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Enduring spirit of American workers

Labor Day 2010 celebrations will be muted or non-existent for millions of Americans who are unemployed, underemployed or too discouraged to continue the search for work.

September 06, 2010 | By Michael Thurmond Guest columnist | Opinion


States should work together on water

For two decades, Georgia, Alabama and Florida have been battling over future water allocation in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin which straddles their borders. The dispute also involves a number of federal agencies, courts, and mediators. Its outcome is one of the most important issues facing the Southeast.

September 06, 2010 | By Sally Bethea Guest columnist | Opinion


Trip to Beck rally was day of miracles

On Aug. 25, on the Mall in Washington, D.C., around 9:55, I witnessed one of the many miracles that happen on this day 8-28-10. With hundreds of thousands of people as a witness, a flock of geese unafraid flew from the WWII monument down the length of the refection pool and beside the Lincoln Memorial.

September 06, 2010 | By Jennifer Jeffers Guest columnist | Opinion


Old enough to die for country and drink

If you're old enough to fight and die for your country, you're old enough to have a cold beer if you want. And you shouldn't have to worry about getting busted for being underaged.

September 06, 2010 | | Opinion


Step forward to save historic plantation

LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation and Botanical Gardens suffered a serious setback last week when Mary Beth Evans tendered her resignation as the foundation's executive vice president.

September 06, 2010 | | Opinion


This Labor Day no picnic for many people

Labor Day differs in virtually every respect from the other holidays of the year. All other holidays are, more or less, connected with conflicts of dominance and reflections of man's strife, retail greed, competition for power and of glories achieved over other people or nations.

September 06, 2010 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Plan is to help state transportation needs

A three-year journey came to an end this year as the Georgia State Legislature finally came up with a plan that will address our state's growing transportation needs.

September 01, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Cowboys and Indians

MOULTRIE - Have you ever heard or used the expression, "If I only knew then, what I know now?"

September 01, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Be it ever so humble...

By Dick Yarbrough

September 01, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Job well done, Alison Holcombe

Congratulations are in order for Lanier Primary teacher Alison Holcombe, winner of the 2010-2011 Bryan Schools Teacher of the Year.

September 01, 2010 | | Opinion


Iraq mission is not over yet

TIKRIT, Iraq - Television sets throughout the country are depicting images of American soldiers celebrating the end of combat operations in Iraq. The last combat unit, represented by a convoy of Stryker vehicles, crossed the border into Kuwait as soldiers leave Iraq en route to their awaiting families and friends back home. Now, imagine this television playing in an office, much like any in the United States, cubicles with computers at every desk, and people hard at work. Imagine those people wearing uniforms, with digital camouflage print, and outside the walls of their office building is nothing but sand, heat, and ...

September 01, 2010 | By Capt. Brandy Fargon Special to the News | Opinion


What do we really know about Obama

There was a time when Barack Obama disavowed his middle name, Hussein. During the 2008 campaign, Obama's aides bristled even at references to him by his initials BHO, so sensitive were they to the offending "H."

September 01, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


A jobs strategy both sides can love

We're nearly three years into the recession – and our economy still shows few signs of life. The Department of Labor just announced that the country shed 131,000 jobs in July. Unemployment now stands at 9.5 percent.

August 30, 2010 | By Douglas E. Schoen Guest columnist | Opinion


Time running out for TANF

The good news is that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families emergency fund created by the federal Recovery Act of 2009 is creating jobs for poor families who have limited prospects. This program has the added benefit of stimulating local economies as these newly employed individuals spend their wages close to home.

August 30, 2010 | By Clare S. Richie Guest columnist | Opinion


You can help reform the tax code

If you feel your property taxes are unfair, now you've got a chance to have your say – and maybe even find someone willing to listen.

August 25, 2010 | | Opinion


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Get ready for the Pumpkin Patch

Editor: Pumpkins and mums, games for fun, face painting and good food, home and garden decorations-that's what you'll find at this year's Pumpkin Patch, sponsored by the Richmond Hill Garden Club. A tradition for 15 years now, this year's event will be held in the pavilion in J. F. Gregory Park on Saturday, October 4, from 9-1. Admission is free. Tickets ($1 each) must be purchased to play games, buy food, or have faces painted.

September 19, 2014 | | Opinion


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.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


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.

September 18, 2014 | By Roger Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


GOP to rally Saturday

Editor: I was raised in a very loving family where family and Christian values were our way of life. We openly respected the American Flag, parents, teachers, elders, and government. I am proud to be an American and respect the foundation that our fore fathers used as a blueprint to form our government. They were Americans that established laws to protect the citizens and insure that our country was governed to the highest standards possible.

September 18, 2014 | | Opinion


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."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Many days to make one happy

I happen to love the song "Happy" from the movie soundtrack, "Despicable Me 2."

September 16, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


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.

September 16, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


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.

September 15, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Not all critics are racists

Editor, This is an open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


YMCA appreciates support

Editor, It seems like we just cut the ribbon to our new location at 154 Thunderbird Drive. Our brand new 10,000 square foot facility seemed so BIG next to our little white building on 10055 Ford Ave. Site 3B, where the YMCA had resided in for the previous 10 years. We moved with excitement, added more equipment, larger classes, and exciting new family programs.

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


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.

September 11, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


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."

September 11, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


How we respond determines who wins

Win at life! Isn't that what we all want to do? That is the headline gracing one of the magazines sitting on our coffee table. I guess the real question is, "what defines winning at life?" After all, life has a pretty broad playing field. Maybe what best defines winning in life is society's dire need to be in control. Everyone values their independence and sense of control, right?

September 11, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


What were they thinking?

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?"

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


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