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Avoiding the Plastic Ocean

Plastic Ocean - just the sound of that gives me shivers up and down my spine. Unfortunately, we are creating enormous "plastic patches" in almost every ocean and sea in the world. Our litter is creating these enormous patches that have a devastating effect on aquatic life.

October 13, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Finding time to make a living

It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just came to me that perhaps my writing days were over. That it was time to just give up the ghost and move on from making a living as a writer and just settle into handling daily problems.

October 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Many Georgians struggle; it doesn't have to be

For the last 15 years or so, I've peered out across many crowded rooms filled to capacity with bright-eyed - on occasion, teary-eyed - Georgians.

October 13, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Letter: Brown should be mayor

Editor, I didn't realize that I am related to Allen Brown until many years ago, when, at my mother's subtle insistence, I drove from Miami, Florida, with three children in tow to attend a Hendry family reunion in Liberty County. Upon entering, I was greeted by Allen Brown and Buddy DeLoach, both of whom were conversing with my cousin, Ed Edwards.

October 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Remembering Georgians in Iraq

What a difference a decade makes.

October 08, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Georgia colleges should be open to undocumented students

Many Georgia students started college for the first time this fall.

October 07, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion


Fighting for opportunity: I can't forget their faces

For a moment, let's forget the pie charts, trend lines, new census poverty data and the research. I want to remember their faces. Fact is, I can't forget.

October 06, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


What Mama taught stays with me

There's not a day goes by that I don't think of Mama and do something the way she taught me to do it.

October 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Test your water smarts during Rivers Alive Month

"Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink" - "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel T. Coleridge

October 06, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Reader questions SPLOST

Editor, I read the article ("State of roads tops SPLOST discussion," July 29, front page) and have several questions and comments I would like Liberty County Board of Commissioners to address.

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Does Midway councilman feel left out?

Editor,

October 01, 2015 | By Staff Report | Opinion


This legislator’s gift will matter

If you tried to find a state legislator who opposed the HOPE Scholarship, you couldn't do it.The lottery-funded program that pays college tuition for Georgia students is one of the most-popular laws ever enacted. Everybody loves HOPE and no one would think of eliminating it.

October 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Aliens reluctant to invade Earth

Knock! Knock! "Open the door, please!"

October 01, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Tax credits help lead the fight against poverty

When Georgians think about the best ways to fight poverty and help more families climb the economic ladder, tax credits probably aren't the first things that come to mind. But new data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau confirm that the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and Child Tax Credit, or CTC, are among the strongest anti-poverty tools in the nation's toolbox. And the data arrive at an opportune time, as Georgia lawmakers face several opportunities to strengthen the credits at both the federal level and the state Capitol.

September 26, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Georgia Budget and Policy Institute | Opinion


Citizen-review panel helps children in need

Every child deserves a safe, permanent home. Unfortunately, an estimated 9,000 children in Georgia are removed annually from their family homes because of abuse and neglect and are placed in foster homes on a temporary basis, separating them from their families and requiring them to adjust to new surroundings, friends and circumstances.

September 26, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes For the Record | Opinion


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Plant a tree for Arbor Day

In our little corner of the world, trees are an essential part of life. We may take them for granted, but if they were not ...

February 02, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


On being orphaned late in life

No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan. It feels oddly like a ship that has been securely moored in ...

February 02, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's probably best to stay on Claire's good side

Perry Pratt was the kind of man everyone would want living in their hometown. As owner of Valley Country Store, Perry was a friend of ...

February 01, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Grumpy pol seeks to support disabled people

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician ...

January 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Who wins in this fight over freedom?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 27, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Here is why your tax bill is late

Editor, The end of the year comes with the very important duty for the Tax Commissioner's Office to issue property tax notices to our ...

January 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hollywood gets it wrong -- again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...

January 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


De-clutter your life for a fresh new year

This is a great month for de-cluttering your life. Although any month will do, January is a fresh year.

January 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Radio host calms listeners' nerves

Her intentions were innocent enough as Claire Lapella purchased her very first copy of The Lennox Valley Hometown News on Tuesday, May 5, 1998. She ...

January 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Jefferson's words continue to ring true

Editor, One of the greatest statesmen this country has ever known is Thomas Jefferson, who lived from April 13, 1743, to July 4, 1826. He ...

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gov. Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 22, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


State of the Column: Never stronger!

My fellow Georgians, now that President Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has ...

January 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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