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Think and shop small Saturday, help your town

The National Federation of Independent Business is America's leading small business advocate. We are proud to represent 350,000 small, independent business owners nationwide, including over 7,000 in Georgia.

November 23, 2016 | By Nathan Humphrey Guest columnist | Opinion


If he can do it, anybody can

There's a moral to this story.

November 08, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Recycle to save, conserve

Most of us have been blessed with an abundance of things, maybe even an excess of material goods. I know I am guilty.

November 08, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


We need more sunlight in government

Less than one-third of Americans view elected officials as "honest," and a lack of transparency lies at the core of this distrust.

November 08, 2016 | By Patrice McDermott Guest columnist | Opinion


Vote count leads to arrests

Could this really be happening in our Valley?

November 07, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why fair pay is important to workers

At Earth Friendly Products, our passion is making cleaning products that are environmentally friendly, safer for people and pets, and affordable for everyone. We make our plant-powered cleaners at sustainable facilities in California, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington using 100 percent renewable energy while creating green jobs and paying our employees a living wage.

November 04, 2016 | By Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks Guest columnist | Opinion


Keep your schools local

Among the important choices voters must decide now through Nov. 8 is one that impacts whether local communities lose control of the education decision-making processes for their children.

November 03, 2016 | By Dr. Sid Chapman Guest columnist | Opinion


A dose of Skeeter Skate's political perspective

One of the dangers of providing you with my opinions each week - besides not having a clue where to put commas - is that it is easy to lose touch with reality and start acting like all the media pundits who think they are so smart that their IQs should be measured with a yardstick. My momma didn't raise me like that.

November 03, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Democrats are putting an end to U.S.

Editor: Every time the Democrats do something, it costs the American people money. Locally, SPLOST is a good example. But when Washington does something, it really costs us. The best example is Obamacare. Next year, the rates are going up from 25 to 116 percent. Obama said in a recent speech, "You are getting better quality, even though you don't know that Obamacare is doing it." I'm not too sure about the better-quality part.

November 02, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


The GOP of the past is dead

Editor: The party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan is dead. It has been kidnapped by a lunatic known to his delusional supporters and some others as The Donald. I value a two party system, and believe it or not, this Democrat is saddened to see the GOP's total demise.

November 02, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgians might get two senators for the price of one

There's not much suspense about who will win Georgia's senate race.

November 02, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


National parks are our greatest idea

As a newly-formed nation, the United States could not compete with the cultural icons of its mother country. Absent from American lands were castles, cathedrals, and centuries-old cities.

November 01, 2016 | By Grant Mercer University of Georgia/Georgia Political Review | Opinion


Make room for the holidays

Ready or not, it is coming. Only 25 days to the official beginning of the holiday season. This is a perfect time to make room for all of the decorations and new gadgets and other presents coming your way.

November 01, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Veterans Salute to be bigger, better this year

The fourth annual Veterans Salute is less a week away, and the Hinesville Military Affairs Committee is busy finalizing plans to guarantee the event's success. In addition to the motorcycle show, sponsored by Savannah PowerSports Center, there will be a Battle of the Bands competition.

November 01, 2016 | By Michelle Ricketson Guest columnist | Opinion


Legion supports veterans, not candidates

As leader of the nation's largest veterans service organization, I am frequently asked who The American Legion is supporting in this year's presidential election. My answer is simple. "Veterans." And by that answer I am not referring to a candidate's military service (or lack thereof) but to his or her proposals on issues such as VA health care, a strong national defense and border security.

October 31, 2016 | By Charles E. Schmidt Guest 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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