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If you can't be where you love...

It sneaks up on you, your love for this place. You're assigned this duty station, so you pack up all your bags, hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. You arrive in the heart of the summer, and your lungs feel like the humidity just might kill you. You have no friends, no family, no job and no school. Then it happens.

January 17, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


To my grandsons: Faster isn't necessarily better

To Nicholas Wansley and Brian and Thomas Yarbrough:

January 17, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Americans should be free to die, to speak

When the state of Georgia arrested four Final Exit Network volunteers, it accused them and our group, which advocates for the right to die with dignity, of assisting in suicides. In doing so, it drew attention to a Georgia law that violates the First Amendment right to free speech - and now FEN has brought an action in U.S. District Court to defend its rights.

January 17, 2011 | By Jerry Dincin Guest columnist | Opinion


Richt must step up if he wants his job

Year 2010 was not the year of the Georgia Bulldogs football team. Coach Mark Richt's team just could not seem to get anything right in 2010.

January 17, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Long County exists because Liberty needed courthouse

The Georgia Constitution of Feb. 5, 1777 created Liberty County from the parishes of St. John, St. Andrew and St. James, which had been set up in 1758. McIntosh County was part of Liberty County until 1793 and Long County until 1920.

January 17, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Thanks to everyone who helped chip trees

Trees, trees, trees! On Saturday, Jan. 8, Keep Liberty Beautiful had its annual Bring One for the Chipper mulch day. During the last several weeks since Christmas, local residents helped build a mountain of used Christmas trees that were chipped up into useful mulch. Thanks to more than 1,200 residents, we collected a tremendous number of trees that won't end up in a landfill. Bring One for the Chipper is part of a statewide effort that began in 1991. Keep Georgia Beautiful spearheads the project with state corporate partners Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company and WXIA-TV.

January 17, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Eight affordable ideas for Georgia

The General Assembly gathers in Atlanta this week facing a deficit of more than $1 billion. Across-the-board budget cuts are no longer sufficient to bridge the budget gap. Georgia needs more innovative, transformative ideas.

January 12, 2011 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Our thoughts are with Tucson victims

The sun was shining Saturday on Coastal Georgia - just at it was on Tucson, Ariz. But instead of going down in history as just another unremarkable day, Jan. 8, 2011, will live forever in this country as a day of terrible tragedy.

January 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Time to deal with aftermath of binge

President Barack Obama's first two years in office were for the ages: Rarely has so much been spent so wantonly with so little discernible public benefit.

January 12, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Good luck, Gov. Deal, you've got a handful

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was inaugurated to lead a state mired in hard times. The hopes of almost 10 million Georgians for better things are now his burden, his responsibility and his opportunity. There could hardly be a better way to begin a new era, or to dispel the ethics cloud that hung over his head as a candidate, than for this governor to take the lead in real ethics and accountability reform in state government. The token gestures to come from the Capitol of late have been feeble and suggest that Republican rule has so far been no improvement ...

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


Resolutions seem a bit thin this year

We're ankle deep in January and for some reason I haven't heard much about New Year's resolutions. Usually by this time, I've heard about diets, exercise, yoga, guitar lessons and improved church attendance just to name a few. But this year, it's almost like everything is being kept secret.

January 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


The tax plan ahead

In what may well be the single most significant report made to the General Assembly this session, a panel charged with reviewing the state's tax code and making recommendations regarding it will present its findings to legislators and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Monday.

January 11, 2011 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Hinesight: Staff curses the weather, response

January 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Getting back to life's realities

I've gained 12 pounds since my husband's return. Twelve pounds. That means that all of the hard work I put into diet and exercise to impress him lasted for all of that one welcome home night before the effects started to quickly disappear.

January 10, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Relationships: A resolution with a purpose

Many people are welcoming 2011 with hope and optimism by taking on New Year's resolutions to improve the quality of their lives. Our society has put a lot of emphasis on New Year's - new beginnings and starts, makeovers, new relationships, new cars, habits, weight loss, optimism, achievement and other initiatives for self-improvement. Between 40 and 45 percent of all Americans set New Year's resolutions, but statistically only 8 percent succeed. Maybe that's because people overlook the best resolutions, which focus on improving the quality of our existing relationships.

January 10, 2011 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


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Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

April 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Keep storm drains clear

I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.

April 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The intolerance of the so-called tolerant

I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled "Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana's new anti-gay law."

April 13, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Opinion


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