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Higher jobless rate is cause for optimism

Normally, an uptick in the unemployment rate would not be considered good news. But it is a peculiarity of the economic recovery that April's increase in the unemployment rate from 8.8 percent, a two-year low, to 9 percent is actually cause for optimism.

May 11, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion

Is it possible for Army families to plan?

Finally, our summer vacation has been planned. I'm quickly learning that making plans as a civilian and making plans as a military dependent are two very different things.

May 09, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion

An appropriate gesture

The annual countywide planning workshop attended by local officials is a necessary and useful tool. Getting leaders of the community together to discuss problems, devise strategies, and prioritize specific goals is an exercise that has paid dividends for Liberty County and other communities that have similar retreats. Many communities, like Liberty, hold these annual retreats out-of-town in an effort to focus clearly, without interruptions.

May 09, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Keep kids safe around ice cream trucks

Editor, As summer is fast approaching it is now time for the ice cream truck to start coming around to the neighborhoods. As owner and operator of The Ice Cream Truck (orange and white van) I would like to address some safety issues that I have found disturbing.

May 09, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Protect water, dump trash properly

Do you ever wonder what is in your water? I do. Even with a water filter at home, I still get a little suspicious of where my water has been and what it has gone through. I think I have seen too many things over the years at these cleanups around our waterways.

May 09, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

Walthourville's first mayor is outstanding mother too

Mother's Day is today and mothers across the country are being honored, which they should be every day.

May 09, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion

Read any good polls lately?

I've just pulled together some poll results on a variety of questions that involve things that go "bump in the night" as well as conspiracies.

May 09, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

The greatest investment

Education is an investment. That's true both for students and bill-paying parents – and states. And with increased investment comes a rightful expectation of greater returns.

May 09, 2011 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion

Walk-a-thon to raise scholarship funds

Editor, Georgia Coastal Youth, Inc. (a 501C3 nonprofit organization) and Seven Ministries have partnered to bring you their inaugural event, a spring walk-a-thon to raise money for the Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship. The funds raised will be used to award scholarships to Liberty County public high school seniors who want to further their education by attending college or technical school in 2012 and beyond.

May 05, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Alternative energy sources not the answer

The key to helping families at the pump and reducing our dependence on foreign oil is to spend tax money on developing renewable energy sources. President Barack Obama actually said this in his weekly radio address. He also said we need to increase our drilling at home. Yet he deliberately makes it difficult for the oil companies to drill in the United States and offshore, knowing that the lack of locally produced oil will drive up the cost, justifying his "spend" agenda.

May 05, 2011 | By Len Calderone | Opinion

Score one for the good guys

Shazam! It is great to be an American!

May 04, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

A justifiable killing

For nearly a decade, the United States has sought the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden, the Saudi Arabian-born leader of the al-Qaida terror network.

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

State takes immigration into own hands

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have ...

May 04, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

Justice is served

Two bills passed in the waning days of Georgia's 2011 regular legislative session will both advance the cause of criminal justice in the state, and both are years overdue.

May 04, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion

Recognize our true local heroes

In a coastal county like ours, water truly is everywhere. Liberty County has an abundance of wetlands, marshes, rivers, creeks and, of course, access to the Atlantic Ocean. We are fortunate, but we also have a distinct responsibility to this wealth of water spaces. We need to take care of them and protect the birds and aquatic life forms that depend on these water sources, just as humans do. When these creatures show signs of problems because their environment has been tainted, you can count on the issue working its way up the food chain to us. We should all ...

May 03, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

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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

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 ...

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 ...

September 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

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