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I'm one of 'those' moms, pretty proud of it

This week, I reluctantly attended my very first MOPS meeting. Most know that MOPS stands for mothers of preschoolers, and since my daughter won't be a preschooler for another few years, I was a little confused about why I was invited in the first place. It turns out that MOPS, or at least the MOPS group that meets at Gum Branch Baptist Church, has branched out and now offers support and fellowship to moms of children who haven't yet started elementary school.

April 02, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Don't forget to turn out lights when you leave

I have never seen a president lie as much as President Barack Obama, except for maybe President Lyndon B. Johnson, who said that he wouldn't bomb North Vietnam in order to win the election over Sen. Barry Goldwater. After being elected, he then turned around and bombed North Vietnam.

March 29, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Junior E. Lee identifies next president

Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield, Ga., recently called me, all out of breath. I usually am not that concerned because after Junior has sprayed Arven Ridley's barn for fleas, it sometimes leaves him winded. But I knew this wasn't the case. He isn't scheduled to de-flea Arven's place for another two months.

March 28, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Obesity costly in more ways than one

Big people are big business in the United States, where about one in three adults and one in six children and adolescents are considered obese.

March 27, 2012 | By Laura Smith Public Health News Bureau | Opinion


Aftermath as bad as fish kill itself

As upsetting as the Ogeechee River fish kill remains some 10 months after it took place, events that have happened since have been just as hard to stomach.

March 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Students become 'trashologists'

A visitor made his annual trek to Liberty County last week and shared his "trashy" view of the world with hundreds of local children. Dr. T, a self-proclaimed "trashologist," talks trash wherever he goes. Keep Liberty Beautiful invites him to several schools each year to provide mini courses in trashology for local students. He never fails to get his message across, and he brings smiles to the faces of those in the audience. His entertaining - but highly educational - show fits right in with my philosophy about learning. Engage kids - and adults - and they will learn something whether they want to ...

March 26, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


No easy choices in school budget

With education funds from the state and federal governments dwindling, it's more apparent than ever that our local officials must exercise caution when spending the Liberty County School System's money. Schools are making do with older books and fewer supplies. In recent years, teachers have dealt with furlough days. The district has postponed necessary building repairs.

March 26, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Daughter missing dad

I remember when a few days away from my husband almost were impossible to get through. After basic training, raider focus, NTC and a year-long deployment, a few days is usually no problem. Of course, I miss him when he's not around, but I no longer stop functioning or sink into a deep depression.

March 26, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Georgia's new endangered species: Wildlife rehabilitators

Editor, Wildlife rehabilitators are very special people. They have acquired the knowledge and experience that is needed to work with injured and orphaned wildlife. Licensed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - and, if caring for federally protected species, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - a wildlife rehabilitator's ultimate goal is to take an injured or orphaned animal, get it healthy and return it to its natural habitat.

March 26, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Your vote does county, why not use it?

I am embarrassed by the voters of Liberty County. A few weeks ago, we had a primary election in Georgia. The turnout was abominable. Fewer than 900 Liberty County Democrats came out in support of President Barack Obama. Was that because the Democrats think that he is a sure thing? Maybe it's because he's losing his voter base and could lose the general election in November. The point is, if Liberty County Democrats support him, they didn't show it.

March 22, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Ethics reform unlikely with legislators feeling entitled

So much for the theory that Tea Partiers are the tail that wags the conservative Georgia Legislature. And so much for the theory that the Legislature is supposed to be responsive to what the public wants.

March 22, 2012 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Thanks for supporting local play

Editor, Thanks to the greater Liberty County community for its recent support of the encore performance of the hit stage play, "With My Spiritual Eyes I Can See." This original Love-It Productions play served as the benefit kickoff for the Liberty County Manna House's fundraising campaign. The sanctuary at Bethesda Church nearly was filled to capacity with an enthusiastic audience of church groups, families with children, elected officials and friends from neighboring counties. Approximately 500 canned goods and donations of varying amounts were collected as admission to the play. These funds were donated to the Manna House to qualify ...

March 21, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Legislative session is in home stretch

The Georgia General Assembly is in the final stretch of the 2012 legislative session with only seven official days of session remaining.

March 21, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


A sea of green in Senate chambers

Day 31 (Monday, March 12): My day started off with an early morning meeting with the Director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, Tricia Pridemore, as we discussed legislation that I will be carrying in the Senate. Workforce Development is working to turn our state's unskilled labor force into skilled workers who can meet the demands of today's employers. On the days we are in session, we have a doctor of the day who assists the Capitol's nurse in providing any health-care needs we may have. On March 12, we were honored to have Dr ...

March 21, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


'Mfmwgmfwf:' Legislators get briefing on issues

"Members of the Legislature, my name is Figby, and I have been asked by House Speaker Dennis Ralston - he is the gentleman over in the corner eating the Twinkie - along with Sens. Tommie Williams and Chip Rogers to discuss some potential campaign issues this fall. They are, of course, your leaders and have helped make the General Assembly what it is today.

March 21, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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GOP has folded up its big tent

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Celebrate recycling at Saturday fair

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November 14, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Don't cut taxes on backs of retirees

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November 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trump is mainstream GOP

The showdown between President Donald Trump and Sen. Jeff Flake turned out to be no contest. It wasn't Trump who was out of the ...

November 13, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


What's better than a PhD?

Wednesday on this page we ran Mike Royko's classic column about veterans.

November 13, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Unlocking Weinstein's cell phone

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

November 11, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Graduating from school in three terms

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

November 10, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Time for Mr. Answer Man

Hey, what time is it, boys and girls? It is time for Answer Man! The show that gives you the straight skinny to whatever has ...

November 09, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Royko’s classic on Veterans Day

Editor's note: The late and great Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko, a veteran of the Korean war, wrote this column in 1993 about Veterans ...

November 09, 2017 | By Mike Royko Guest columnist | Opinion


Bipartisanship is still possible

Back in 2001 and 2002, there was no Democrat more hated by Georgia Republicans than Roy Barnes, who was then the state's governor.

November 09, 2017 | By Tom Crwaford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Increased police presence will cut crime

Editor: I am writing to discuss safety in Liberty County neighborhoods, particularly those neighborhoods of Hinesville.

November 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Clear out clutter to make room for holiday gifts

What is in your closet? My hall closet is a mysterious place. I do not know what happens every few months. All sorts of things ...

November 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Cutting butter with a nuclear chainsaw

Editor: With abundant justification, much has been written about the colossally expensive, publicly subsidized, 30-billion-dollar fiasco known as the Plant Vogtle nuclear power-plant expansion. That ...

November 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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