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It was all in a week's news coverage

In one week, Kim Kardashian named her kid North West and Nik Wallenda walked across the Grand Canyon on a 2-inch cable. Oh yes, and there was other stuff happening, like dozens more people being killed by suicide bombers in the Mideast, the Dow dropping a few hundred points, the Voting Rights Act hammered and more shenanigans uncovered about the IRS. But hey, that stuff happens every day, right?

July 09, 2013 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

Leadership is key to democracy

For those of us who think and write about democracy, few things are more appealing than a book about how to make it work better. My shelves are groaning with them.

July 04, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

Show respect for Old Glory

Thursday is July 4 - a day when many American flags will be flown. As a person who loves his country and that flag, my heart swells with pride when I see it fluttering in the breeze. I think most citizens do show respect for Old Glory on holidays such as Independence Day and Flag Day, but they occasionally forget about the rest of the year.

July 04, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion

Salute to smart man who walked a fine line

I try to make it a habit to hang around with smart people. Given that my IQ is not much larger than my waist line, this isn't difficult to do.

July 03, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Have a happy and safe holiday

It's time to clean up the grill and break out the hot dogs, lawn chairs and American flags. Summer is in full swing and Independence Day is upon us. And though rain is in the forecast for Thursday, it's unlikely everyone will hole up in their homes and spend the day indoors. Even for those who might otherwise want to spend the day in front of the TV, the Fourth of July beckons to gather outside with friends, and even strangers, to celebrate the holiday.

July 03, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Protecting waterways is full-time job

It's officially summertime and the living is easy, right? Not necessarily.

July 02, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Insensitive conservatism is dead

Editor, I really hate taking the time to sit down and write a letter to the editor these days. When I was younger and less busy, I jumped at the opportunity. But when my ex-student (and a fine fellow, I might add), Mike Riddle, cranks up his old sourpuss critical word machine, I feel compelled to respond.

July 02, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

We're passed graduation time

I like the daycare my husband and I send our daughter to. We trust her teacher, Miss Jennifer, and Reese really seems to have warmed up to her new routine and classmates. The facility, for the most part, serves healthy food - I do occasionally grimace when I see tater tots or chicken nuggets listed on the lunch menu - and the children are allowed plenty of time outside.

July 02, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion

The longer the story the more Mama loved it

It was one of those days. The kind when you have a lot of work to do and none of it you want to do so you just piddle.

July 02, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

High court correct on Voting Rights Act

There will be a lot of gnashing of teeth over the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. And while Section 4 was stuck down as unconstitutional, requiring Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Alaska and Arizona, plus parts of seven other states to seek Department of Justice preclearance before any changes in voting laws could be implemented, the decision left standing Section 5 that mandates preclearance. For proponents for striking down Section 5, this had to be a disappointment.

July 02, 2013 | Macon Telegraph | Opinion

Voter integrity is ongoing battle

Last week, in a 7-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law requiring a person to submit documented proof of their citizenship before he or she could register to vote.

June 28, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

Is it a free lunch or a free ride?

I recently became aware of two programs offered in Liberty and Long counties that concern me. While created with good intentions, I'm sure, the more I thought about these programs, the more upset I became.

June 27, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion

More information on BoE travel needed

Editor, Thank you, Coastal Courier, for the very informative article on May 31 about how much the Liberty County Board of Education spent on travel in 2012.

June 26, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Carl Sanders recalls tumultuous times

When Jimmy Carter ran for the state Senate in 1961 and was defeated, he claimed voter fraud. Carl Sanders, Senate president pro tem, supported Carter's claim and provided legal counsel from the Democratic Party. Carter prevailed.

June 26, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Land is important to Southerners

One evening in late spring, I returned home from two weeks of flitting through major airports and hurrying bare-footed through security sensors. I was bone-weary from cramped planes - the center seat too many times - and delayed flights.

June 25, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

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