Chattahoochee Hills, south of Atlanta, to celebrate a life well-lived.

November 20, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Emotions can clash after homecomings

Homecomings are the stuff of sweet dreams and dessert for breakfast - so perfect and delicious, but often followed by either a rude awakening or a few extra pounds. As a military family member who has experienced distances because of deployment and training, I can tell you it doesn't necessarily get any easier. The families who recently have or are welcoming home loved ones this week have a few battles ahead as they work together to find a new family life balance.

November 20, 2013 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Help give community a makeover

Where has this year gone?

November 19, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Remember to thank military families

Welcome to the first of many military life columns. Whether it is among civilian friends or military colleagues, military life presents its own unique challenges and opportunities. Your neighbors, children's friends and strangers in the grocery store all have been affected in different ways by the military. In our community especially, we live, work and play next to military families without realizing it.

November 19, 2013 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Small-town family is a precious gift

Around the corner, out in the country where we live, is a hardware store owned by a guy I have known since the day I was born. Our bassinets were next to each other in the hospital nursery.

November 19, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Moms, beware of the Internet

The Internet is bad for me. I'm an obsessive worrier, and I've only gotten worse since the advent of search engines. I often think that if someone got a hold of my web-search queries, I'd end up an international laughing stock. Among the best last week: "Can you become addicted to nasal spray?" "Affects of eating slightly brown guacamole," "Can Tums cause kidney stones?" and "My cat ate cellophane."

November 19, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Keep prayer in public meetings

We did it for four years while I was a member of the planning and zoning board of the city of Pooler. We did it for 11 years while I was serving as either Pooler mayor pro tem or mayor. And we've done it for the past nine years while I've served in the state Legislature.

November 14, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Midway voters should be embarrassed

I congratulate Mayor Clemontine Washington, who was able to turn out her core constituents for a decisive victory in Midway's municipal election last week, but I am very embarrassed for the city of Midway.

November 14, 2013 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Thank a military family

Welcome to the first of many military-life columns. Whether it is among civilian friends or military colleagues, military life presents its own unique challenges and opportunities. Your neighbors, children's friends and strangers in the grocery store all have been affected in different ways by the military. In our community especially, we live, work and play next to military families without realizing it.

November 13, 2013 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


We should honor veterans every day

Each Nov. 11, America takes time to honor and remember those who have put their lives on the line in the defense of this great nation.

November 13, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Welcome, Jere Morehead as new UGA president

Dear Dr. Morehead:

November 13, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Fish or cut bait on tax reform

As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes.

November 12, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Fortunes can change with no notice

It happened in Memphis. A lot of history and interesting things occur in that magical city that sits grandly on the Mississippi River. Elvis held court there, the blues grew up there, and barbecue is queen. Elvis, of course, is still king.

November 12, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Know when, how to apologize

I'm an apologetic person. Maybe it's Catholic guilt. Maybe it's just in my nature. But I do love to apologize - mostly for things that aren't my fault. My mother has always said I'd apologize for World War II if given the opportunity. She's right; I am sorry for that horrible global conflict, but not because I think I had anything to do with it. In general, I'm just sorry it happened. It's an empathetic type of apology.

November 12, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Please participate in Vets Salute, parade

Editor, Each year around this time, the members of my post, East Liberty County American Legion Post 321, and I frequently are asked, "How are you going to honor the veterans of our community this year?"

November 11, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Stormwater runoff is good rain gone bad

I love a good rainstorm - I always have. My mother used to check the weather forecast for thunderstorms because I was fascinated by them and wanted to watch them outside. However, it's not really a good idea to sit outside during a thunderstorm.

July 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I'm being sarcastic, of course; it's obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

July 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.

July 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Johnson deserves district seat

Editor, Lately your newspaper has printed several letters stating that Buddy Carter is just like Jack Kingston. These claims are extreme exaggerations and pretty farfetched.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway needs better fire-protection deal

It's good when the fire department is quiet, but the Midway Fire Department is the busiest department outside of Hinesville. The Midway volunteers do an excellent job with a quick response time. Many residents are not aware of Midway's coverage area, but the Midway Fire Department covers Midway's 4 square miles and 40 square miles of unincorporated areas of Liberty County. It also supports other fire departments when called upon for assistance.

July 17, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


BRAC should be feared in Georgia

Few acronyms raise the concern of elected officials, community leaders and military personnel as much as BRAC does.

July 17, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The tyranny of automobiles

In the week leading up to Independence Day, several news stories prompted us to contemplate what freedom means in 2014.

July 17, 2014 | By John Bennett Guest columnist | Opinion


Waxing poetic is quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Tales, myths evolve; legends live on

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more because their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

July 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Make healthy cooking, eating fun

I've always heard and read that it's a good idea to involve children in meal-preparation efforts, because they're more likely to eat dishes that they helped cook. That makes sense.

July 15, 2014 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Cure rude behavior with all-day room confinement

Q: The sassiness that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter.

July 13, 2014 | By John Rosemond Parenting Columnist | Opinion


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