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Keep this election season clean, fair

Election season is upon us. Here's hoping Liberty County is treated to some good, clean races. Too often, name-calling and mudslinging overshadow the importance of political contests, and candidates who hope to head up states, counties, cities and communities may exhibit qualities that aren't often associated with leaders.

September 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


God's time is right time for life events

There's a fine line between a cute baby bump and being so uncomfortably ginormous that your walk becomes a waddle. I recently crossed that line.

September 19, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Water wars may boil over soon

An issue that's been going on for decades involving Georgia, Alabama and Florida could heat up pretty quickly again as summer winds down.

September 15, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Public doesn't understand Tea Party mission

Has everyone taken leave of their senses? The president of the Teamsters Union, James Hoffa Jr., shouted, "Take these (expletives) out," at a Labor Day rally while Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, attacked the Tea Party by saying, "As far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell."

September 15, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Statue of Liberty, a symbol of our country

My wife and I recently made a trip to Long Island, N.Y., to visit a brother of mine and his family. During our stay, we went into New York City to take in a few sights. The weather was hot and humid, and our party included my two nephews, 4 years old and 10 months.

September 15, 2011 | By Rafe Semmes Columnist | Opinion


Family thankful for help buying van

Editor, Truckin' for T.J. was started about a year ago to help raise money for a wheelchair-accessible van for our son, T.J. Norby. Very successful thrift sales and Boston butt sales were held with all of the proceeds going toward the van.

September 15, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Parting thoughts on 10th anniversary

Before we leave the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93 over Shanksville, Pa., allow me a couple of parting thoughts.

September 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The challenge: Oysters, no saltines

The History Channel recently had a feature titled "You Don't Know Dixie." It was a great production that explored our language, food, music, inventions, humor, vices, etc. I've been a lot of places in the South, and I've learned that we have broad experiences that may be very similar in some respects but will vary greatly in others.

September 13, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Clergy had place at Sept. 11 ceremony

Let's think back to 10 years ago. Let's remember how we, as a country, felt immediately after the 9/11 attacks on America.

September 12, 2011 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


Going back to a 'new' New York

I love New York. I love the sights, the sounds, even the smell of New York. As a 19-year-old girl from the Midwest, moving to New York City in 1986 wasn't merely an adventure, it was the equivalent of moving to a different planet.

September 12, 2011 | By Kathryn Fox Guest columnist | Opinion


Don't let coastline become a dump

All that glitters is not gold.

September 12, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Expectation of war now almost normal

I was just 11 years old on Sept. 11, 2001 - just a homeschooled girl on her way to an Iowa livestock sale to help her church provide the hot meal, beef and noodles (with a side of corn, of course). As a natural-born people watcher, I mostly just sat back and observed other's reactions. I had no reaction of my own.

September 12, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Recognize attractive businesses

It is time to nominate local businesses for the quarterly Win-dex Awards. Through Sept. 30, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Keep Liberty Beautiful will accept nominations for area businesses that maintain attractive appearances.

September 12, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


A new man in charge

David Petraeus is a career military man who exchanged the uniform of the U.S. Army he has served long and honorably for civilian attire appropriate to the head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

September 12, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


A good idea on ethics

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens last week attended a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee, where he urged further strengthening and refining of the state's open meetings and open records laws. The General Assembly, in the last regular legislative session, took some steps in that direction.

September 08, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


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Real estate professionals make a difference

The Hinesville Area Board of Realtors is a local non­profit organization that thrives to make a difference in the Liberty, Long, Tattnall and Wayne ...

September 20, 2016 | By Karen Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


'Ban the box' and help ex-offenders succeed

More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to re-enter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely ...

September 19, 2016 | By Mike Brady Guest columnist | Opinion


Status symbols now include moutain families' hand-me-downs

When I was a child and we visited my grandparents, who lived up in the mountains in small, humble houses which we drove to slowly ...

September 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Just tell the folks, who, what, where, etc.

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics for telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

September 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Powerful words: Underdog attacks make-believe issues

For a while it seemed as if the mayoral debate might have ended before it began. After prayers by Raymond Cooper and Dick Bland incited ...

September 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Military base visit shows their importance

National defense is our government's greatest responsibility, which is why I am chairing the new House Military Affairs Study Committee to learn how we ...

September 15, 2016 | By State Rep. Dave Belton Guest columnist | Opinion


Freedom to disrespect works both ways

Who cares what Colin Kaepernick, the sage of San Francisco, thinks? Really. So, why am I writing about him? Because people have asked me to ...

September 15, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Be careful who you send packing

Gov. Nathan Deal very much wants to do away with local boards of education that run Georgia's public school systems.

September 14, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


It takes a village

The success of our community's children is tied to the foundations embedded within them by more than their parents and family; much like in ...

September 13, 2016 | By Kristin J. Bryant Guest columnist | Opinion


Tempers flare as prayers become personal

The excitement in the Valley was palpable that Tuesday evening as the good folks made their way to the fellowship hall of the Methodist Church ...

September 13, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Little house that raised a Southern columnist

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves ...

September 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Life can be beachy on pretty barrier island

Life can be pretty beachy here in Liberty County! One of the prettiest barrier islands on Georgia's coast is right here for us to ...

September 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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