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Honor businesses that care about appearance

Businesses are part of the heart of our community here in Liberty County. We are fortunate that we have so many business owners who work hard to make the appearance of their businesses as positive as the services and products that they sell.

September 21, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

City resolves hospital security issue

Editor, It appears the city of Hinesville and the Police Department have reversed the decision to short the car plan to provide a static post inside the hospital. Instead, it will be offered to officers as a voluntary overtime job.

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Torn between metro Pooler and Ryo

This world is full of surprises. I just got a call from Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. That alone is rare. Skeeter doesn't call me much because he doesn't particularly care for those of us in the media. He thinks we add little value to society. That doesn't make him unique. According to my mail, quite a few others share his opinion.

September 17, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Politicians failing us on economy

A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy's long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it: We're headed for the fiscal rocks.

September 16, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion

Unintended consequences of 'religious freedom'

If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky, where a court clerk has been in and out of jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses on the grounds that it violates her religious beliefs.

September 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Recalling those old sports guys

Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called "SEC: Storied."

September 15, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Great response from HomeProud homeowners

A couple of years ago, we implemented a seasonal recognition program called HomeProud. We wanted to put a positive spin on the appearance of private properties in Liberty County.

September 15, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

State court performs vital judicial role

The State Court of Liberty County was established Aug. 9, 1916. Once called "county court" and later the "city court" of Hinesville, the state court has limited civil and criminal jurisdiction, but exclusive jurisdiction over misdemeanor criminal offenses occurring in any geographic area of the county where a municipal court does not exist (such as in Hinesville, Midway and Walthourville, all which have their own municipal courts).

September 14, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion

Is your city flooding your water bill?

Editor, Did you know that your city penalizes you when you turn on the sprinklers, water the flowers, wash your car, or fill the pool for your kids? If you look at your monthly utility bill, you will see charges for water usage and wastewater (sewer) usage. Both are determined by the amount of water that goes to your property, even if that water does not go into the wastewater system. This is a hidden source of income for the cities.

September 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Law officers have earned our respect

Eighty-three law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty this year. Twenty-four of them were shot and killed in cold blood. That is 83 husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters who will never make it home again for dinner, never celebrate another holiday with those they love, never return from that final shift protecting each and every one of us.

September 11, 2015 | By Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Guest columnist | Opinion

Two men who marched to their own drums

I love a great sense of humor no matter what its source. That includes obituaries. Joe O'Connor, a great American from Marietta, shared with me a couple of eulogies he thought I might enjoy reading. I did, and I deemed them too good not to pass along - edited for length but preserving their spirit.

September 10, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

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

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Parties seek the right path on immigration

It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.

September 23, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Grocery store conversations in the South

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in ...

September 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Participate in 2015 Veterans Day Parade

Editor, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, falls on a Wednesday this year. As with the last three years, the Veterans Day Parade will line up in ...

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Why security is needed in courthouse

Late on a Friday afternoon in 1989, Judge James E. Findley (now deceased), one of the three superior-court judges of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, which ...

September 22, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion

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