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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 a near-riot in the Methodist church fellowship hall, voices quickly dulled to whispers as Juliet Stoughton took her place behind the podium.

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 can improve the military value of Georgia's bases. The committee's second visit was to the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Fort Benning where U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and Congressmen Austin Scott and Sanford Bishop joined us to protect our bases.

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 weigh in and I will do it this one time.

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 the mid 80's there was a song that peaked at the top of several music charts. This song reminded the nation that it was our responsibility to nurture, empower and mentor our children. It's undeniable the emotion and passion that can be felt in each word as Whitney Houston sang the lyrics to The Greatest Love of All.

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 for what would soon be known as "The Debate of the Century."

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 polishing furniture, mopping floors, scrubbing the outside doors, cleaning out the window sills and wiping down Mama's cracked, ceramic canister set.

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 enjoy. The beach on Saint Catherine's Island is a scenic place to spend the day when it is as pristine and clean as God intended it to be. Each year we have an annual cleanup of the beach to help maintain that pristine beauty.

September 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Kaepernick’s stand on flag is wrong

Well, the NFL football season is a week away. Usually at this time of year, NFL fans are being treated to an abundance of coverage about the opening week of play and tips on how to draft a dominate fantasy football team.

September 09, 2016 | By Mike Riddle Guest Columnist | Opinion

Saluting some of Georgia’s unsung heroes

I spoke recently to the Peace Officers' Association of Georgia at their annual conference in Savannah and was privileged to witness a group of dedicated law enforcement officers being honored by the POAG for their heroism. Here are their stories, much abridged because of space limitations.

September 09, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Be careful about who you want to send packing

It's a long-established political truism that a presidential race doesn't really start until after Labor Day.

September 08, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion

For and against SPLOST


September 08, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

Time to crack down on anonymous companies

The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money.

September 07, 2016 | Frank Knapp Guest Columnist | Opinion

Report: 30 percent of adult Georgian’s considered obese

There is a troubling, but not surprising, report out, "State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America," by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that shows Georgia coming in 19th among states in obesity with 30.7 percent of its adult residents considered obese. This should be no surprise because the obesity rate has been climbing in Georgia and most of the rest of the country since 1990. That year the rate was only 10 percent in the Peach State.

September 07, 2016 | Macon Telegraph Guest editorial | Opinion

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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

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 ...

September 29, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

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