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School start means buses, kids

School starts next week in Bryan County, meaning those big yellow buses will be back out on our streets and highways, carrying our community's most precious cargo, its children.

July 30, 2014 | | Opinion


Black and white stories can be powerful

One Sunday, while sitting around the dinner table, my sister Louise and I began to tell "Daddy stories" - the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life. Since I was born 12 years after he was "made a preacher," as our folks said back then, I could only contribute what he had told to me about those days, not what I had seen.

July 29, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


In diversity lies our true power

True power, our power, is in our diversity and difference. It is not in the illusive power we chase in money and things. It is not in what we call unity. We are already unified through breath.

July 29, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts | Opinion


Parents, use every second wisely

Right after my daughter's birth, I thought I never had enough time to get things done. I had a new baby, I'd just returned to work and I was adjusting to a lot of "firsts." While I enjoyed my precious, new little one and devoted as much time as I possibly could to my career, laundry stacked up, dishes went unwashed, tumbleweeds of dog hair and dust rolled lazily across the kitchen floor and a thin layer of dust coated nearly every surface in my house.

July 29, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


East Tennessee and a cow, in a car

MOULTRIE - Having been in the news business for many years, I have occasionally been asked what was the funniest or strangest story I've ever covered. Well, there have been a number of instances along the way that brought some chuckles, otherwise making my day.

July 29, 2014 | By Dwain Walden | Opinion


Raise your hand if you like moving

Raise your hand if you like moving.

July 29, 2014 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


Why incumbents keep winning

It's no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members' standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that "Congress's approval rating has reached historic lows at least 12...times since 2010."

July 29, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton | Opinion


Thoughts on our dream

I suppose everyone has their take on the American Dream. For me, it's like standing outside and looking in. I don't know exactly how to frame my concept of the phrase. I would say that most of us natural born citizens would not know. Rightly so; we were born into it. The immigrant, of course, can compare. Further, I would wager, that most of us have never seen The Stature of Liberty standing out in New York Harbor, only once did I see it.

July 28, 2014 | By Francis Bond | Opinion


EPA rules good for business, economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

July 25, 2014 | By Richard Eidlin Guest columnist | Opinion


Small businesses want higher wages

If Congress actually listened to small-business owners, the minimum wage would be going up.

July 24, 2014 | By Holly Sklar Guest columnist | Opinion


Yet another Georgia river in peril

As far back as 2010, the Ogeechee River has been called one of the most threatened rivers in the country by environmental groups such as the Southeast Environmental Law Center.

July 23, 2014 | | Opinion


Taxpayers on hook for botched ethics probe of governor

In 1997, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term, in which I served until 2002.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Childhood choices affect whole lives

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages of 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

July 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I'm being sarcastic, of course; it's obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

July 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.

July 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | 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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