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Military kids know price of freedom

I've heard it said that no one understands the sacrifices of the military lifestyle more intimately than the children of a soldier. I tend to agree.

February 14, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Are socks educators' new gateway drug?

Editor, At Snelson-Golden Middle School, some administrators seem to have their priorities a bit confused.

February 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Live, laugh, love on Valentine's Day

There are varying opinions about the origin of St. Valentine's Day. Some say it was named after a priest in the times of the Roman Empire named Valentine.

February 14, 2011 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Lee's oath-of-allegiance found by Liberty native

On Oct. 12, 1870, Gen. Robert E. Lee died from complications of pneumonia after having a stroke a few days earlier. He died as a man without a country. Just after Lee surrendered in April 1865, he applied to President Andrew Johnson for amnesty and the restoration of his citizenship. For some reason, Lee did not get the oath-of-allegiance paper fixed at that time.

February 14, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Community values trees, recycling

We love trees - especially at this time of the year! Georgia Arbor Day, which is celebrated annually on the third Friday of February, is this Friday. In honor of Arbor Day, we will give out more than 230 trees to be planted in our community this year.

February 14, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Many issues are on hold at Capitol

Day 7 (Jan. 31): In my seven years of serving in the state legislature, this session has started off slower than any other. Compared to other sessions, very few bills have been introduced and, with most of our focus on the budget and saving HOPE, many issues have been put on hold.

February 09, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Funding HOPE still legislative priority

The Georgia General Assembly is sprinting to complete the work that is essential to our state within the 40-day legislative session, as required by our Constitution.

February 09, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Gifts to lawmakers are not OK

In 2011, after years of debate and after the resignation of a Georgia House speaker, members of the state General Assembly still don't know how to say "no" to gifts from the companies and special interest groups they regulate on behalf of all Georgians. They are still accepting gifts, and they're accepting them by the bucketful.

February 09, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Egypt's revolution is ambiguous

Every revolution against autocracy is initially stirring. Who wouldn't have cheered when Louis XVI was forced to convene the Estates General, or when a liberal provisional government took over from Czar Nicholas, or when the rank and file of the Shah's army refused to fire on protesters in the streets?

February 09, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Employee time off may hinder record access

Editor, I requested records from the city of Ludowici for the month of December, but officials had so much time off - 11 days during a seven-week period - that I haven't received anything. Apparently, they are too busy "catching up."

February 09, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thanks for helping families over holidays

Editor, We at the Liberty County Department of Family and Children Services and Director Debbie Bennett would like to thank all of the donors who helped families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Because of you, there were many happy families - especially children. Again, thank you to the following donors:

February 09, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Happy birthday, President Reagan

Sunday is what would have been President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday. This milestone will be observed by many, especially the Young Republicans of Richmond Hill High School. But why do millions see Reagan as such a great president? What made him so successful, and why is this occasion worth celebrating?

February 07, 2011 | RHHS Young Republicans | Opinion


State DOT's efforts are paying off

One thousand, seven hundred and forty-four. That's roughly the population of the lovely town of Darien on Georgia's coast; or of Richland in Stewart County – home of the annual Pig Fest Barbecue Festival.

February 07, 2011 | By Keith Golden Guest columnist | Opinion


Spread the word: Trees are amazing

Georgia Arbor Day, which is celebrated each year on the third Friday of February, will be here soon. In honor of Arbor Day, Keep Liberty Beautiful hopes to give out more than 200 trees to be planted in our community this year. To get you thinking about trees and how amazing they are, here are 10 amazing tree facts:

February 07, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Civil War cook's book packed with stories

Robert E. Lee, general of all the Confederate forces during the Civil War, was born Jan. 19, 1807. I have been researching Lee's history and have found many fascinating bits of information about him. I shared some of my findings in my column last week and I will do the same now. I have read many articles, books and some letters that Lee and his family wrote to each other. One tiny book - perhaps it should be called a pamphlet - was written by the Rev. William Mack Lee, who served as Gen. Lee's slave, bodyguard and cook during ...

February 07, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


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Fathers, don't seek custody in Liberty County

Editor, If you are a father seeking custody of your children in Hinesville, please read this carefully.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gulf oil spill: Drawn-out tempest in teacup

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was called catastrophic by many. President Barack Obama declared, "This oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced." The National Resource Defense Council said two years later, "A people wronged and a region scarred remains."

April 23, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Strong candidate not running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


How can we trust the BoE?

Editor, It is mindboggling to me to hear Liberty County Board of Education members and Liberty County School System administrators talk of the millions of dollars tossed about our school district's budget during school-board meetings, work sessions and public forums as if it's no big deal. According to information presented by the district, our revenues for the 2013-14 school year were $92,203,140, and our expenditures were $98,130,080 - meaning, our school board authorized $5,926,940 in overspending. However, the board continued to operate in the same manner for the first half of the 2014-15 ...

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Beloved legacy of Don Light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star-makers, was meant to be part of my life. I said this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

April 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and even can believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't - that what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.

April 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


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