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It takes time to be a proper Southerner

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness. In fact, it takes so much time that it's looking like I may have to give up my job just to act like Mama raised me and Daddy expected.

November 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Recycle It! Fair can free room for holidays

It is your last chance to recycle all those electronics and household items that are taking up space you need for the holidays.

November 10, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


What in the world is a Sega Fish?

Editor, SEGAFFSH (pronounced Sega Fish) is an acronym for Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter, also known as Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter. This nonprofit organization, incorporated in 1999, is dedicated to enhancing the overall economic value of Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield and its surrounding communities. The members of SEGAFFSH ensure that the Army understands that Fort Stewart /Hunter AAF is not only an economic engine in this area but has immense strategic importance to the nation.

November 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Innovation is true health-care solution

Political support for Medicaid expansion in Georgia is on life support, and the prognosis may be terminal. This doesn't mean, however, that there isn't a pathway forward for those looking for health-care solutions. It's the same pathway that has solved many of our problems: innovation.

November 09, 2015 | By Josh Daniels Guest columnist | Opinion


Tax plan is just wealth redistribution

Editor, This letter is in response to the editorial in your Sunday, Oct. 25, paper by Wesley Tharpe titled "Bolstering Ga. families through targeted tax reform." His Georgia Budget and Policy Institute has released a report that calls for a "targeted tax cut to working Georgia families." He elaborates on the plan: "A single Georgia mother with one child and working full-time at the minimum wage gets a tax cut of about $500 under the proposed reforms. A married family of three making about $38,000 a year receives an estimated tax cut of nearly $700."

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


WHO shouldn't mess with porcine preferences

The history revisionists are still as busy as bees trying to rid us of all vestiges of the Old South. That means some brave soul is going to have to tell Wheeler County that they have to change their name because the county is named for Confederate Gen. Joe Wheeler. Oh, and while you are at it, change the name of the county seat of Alamo. It might just offend Mexicans who got a bad rap at the other Alamo in 1836. They were just mad at the time because they couldn't register to vote.

November 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Government keeps stealing Social Security

Editor, I would like to respond to a Sound off in the Wednesday, Oct. 28 paper. The caller brought up the fact that people on Social Security retirement are not getting a raise this year. This is now three years in a row, and it is unfair to the retirees.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


There's no denying that it's getting wetter

This is what the future looks like.

November 05, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Thankful for Rivers Alive help

Wow! I have so much to be thankful for!

November 03, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Frequent visitor puts in 2 cents on SPLOST

Editor, I have recently had the fortune to visit Hinesville. Over the course of the 10 or 12 years, I have visited your fine city. And I will tell you, you have some of the finest restaurants I have ever had the gastronomic pleasure to frequent. As a frequent visitor, I manage to keep abreast of some of the local politics and policies. Having family and friends doesn't hurt in that respect.

November 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


GDOT head urges drivers to be safe

Editor, More than a thousand fatalities. More than a thousand lives lost on Georgia's roads.

November 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


A childhood friend and a lesson

When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire came to live with us. He was the same age and size as me, but more timid and less secure. Depending on the day, we were either the best of friends or the worst of enemies.

November 02, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Newcomer's guide to Georgia-Florida Week

If you have just arrived in our fair state from some alien environment like the planet Krutopia or maybe Vermont, I need to explain to you a cataclysmic event taking place this Saturday afternoon in the city of Jacksonville, Florida, which is a suburb of Greater Metropolitan Brunswick, much like Vermont is a suburb of Canada.

October 29, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Support Coastal Greenway through area

Coastal Georgia public officials, bicyclers, joggers, hikers and walkers are being urged to express their support at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 in Darien for constructing the proposed Coastal Georgia Greenway from Savannah to St. Marys, which would be part of the proposed East Coast Greenway from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida.

October 28, 2015 | By Jim Morrison Guest columnist | Opinion


Accounting rule could give politicians heartburn

The phrase "GASB 77" is not just a random collection of letters and numbers.

October 28, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


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When things go beep in the night

It was about 1 a.m. when our alarm system woke me up with the beeping sound that it makes when one of the exterior ...

August 16, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


How to cut waste from lunch

Since school has started, here are ideas for making waste-free lunches for your munchkins. Reducing the amount of waste from school lunches at - and at ...

August 16, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Mayoral 'race of century' in last lap

With seven days remaining until the mayoral "Race of the Century," groups gathered throughout Lennox Valley to cheer on their candidates.

August 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Trump could knock Isakson out of Senate

One year ago, the political experts were sure of two things about Georgia voters.

August 11, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Growing great neighborhoods

What makes a great neighborhood? I think a great neighborhood is a combination of great people that care about their neighbors and the quality of ...

August 09, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


It feels good to come home to Hallmark

As a child, I was captivated by emotional stories and how words strung together had the power to make me feel happy, touched, sad or ...

August 09, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's our turn to defend them

The state of Georgia has been blessed with many pivotal military champions. The Russell Senate Office Building, one of only six legislative offices buildings in ...

August 09, 2016 | By state Rev. Dave Belton Guest columnist | Opinion


Valley clergy unite; evil must be stopped

Every fifth Friday of the month, which generally comes around about four times most years, the clergy of the Valley would gather together for lunch ...

August 08, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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