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Sheriff succession law is obsolete

Many in Liberty County were surprised last week when Liberty County Probate Court Judge Nancy Aspinwall appointed Polly Martin to succeed her late husband, J. Don Martin, as sheriff of Liberty County. The public outcry generally questioned whether Martin's wife was the most qualified person to manage and lead Liberty County's law enforcement.

June 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hey, Mexico, we didn't ask you about our laws

Would somebody tell that guy that runs Mexico to buy a map?

June 07, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Health-care reform will get old for retirees

There are 78 million baby boomers and a very large number of them have retirement on their minds. If the past is a guide, more than 80 percent of them will retire before they become eligible for Medicare (at age 65). Although about one-third of U.S. workers have a promise of post-retirement health care from an employer, almost none of these promises are funded and, as is the case of the automobile companies, are likely to be broken in whole or in part.

June 02, 2010 | By Dr. John C. Goodman | Opinion


Report: Most Georgia children miss summer learning programs

When schools close for the summer, safe and enriching learning environments are out of reach and replaced by boredom, lost opportunities and risk for too many children. New analysis of data from the America After 3PM study measures the extent of this problem, concluding that just 21 percent of Georgia's schoolchildren (an estimated 350,878 kids) participate in summer learning programs – safe, structured programs that provide a variety of activities designed to encourage learning and development in the summer months.

June 01, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Liberty loses trusted sheriff

Former Hinesville City Councilman Alonzo Walden once said he decided who got his vote for sheriff based on trust.

May 31, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Advocates prove arts are good for business

Up until the final days of the 2010 legislative session, Georgia was about to become the only state in the union without an arts council. The Georgia House had dropped all funding for the arts and it wasn't until the State Senate, under the leadership of Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill (R-Reidsville), stepped in and restored $860,000 for the Georgia Council for the Arts. That money will allow the state agency to qualify for federal and state matching arts grants.

May 31, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


It hurts too much to county the days

While I was in Iowa for my most recent visit, people said things like, "He's been gone quite a while. He'll be back anytime now, right?" or "Your husband should be getting home soon, isn't he?"

May 31, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


New way to be heard

At town hall meetings, events in my district and even trips to the grocery store, it's clear that main street America is frustrated with an out of touch Washington. The people who come up to me aren't angry as much as they are worried about the future of our country.

May 26, 2010 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


New laws will make driving in Georgia safer

Sign seen outside local church:

May 26, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Hinesight covers gulf oil disaster

May 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Our 'clean water' legacy

This past week a number of residents from Bryan County and Richmond Hill attended a workshop sponsored by three organizations dedicated to the preservation of our state's natural environment and specifically the preservation of our state waters.

May 24, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Georgia is home to education wasteland

Kathy Cox has resigned as state school superintendent to take a new job in Washington. I have no way of knowing who will win the post this fall, but I do know that what public education lacks more than dollars is a strong and effective advocate. No one - not Cox, not the State Board of Education, not the Georgia School Board Association, not the Georgia Association of Educators and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, not the Georgia School Superintendents Association, not the charter school groups, not the city and county school boards, not the governor, not the General Assembly ...

May 24, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Memorial Day 2010

I know everyone has seen the VFW or American Legion Auxiliary ladies selling the Memorial Day poppies at various locations.

May 20, 2010 | By B.J. Clark Guest columnist | Opinion


Project Lifesaver program

In light of the recent tragedy with local Alzheimer's patient Elvin Mosley, the Bryan County Project Lifesaver Program is now in the forefront. The program is a rapid response public safety program that helps protect and locate persons who are prone to wander. Designed to track and rescue those with cognitive conditions who tend to wander, this service answers a critical need for protecting people at risk of wandering, including those with Alzheimer's, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other disorders.

May 20, 2010 | By Wendy Sims Guest columnist | Opinion


Society's continuing breakdown of family

How often does the Office of Policy Planning and Research, United States Department of Labor produce anything worth reading, let alone a report that reverberates 45 years later?

May 19, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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Reports of Georgia going 'purple' permature

Now that the final election totals are in, let's look at a couple of Georgia's voting trends.

November 23, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Holtzmans were easy pick for parade honor

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce recently chose George and Babs Holtzman to serve as the 2016 Christmas Parade Grand Marshall. Why, you might wonder?

November 22, 2016 | By Leah Poole Guest columnist | Opinion


Making Liberty County better

Sometimes, it seems like we have forgotten what Thanksgiving is about. We should be thankful every day. Even the poorest of our poor is still ...

November 22, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Health care column was 'fear mongering'

Editor: Many people think that because a columnist is syndicated, he knows what he is talking about. They don't. Such a column was in ...

November 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


NAACP leader: Give Trump a chance

As Liberty County transitions under President Elect Donald Trump's administration, I humbly request that all citizens respect the office of the president of the ...

November 21, 2016 | By Graylan Quarterman Guest columnist | Opinion


What I'm thankful for

Thanksgiving is here, and I thought I'd get a jump on the crowd by offering up some things for which I am thankful in ...

November 21, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Why the polls got it so wrong

The election-night coverage of the 2016 vote began with images of the Clinton campaign team gathering in the Javits Center - under the symbolic glass ceiling ...

November 18, 2016 | By Dr. Gary Welton Guest columnist | Opinion


A recommendation for a sheep dipping

Dear Gov. Deal:

November 17, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Happy days are here again

Editor:

November 17, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia voters wanted change, now they have it

For both Georgia and the United States as a whole, the election of Donald Trump as president is going to mean some major changes in ...

November 16, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Illegal immigrants costing us too much

Editor, Well, the rollercoaster ride is over and many in this country were overwhelmed by the result. This is especially true of the pollsters, who ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


America Recycles Day

We are celebrating recycling this week at Keep Liberty Beautiful. America Recycles Day is Tuesday. It is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging ...

November 15, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Court is fighting for veterans freedom

We ask much of our men and women in uniform, and they ask little in return. As a nation, we are ultimately responsible for ensuring ...

November 14, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


The perfect scheme to win an election

When the good folks of Lennox Valley began to stir on Friday morning, many wondered if the events of Thursday evening had been a dream ...

November 14, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why GIS is an important gig

Tuesday is Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day! I realize that many of you do not share my enthusiasm nor have any idea what GIS is ...

November 14, 2016 | By Dustin Michew Guest columnist | Opinion


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