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Military communities need certainty

'Outlook unclear, ask again later'

December 16, 2013 | By Anita Hughes Columnist | Opinion


Mandela a leader who as a great man

The white South African system of apartheid was a brutal, cynical system of racial segregation that was becoming increasingly unsustainable and most observers believed it could end in only one way - massive bloodshed.

December 16, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Improper payments cost $100 million a year

Imagine filling up your gas tank and realizing that the price you were charged was more than the price advertised. What would you do?

December 12, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


There are alternatives to Obamacare

For many of us, it's that special time of the year - the time when you get notification for renewal from your health-care insurance provider.

December 12, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Georgia has native son with Mandela's character

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has received much-deserved praise following his death

December 11, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Meeting leads to questionable lease

Since Midway's mayor and three city council members were re-elected, we can expect more of the incompetency that we have seen in the past four years. At last month's city-council meeting, the council voted to allow the mayor to sign a lease with the Liberty County Public Facilities Authority for a piece of what I consider to be worthless property. Councilman Terry Doyle, who opposed the lease, is leaving office at the end of the month.

December 10, 2013 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Oh, the stories of woe

Oh, the stories people tell. Not always good ones, mind you, but the kind that will make you fall down on your knees and thank the good Lord up above that you don't have a story like that.

December 10, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Thank an attractive business

Nothing is prettier than communities all dressed up for the Christmas holidays. Don't you just love all the lights, decorations and Christmas-tree lightings?

December 10, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The art of packing healthy lunches

My daughter, Reese, started at a new day care two months ago. My husband and I had been pleased with her former day care until they went through several leadership changes, and the resulting policy alterations were disconcerting. The facility's lunch menu, which had been pretty healthy when we first enrolled Reese, took a turn for the worse - lots of processed, preservative-laden food; fruit drowning in sugary, heavy syrup; and snacks full of sodium and food dyes. No thanks!

December 10, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Making the holidays relaxing

The holidays are a turning point in our lives every year.

December 10, 2013 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


State Department doesn't need its own training site

If Congress and the federal government are really serious about holding down costs and lowering the deficit, then they will reject any idea by the State Department to build an all-new training facility for its personnel and staff in Blackstone, Va. It will instead turn all training functions and responsibilities over to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

December 10, 2013 | Brunswick News | Opinion


Military communities watching BRAC

Undersecretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal stated that small businesses are critical to Army readiness.

December 05, 2013 | By Anita Hughes Friends of Fort Stewart/Hunter | Opinion


Game over, ring the class bell

It was as ugly as a warthog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50, and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia -the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South -bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the state football championship, 41-34.

December 04, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Everyone has a book in them

Over lunch the other day with friends - all in the newspaper business - I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.

December 03, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Dogged journalism is blessing, not curse

Let's start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what's happening in the world - and understand the plans of allies and enemies - to keep the nation prepared and secure.

December 03, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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Health emergency is making Ga. famous

Last week, the second of two Americans infected with the Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

August 13, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Candidate | Opinion


Gosh dang, what is wrong with a Southern accent?

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to Your Southern Accent."

August 13, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


'Trash talk' includes harrowing statistics

It's time to talk trash for a few minutes.

August 12, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Don't go along with government, be the solution

This is the end, my friends. After writing this column for more than three years, it is time for me to move on. I also write for three magazines and the commitment to the magazines is starting to demand a lot of my time. I have enjoyed bringing you the latest information on Midway and hope that you will attend the monthly meetings to keep the mayor and city-council members on their toes.

August 12, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Hanging onto pride is not how to live

It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others, as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.

August 12, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Vacation takes toll on routines

I recently enjoyed a week in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, with my family. Usually, when I visit the best city in the country (my own personal opinion there), I only have a few days in which to squeeze in trips to my favorite restaurants, a little rest and relaxation, outings with relatives and an evening or two with old friends. So it was wonderful to have a little more time.

August 12, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


21-day diet for Congress? No, never mind

MOULTRIE - The first item in my emails today was: "How to get thin quickly."

August 12, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve better care

Our veterans shouldn't need an act of Congress and a presidential signature to get the Veterans Affairs healthcare system up to speed. But that's just what it took.

August 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Litmus test for Pres. Obama on whistleblowers

Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail - whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.

August 11, 2014 | By Tom Devine and Shanna Devine Guest columnists | Opinion


EPA just making a power grab

According to the Federal Register, on Dec. 7, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency "found" that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Unfortunately, this finding and the EPA's subsequent action threaten the health and welfare of current and future generations of Georgians far more than greenhouse gases do.

August 07, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


System is fine, officials are the problem

Just when you thought Washington couldn't get any messier, our elected officials in the nation's capital prove it can.

August 06, 2014 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Here's why teaching is a noble career

Dear Georgia public-school teachers, It is new school year but, alas, the same old impediments: an out-of-touch federal bureaucracy, ideological state legislators who choose not to send their kids to public schools but intend to tell you how and what to teach, and a society that values reality television more than quality education. Sometimes, I wonder how you manage.

August 06, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Here's to start of new school year

This week, school bells will ring and the 2014-15 academic year will begin. Some children welcome it, others don't. Parents also likely have mixed feelings about the start of another term.

August 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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