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Trump won's solve U.S. problems

Editor, All those people who voted for Donald Trump must figure if he gets elected as our president he will pay off the national debt out of his own pocket. Rich people are not like that. They only buy into something they can make big profits on.

August 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

New ad campaign: 'Be recycled'

When you walk by your kitchen garbage can, do you ever hear a tiny voice, crying "Help me! I want to be recycled!"

August 22, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Phone call to mayor sets up big debate

Now that Sarah Hyden-Smith and Iris Long had carved out a platform for Juliet's last-minute mayoral campaign, it was time to talk strategy.

August 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

State races may be competitive for once

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 19, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated Columnist | Opinion

Dear public school teachers, hang in there

Dear Public School Teachers:

August 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Writer: Dems the root of all evil


August 18, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

A woman who made Georgia a better place

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class than the late Gov. Carl Sanders. He was and remains my political hero.

August 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion

Johnson: Policing is the No. 1 issue

Recently, I was privileged to lead a forum on race relations and policing at the River Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Columbus with Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and moderated by retired Chief Superior Court Judge John Allen. It was broadcast live by the ABC and FOX affiliates and several radio stations in Columbus and Atlanta instead of the evening news. Community leaders, subject experts and citizens who are affected by and deeply engaged in these issues were on hand to discuss where the community and our nation are, and how we might go forward.

August 17, 2016 | Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson President Ga. NAACP | Opinion

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 doors is opened. The beep was coming from the front door.

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 work - can reduce the amount of trash ending up in landfills and maximize recyclings.

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 life that they are creating for their families. Just like we "grow" our children by the love and care we give them, we also can "grow" a great neighborhood to live in by giving it the attention it needs to thrive. Great neighborhoods don't just happen. It takes a united group to make a neighborhood special. Often a neighborhood is pulled together by one leader who energizes neighbors into action.

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 inspired. The rudiments of my education came around the kitchen table or in the car as I listened to Mama's and Daddy's storytelling.

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 our nation's capital, is named after a Winder native who was a military advocate of historic importance. Milledgeville's Carl Vinson, or the "Father of the Two-Ocean Navy," is one of only two non-presidents to have an aircraft carrier named after him. Sam Nunn is a living legend and has been a dominant voice for our military for decades. President Jimmy Carter was a graduate of the Naval Academy and a submarine officer who ...

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

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Snuff out cigarette litter

In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S ...

October 04, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Old Jail remembers Sheriff Bobby Sikes

Editor's note: Local historian Margie Love wrote this column in 2004 on the "Old Jail." It includes lengthy references to former Liberty County Sheriff ...

October 03, 2016 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion

Election Day! Campaign separates couples

Election Day finally arrived. Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, was perhaps the most awaited date in Lennox Valley history.

October 03, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Amendment 1 is not the answer

Editor: In order to turn around struggling schools, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed creation of an Opportunity School District (OSD). To do this, there has to ...

September 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

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