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Bank's ethical lapses could be costly for all

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My father. A man without a lot of education or sophistication, his was a world of right and wrong, good and bad, legal or illegal. It either was or it wasn't. Rationalization didn't count much with him if you were trying to defend bad decisions. It was just simpler to do the right thing.

October 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Patients need truth about increasing drug prices

We are in the midst of an epic media freakout. It is a subset of a larger liberal panic over Donald Trump's strength in the general election.

October 13, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


No SPLOST until debt service gone

Editor: Are you for or against SPLOST? I suggested in a previous letter to the editor that the county commissioners remove the debt service from SPLOST and give the $12,500,000 to the cities where it will benefit the residents the most. Just imagine what your city can do with this money.

October 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Work needed to make Liberty beautiful

Editor: I read, with interest, two articles in Sunday's Courier and would like to give my views on both. The front page article entitled "Chik-Fil-A, others are on the way."

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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 special interest groups into disrespecting a country that allows them the freedom to do so.

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 the deprivation and starvation wrought by hard times, they would never forget.

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 minimum wage as a cashier who can't afford child care if she wants enough money left for groceries.

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. and across the globe.

October 04, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Old Jail remembers Sheriff Bobby Sikes

Editor's note: Local historian Margie Love wrote this column in 2004 on the "Old Jail." It includes lengthy references to former Liberty County Sheriff R.V. "Bobby" Sikes, who died Monday at 88. Given that tie between the former sheriff and the jail, we decided it would be worth running a portion of the column again.

October 03, 2016 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Election Day! Campaign separates couples

Election Day finally arrived. Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, was perhaps the most awaited date in Lennox Valley history.

October 03, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Amendment 1 is not the answer

Editor: In order to turn around struggling schools, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed creation of an Opportunity School District (OSD). To do this, there has to be an amendment to the State Constitution. This amendment is scheduled for vote in the November election, as "Amendment 1." The voters will make the final decision. This amendment would authorize the state to temporarily step in to assist chronically failing public schools and rescue children languishing in them, or so says the governor.

September 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Fighting Georgia's shadow economy

The United States has a massive underground economy – reportedly over $1 trillion.

September 29, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Being a bed-wetting liberal redneck ain't easy

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner or later, so let me explain.

September 29, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Reporter let light shine on Liberty

I met Amy Swann at The Coastal Courier. She and I quickly became comfortable with each other and I will forever cherish her memory.

January 02, 2017 | By Jimmy Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Recounting loved ones lost and new ones gained

At year's end, it's always interesting to look back at all that happened and realize that so little of it was anticipated while ...

January 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Hillary has only herself to blame

The Democrats have a simple explanation for Hillary Clinton's loss - the Russians did it.

December 31, 2016 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


More useless than socks on a pig

The only thing more useless than socks on a pig are New Year's resolutions. Our intentions are applaudable but our follow-through usually leaves a ...

December 30, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Seeing red flags

There is a really good reason to support Senate confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state: Tony Perkins opposes ...

December 29, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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