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Fresh water, a precious and scarce resouce

The science of hydrology tells us the freshwater we humans and all animals and plants survive on has been in existence since the formation of our planet. That means the water we drink today is the same water that dinosaurs drank. Interesting?

August 23, 2007 | By Phil Odom Guest Columnist/Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bittersweet memories of Cuba

There is a story about a bar owner in Miami who some years ago decided to attract Cuban customers, so he put out a sign announcing drink specials for a holiday he had heard about, July 26.

August 23, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Love of country will see us through

Following the anthrax scare at the Smith Army Education Center two weeks ago, we were once again reminded of the far-reaching effects of terrorism.

August 23, 2007 | By John Deike Staff Writer | Opinion


It's good to be back!

I have come to the conclusion no one over age 60 should ever attempt to move. I also think it is easier to move to another town than it is to move across town. Having done both in my life, I can make a comparison.

August 23, 2007 | By Judy Shippey Guest Columnist/Special to the Courier | Opinion


Soldiers, Iraqis working together

Two months ago, I celebrated my 30th anniversary with the Army. During all those years, I've been privileged to command fine American soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors. All are patriotic servants in our uniformed services.

August 21, 2007 | By MG Rick Lynch Special to the Courier | Opinion


When a sure bet is a loser

By now just about everyone who follows Georgia politics has heard about new Congressman Paul Broun's amazing victory over former State Sen. Jim Whitehead in the July runoff to fill the unexpired term of the late Charlie Norwood.

August 21, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


A bird in the hand can be life-saving

Good Samaritan: Many thanks to Jane Sweetin of Midway who recently rescued a Mississippi kite, a small relative of the swallow-tailed kite. She said he let her pick him up and take him inside, where she fed him raw meat that he readily ate. I called Nan at The Sanctuary on the Sapelo and Nan came immediately and picked up the bird. Jane said the bird actually would let her hold him and hand feed him. Nan was to examine him when she got him back to SOS to check for any injuries. Thank you Jane for being a good ...

August 18, 2007 | By Dot Moss Columnist | Opinion


Make recycling a successful event

I often hear people say they wish we had more local events for families to enjoy. I honestly am a little surprised when I hear that, because I think for a small community there are quite a number of events during the year.

August 18, 2007 | By Sara Swinda Columnist | Opinion


Readers voice their thoughts

The issue of immigration was, no surprise, the runaway winner in number of reader comments.

August 16, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Topic: Response to blog

Mr. Hickey,

August 16, 2007 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | Opinion


Will Bush be the last hawk standing?

WASHINGTON - This is the center of the storm in the debate over the Iraq War, George W. Bush's White House. The president is meeting in the Roosevelt Room with nine conservative journalists to discuss the war, and, as with a hurricane, the eye of the storm is unbelievably calm.

August 16, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Topic: Response to article

To characterize our community leaders as apathetic is unfair. Perhaps the accuracy in your statement lies in the inability to generate support. You were correct in your quote that "there is no reason that the room should not have been packed." That is where the TRUE apathy exists: there are too many parents that don't care. Unfortunately, for every group of parents that show no interest in their children, a small group of helpless ones lie in the shadows. This is where our efforts need to be concentrated.

August 16, 2007 | By Tom Hickey Blogger | Opinion


Good offices can breed Congressional success

If you pay attention to the news or watch C-SPAN, you've no doubt got a pretty good idea of what members of Congress do. They work as legislators, serve on committees, negotiate policy with the White House, keep tabs on executive-branch agencies, argue for local concerns in Washington and help constituents caught in the federal bureaucracy.

August 14, 2007 | By Lee Hamilton | Opinion


Golden moment missed

You could have heard a pin drop in the normally noisy American Legion barroom in Marietta.

August 14, 2007 | By Bill Shipp | Opinion


Concessions and then some...

Any elected official who proposes raising gas taxes or fees to fund transportation infrastructure needs in Georgia is probably not planning on re-election. Yet every policy-maker knows the state needs an innovative approach and deep pockets to plan for a future without mind-boggling traffic congestion.

August 14, 2007 | By Benita M. Dodd Vice President of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion


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Tales, myths evolve; legends live on

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more because their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

July 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Make healthy cooking, eating fun

I've always heard and read that it's a good idea to involve children in meal-preparation efforts, because they're more likely to eat dishes that they helped cook. That makes sense.

July 15, 2014 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Cure rude behavior with all-day room confinement

Q: The sassiness that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter.

July 13, 2014 | By John Rosemond Parenting Columnist | Opinion


State still leads on immigration

Politically speaking, perhaps the biggest news story this election cycle is the historic loss of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary election.

July 10, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Renewables offset high gas prices

As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4 per gallon.

July 10, 2014 | By Bob Dinneen Guest columnist | Opinion


Hinesville needs own Fourth celebration

Editor, I saw an item in Friday's paper informing me about the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart. Having been raised here, I already knew that, but was surprised to see they were shooting off their fireworks at 9:30 p.m., instead of closer to July 5, if you catch my drift. As I reflected on years gone by, my blood began to boil.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thoughts on Ogeechee, riverkeeper

Ogeechee Riverkeeper Day is Saturday over at Loves Seafood. That's a good thing.

July 09, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Opinion


Force county to cut spending or face tax increases

Editor, The special purpose local option sales tax is another example of Liberty County spending taxpayers' money before it is even collected, making the taxpayers liable for county expenditures.

July 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Polls and pests all in same business

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 09, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Candidate best-equipped to represent us has military experience

Editor,

July 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Parents differ on bedtimes

My toddler has a late bedtime. I may even be playing it fast and loose with the term "bedtime." My husband and I try to get our 2-year-old to bed by 9 p.m., but really, what time she actually goes to sleep is anybody's guess.

July 07, 2014 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion


Beware of crazy — it runs in the genes

My grandmother - Daddy's mother - sometimes was called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label because it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee-and-cake conversation.

July 07, 2014 | Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Appetizers can enhance a restaurant’s reputation

A restaurant's appetizer can influence my decision to make a return visit. Even something as simple as the dry-roasted peanuts I wolf down while waiting for my Five Guys burger is something I consider before deciding which burger joint to visit.

July 03, 2014 | Randy Morton | Opinion


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