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Brian Robinson is more than just spokesman

Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or a lizard-loafered lobbyist lurking around the Capitol with free lunch coupons or members of the news media with coffee stains on their shirts and cynicism in their hearts, the name Brian Robinson may be unfamiliar to you.

August 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Carter shows special kind of courage

When he sat down in a room full of journalists at the Carter Center to talk about the cancer that has spread to several parts of his body, former President Jimmy Carter was quite calm and collected in discussing his reaction to the dreaded diagnosis.

August 26, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


HomeProud Homes counter what broken windows bring

This month, we are accepting nominations for HomeProud Homes in Liberty County.

August 25, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


An introduction, Southern style

Back in the autumn - just as the leaves began to hint of the enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come - we took a Monday off and headed to the state fair.

August 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Midway neglecting historic trees

Editor, I think that I shall never see

August 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Clerks created state authority for residents

Georgia's Uniform Commercial Code provides the process for lenders to secure loans on personal property (i.e., non-real-estate property) by filing with the clerk of the superior court a document called a "financing statement" or a "UCC." Prior to 1993, clerks of superior court in Georgia learned that members of the state's banking industry were working with state legislators to create a central filing system for UCCs because, throughout the state, banks were losing money because of the state's outmoded method for filing financing statements to secure property pledged as collateral for loans.

August 24, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Free technical school education is great deal

At June's grand opening of Lanier Technical College's new campus in Barrow County, Gov. Nathan Deal talked about one of the best educational opportunities available anywhere in the United States.

August 20, 2015 | By State Rep. Terry England Guest columnist | Opinion


One of Georgia Tech's 'Lost Dodd Boys' reminisces

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact. Who else do you know who attended Georgia Tech football games for some 80 years - that's not a misprint - and was a season-ticket holder for Tech basketball for decades until the practicality of age made her realize she could root just as hard from home as she did on-site? And she does.

August 20, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Trump is telling truth about one big issue

Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination seems to defy gravity and all the other laws of nature.

August 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Rebel flag does symbolize slavery

Editor, Mr. Calderone, even if "Rebel flag not a symbol of slavery" (Coastal Courier, letter to the editor by Len Calderone, July 26) was not your title, it was indeed your message, so it is imperative that I reacquaint you with the definition of "symbol." According to Merriam-Webster, "symbol" is defined as:

August 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Vacation Bible school changed us

Coming home one Sunday from the family dinner after church, I said, out of the blue, "I feel like we should volunteer for vacation Bible school."

August 18, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Help recognize attractive homes this month

If we want to improve our overall community, it really does start at home - yours and mine.

August 18, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Memorable excuses from potential jurors

One of my statutory jobs as clerk of the courts of Liberty County is to maintain the jury list of the county from which superior and state court civil and criminal jurors are chosen for jury duty at random by an automated system.

August 17, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Carson would make a great president

Editor, "Instead of pointing fingers and creating strife, we should be talking about how to solve the problem of murder in our black communities. ... We should instill values to let young black men know that their brothers' lives do matter."

August 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Snake oil in the Clean Power Plan

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help,'" Ronald Reagan famously said. After new energy regulations were announced this week, Americans should ask government, "With friends like you, who needs enemies?"

August 13, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


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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


Georgia missing a chance to strengthen its workforce

While most adults who rely on cash and food assistance in Georgia lack any education beyond high school, not enough of the state's workers ...

January 20, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Guest Columnist | Opinion


Costs of litter higher than you think

In Liberty County, we are currently wrestling with the litter aftermath of the holidays. Our community, as well as the rest of the country, is ...

January 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Some old things are new again

In my childhood home, I did not grow up surrounded by literature or commercial novels. What I did grow up with were two items read ...

January 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Government schools' not ideal for kids

Editor, One of the main topics of conversation in Liberty County appears to be the Liberty County school district. There have been complaints about the ...

January 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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