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It's our turn to defend them

The state of Georgia has been blessed with many pivotal military champions. The Russell Senate Office Building, one of only six legislative offices buildings in our nation's capital, is named after a Winder native who was a military advocate of historic importance. Milledgeville's Carl Vinson, or the "Father of the Two-Ocean Navy," is one of only two non-presidents to have an aircraft carrier named after him. Sam Nunn is a living legend and has been a dominant voice for our military for decades. President Jimmy Carter was a graduate of the Naval Academy and a submarine officer who ...

August 09, 2016 | By state Rev. Dave Belton Guest columnist | Opinion

Valley clergy unite; evil must be stopped

Every fifth Friday of the month, which generally comes around about four times most years, the clergy of the Valley would gather together for lunch. Over time, the gathering came to be known as the Ministerial Alliance of Lennox Valley.

August 08, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Will Georgia go from a red state to purple?

As the last of the two conventions finished its business of nominating a presidential candidate last week, the Clinton and Trump campaigns were quickly shifting into high gear.

August 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Celebrating a legendary man


August 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Putin denies responsibility for hacked emails

Ring! Ring! Ring!

August 03, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

GOP is alive and well, thank you


August 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Make sure baby is sleeping safely

Each year in the United States, thousands of babies die suddenly and unexpectedly. These deaths are called SUID, or sudden unexpected infant death. SUID includes all unexpected deaths: those without a clear cause, such as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), and those from a known cause, such as suffocation.

August 02, 2016 | By Kristian Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion

Government is strangling the people

Editor, There's been much discussion lately about the burden of government in our personal and business lives. While it's entertaining to watch the conflicts and contempt among elected and bureaucratic hirelings in Washington and Atlanta, the grim reality is that the detrimental and destructive effects of government are most often inflicted on citizens at the local level in their dealings with city and county governments.

August 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

A first — Cooper silenced by shocking news

Raymond Cooper's plan was simple on Wednesday as he began his daily program at noon on Talk Radio 88.3. As had become his custom, the show commenced with Lee Greenwood singing "I'm Proud to Be an American," followed by a heartwarming prayer by Raymond.

August 01, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

It is a great day to recycle

Every day is a great day to recycle. Now, as families get children ready for school, I hope they remember to turn in outgrown uniforms so they can be reused.

August 01, 2016 | By Sara Swinda Columnist | Opinion

Fear lone-wolf attacks the most


July 29, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

Republican Party’s end approaches


July 28, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

‘What do you want on your tombstone?’

When he asked it, I answered. Then I laughed. The question proved that my husband, a New England-bred Yankee with many years of Los Angeles influence, was morphing into a true Southerner.

July 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Syndicated columnist | Opinion

What is a bucket list without the Gaithers?

I don't have a bucket list, but if I did, I would be hard-pressed to find room to add anything else. There is not much I have wanted to do that I haven't done, from shooting the breeze with the president in the Oval Office to seeing the sun rise in the Scottish Highlands to being embedded with the brave men and women of Georgia's 48th Brigade Combat Team in Iraq.

July 27, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Recycling makes more than cents

A plastic bottle can be tossed out and end up as litter, tossed in a trashcan and end up in a landfill, or tossed into a recycle bin and be reincarnated into something useful.

July 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

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Snuff out cigarette litter

In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S ...

October 04, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Old Jail remembers Sheriff Bobby Sikes

Editor's note: Local historian Margie Love wrote this column in 2004 on the "Old Jail." It includes lengthy references to former Liberty County Sheriff ...

October 03, 2016 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion

Election Day! Campaign separates couples

Election Day finally arrived. Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, was perhaps the most awaited date in Lennox Valley history.

October 03, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

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