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Politicians are human beings, too

State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, is a politician who's had a lot of things go his way.

September 09, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Juvenile-court reforms aim to help young offenders

Georgia's first juvenile court was established in 1911 in Fulton County. In 1971, a new law established a juvenile court in every county. In most counties, the juvenile court was a subdivision of superior court, with superior-court judges doubling as juvenile-court judges.

September 08, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Renegades among the righteous

One day over lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

September 08, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


County rolls along with SPLOST

Editor, I spent a couple of days this week riding around Liberty County and must say I am totally at ease. I saw many sights: responding fire trucks, Animal Control at work, Department of Inspections at construction sites, empty city buses running, bustling activity in all government buildings, trash pick-up happening, and all other government functions seemed to be hitting on all eight cylinders. I even noticed that the sheriff had added expensive SUVs to his fleet rather than the stranded and less-costly police patrol cars. And to top it all, the city fathers made another recent trip to St ...

September 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


This month, there are events for everyone

September is full of Keep Liberty Beautiful events that I hope you will want to be involved in.

September 08, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pro-worker credits are in jeopardy

Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894 to honor the contributions workers make every day to our nation's strength, prosperity and well-being. But in 2015, on a day when we will celebrate the value of work, it's distressing that two of our nation's best policy tools for encouraging and rewarding work are in jeopardy: the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. If Congress doesn't act soon, Georgia workers from all walks of life stand to lose.

September 08, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion


Student concussions: What to consider before signing up

The new school year is here, which means students are also playing fall sports. As parents consider the various athletic opportunities available to their kids, one of the big questions is, "How safe is it?"

September 04, 2015 | By Dr. Mark Kishel Guest columnist | Opinion


Great-grandson reminds why teachers matter

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Pardon me, but your great-grandfather is having a surreal moment. Knowing you are now firmly ensconced in the first grade is taking some getting used to.

September 03, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Another Internet hoax perpetrated

There are millions of people who primarily receive their news and information through items that are posted on the Internet or sent to them via email or text message.

September 03, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Planners see stable population for county

The Liberty County Planning Commission has been working on a new comprehensive plan for Liberty County and its municipalities for the past 18 months. During this time, we have facilitated 18 meetings throughout the county, covering the cities of Flemington, Walthourville, Midway, Riceboro and Gum Branch as well as the town of Allenhurst and the unincorporated county. In each of the 18 meetings, we received input from residents about how they would like to see their parts of Liberty County grow in the future.

September 02, 2015 | By Jeff Ricketson Guest columnist | Opinion


Magistrate court in state's 'small-claims court'

In 1983, the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation creating a magistrate court in every county. Formerly, the magistrate court was called "the office of the justice of the peace" or, alternatively, the "justice court."

September 01, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Recycle It! Fair, Shred It! Day Sept. 12

It is time again for our quarterly Recycle It! fairs. The quarterly Recycle It! Fairs are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at three locations: the Liberty County Health Department in Flemington, Walthourville City Hall and the Midway Police Department. Three locations means that it is easier than ever for you to drop off these types of recycling items.

September 01, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Southerners love nicknames

For some reason, Southerners - more than people in any other region - love nicknames. It's really a show of affection when we care enough to bestow a nickname rather than call a person by his Christian name.

August 31, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


What about people who don't vote?

The campaigning for next year's elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one large bloc of citizens: people who are eligible to vote, but don't.

August 28, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


What is childhood apraxia of speech?

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in public awareness of childhood apraxia of speech. Despite this awareness, this neuromotor condition remains poorly understood by many parents, teachers and even some pediatricians.

August 28, 2015 | By Shaunita Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


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It's best not to know what lies ahead

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...

April 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Silver Tongue' Dick Bland begins assault

"Renderings with Raymond" was normally a labor of love for Raymond Cooper. After all, it was his "baby." Started in 1997 as a camouflaged attempt ...

April 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why I voted 'yes' on 'campus carry'

Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry ...

April 15, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Congress, pass a budget for once

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why ‘religious freedom’ bill failed

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


What’s wrong with Ted Cruz?

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


181st school district changing young lives

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Elected officials want to keep you in the dark

Editor's note: This column,which was completed Sunday, was revised to indicate that Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 323 into law Monday.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers declare their independence

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Hateful rhetoric has consequences

Editor,

April 14, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


It’s the principle, not the individual

Editor's note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Washington Examiner.

April 14, 2016 | Sen. David Perdue | Opinion


McKoon defends ‘religious freedom’ bill

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of state Sen ...

April 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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