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Friendships are gifts that do keep on giving

Friendships are gifts that do keep on giving

Maybe it’s the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don’t require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

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Updated: dec. 18, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Keep cronyism out of state school choice

Keep cronyism out of state school choice

Georgia has one of the more popular K-12 tuition tax-credit programs in America, which is funded by the private contributions of approximately 18,000 individual taxpayers and 200 corporate taxpayers, who receive a state income-tax credit for their contributions.

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Updated: dec. 17, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Officials protested in wrong way

Officials protested in wrong way

Editor, It was so pathetic to see my elected officials sprawled on the sidewalk in front of the historic courthouse in the photo published in Sunday’s Courier.  

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Put a local business on environment's nice list

Put a local business on environment's nice list

I know we are all rushing around right now for the holidays with parties, shopping, tree lightings, shopping, church, etc., etc., etc.

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Updated: dec. 16, 2014 7:00 p.m.
History can be better than fiction

History can be better than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock-car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

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Updated: dec. 16, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Government plans to control kids' destiny

Government plans to control kids' destiny

Editor, Common Core has curriculum mandates plus tests. The reason that this educational system is designed this way is so that special-interest groups can mine data from Common Core. Common Core is, in reality, a system of data classification. The tests enable our children’s data be turned over to private organizations. No one oversees these companies nor does anyone — especially the government — know how this information will be used. Actually, this information will be accessible to the federal government. Now, Big Brother will be watching our children’s progress throughout his or her school years.

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Updated: dec. 11, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Commissioners: State pushing charter schools

Commissioners: State pushing charter schools

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.

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Updated: dec. 11, 2014 4:00 p.m.
School choice crucial to middle class

School choice crucial to middle class

In a recent speech at the National Press Club, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, explained that improving economic opportunities for middle-class Americans is the key issue on which Democrats and Republicans should be focusing leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

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Updated: dec. 10, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Whatever it takes get vets their benefits

Whatever it takes get vets their benefits

Editor, Stop the presses and call Walter Cronkite — these stats just in:

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Parents' wisdom valuable

Parents' wisdom valuable

There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

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Updated: dec. 09, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Santa helps ensure good behavior

Santa helps ensure good behavior

This “Santa Claus is coming soon, so you better be good” thing is working out great for me so far.

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Updated: dec. 09, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Protect yourself from holiday crime

Protect yourself from holiday crime

’Tis the holiday season, and Christmas is rushing across the calendar like a runaway freight train. It is a time when families and cherished friends gather around the hearth to drink in all the good cheer. It’s a time of peace on Earth and good will toward men. And yet, Christmas has a sinister side — one we often exile to the extreme depths of our consciousness. I’m referring, of course, to home break-ins, thefts and frauds.

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Updated: dec. 08, 2014 9:00 p.m.
Another record year for Rivers Alive

Another record year for Rivers Alive

It has been another record year for Liberty County’s annual Rivers Alive events, held annually in October and into November.  

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Updated: dec. 08, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Lawmaker's orientation is over

Lawmaker's orientation is over

Orientation for freshman-elect members of the 114th Congress took place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 12-19. This is the second of two reports detailing events of that orientation.   

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Updated: dec. 04, 2014 2:00 p.m.
SPLOST failure not a free pass for tax hikes; cut spending instead

SPLOST failure not a free pass for tax hikes; cut spending instead

Editor, Referring to the headline in the Sunday Courier, let me, too, say that my concerns are aroused by the proposed millage-rate increases.

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Updated: dec. 04, 2014 8:00 a.m.
Bora Bora doesn't care about the game

Bora Bora doesn't care about the game

This was written in a cave somewhere in greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.  

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Updated: dec. 03, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Food tastes are in the genes

Food tastes are in the genes

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: dec. 02, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Cutting cooking simplifies holidays

Cutting cooking simplifies holidays

I didn’t cook Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. My husband, daughter and I went to a restaurant in Richmond Hill that offered all the traditional  holiday fare at a reasonable price. It was the first time in my life I did not eat a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving.

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Updated: dec. 02, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Beware, taxpayers -- bills are due

Beware, taxpayers -- bills are due

Editor, Supposedly, taxes are going up again because SPLOST was voted down. Don’t you know that taxes are raised whether or not SPLOST is approved? Taxes also will be raised no matter how many concerned citizens attend the three public hearings on the proposed millage-rate hikes.

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Updated: dec. 02, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Liberty celebrates America Recycles Day

Liberty celebrates America Recycles Day

We believe that every day should be about recycling. It’s one easy action that everyone can do to help our environment. But America Recycles Day, celebrated Nov. 15 this year, is designated to educate and motivate people on recycling.

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Updated: dec. 02, 2014 10:00 a.m.
County should live within means, and not count on SPLOST

County should live within means, and not count on SPLOST

Editor, To SPLOST or not to SPLOST — that was the question ... and SPLOST lost! The citizens of Liberty County finally got tired of unconstrained spending and spoke up the only way they could — through the ballot box.

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Updated: dec. 01, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Cartoon symbolic of those who let Obama ruin our country

Cartoon symbolic of those who let Obama ruin our country

Editor, An editorial cartoon by R. McKee serves as a modern take on the old Hans Christian Anderson tale about the emperor who was swindled by to weavers who promise to make him a suit of clothes that is invisible to people who are stupid and incompetent. When the emperor and his cabinet members cannot see the clothes, they pretend to be able to see them for fear of being deemed unfit for their positions. In reality, the swindlers only pretended to make the suit and clothe the emperor. He isn’t wearing anything.

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Updated: nov. 27, 2014 8:30 p.m.

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