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Let the orientation begin

Let the orientation begin

Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Georgia, and other area elected officials will contribute periodic columns during the upcoming legislative sessions. This is a report about orientation that he went through last week.

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Updated: nov. 20, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Analyzing elections, predicting next president

Analyzing elections, predicting next president

I was on St. Simons Island last week, scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill, when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed up Junior when I told him.

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Updated: nov. 19, 2014 4:00 p.m.
It's not difficult to see why SPLOST filed

It's not difficult to see why SPLOST filed

Editor, Why did SPLOST fail? Just take a look at the article in Sunday’s Coastal Courier: “City council looks at property-tax increase.”

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Updated: nov. 19, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Joy of pinto beans, cornbread

Joy of pinto beans, cornbread

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

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Updated: nov. 18, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Good parents often need siblings

Good parents often need siblings

Typically, I use this weekly column to address parenting issues, reflect on challenges faced by (fairly) new moms and provide what I hope are amusing anecdotes that stem from daily life encounters with a toddler. This Sunday, though, I’m going to explore a topic that’s more indirectly related to — but still very much a part of — child-rearing.

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Updated: nov. 18, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Ways to cut waste during holidays

Ways to cut waste during holidays

I really do love the holidays — but I cringe as we also approach the trashiest season of the year.  

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Updated: nov. 18, 2014 11:00 a.m.
Thanks for successful Veterans Salute fundraiser

Thanks for successful Veterans Salute fundraiser

Editor, Hinesville Military Affairs Committee’s second Veterans Salute was Nov. 1 at Bryant Commons, 438 West Oglethorpe Highway. It was a cold and windy day, but that did not stop or hinder our spirit.

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Updated: nov. 17, 2014 8:00 p.m.
Show support for 3rd ID at listening session

Show support for 3rd ID at listening session

Show support for Marne Division Monday at listening session

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Thanks for Veterans Salute support

Editor, The members of Hinesville Military Affairs Committee would like to thank everyone in the community who contributed to the silent auction held during the second annual Veterans Salute on Nov. 1.  

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Updated: nov. 13, 2014 8:30 p.m.
This terrorist deserves our gratitude

This terrorist deserves our gratitude

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he’s proud of it.

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Updated: nov. 12, 2014 4:00 p.m.
VA working to improve services

VA working to improve services

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you — our veterans — and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, and I have made clear that as we move forward as a department, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metric — the outcomes we provide for veterans.

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Updated: nov. 12, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Support leads to success

Support leads to success

Over the years, I’ve crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, they “ain’t worth the breath they draw.”

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Updated: nov. 11, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Parents don't have to always be late

Parents don't have to always be late

I recently saw a meme posted to a social-media site that said something along the lines of “Having children: Your way of showing the world you no longer intend to be on time — ever.”

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Updated: nov. 11, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Recycle at upcoming recycling fairs

Recycle at upcoming recycling fairs

America Recycles Day is coming up this Saturday and is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.

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Updated: nov. 10, 2014 8:00 p.m.
Water rates show no compassion

Water rates show no compassion

In September 2009, I wrote a letter to the editor that began like this:

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Americans must work for greater good

Americans must work for greater good

Editor, “Greater Good” is a point or ideology that has been defined, perceived and twisted. So what does this mean? I wonder if it’s even fair to apply this concept because, at the end of the day, the definition is construed. Man is still making that determination.

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Updated: nov. 06, 2014 1:30 p.m.
Georgia on lookout for ebola

Georgia on lookout for ebola

In 1976 in the rainforest, a virus was transmitted to people from wild animals, and it spread through the population via human-to-human contact.

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Updated: nov. 06, 2014 9:30 a.m.


Fewer than 1% voted on Sunday

Editor, I just spoke with  Liberty County Chief Registrar/Elections Supervisor Ella Golden. She reported Sunday voting results as:

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Updated: nov. 06, 2014 7:00 a.m.
Junior E. Lee bullish on election analysis

Junior E. Lee bullish on election analysis

I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, in Greater Garfield, Georgia, home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is “You supply the dough and we will cook the results.”

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Updated: nov. 05, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Choose your way to make a difference

Choose your way to make a difference

This month, more than 500 local volunteers have made a positive difference for our local waterways by participating in the Statewide Rivers Alive waterway cleanups in Georgia. Over 50 locations in Liberty County have been cleaned up so far by these amazing helpers, who ranged in ages from 2 (yes, they had a little help from their parents) to 80. Several more groups have cleanups scheduled in the next three weeks. Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia. Rivers Alive events also are part of the international efforts of The Ocean Conservancy.

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Just plant the tree already

Just plant the tree already

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn’t turn out well.

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Updated: nov. 04, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Parents are too busy for phone calls

Parents are too busy for phone calls

I dislike talking on the phone. For a number of reasons, I’ve never really been fond of telephone calls or conversations.

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Updated: nov. 04, 2014 2:00 p.m.

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