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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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Laws may be decaying away

What should be the priority for state legislators -helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering, or protecting the financial status of their most affluent ...

February 16, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


An open letter to NAACP leader

Editor and President Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson: I read with great embarrassment the article in the Feb. 1 Coastal Courier outlining your comments during your ...

February 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Paying down national debt is win-win

Editor: I think that Professor Winter Nie missed the mark in her column from Wednesday Feb. 8. She stated that China would win a trade ...

February 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Recycle It! Fairs in three places Saturday

Calling all pack rats who are looking to reform, next Saturday we will have our quarterly Recycle It! Fairs as well as a Shred It!

February 13, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


The revenge of the nation-state

The start of the Trump administration has been a vindication of the American nation-state.

February 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Jury duty can be a hoot when you know people

It was, of all things, a call to jury duty that reminded me powerfully of the beauty of a sweet hometown and the joy that ...

February 11, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump has created his own chaos

Let's take the good with the bad about Donald Trump: On the positive side, he has rendered useless those clocks the news networks like ...

February 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


China would win trade war with U.S.

During his election campaign, President Donald Trump threatened to impose 35 to 45 percent tariffs on Chinese imports to force China into renegotiating its trade ...

February 10, 2017 | By Prof. Winter Nie Guest columnist | Opinion


A.J.'s absence piques newswoman's curiosity

A week had gone by since A.J. Fryerson's letter to the editor concerning Buford Levitt's new gas pumps was published in the ...

February 10, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Will Trump sour on Georgia?

For a couple of months, Georgia was probably one of Donald Trump's favorite states.

February 10, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Advice for a journey's beginning

Please allow me a bit of a preamble: Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson Number Three chronologically and - pardon a grandfather's pride - a high achiever ...

February 09, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bill would allow medical marijuana for autism

Serving as a state senator is rewarding because I am engaged in the intricate legislative process that often affects and improves the lives of people ...

February 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tree give-away for Arbor Day

This month is all about trees. Well, that is not exactly true. We are also all about recycling electronics and household goods and shredding records ...

February 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Words of thanks seem inadequate

Editor, When the worst disaster in the history of Turner County struck on the afternoon of Jan. 22, the immediate response was beyond anything we ...

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


No one has right to enter our country

Editor: For the life of me, I can't figure out the mentality of the protests going on. We finally get a president who wants ...

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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