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Volunteers keep community turning

I may be prejudiced, but I think that Keep Liberty Beautiful has the best volunteers in the county - maybe even in the world.

May 31, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

Random thoughts on random topics

• One of the greatest singing voices I ever heard and one of the most talented people I ever knew died last week and, yes, he was a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket through and through. Josh Powell lost his battle with multiple myeloma at the age of 70. He was an outstanding basketball player - a part of Tech's first NCAA tournament team in 1960 and captain in 1962. He was an Emory law graduate who spurned the profession to work with kids through the Josh Powell Summer Day Camp, which he began in 1972 and still is in operation today ...

May 26, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Still looking for 'change we can count on'

I checked my pocket this morning and the only change that I could count on was two dimes and three pennies. Forget looking in my wallet. All that I have there are two $1 bills and family photos.

May 26, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Don't use the 'blame game'

Editor, I read with great interest Len Calderone's article in the Wednesday, May 18, edition of the Coastal Courier titled, "Stand proudly as an 'unhyphenated American.'" I pretty much agreed with everything he said until he ruined it all by blaming liberals for the creation of ethnic "hyphenism" (his word, not mine).

May 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Honor appropriate for Judge Sinrich

Editor, On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express congratulations to Hinesville Municipal Court Judge Gary Sinrich, who recently was honored by the placement of his portrait in the city courtroom, recognizing his 23 years of service to the public.

May 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Try adoption for charter schools

For years, the charter-school movement was thwarted in Georgia by local school districts that turned down application after application. Many of those denials were for cause. Other charter school applications, however, were turned down for myriad other reasons.

May 26, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion

Special legislative session looms

The regular session of the 2011 Georgia General Assembly was a mixed bag – some good, some bad, some rancor over both. But the heated partisan debates over things like immigration and tree-cutting end up looking like garden parties compared to what lies ahead in August.

May 25, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion

A market approach to health options

Georgians don't just need access to affordable health care; Georgians need greater access to meaningful health care. The free-market principles of competition can help drive down costs, provide for greater accessibility and provide Georgians with more health care options.

May 24, 2011 | By Sen. Chip Rogers and Rep. Matt Ramsey Special to the Courier | Opinion

Thoughts on human software

I was watching this television program on the human brain the other night where the brain was described as a computer that processes lots of information. There is a theory that everything one has ever experienced resides in the human software and can be recalled with the right stimulus.

May 24, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

General Assembly recordings invaluable

Attention, political junkies, policy geeks and pajama-clad denizens of the blogosphere: Georgia Secretary of State might just have become your new best friend.

May 24, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion

Recycling helps community several ways

Blue is my favorite color. That is not a shock for those who know me.

May 23, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

Friends make to-do list easier

It happened just as I feared. Our lease - along with the one-month extension my husband managed to negotiate - is up before we've closed on the house we're buying.

May 23, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion

Animal abusers deserve harsh punishment

In Georgia, a convicted shoplifter hypothetically could receive a tougher sentence than someone convicted of killing a dog.

May 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Who benefits from state tax policy?

Tax reform - and in politics, that's at best a benefit-of-the-doubt term - apparently is dead for this year in Georgia. Before lawmakers take it up again, and they will, they would do well to pay attention to a new report recently disseminated by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (, a nonprofit, nonpartisan economic analysis think tank.

May 23, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion

Ludowici's ordinances questioned

Editor, After attending a recent city meeting, I don't think the city of Ludowici has adopted a municipal code of ordinances for more than 27 years or longer.

May 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

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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

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 ...

November 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

November 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

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