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The art of packing healthy lunches

My daughter, Reese, started at a new day care two months ago. My husband and I had been pleased with her former day care until they went through several leadership changes, and the resulting policy alterations were disconcerting. The facility's lunch menu, which had been pretty healthy when we first enrolled Reese, took a turn for the worse - lots of processed, preservative-laden food; fruit drowning in sugary, heavy syrup; and snacks full of sodium and food dyes. No thanks!

December 10, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Making the holidays relaxing

The holidays are a turning point in our lives every year.

December 10, 2013 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


State Department doesn't need its own training site

If Congress and the federal government are really serious about holding down costs and lowering the deficit, then they will reject any idea by the State Department to build an all-new training facility for its personnel and staff in Blackstone, Va. It will instead turn all training functions and responsibilities over to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

December 10, 2013 | Brunswick News | Opinion


Military communities watching BRAC

Undersecretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal stated that small businesses are critical to Army readiness.

December 05, 2013 | By Anita Hughes Friends of Fort Stewart/Hunter | Opinion


Game over, ring the class bell

It was as ugly as a warthog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50, and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia -the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South -bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the state football championship, 41-34.

December 04, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Everyone has a book in them

Over lunch the other day with friends - all in the newspaper business - I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.

December 03, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Dogged journalism is blessing, not curse

Let's start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what's happening in the world - and understand the plans of allies and enemies - to keep the nation prepared and secure.

December 03, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Moms need friend-finding service

My attempts at making more mom friends still are failing miserably. At this point, I'd probably try an online "matchmaking" site for women with children who are looking to befriend other women with children. Sort of like eHarmony, but with sippy cups and strollers. Actually, that sounds like a great idea because then I'd get to be very picky with my criteria, thus reducing the chances I'd get "matched up" with another mom I have absolutely nothing in common with, which has kind of been my problem so far.

December 03, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Attractive businesses bring joy

This is a wonderful time of the year! It is a great time to share your Christmas cheer with folks that you normally might take for granted.

December 03, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Do something special this holiday

The holiday season is suddenly upon us. Tree lots are full, Christmas candies are out in full force and the Black Friday sales are taunting us at every turn.

December 02, 2013 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


East-end plans holiday activities

Editor, Mark your calendars, dress the young'uns, pack up the car and head east because Liberty County's east end is coming alive Saturday, Dec. 7.

December 02, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Senator: I told you so about Obamacare

No one likes to hear "I told you so…"

November 30, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Good or bad, be thankful for 2013

If New Year's is a time to regroup and look toward the upcoming year, then Thanksgiving is a time to gather and reflect on the year that has passed. In our family, it is a time when we thank the good Lord for both the heartaches and the blessings.

November 28, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Court should allow prayer in meetings

We did it for four years while I was a member of the planning and zoning board of the city of Pooler. We did it for 11 years while I was serving as either Pooler mayor pro tem or mayor. And we've done it for the past nine years while I've served in the state Legislature.

November 27, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Thanks for Old Lions reunion

Editor, I'm writing to praise all of those who planned and carried out the Bradwell Institute Old Lions reunion Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Dorchester Village Civic Center.

November 27, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Fighting child abuse, neglect should be priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about, and you probably would just as soon not read about. But it is there, and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers want guns in more places

In the Georgia Legislature, even a relatively simple bill can turn into one of the most important pieces of legislation that is considered.

April 09, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Swarm of gnat nation has arrived

Just a wisp of time elapsed, and the almighty sand-gnat is back with a vengeance. Like a swallow returning to Capistrano or a martin to a gourd, the little varmints are back just in time for the Blessing of the Fleet. They just refuse to give up.

April 09, 2014 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


No point fighting desire to help others

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment, but still, Rodney keeps trying.

April 08, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Don't be at kid's beck and call

Call me an old-timer, but moms and dads just did things differently when I was a child. The overall approach to parenting seems to have changed so much. My parents fostered independence in my siblings and me. They wanted us to learn early on that we needed to be able to speak and do things for ourselves, and the sooner we understood that, the better off we'd be.

April 08, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Effort to eradicate blight won't work

Editor, Hmm. I read in the Coastal Courier that Liberty County's government and various cities' political leaders have declared a war on blight. You know - yada, yada, yada.

April 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Time to fix government is overdue

In 1965, Wilbur Mills, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House.

April 07, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Elected leaders need backbrones

Editor,

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Irritating, you got to love it

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in South Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.

April 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Legislative session was an embarrassment

Having had time to reflect on the recently completed 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, it is with great regret that I have to say it was the most embarrassing performance by your state legislature that I can remember.

April 02, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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