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Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers th

Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley’s first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more — much more — needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

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Updated: oct. 01, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Honor neat businesses, homes

Cultivating a vibrant, productive community is a lot like growing a garden.

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Updated: sep. 30, 2014 8:30 p.m.

Avoid costly lessons in finance

When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

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Updated: sep. 30, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Kids' safety, health are priorities

Two pretty newsworthy events concerning children made headlines last week in Liberty County.

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Updated: sep. 30, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Long Co. band needs support for trip

Editor, The Long County Blue Tide Band is in great need of help from the surrounding communities.

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President, Congress should work together on war

Our Constitution makes the President the commander in chief, yet gives Congress the ability to declare war. By giving a role to each branch, it clearly considers the use of force to be a shared decision.

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Updated: sep. 25, 2014 9:00 p.m.

Congress needs to get going on budget

Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 124, a continuing resolution for fiscal year 2015 that will fund the federal government until Dec. 11.

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Updated: sep. 25, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Don't be tricked into SPLOST vote

Editor, I am tired of politicians using scare tactics to get voters to buy what they are selling. Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas said we need SPLOST to draw businesses because new businesses don’t want to locate next to a shack. My question is, why do the shacks exist anyway? How many “shacks” will he replace if SPLOST goes through?

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Updated: sep. 24, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Bottom line is lesser of two evils

I’ve seen people get into heated debates over a wide range of topics, running the gamut from the rules for hopscotch to whether we should abandon the electoral college concept.

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Alternatives for Jekyll deer population

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world.

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Updated: sep. 24, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Honor businesses that keep county beautiful

Many local businesses work every day to make our shopping and business experiences pleasures by creating and maintaining attractive locations.

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Updated: sep. 23, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Bo, Luke back in saddle, sort of

A few days ago I saw a television commercial where Bo and Luke Duke were brought back from the “Dukes of Hazzard” to promote some product. Once again they were in “The General” outrunning the law. I don’t even recall the product they were hawking, but it made me stop and think about that old programming and just how juvenile it really was — just short of “Scooby Doo.”

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Updated: sep. 23, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Let's hear it for all the homemakers

You know how attics are. They’re filled with junk, Christmas stuff and memories that you can’t toss away. As I was digging through boxes the other day, bound and determined to find a dress pattern from 15 years ago, I found a scrapbook from my high school FHA years.

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Updated: sep. 23, 2014 4:00 p.m.

When life is easy, just say thanks

Those who read my column know I give props to dads every June, when Father’s Day rolls around. But I’ve been thinking lately that maybe my husband doesn’t get enough credit for everything he does the rest of the year.

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Updated: sep. 23, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Quit depriving vets wounded before 9/11

Editor, Veterans, did you know that when Congress passed legislation to provide caregiver assistance to our nation’s most severely disabled warriors, they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crow laws?

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Updated: sep. 22, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Minimum wage doesn't buy what it did in '60s

I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today.

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Updated: sep. 18, 2014 9:00 p.m.

Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

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Updated: sep. 18, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Road trips can lead to great food finds

Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.

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Updated: sep. 18, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Senator wrong on VA claims wait time

Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson’s visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, “As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That’s more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it’s still taking too long.”

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Updated: sep. 17, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week’s column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. “Surely, you can find some positive things to write about,” she said, “and temporarily take people’s minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that.”

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Updated: sep. 17, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I’ve always been one of those persons who won’t hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

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Updated: sep. 16, 2014 8:30 p.m.

You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

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Updated: sep. 16, 2014 4:00 p.m.

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