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Redeployed soldiers must be top priority

I'll let you in on a little secret: every couple fights. Military or civilian, every relationship faces problems and, most often, the husband and wife will have very different solutions.

December 27, 2010 | Joselynn McKenna | Opinion


Thingamabob makes it harder to get a job

For weeks, I awaited a call from Gov.-elect Nathan Deal informing me that I would be a member of his transition team. The call never came.

December 27, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Kids ask Santa to fix state's problems

Dear Santa,

December 22, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Middle class is in midst of crisis

The unemployment rate for people with a college degree or higher is 5 percent. If that were the rate for everyone, it'd be the 1990s again.

December 22, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Watch out for home fires

December 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Time to trim that holiday 'wasteline'

With Christmas a week away, we are now in the throes of the holiday shopping season. It is also, unfortunately, the trashiest time of the year. And even though we don't hear many Christmas carols with lyrics about garbage, it is a fact that between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than at any other time of the year.

December 20, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Good times far outweigh snags

"You're glowing," my friend Gina recently told me. "I wonder why. It must be because the hubby is home."

December 20, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Hearts must be open to accept faith

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! Most of us are familiar with the letter to the editor that ran in the New York Sun in 1897 from then 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon. She wrote, " Dear editor: I am 8 years old, and some of my friends say that there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in 'The Sun,' it's so. Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?"

December 20, 2010 | By John Scherer | Opinion


So much to believe in at Christmas

I believe in Christmas.

December 20, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Not remarkable but it's still a skill

I finally did it. I learned to make fire by rubbing two sticks together. And although that particular skill is not marketable in a conventional sense and likely not necessary unless you are lost in the wilderness, I feel a sense of accomplishment.

December 20, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Should politics trump national security

Very often, the way you respond to a problem depends on where you sit and how you view it. As a child, my parents taught me the value of a "bird's eye view." As an activist working in the trenches of the 1960s civil rights movement, I learned about building a movement from the ground up. Today as an elected official, I try to approach issues with a big-picture view to make the best decisions for my neighbors and the state.

December 20, 2010 | By Sen. Nan Grogram Orrock Guest columnist | Opinion


Innovation is the thing

This is the miracle of the modern world: In advanced economies, real income per capita is at least 16 times what it was about 200 years ago.

December 16, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


No-choice health insurance is not the way

"People have no choice and there is no way to avoid it."

December 16, 2010 | By Dan Danner Guest columnist | Opinion


State flooded with proposals, solutions

The first thing to know about Georgia's water worries is that just as Washington doesn't have a revenue problem but a spending problem, Georgia doesn't have a water supply problem but a water storage problem. And with a busy session and a cash-strapped state facing Georgia's legislators, members of a joint committee on water supply got a head start last week on the challenges ahead. There were some outside-the-box proposals, but there's still more that could be done.

December 15, 2010 | By Benita M. Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Why the flu should end with with

Why do I get my flu shot? It's probably not the answer you think. Two words: "herd immunity." They are strange words, but let me explain.

December 13, 2010 | By Lori Gaylor Guest columnist | Opinion


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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


Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

April 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Keep storm drains clear

I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.

April 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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