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Trail salutes true builders

People are often flabbergasted when they learn slaves outnumbered free whites 3-1 in the 1860 U.S. Census of Liberty County. But when you consider the labor needed to clear virgin timber for crop cultivation, to build the dikes to manage available water, and for planting, maintaining and harvesting rice and other crops, it's no longer a wonder. Add to that the craftsmen needed to sustain the plantations and the domestic help pressed into service, plus the fact that a person was a "slave" before they were weaned from their mother's breast and long after they could swing ...

November 20, 2008 | By Mary Beth Evans Columnist | Opinion


Parties fighting for 60 Senate seats

Just as the fat lady prepared to sing to bring down the curtain on the 2008 election, Georgia became a battleground state - not for the presidency but for unchallenged control of the U.S. Senate.

November 18, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Dreaming big to save the redbay

Every time I go to the woods, I expect amazement; a crashing black bear, a glimpse of a panther; and last week's kayak trip on Cathead Creek was no exception.

November 15, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


'Supporter' hurting McCain, campaign process

When simple minded people cannot think of a valid criticism, they often resort of name-calling.

November 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


Exaggerated demise of Anglo-Saxon capitalism

The gloating didn't last long. This fall, German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck proclaimed "Anglo-Saxon capitalism" is "finished." Steinbrueck stuck it to the hated Anglo-Saxon capitalists just in time - before he got too distracted by the exigencies of managing a $681 billion program to re-finance distressed German banks.

November 13, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


State GOP may survive Democratic deluge

Another election season is coming to an end, and Georgia Democrats and Republicans alike are beginning to size up what's going to be and what could have been. Recent polls by various groups have shown much closer than expected contests for the Peach State's presidential electoral votes and for Republican Saxby Chambliss' Senate seat. You have to go back to 1996 to find Georgia contests this tight, when President Bill Clinton barely lost Georgia to Republican nominee Bob Dole, but Max Cleland won the Senate seat now held by Chambliss, in part because of a strong Democratic turnout ...

November 11, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


David vs. Goliath in Hogansville

Evelyn Zarati is in trouble and she needs your help.

November 08, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


FCC plan hasty, costly

This has been a difficult year for all of us, as we have watched the stock markets sputter, housing values plummet, and banks crash. Too many Americans are struggling to make their mortgage payment, and wonder how they will ever be able to afford to retire. Many people are wondering if regular citizens are ever going to be able to stop bailing out big companies.

November 08, 2008 | By Durand Standard Guest columnist | Opinion


The war on military history

America as we know it might not exist without the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown, without Gettysburg and Antietam. The world the United States shaped so decisively in the 20th century might have looked different if it weren't for Normandy and Midway.

November 06, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


A letter in support of Obama

Former Sen. Sam Nunn is leading a group of big hitters in the Atlanta business community in a campaign to recruit support and raise cash for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. They're asking for contributions of $5,000 to $30,000 from each for the Obama Victory Fund.

November 04, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Remember the tortoises' home

One fall morning I was running on the road when nine wild turkeys crossed in front of me. Uncle Bill and the other farmers were pulling corn nearby, and the turkeys must have been gathering spillage. While I was gaping at them, anticipating their flight, a sharp-shinned hawk rushed from the woods and flew directly over me.

November 01, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Congress needs to make hard decisions

As Congress struggled to stave off financial meltdown recently, it was hard to imagine that it could ever face a more serious issue. Yet from time to time it does: When it ponders whether or not to send young Americans to war.

October 30, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


The grand illusion

The Bush years will be remembered for the cruel triumph of realism over illusion.

October 30, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


State buildings chief says budget cuts are pratical

The belt-tightening called for by Gov. Sonny Perdue is being accomplished with some astonishingly commonsense measures in Georgia government. The Georgia Building Authority followed the example of ordinary Georgians, who often must implement simple cost-cutting measures to make ends.

October 28, 2008 | By Steve Stancil Special to the Courier | Opinion


Election year nuttiness arrives

Never pay a root doctor in another state with a rubber check for casting a voodoo curse on a political rival. If you do, the dark spell is liable to bounce back, just like the check.

October 28, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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It's different when I want to know

I realize, perhaps better than anyone, that it's not polite to ask others about their reproductive plans. I've long ranted about how much it annoyed me when friends, family members and even perfect strangers would inquire about a possible plunge into parenthood. Even now, as most of my readers know, I get aggravated when people ask whether my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, will ever be a sister.

September 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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