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Punish those who destroy American way of life

Editor, Osama has assumed sea temperature. How long will it take for the liberals in the media and around the country to condemn America for killing the world-famous religious leader and honorable man, Osama bin Laden? They may be silent for a day or two, but soon they will praise the evil man as misunderstood or justified in his terrorist actions.

May 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Sheila glad SEALs took a dog and not a cat

Sheila the Family Wonder Dog is one proud pooch today.

May 11, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


New 'sheriff' on open meetings

There's nothing nuanced about Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens' understanding of the state's "open meetings" law – and that's a good thing.

May 11, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Ax failed agencies to cut the deficit

Each year since 1969, the federal government has spent more than it has taken in from taxes, causing the United States Treasury Department to borrow to keep up with Congressional spending. The federal fiscal year starts Oct. 1 and during the first four months of this year, the treasury has had to borrow $169 billion just to pay interest on the borrowed money.

May 11, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Help United Way help students, families

Editor, The United Way office is coordinating a communitywide school uniform and school-supplies drive. Liberty County educators have voiced an overwhelming need for this resource.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Higher jobless rate is cause for optimism

Normally, an uptick in the unemployment rate would not be considered good news. But it is a peculiarity of the economic recovery that April's increase in the unemployment rate from 8.8 percent, a two-year low, to 9 percent is actually cause for optimism.

May 11, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Is it possible for Army families to plan?

Finally, our summer vacation has been planned. I'm quickly learning that making plans as a civilian and making plans as a military dependent are two very different things.

May 09, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


An appropriate gesture

The annual countywide planning workshop attended by local officials is a necessary and useful tool. Getting leaders of the community together to discuss problems, devise strategies, and prioritize specific goals is an exercise that has paid dividends for Liberty County and other communities that have similar retreats. Many communities, like Liberty, hold these annual retreats out-of-town in an effort to focus clearly, without interruptions.

May 09, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Keep kids safe around ice cream trucks

Editor, As summer is fast approaching it is now time for the ice cream truck to start coming around to the neighborhoods. As owner and operator of The Ice Cream Truck (orange and white van) I would like to address some safety issues that I have found disturbing.

May 09, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Protect water, dump trash properly

Do you ever wonder what is in your water? I do. Even with a water filter at home, I still get a little suspicious of where my water has been and what it has gone through. I think I have seen too many things over the years at these cleanups around our waterways.

May 09, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Walthourville's first mayor is outstanding mother too

Mother's Day is today and mothers across the country are being honored, which they should be every day.

May 09, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Read any good polls lately?

I've just pulled together some poll results on a variety of questions that involve things that go "bump in the night" as well as conspiracies.

May 09, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


The greatest investment

Education is an investment. That's true both for students and bill-paying parents – and states. And with increased investment comes a rightful expectation of greater returns.

May 09, 2011 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


Walk-a-thon to raise scholarship funds

Editor, Georgia Coastal Youth, Inc. (a 501C3 nonprofit organization) and Seven Ministries have partnered to bring you their inaugural event, a spring walk-a-thon to raise money for the Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship. The funds raised will be used to award scholarships to Liberty County public high school seniors who want to further their education by attending college or technical school in 2012 and beyond.

May 05, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Alternative energy sources not the answer

The key to helping families at the pump and reducing our dependence on foreign oil is to spend tax money on developing renewable energy sources. President Barack Obama actually said this in his weekly radio address. He also said we need to increase our drilling at home. Yet he deliberately makes it difficult for the oil companies to drill in the United States and offshore, knowing that the lack of locally produced oil will drive up the cost, justifying his "spend" agenda.

May 05, 2011 | By Len Calderone | Opinion


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De-clutter your life for a fresh new year

This is a great month for de-cluttering your life. Although any month will do, January is a fresh year.

January 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Radio host calms listeners' nerves

Her intentions were innocent enough as Claire Lapella purchased her very first copy of The Lennox Valley Hometown News on Tuesday, May 5, 1998. She ...

January 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Jefferson's words continue to ring true

Editor, One of the greatest statesmen this country has ever known is Thomas Jefferson, who lived from April 13, 1743, to July 4, 1826. He ...

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gov. Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 22, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


State of the Column: Never stronger!

My fellow Georgians, now that President Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has ...

January 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Georgia missing a chance to strengthen its workforce

While most adults who rely on cash and food assistance in Georgia lack any education beyond high school, not enough of the state's workers ...

January 20, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Guest Columnist | Opinion


Costs of litter higher than you think

In Liberty County, we are currently wrestling with the litter aftermath of the holidays. Our community, as well as the rest of the country, is ...

January 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Some old things are new again

In my childhood home, I did not grow up surrounded by literature or commercial novels. What I did grow up with were two items read ...

January 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Government schools' not ideal for kids

Editor, One of the main topics of conversation in Liberty County appears to be the Liberty County school district. There have been complaints about the ...

January 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


History-making event replaces flamethrower

Todd Cecil, host of Revival Flames Ministries of Joplin, Missouri, was just about the biggest celebrity to make an appearance in Lennox Valley during my ...

January 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Thanks to EMTs for helping senior in need

Editor, On 18 Dec., 2015, I found myself in a position to call 911.

January 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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