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Eyewitness ID protocol

It's common knowledge that post-conviction DNA testing has exonerated dozens of people serving time for crimes they didn't commit. Less commonly known is that, according to The Innocence Project, the vast majority of people wrongly convicted of a crime and subsequently exonerated on the basis of DNA evidence were convicted on the basis of faulty eyewitness testimony.

September 26, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Every hour is up for grabs in Army

Probably the hardest pill to swallow as a military spouse is that the military often comes first. Despite the way my husband would want to prioritize, this commitment we've made to our country means that sometimes our lives are out of our hands.

September 26, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


South slow to lower lung cancer rates

A report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had some encouraging numbers regarding instances of lung cancer nationally, though it appears our region of the country is lagging behind still.

September 26, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Academic freedom is essential

Hank Huckaby has heard such rumblings before. The University System of Georgia chancellor wants to silence these before they start picking up volume, and bravo to him for trying.

September 22, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Government missing entire job market

President Barack Obama recently presented a jobs program that requires taxpayers to put up $500 billion. He didn't even prove that even a single job will be created, which is what happened with his stimulus program.

September 21, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


There one day, gone the next

I grew up on Osteen Street in Port Wentworth.

September 21, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Military spouse disappointed with vet care

Editor, What has happened to people in the past 10 years? Has the turn of the economy changed everyone so much that they refuse to help out others? Since moving to Hinesville almost one year ago, I have come in contact with more callous, dismal and rude citizens than I have ever been around. Decent customer service here is almost non-existent. Very few places of business that I have dealt with have gone the extra mile. One particular business is the reason for this letter.

September 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Frustrations of mover, shaker wannabe

When Nathan Deal was elected governor, I made myself a promise that I was going to get along better with him than I did with his predecessor, George E. Perdue.

September 21, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Grits, scrambled eggs, Swiss Army knife

Remember the television show "MacGyver?" His character was incredibly resourceful. He could make a bomb out of stuff that you buy at a grocery store, and he could take over a small country with a Swiss Army knife.

September 20, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


NAACP branch decries Davis decision

Editor, It was announced today that Troy Davis was denied clemency and will be put to death by lethal injection on

September 20, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Politicians' refusal to hear Obama is wrong

As President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on jobs and the U.S. economy approached, at least five Republican members - Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and David Vitter of Louisiana, and Reps. Paul Broun of Georgia, Joe Walsh of Illinois and Ron Paul of Texas - announced that they wouldn't be attending.

September 20, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Herman Cain is excellent candidate

Editor, The American Dream is an ideal instilled in children across this great nation as they make their way through school. We have always been taught that hard work, persistence and sacrifice are the keys to success and that, in America, the sky is the limit in regards to achieving that success.

September 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Building green school can help economy

Despite the political banter of Washington, D.C., President Obama offered a bright solution in his jobs speech: school construction.

September 19, 2011 | By Kathleen Rogers Guest columnist | Opinion


Keep this election season clean, fair

Election season is upon us. Here's hoping Liberty County is treated to some good, clean races. Too often, name-calling and mudslinging overshadow the importance of political contests, and candidates who hope to head up states, counties, cities and communities may exhibit qualities that aren't often associated with leaders.

September 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


God's time is right time for life events

There's a fine line between a cute baby bump and being so uncomfortably ginormous that your walk becomes a waddle. I recently crossed that line.

September 19, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


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Keep them honest in 2017

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 13, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Uh-oh, it’s time to hide the silverware

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 13, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Spring County Fair calms Valley atmosphere

The mayoral election seemed a million miles away on Friday night at the Spring County Fair. With "Silver Tongue" firmly entrenched in his role as ...

January 12, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers start 2017 session with work to do

On Monday, the Georgia General Assembly began the 2017 session and I am honored that you place trust in me to represent you in the ...

January 12, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Good luck Mike, you’re going to need it

Mike Riddle was a pretty good Long County correspondent for the Coastal Courier for a lot of years.

January 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Frequent Midway critic at it again

Editor: As the city turns. In our last episode, the suspense was high as the city council reprimanded two outstanding employees unjustly. The council also ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Resolve to help the environment

If you are still having trouble firming up some New Year's resolutions that you can actually keep, consider recycling.

January 10, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Seconds count in opoid overdose

Editor: The use of Naloxone can save a life. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist used in opioid overdoses to counteract the ...

January 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The Old Lady is going home

Henry Ford converted a 1937 For pickup truck into a fire truck to be used in Way's Station, now Richmond Hill.

January 07, 2017 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Valley residents respond to challenger's whisper-thin defeat

The morning following "The Great Valley Runoff" was perhaps the oddest moment of my growing-up years. It was as if we were surrounded by fog ...

January 06, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


All Trump, 24/7

My loyal readers, both of them, possibly remember that I've long championed some outside-the-box ways to reduce the deficit before we're overwhelmed with ...

January 06, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


2016 had its positives

The year 2016 is over, but I want to start 2017 by looking back at some of the positive things from last year.

January 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Who's the boss? It remains to be seen

Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him.

January 05, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


NAACP looks to widen focus in 2017

As we end 2016, we pause to consider how much have we emancipated?

January 05, 2017 | Graylan Quaterman Guest Column | Opinion


Family faces huge medical bill, hopes for help from others

Rick Downs needs your help now.

January 05, 2017 | Joann Downs Special to the Courier | Opinion


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