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Ten commandments of cigarette litter

Consider this: An estimated several trillion cigarette butts per year end up as litter around the world. That's billions and billions of cigarettes flicked, one at a time, on our sidewalks, roadways, beaches, nature trails, gardens and other public places every single day. In fact, cigarettes are the most littered item in the world.

July 25, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


It is time to bring the troops home

Reversing long-standing policy, President Barack Obama now will send condolence letters to the families of U.S. military personnel who commit suicide in combat zones.

July 23, 2011 | By Sheldon Richman Guest columnist | Opinion


'Revote' is best solution

OK, everybody, are we clear now?

July 21, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Support Army museum plans

Dear Editor, For more than 236 years, we Americans have owed our freedoms to the men and women of the United States Army. Now, at long last, the American soldier will be honored with the National Museum of the U.S. Army near our nation's capital.

July 20, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


CSU teaching grant is timely, welcome news

Georgians have needed some good news on the education front lately. After weeks of almost nonstop scandal, controversy and bleak statistics, nobody could be blamed for thinking the state of teaching and learning was spiraling toward rock bottom.

July 20, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Social Security threats mere scare tactic

"I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on Aug. 3 if we haven't resolved this issue (raising the debt ceiling). Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it," President Barack Obama said during a recent CBS interview.

July 20, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Should we trust in God or state government?

You would think designing a license tag would be relatively simple, wouldn't you? Not in Georgia.

July 20, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Winn dedicated to quality care

Editor, This letter is in response to a story published July 13 titled "Army spouse criticizes care at Winn."

July 20, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Turn the AC back on in Washington

Editor: The air conditioning must not be working in Washington, D.C. At least, not in the halls of Congress or the White House.

July 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Therapy in flashbacks

I've been having flashbacks lately. And no, I didn't use LSD when I was in college.

July 19, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight takes a bite of healthy foods

July 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Turn old CDs, DVDs into educational tools

It's magic! This week, with your help, First Presbyterian Christian Academy will turn donated CDs and DVDs into useful educational tools for students. On Tuesday, FPCA will collect used CDs and DVDs - you know, those things that replaced cassettes and VCR tapes and now are sitting around collecting dust in your cabinets and entertainment centers.

July 18, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Experience provides security

Buying a house is a lot like joining the military. You sign the paper and you're in, whether you like it or not.

July 18, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Lemonade stand shutdown reflects bigger problem

Editor, Your July 6 front page story was a very sad commentary of the times in which we live. The headline, "Lemonade stand operation goes sour," reflects much more than just the lack of judgment of the officers involved in this incident. In my opinion, those officers should have allowed the girls to continue to sell their lemonade unless the officers had been instructed by their superiors to do what they did. If they were instructed to take action, then they simply were following orders and rightly so. However, if they had not received any complaints and had not been ...

July 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't blame Midway PD for enforcing law

Editor, In response to the news article about the Midway police shutting down the girls' lemonade stand, I'm saddened and offended that we choose this story as front page news! Why is this breaking news? First, this is not news, and second, it is the law!

July 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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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


Welcome to the new year, grandson

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 05, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Thanks for stepping up, Riceboro folks

Editor: Thank you to Mrs. Patricia Fleming of the Kingdom Church of Christ, formerly the Jr. Church of Christ, for successful free Christmas dinners to ...

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Resolve to volunteer in 2017, KLB has jobs

Happy New Year! 2017 offers tremendous promise and opportunities whatever resolutions you have made for this year.

January 03, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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