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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.

Confidence can trump conformity

Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It’s easy, it’s efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it’s even chic. When I know I’ll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.

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Updated: sep. 16, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Green space as industrial recruiter

I am superficial. I know that looks matter — when it comes to our community’s appearance, that is.

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Updated: sep. 15, 2014 11:00 p.m.

Local governments spending way too much

Editor, I’m appalled — to say the least — at the extravagant salary paid to Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee.  

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Updated: sep. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Behold, fat men in the woods

I’m not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That’s right, there’s a show now titled “Fat Guys in The Woods.” Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

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Updated: sep. 11, 2014 6:30 p.m.

Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: “Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation’s export sales.”

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Updated: sep. 11, 2014 3:30 p.m.

AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

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Updated: sep. 11, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Meal time needs to return to being family time

Some of my favorite Norman Rockwell prints all have something to do with eating, but not for the reasons you might think.

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Updated: sep. 11, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Dalton State key to economic rebound

Remember the story of “The Little Engine That Could”? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

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Midway in risk of losing fire station to county

In an article that appeared in the Feb. 20, 2013 edition of the Coastal Courier, the Liberty County commissioners blamed Midway for delaying the fire plan, but never addressed or discussed why the city opted out of the county fire plan.

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Updated: sep. 09, 2014 8:30 p.m.

Turn your life into art

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life’s challenging times — the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories. As those who know me well often say with a smile, “It’s always about the story with her.”

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Updated: sep. 09, 2014 4:30 p.m.

Days to reserve native plants, dwindling

This weekend, Keep Liberty Beautiful will host two Native Plant Awareness Giveaway Days to encourage the use of native plants and other great growers in our community.  

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Updated: sep. 09, 2014 3:00 p.m.

It's different when I want to know

I realize, perhaps better than anyone, that it’s not polite to ask others about their reproductive plans. I’ve long ranted about how much it annoyed me when friends, family members and even perfect strangers would inquire about a possible plunge into parenthood. Even now, as most of my readers know, I get aggravated when people ask whether my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, will ever be a sister.

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Updated: sep. 09, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Political pumpkins growing a bit early

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, “September Song,” was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called “Knickerbocker Holiday.” The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia: “For it’s a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September.”

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Updated: sep. 04, 2014 4:00 p.m.

The humanity of Herbert Hoover

History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administrations overshadow them. It happened to Herbert Hoover.

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Updated: sep. 04, 2014 1:30 p.m.

Is heat driving people mad?

Editor, Recently, I’ve spotted some news headlines — around the region, state and country — that I never thought I’d see. It really makes me wonder, “Whatever were they thinking?”

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Updated: sep. 03, 2014 3:30 p.m.

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