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An alert to Georgia public school teachers: Keep a close watch on these two legislators. First, House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton, evidently isn't buying a report from State School Superintendent Richard Wood and the Georgia Department of Education that shows 44 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years and that 2 of 3 teachers surveyed said they were unlikely or very unlikely to recommend teaching as a profession. Jones said teachers leaving the classroom is simply a "natural post-recession workforce adjustment." This is the same Jan Jones who opined a few years back that ...

February 18, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Services for Georgia vulnerable lifted, but challenges remain

The evening news confronts us with the plight of Georgia's most vulnerable people almost nightly, the fragile children, older adults and people living in poverty. The crafting of the state budget is one of few opportunities during the year for lawmakers to spell out concrete steps to protect and assist these Georgians.

February 16, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Georgia Budget and Policy Insitute | Opinion


Election upstages lady preacher’s visit

It had been almost three months since the members of Lennox Valley Methodist Church learned their pastor, the Rev. Glynn Vickers, was being moved in June of 1998. And it had been four weeks since that fateful moment on May 4 when Diane Curtis, chair of the Methodist Church Pastor/Parish Committee, received the call from the Springfield district superintendent to inform her that Sarah Hyden-Smith was being appointed as the new minister in Lennox Valley.

February 16, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion


Dead Confederates and live Yankees

A speaking engagement in the Chattanooga area landed us within a few minutes of Chickamauga, the site of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles, so I insisted that we take a side trip to the historic battlefield. Since we lost the war, I have to celebrate our victorious battles.

February 16, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


Ga. military families need our support

Currently, Georgia lags behind several of its Southern neighbors, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Alabama, regarding fulfilling the Department of Defense's 10 key metrics for creating the best environment for military families. Far too many military families and veterans go without adequate access to health care, struggle to find employment in our state or worry about the impact of transient military life on their children's education. Georgia can and must do more to ensure that these families have access to the opportunities they work so hard to protect - a good education, quality health care, a well-paying ...

February 12, 2016 | By State Rep. Al Williams | Opinion


Religious-freedom battles have started

Whatever happened to faith, hope and love?

February 11, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Shooting to beat plowshares into pistols

Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again. Georgia's version of Wyatt Earp was the chief gunslinger in getting a bill passed in 2014 that was intended to let us lock and load most anywhere we want - libraries, churches, bars, airports - but he and his posse couldn't talk the Board of Regents into letting students at our colleges and universities pack heat. ("Good Lord, Purvis! That running back is gonna take that ball all the way for a touchdown on us. Waste that sucker!")

February 10, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Kemp’s SEC Primary could be decisive

Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" for a simple reason: He wanted the world to pay more attention to Georgia and the South in an important presidential election year.

February 10, 2016 | By Tom Crawford The Georgia Report | Opinion


Georgia needs direct care now

The Affordable Care Act passed with the promise of decreasing the high costs of health care and increasing access to care by making health-care insurance more affordable. Almost six years later, it appears that this experiment to remake American health care has been a failure.

February 10, 2016 | By Dr. Hal C. Scherz Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation | Opinion


The preacher and his kindness

A much-appreciated kindness was given to me a few months ago. Someone recognized my need for help and made a big effort to give it to me.

February 09, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Arbor Day, Recycle It! Fair make February green

We are all about trees this month. Georgia Arbor Day is each third Friday of February.

February 09, 2016 | By Sara Swida | Opinion


Congratulations, Judge Cavender

Editor, On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to extend congratulations to Atlantic Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge David L. Cavender on his recent retirement and thank him for his exemplary service to the people of Bryan, Evans, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Tattnall counties.

February 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Raymond Cooper for Valley mayor

In June 1998, the mayor of my hometown was none other than "Silver Tongue" Dick Bland. When he first ran for mayor in 1994, his campaign slogan was "Everybody's Friend" and that seemed like a pretty good description of our leader.

February 08, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Reader thanks trooper, sheriff

Editor, Dec. 28, 2015, will forever be imprinted in my mind.

February 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Celebrating return of corn-fried shrimp

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" - "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine" - but it is pretty darned close. My beloved corn-fried shrimp are coming back to the Georgia Sea Grill on St. Simons Island. ("Of all the eateries in all the towns in all the world, they saunter into mine.") Cue Sam and the piano.

February 05, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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Holtzmans were easy pick for parade honor

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce recently chose George and Babs Holtzman to serve as the 2016 Christmas Parade Grand Marshall. Why, you might wonder?

November 22, 2016 | By Leah Poole Guest columnist | Opinion


Making Liberty County better

Sometimes, it seems like we have forgotten what Thanksgiving is about. We should be thankful every day. Even the poorest of our poor is still ...

November 22, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Health care column was 'fear mongering'

Editor: Many people think that because a columnist is syndicated, he knows what he is talking about. They don't. Such a column was in ...

November 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


NAACP leader: Give Trump a chance

As Liberty County transitions under President Elect Donald Trump's administration, I humbly request that all citizens respect the office of the president of the ...

November 21, 2016 | By Graylan Quarterman Guest columnist | Opinion


What I'm thankful for

Thanksgiving is here, and I thought I'd get a jump on the crowd by offering up some things for which I am thankful in ...

November 21, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Why the polls got it so wrong

The election-night coverage of the 2016 vote began with images of the Clinton campaign team gathering in the Javits Center - under the symbolic glass ceiling ...

November 18, 2016 | By Dr. Gary Welton Guest columnist | Opinion


A recommendation for a sheep dipping

Dear Gov. Deal:

November 17, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Happy days are here again

Editor:

November 17, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia voters wanted change, now they have it

For both Georgia and the United States as a whole, the election of Donald Trump as president is going to mean some major changes in ...

November 16, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Illegal immigrants costing us too much

Editor, Well, the rollercoaster ride is over and many in this country were overwhelmed by the result. This is especially true of the pollsters, who ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


America Recycles Day

We are celebrating recycling this week at Keep Liberty Beautiful. America Recycles Day is Tuesday. It is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging ...

November 15, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Court is fighting for veterans freedom

We ask much of our men and women in uniform, and they ask little in return. As a nation, we are ultimately responsible for ensuring ...

November 14, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


The perfect scheme to win an election

When the good folks of Lennox Valley began to stir on Friday morning, many wondered if the events of Thursday evening had been a dream ...

November 14, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why GIS is an important gig

Tuesday is Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day! I realize that many of you do not share my enthusiasm nor have any idea what GIS is ...

November 14, 2016 | By Dustin Michew Guest columnist | Opinion


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