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An empty chair and a desk

There is an empty chair and desk at the Hinesville Pre-K center where once sat a bright eyed little girl named Cambria Shuman.

December 14, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Dooley's fighting bulldog

While the Bulldog Nation rightfully exults over possibility of a national championship, I have been talking to the man that delivered the last one in 1980, Vincent Joseph Dooley.

December 14, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Women make political gains in Georgia

It has been a good year for women in politics.

December 14, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Locals earn recognition for environmental work

One of the hardest things I have to do as director for Keep Liberty Beautiful is to select groups and individual volunteers for additional recognition opportunities.

December 12, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Newspaper has memories, as well as news

In this business, nothing is ever cut and dried and nothing stands still. You can have the saddest story in the world one day and the lunatic actions of local elected officials the next. You report and move on.

December 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Time to stop opioid abuse, harm

Georgia, unfortunately, is no stranger to the malicious effects of the epidemic. In Georgia alone, from June 2016 to May 2017, the total number of opioid doses prescribed to patients surpassed 541 million. To put that in perspective, that is approximately 54 doses for every man, woman and child in our state. Sadly, 982 Georgians lost their lives due to opioid-related overdoses in 2016, making opioids responsible for approximately 69 percent of drug overdose deaths in Georgia. The consequences of opioid abuse and over-prescription are devastating every community, every age group, every demographic and countless families in our state.

December 11, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson and Chris Carr Special to the Courier | Opinion


Unintended consequences of criminal reform

It's hard to fathom the depth of the pain and suffering of crime victims and families left behind. For Henry Nicholas, the experiences of his family after his sister was murdered inspired his mission to protect victims.

December 09, 2017 | By Benita Dodd Columnist | Opinion


Health care for rural Georgia

If you get sick or badly injured in Georgia, you could find yourself slap out of luck if you live in one of the state's rural counties.

December 07, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


For Christmas, press 1

"Hello, you have reached the offices of Santa Claus at the North Pole."

December 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Writer: ‘Do not feed the wildlife’

Editor:

December 07, 2017 | Judith Herren of Liberty County | Opinion


They’re just words, right?

Russia. Fake news. Hate. Collusion. Flynn. David Duke. Republican. Treason. Conservative. KKK. Misogyny. Roy Moore. Religion. Rich people. Plea deal. Twitter. Obstruction. Guilty. Guns. Racism. Papadopoulos. Under educated. Electoral College. Nazi. White supremacy. Mental illness. Richard Nixon. Manafort. Trump. Making. America. Great. Again.

December 07, 2017 | Will Darsey of Midway | Opinion


The good news is it’s not Christie

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

December 06, 2017 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion


Some abused kids thrive later

In a letter to the editor of the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Tribune, psychologist Afton Koball and two colleagues objected to a recent column in which I asserted that one can be parented badly and still parent well. It comes down to one's perspective, and is, therefore, a matter of choice. Said another way, parenting is influential but not deterministic.

December 06, 2017 | John Rosemond | Opinion


Meet Mr. Grump Driver

It's an awful thing, being old before my time and evidently not only resembling Grumpy of Seven Dwarfs fame but also acting the part.

December 05, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Stay 'green' giving and wrapping gifts

The Christmas countdown has begun! Are you ready? With a little bit of planning, we can all make this the "greenest" Christmas ever. Santa makes a list, so why don't we? In the less than 25 days ahead, we need to plan for shopping, decorating, gifting and food, of course, but we will get to that later.

December 05, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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New approach to an old problem

Why would we try solving society's most ancient problems with worn-out solutions? Sexual harassment and assault are as old as any issue can get ...

December 31, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Give Trump credit where it is due

Republicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense ...

December 30, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


As the year swiftly goes bye-bye

Observations at the end of a year, apropos of nothing much.

December 29, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


You can't fix stupid PSC

When Georgia legislators passed a bill a few years ago to make fireworks legal, I remember talking to one of the bill's supporters.

December 29, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


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