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Learning from the Great Depression

It was the Great Depression that shaped my parents and would, in the years to come, shape my life as well. Because they saw first-hand the deprivation and starvation wrought by hard times, they would never forget.

October 04, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Help for state's working poor

On any given day in Georgia, hundreds of working families walk through the doors of nonprofit food banks in our communities. A young mom earning minimum wage as a cashier who can't afford child care if she wants enough money left for groceries.

October 04, 2016 | By Wes Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion


Snuff out cigarette litter

In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S. and across the globe.

October 04, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Old Jail remembers Sheriff Bobby Sikes

Editor's note: Local historian Margie Love wrote this column in 2004 on the "Old Jail." It includes lengthy references to former Liberty County Sheriff R.V. "Bobby" Sikes, who died Monday at 88. Given that tie between the former sheriff and the jail, we decided it would be worth running a portion of the column again.

October 03, 2016 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Election Day! Campaign separates couples

Election Day finally arrived. Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, was perhaps the most awaited date in Lennox Valley history.

October 03, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Amendment 1 is not the answer

Editor: In order to turn around struggling schools, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed creation of an Opportunity School District (OSD). To do this, there has to be an amendment to the State Constitution. This amendment is scheduled for vote in the November election, as "Amendment 1." The voters will make the final decision. This amendment would authorize the state to temporarily step in to assist chronically failing public schools and rescue children languishing in them, or so says the governor.

September 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Fighting Georgia's shadow economy

The United States has a massive underground economy – reportedly over $1 trillion.

September 29, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Being a bed-wetting liberal redneck ain't easy

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner or later, so let me explain.

September 29, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Stem the tide of trash going into oceans

Want to hear something scary, scarier than any horror movie I have ever seen?

September 28, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Who will judge the judges? Keep the JQC

There are roughly 2,000 judges in Georgia, serving at every level of the judicial system from the state Supreme Court all the way down to local magistrate judges.

September 28, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Reactin' takes time

It is with earnest intention that I arise each day and assemble my "to do" list. Somewhere between coffee and barn chores, the day thumbs its nose at my list.

September 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Ask candidates if they believe in democracy

Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Twenty-one times, they faced questions on foreign and domestic policy, on America's role in the world and on the philosophy each would bring to the Oval Office. And on none of those 21 occasions were they asked to debate the single most important challenge facing the country: the health of our American democracy.

September 27, 2016 | By Marc Morial and Morris Pearl Guest columnists | Opinion


Respect, obey police and they'll respect you

The number of police shootings of quote "innocent victims" has seemingly increased at an alarming rate in the past few years.

September 26, 2016 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Cooper supporter motivates women voters

On Wednesday, the day before the "election of the century," Lennox Valley was captivated by the series of events that had transpired the previous night.

September 26, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Say no to closing judicial process

Two years ago, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation honored the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission for an opinion that strongly discouraged judges from keeping the public out of courtrooms.

September 23, 2016 | By Hyde Post Guest columnist | Opinion


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Articles by Section - Opinion


Congressman Carter is right choice

Editor: Contrary to what a recent letter to the editor said, Congressman Buddy Carter is the representative we need in the First District of Georgia.

February 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


And they're back...

More than a century ago, New York Surrogate Judge Gideon J. Tucker handed down a legal decision that included this observation of state lawmakers: "No ...

February 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Tax for cop salaries would not work

Editor: Please, not another tax! This one does not pan out for me. I see a large county with sales outlets like Fulton County collecting ...

January 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Recycle, Shred It day on Feb. 18

Our quarterly Recycle It! Fairs are scheduled for 2017. The first will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in three locations ...

January 31, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Boost economic value of Stewart, Hunter

Editor: Each year individuals and businesses start off the new year with goals to focus on for a better quality of life. Unfortunately, by this ...

January 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Penny tax for cop raises is a good idea

Like many people I know this side of jail, I'm a fan of good law enforcement.

January 31, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Questions for those who oppose Trump

Editor: I am at a complete loss as to why Democrats - and especially African-Americans - are so determined to fight President Trump on every single policy ...

January 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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