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MMS wins national recycling competition

Just when I think Midway Middle School is about as incredible as it possibly can be, something like this happens.

May 19, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Answer Man obviously knows his stuff

It is the merry month of May, and you know that means, boys and girls. It is time for Answer Man! You ask it; we answer it.

May 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Special Olympics volunteers deserve thanks

Editor, I would like to personally thank Fort Stewart EFMP, Reaching Milestones and all the wonderful military and civilian volunteers who came out to support our annual Special Olympics Spring Games. The competition would not have been successful without such tremendous support from the Hinesville and Fort Stewart community.

May 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway needs more transparency

Borrowing a page from President Barack Obama's playbook - where he said that his administration would be transparent, yet it's not - Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington seems keen on making it difficult for the public to see what is happening with Midway's government, and the city council doesn't even have a clue.

May 13, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


No greater kindness than giving hope

Thousands of days - all those filled with clouds, rain, snow or sunshine - have passed since that time, yet the lesson sticks stubbornly to my heart.

May 13, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


The gift of raising a strong girl

As pretty much any parent knows, children often have unique traits and characteristics that seem to have no specific origins. For example, my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, has a head full of baby-fine ringlets. Neither my husband nor I have curly hair. Actually, no one in either of our families (whom we know of) has curly hair.

May 13, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Who does speaker represent?

Editor, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston's last update to Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission shows that he was just shy of $1 million in campaign donations. No doubt he went over $1 million in April 2014.

May 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Keep Liberty Beautiful to honor volunteers

How do you measure the value of a volunteer?

May 12, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Beware on Georgia's coast

In a recent column, Dick Yarbrough describes an ill-advised project proposed by Sea Island Acquisition on the south end of Sea Island. We'd like to share some supporting details and background on this issue.

May 12, 2014 | By Steve Caley, David Kyler and Jen Hilburn Special to the Courier | Opinion


EPD changes put marshes at risk

When it comes to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, one might be justified in asking exactly what it is the agency is protecting these days.

May 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Talking politics and watching for spinach

I like to surround myself with those smarter than me. In my case, that's not hard to do. I could make a sack of rocks look like a Mensa meeting.

May 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Property rights should trump all

Editor, This letter is in response to the recent column by Dick Yarbrough on the attempts by the Sea Island Company to build structures on land on the southern tip of Sea Island.

May 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Consider adopting area for cleanup

Almost 3,000 volunteers each year help make our county cleaner and more attractive through neighborhood projects and area litter cleanups, but if you are interested in going to the next level, consider "adopting."

May 06, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Why is education no longer a priority?

Editor, It is no wonder that our children are falling behind the rest of the world in education. The people responsible for educating our children are letting them down.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


The justices and the scramble for cash

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government; the accumulation of power in the presidency; and the impact of money on the overall political process.

May 06, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Road trips can lead to great food finds

Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.

September 18, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Senator wrong on VA claims wait time

Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

September 16, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Confidence can trump conformity

Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It's easy, it's efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it's even chic. When I know I'll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.

September 16, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Green space as industrial recruiter

I am superficial. I know that looks matter - when it comes to our community's appearance, that is.

September 15, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Local governments spending way too much

Editor, I'm appalled - to say the least - at the extravagant salary paid to Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Behold, fat men in the woods

I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

September 11, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."

September 11, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Meal time needs to return to being family time

Some of my favorite Norman Rockwell prints all have something to do with eating, but not for the reasons you might think.

September 11, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Dalton State key to economic rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

September 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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