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The one and only 'idea guy'

You've probably heard of Larry the Cable Guy, but what about Glenn the Idea Guy? Glenn is nearly as funny as Larry. He also whips out more big ideas than Larry does one-liners. You're likely to hear more of Glenn in the future. He may be trying to run for governor.

September 04, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


A prescription for Grady Hospital

Grady Memorial Hospital is a vital community asset used by residents throughout metropolitan Atlanta, a safety-net hospital for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Georgians that admits tens of thousands of patients a year. All this takes place on an annual budget of $700 million.

September 04, 2007 | By Bill Loughery Special to the Courier | Opinion


Clinton being underestimated

Hillary Clinton has led in almost every national poll among the Democratic presidential candidates, usually by double digits. She has turned in a solid, self-assured performance in the debates, has revved up an impressive organization and hasn't made a major mistake under the glare of a media that magnify everything she does.

September 01, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Rein in tax-funded spendaholics

By Nathan Tabor

August 30, 2007 | By Nathan Tabor Special to the Courier | Opinion


Why is Congress so partisan?

Early in my career in the U.S. House, I trekked over to the Senate side one day to watch a debate between Hubert Humphrey and Barry Goldwater, two of the great ideological warriors of the era. I don't recall the issue, but I do remember the heat they generated as they went at each other hammer and tongs. They were knowledgeable, passionate, and deeply committed to their vastly different points of view.

August 30, 2007 | By Lee Hamilton Special to the Courier | Opinion


MAF: Winning the hearts and minds

By Victor Kamber

August 30, 2007 | By Victor Kamber Special to the Courier | Opinion


Adequate Yearly Progress defined

By Harley Grove

August 28, 2007 | By Harley Grove Special to the Courier | Opinion


The black and white of green

"This is about green - not black and white. It's about money."

August 28, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Democrats against terrorism tipsters

If you see something, hire a lawyer. Then, perhaps, you can say something.

August 25, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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


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Bora Bora doesn't care about the game

This was written in a cave somewhere in greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.

December 03, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Food tastes are in the genes

One afternoon, I had a hankering - a primal-like craving - for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

December 02, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Cutting cooking simplifies holidays

I didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. My husband, daughter and I went to a restaurant in Richmond Hill that offered all the traditional holiday fare at a reasonable price. It was the first time in my life I did not eat a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving.

December 02, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Beware, taxpayers -- bills are due

Editor, Supposedly, taxes are going up again because SPLOST was voted down. Don't you know that taxes are raised whether or not SPLOST is approved? Taxes also will be raised no matter how many concerned citizens attend the three public hearings on the proposed millage-rate hikes.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Liberty celebrates America Recycles Day

We believe that every day should be about recycling. It's one easy action that everyone can do to help our environment. But America Recycles Day, celebrated Nov. 15 this year, is designated to educate and motivate people on recycling.

December 02, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


County should live within means, and not count on SPLOST

Editor, To SPLOST or not to SPLOST - that was the question ... and SPLOST lost! The citizens of Liberty County finally got tired of unconstrained spending and spoke up the only way they could - through the ballot box.

December 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Cartoon symbolic of those who let Obama ruin our country

Editor, An editorial cartoon by R. McKee serves as a modern take on the old Hans Christian Anderson tale about the emperor who was swindled by to weavers who promise to make him a suit of clothes that is invisible to people who are stupid and incompetent. When the emperor and his cabinet members cannot see the clothes, they pretend to be able to see them for fear of being deemed unfit for their positions. In reality, the swindlers only pretended to make the suit and clothe the emperor. He isn't wearing anything.

November 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Restaurant chain quickly corrected issue

Editor, Today, I was nursing Gauge, my 2-month old son, at the Dunkin' Donuts in Hinesville. I have nursed in public like this numerous times. I sat in the corner and even had my friend stand in front of me to make sure nobody saw anything. As I was leaving and getting Gauge buckled into his car seat, an employee followed me to my car and told me that from now on when I nursed in the donut shop, I needed to cover up because customers complained.

November 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Outlaw policing for profit in Georgia

Back in 1966, Bobby Fuller sang about, "Robbin' people with a six-gun, I fought the law and the law won." And rightfully so - robbery is a crime. But what happens when it's the law doing the robbing and the law wins?

November 26, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Carl Sanders: A great man did great things

On my "to-do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

November 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Looking for businesses with holiday shine

I love this time of year. All the lights and decorations really can make our community look pretty. It would be wonderful if we all made that kind of effort all year long.

November 25, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Holiday is for catching up

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

November 25, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Moms may be afraid to take breaks

Moms want everything and nothing at all. We want to be everywhere at once and also nowhere to be found. We want to impress everyone, handle every chore imaginable and spend every waking second bonding with our children. We also want to totally escape from life. Failure to accomplish this leads to immense guilt and, occasionally, foul moods.

November 25, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Voters showed annoyance with spending

Editor, In my humble opinion, the failure of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax was not a criticism of the tax, but rather of the excessive - and perhaps arrogant - spending of our tax dollars by our elected officials. The threat of the new Transportation SPLOST, another tax, was maybe another factor.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Common Core doesn't teach reading for enjoyment

Editor, "it's gr8 dy.h.a mtg @ d mal l8r"

November 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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