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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


Honoring the greatest of all time

On Friday, June 10, I had the distinct honor of attending the public memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. I was accompanied by life long friends Quinton Lewis, Jackie Scott and Marc Anderson. The trip began on a whim, and somewhat a response to a dare. Ali died June 3, and the following day, after attending the funeral of a family friend, I casually mentioned that once the funeral arrangements were made, that we should go. Accepting my dare, the guys said yes.

June 27, 2016 | By Gary Gilliard Guest columnist | Opinion


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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 ...

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


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 ...

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 ...

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

Editor:

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 ...

September 07, 2016 | Macon Telegraph Guest editorial | Opinion


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