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Hometown News editor digs into Raymond Cooper's shenanigans

With six weeks to go until the "election of the century," Raymond Cooper was feeling pretty good about his prospects. His plan, it seemed, was working to near perfection.

May 23, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Weigh your vote for sheriff carefully

Editor, It's that wonderful time again when politicians seeking office put on their best (and worst) theatrical performances in an attempt to convince voters to favor them with the currency of political economics we commonly call "votes." Some of us call this time the "promise season" due to the abundance of pledges made concerning taxes, education, crime, entitlements, Social Security, defense spending and so forth.

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support urged for emergency treatment bill

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May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody, was arrested in the city of Clayton in early April and charged with driving under the influence, possession of an open container of alcohol and driving 72 mph in a 45-mph zone with four exchange students in tow. Taylor, who is up for re-election, expressed the proper amount of remorse for his action as he should have. We all make mistakes. But since his arrest, media reports say liquor lobbying groups have contributed some $20,000 to his re-election campaign. Oh, did I mention that Taylor is a member of the House Regulated Industries Committee, which ...

May 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Mayor, council cut salaries in half

It didn't surprise me it was him. Although such had never crossed my mind, it was, of course, just the kind of thing he would do.

May 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Reader lists ways to cut federal spending

Editor, Tick-tock. Tick-tock. In this amount of time, the government spends $242,134, of which $104,324 is borrowed. The federal government is bloated and spending the taxpayers' money into oblivion. About 14.1 percent of our population works for the federal government in departments that are not authorized by the Constitution.

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Volunteers really are superheroes

"I have seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives." - Tracy Chapman

May 17, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Liberty High thanks sponsors of Teacher Appreciation Week

Editor, Most students spend at least seven hours of their day, five days a week at school under the guidance of educators and school staff members. With that kind of influence and responsibility, it is important to keep professionals motivated and appreciated.

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


New minister learns Claire's fowl thoughts

It took only eight minutes for Claire Lapella to get right to the point with her visiting pastor - and soon-to-be friend - Sarah Hyden-Smith. It just happened to be Sarah's first official call on a visitor since preaching her first sermon at Lennox Valley Methodist Church nine days earlier. Heeding the advice of her predecessor, Sarah was attempting to make personal visits to newcomers to the church within a few days after they attended.

May 16, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Support urged for hospitals

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May 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


When did Gov. Deal become a liberal?

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a liberal Democrat?

May 12, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


In praise of a true gentleman

Editor,

May 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Could vetoes harm school reform efforts?

A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's vetoes of the "campus carry" and "religious liberty" bills make me wonder if I wasted a year of my life in an effort that is not going to go unpunished.

May 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Every day is Mother's Day

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many of the times she crosses my mind, I am doing something that she taught me how to do.

May 10, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Liberty celebrates County Government Month

Liberty County celebrated National County Government Month with a variety of activities throughout April. This was our fourth year participating in the National Association of Counties' campaign to raise public awareness and understanding about the many services counties provide.

May 10, 2016 | By Bob Sprinkel Assistant County Administrator | Opinion


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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


Gen. Cooper gets help from Private Ryan

Undoubtedly, the two chief forms of entertainment in my hometown in 1998 were politics and church, in no particular order. If we wanted to bowl ...

September 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


It's our turn

Editor:

September 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


The two Bibles that sit untouched on the mantle

It was with remarkable bravery that Daddy plunked down $1,000 of hard earned, long saved money in 1956 to buy a few acres of ...

September 06, 2016 | Rhonda Rich Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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