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Maybe David Shafer should run for president

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most entertaining - presidential campaigns since at least 1912.

June 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Cigarette litter is not 'pleasing'

Cigarette litter is ugly but, more than that, it is nasty and unhealthy.

June 28, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Celebrate the Fourth safely and legally

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, the Hinesville Fire Department wants to remind the public that while fireworks can be fun, they can also be quite dangerous. Be sure to follow these important safety measures:

June 28, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion

Truth shall set radio show host, candidate free

The ladies in Caroline's Beauty Salon were on pins and needles after hearing Raymond Cooper, host of the daily radio talk show, "Renderings with Raymond," utter the chilling words, "I have the biggest news flash in Lennox Valley history," just after Vera Penrod announced that Elbert Lee Jones and Marvin Walsh were scurrying into the radio station across the street.

June 27, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Honoring the greatest of all time

On Friday, June 10, I had the distinct honor of attending the public memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. I was accompanied by life long friends Quinton Lewis, Jackie Scott and Marc Anderson. The trip began on a whim, and somewhat a response to a dare. Ali died June 3, and the following day, after attending the funeral of a family friend, I casually mentioned that once the funeral arrangements were made, that we should go. Accepting my dare, the guys said yes.

June 27, 2016 | By Gary Gilliard Guest columnist | Opinion

Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 24, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Daddy's ugly shed will stay with me

Behind the little house in which I spent a happy childhood - where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my bed nightly to pray, where homemade biscuits buttered and sprinkled with sugar were a favorite treat - is a little shed that, to the outside world, is noted for its ugliness.

June 22, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Open letter to superintendent

Maybe it's my fault. Maybe it's my fault to expect a superintendent to exhibit excellence. Maybe it's my fault to not only expect excellence, but to also require you to prove it. Maybe it's my fault that you confused accountability with bullying. Maybe it's my fault for thinking that having "F" schools for the first time in Liberty County School System history is not acceptable. Maybe it's my fault that I do not sit quietly and approve a budget without knowing the line items like everyone else does. Maybe it's my fault to ...

June 22, 2016 | Marcus Scott IV Guest Columnist | Opinion

Vote for Clinton -- or maybe not

Editor, Now that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, I thought that I would give the voters some reasons to vote for Hillary.

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Support attractive businesses

Hello, my name is Sara, and I am addicted to shopping. I make no apologies for this addiction - I mean hobby.

June 21, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Egg case about to crack wide open

I've always said that gossip in Lennox Valley was born in one of three places: Maxine's weekly column called "Rumor Has It," Raymond Cooper's radio show, or Caroline's Beauty Salon.

June 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Is Sen. David Perdue aiming for higher office?

During his first 18 months as a U.S. senator, David Perdue had not made much of a splash on the national scene. He was just another backbencher in a Senate dominated by bitter fights between party leaders.

June 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion

This Sebastian is the real deal — no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do, and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in their way by politicians, bureaucrats, special-interest groups, ideologues, social experimenters and assorted other navel-gazers - none of whom could carry their book bag. They sure don't do it for the financial reward. That, we save for semi-articulate professional athletes and Hollywood liberals who earn obscene amounts of money pretending to be someone else.

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Junior E. Lee gives thoughts on election

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now, but in order to do so, I needed to talk with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Garfield, Georgia.

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Officers must stop speeders on Rye Patch Road


June 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

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Georgia is the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by ...

October 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Look close at constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Hurricane evacuation preparedness is key

There are several lists available across the web that help you prepare for a hurricane.

October 05, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion

Learning from the Great Depression

It was the Great Depression that shaped my parents and would, in the years to come, shape my life as well. Because they saw first-hand ...

October 04, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Help for state's working poor

On any given day in Georgia, hundreds of working families walk through the doors of nonprofit food banks in our communities. A young mom earning ...

October 04, 2016 | By Wes Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion

Snuff out cigarette litter

In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S ...

October 04, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

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