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Dear Santa, please help our teachers

Dear Santa Claus: I am going to forego my usual letter requesting snarky gifts for the humor-impaired. I expect there will be other opportunities in the future to gig them. One thing about the humor-impaired, they are like houseflies. They never go away.

December 16, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Midway investigation needed

Editor, For three years, I wrote the Midway Perspective, detailing the misdeeds of the mayor and city council. I finally gave up because there was a lack of interest by the citizens of Midway. Because of the failure of the citizens overseeing them, the mayor and city council just does whatever they want even if what they do is not in the best interest of its employees and residents, such as spending $1 million for a city hall that they don't deserve.

December 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Offers the Donfather has refused

Oh, the games the Donfather is playing. He does know how to take his pound of flesh.

December 15, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Early present for speak Ralston

It isn't quite Christmas Day, but Rep. David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, the speaker of the Georgia House, has already received probably the best gift he ever got in his life.

December 15, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Happenstance or divine intervention?

During my lifetime, I've been invited to the White House for dinner with the president, dated an actual princess from a real country, walked across the Rio Grande to swim in the hot springs of Mexico, lived through two earthquakes and driven through more tornadoes than I can remember.

December 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Reduce your risk of toxic exposure

As we count down the days to Christmas, remember that this holiday season creates extra risks of toxic exposure with decorations, candles and wrapping. Here are some ways to reduce those risks:

December 13, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


History's keen sense of humor

President Barack Obama won't explicitly say that Donald Trump is on the wrong side of history, but surely he believes it.

December 13, 2016 | By Rich Lowry | Opinion


Democrats get schooled

Wow, what a surprise the Electoral College was! Who knew that a candidate could win the race for the presidency even though he didn't get a majority of the actual national vote, like Donald Trump did? Somehow, that possibility evaded all the advisers buzzing around Hillary Clinton, who constantly and smugly assured everyone that they were the modern experts with the superior grasp of data, so worry not about Trump defeating Clinton.

December 12, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Plight of black landowners is real

Editor: Below is an excerpt from an article at www.BBC.com, which was shared this week on Facebook:

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


An open letter to Rep. Buddy Carter

Dear Rep. Buddy Carter:

December 10, 2016 | By Roy Hubbard Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tom Price and health care

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 09, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Losing home to fire puts life in perspective

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO of Wilheit Packaging in Gainesville - Wilheit is also one of Gov. Nathan Deal's oldest and closest friends and advisers. He served as chairman of Deal's first gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and now sits as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

December 08, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Things you rarely hear or see anymore

Editor: What happened to politeness and courtesy? You rarely hear, "please," "thank you," "you're welcome" and "excuse me." People have become so egocentric that they do not consider the feelings of others. When things get complicated during interactions with other people, we tend to forget common courtesy.

December 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


If God can use Peter, he can also use Trump

Editor: Thank you, Will Darsey, for graciously letting me down easy in your response to my letter in the Nov. 16, 2016 edition of the Coastal Courier.

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Random thoughts on random stuff

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came running on the field carrying an American flag. A school official told the Marietta Daily Journal, "The football team decided to all carry flags on the field because of all that's going on in our world with several athletes maybe not showing respect for God and country and the lack of unification in the country after the election. The fact that they did this during a playoff game makes it even more special." Yes ...

December 01, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Christmas isn't over until tree is mulched

Merry Christmas to all! If you are feeling a little down already because you think the holiday is drawing to an end, rejoice. The Twelve ...

December 27, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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