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Conserve precious water

Nothing is more satisfying than a cold glass of water when it is hot, like it has been in recent days. But what if you did not have running water or a fridge? What if the nearest water was more than a mile away and was in a stream filled with water-borne bacteria that could make you very sick?

July 11, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Support tax relief for wounded veterans

Editor, I urge you to support Senate Bill 2712, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016, introduced by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. Service members who have been separated from the armed forces due to combat-related injuries sustained while serving are to receive a tax-exempt, one-time lump-sum disability severance payment. However, the Department of Defense has been taxing this payment and must be held accountable to stop this action and identify and notify those who have been affected, allowing the veterans to reclaim that which was improperly withheld.

July 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Annual event lures stars to the Valley

In 1937, Albert E. Brumley wrote a catchy gospel tune titled "Turn Your Radio On," which was eventually recorded by dozens of artists and groups, including Skeeter Davis in the 1960s and Ray Stevens a decade later.

July 11, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Vote no on Opportunity School District

In November, voters will decide whether the Georgia Constitution should be amended to allow Gov. Nathan Deal to create the Opportunity School District, or OSD. This proposed state takeover of struggling, high-poverty schools uses scores from the College and Career Ready Performance Index, or CCRPI, to justify the power grab. The CCRPI derives its scores primarily from student performance on standardized tests. If you've kept abreast of the issue, you know that standardized testing in Georgia has earned low marks for reliability. We also know that low test scores are, more than anything, a direct reflection of poverty in ...

July 09, 2016 | By Dr. Alleen Magill Guest columnist | Opinion


Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is still trying to find a way to reverse that.

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


Helen Walker loves to scream 'bingo!'

With the news surrounding Sarah Hyden-Smith, first female pastor in Lennox Valley, and Raymond Cooper's conversion at the Lutheran church, one might think the other churches on the town square took a back seat during the summer of 1998. But the good Lord works in mysterious ways, and during the summer of '98, it was truer in the Valley than in most places.

July 07, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


As nation turns 240, prayer is much needed

On Monday, our country celebrated her 240th birthday. With all of the celebrations, many groups sang "God Bless America."

July 06, 2016 | By Mike Riddle | Opinion


We can brag about our state parks

I am late getting to this subject with summer whizzing along, but not so much so that we can't still squeeze it in the state of Georgia's brag book, along with Vidalia onions, St. Simons sunsets, rainbow trout and Ray Charles Robinson. I am talking about our state parks.

July 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Support urged for surviving military spouses

Editor,

July 01, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Reader states case against gun-free zones

Editor,

June 30, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


2 Ga. senators give politics a good name

This is a bit weird. I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones.

June 30, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Maybe David Shafer should run for president

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most entertaining - presidential campaigns since at least 1912.

June 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Cigarette litter is not 'pleasing'

Cigarette litter is ugly but, more than that, it is nasty and unhealthy.

June 28, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Celebrate the Fourth safely and legally

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, the Hinesville Fire Department wants to remind the public that while fireworks can be fun, they can also be quite dangerous. Be sure to follow these important safety measures:

June 28, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion


Truth shall set radio show host, candidate free

The ladies in Caroline's Beauty Salon were on pins and needles after hearing Raymond Cooper, host of the daily radio talk show, "Renderings with Raymond," utter the chilling words, "I have the biggest news flash in Lennox Valley history," just after Vera Penrod announced that Elbert Lee Jones and Marvin Walsh were scurrying into the radio station across the street.

June 27, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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How to cut waste from lunch

Since school has started, here are ideas for making waste-free lunches for your munchkins. Reducing the amount of waste from school lunches at - and at ...

August 16, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Mayoral 'race of century' in last lap

With seven days remaining until the mayoral "Race of the Century," groups gathered throughout Lennox Valley to cheer on their candidates.

August 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Trump could knock Isakson out of Senate

One year ago, the political experts were sure of two things about Georgia voters.

August 11, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Growing great neighborhoods

What makes a great neighborhood? I think a great neighborhood is a combination of great people that care about their neighbors and the quality of ...

August 09, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


It feels good to come home to Hallmark

As a child, I was captivated by emotional stories and how words strung together had the power to make me feel happy, touched, sad or ...

August 09, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's our turn to defend them

The state of Georgia has been blessed with many pivotal military champions. The Russell Senate Office Building, one of only six legislative offices buildings in ...

August 09, 2016 | By state Rev. Dave Belton Guest columnist | Opinion


Valley clergy unite; evil must be stopped

Every fifth Friday of the month, which generally comes around about four times most years, the clergy of the Valley would gather together for lunch ...

August 08, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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