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Frances Meeks

After more than half a century as a teacher, administrator and public official in the Bryan County school system, Frances Meeks is calling it a career. All of Bryan County should thank her for her service and wish her a long, fulfilling and happy retirement.

May 25, 2008 | | Opinion


Notes from a birdwatcher: Does that bird belong in Richmond Hill?

Simply amazing! That was my reaction to seeing the painted bunting for the first time just two weeks ago. Last summer I was busy unpacking after a long cross-country trip from the West coast, so I missed seeing this "Easter egg" of the birding world. By the time I looked up from underneath the mountain of boxes I was under, they were gone.

May 25, 2008 | Shawn Heifert | Opinion


From a teen: how to make RH better

Dear Editor:

May 18, 2008 | | Opinion


Senator says open dialogue with Georgia DOT is critical

Certainly a major area of concern for motor truckers and the average American family is the high price of gas that is continuing to hamper our economy. Of particular concern to me is the increased cost of diesel fuel and its effects on the trucking industry. I believe this problem underscores our need to invest in a robust domestic fuels infrastructure, focusing on cellulosic biodiesel and other fuels.

May 18, 2008 | | Opinion


If you aren't against it, you must be for it

I'm going to start off by noting I don't know who sent this email Thursday to reporter Jessica Holthaus. She doesn't know who it is either.

May 18, 2008 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Response to a column

Dear Editor:

May 18, 2008 | | Opinion


Off Tybee, following the dolphins in

My friend Elizabeth Johnson is a boat captain on Tybee Island. For a living she takes anglers 50 to 75 miles off the coast and tells them how to bait up and where to cast and how to reel in. She's the kind of person who goes at life like Earl Scruggs goes at banjo, which is full tilt boogie.

May 18, 2008 | by Janisse Ray | Opinion


Landscape conservation

"Traditional gardening, landscaping and landscape maintenance practices are often driven by outdated aesthetic fashion and shortsighted economic interests, with little ethical consideration. As a result, our traditional practices are often quite harmful to our health and the environment in general." - from the EPA

May 18, 2008 | by David Moulder | Opinion


Further thoughts on Jekyll Island redevelopment

There are vastly differing views on the changes made by the Jekyll Island Authority and Linger Longer Communities in a major development project reported and commented upon recently in the media. The so-called concession to keep the 'town center' project out of the Shore Protection Act jurisdiction is certainly welcome, but hardly magnanimous - nor evidently all that it first appeared to be.

May 15, 2008 | by David Kyler | Opinion


Spreading the word about soccer

Howdy All,

May 15, 2008 | | Opinion


Prepping for round two

Try this hot scoop for a piece of outright absurdity: Knowing she has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton continues to run full speed ahead against Barack Obama for president.

May 15, 2008 | | Opinion


Transparency is the ticket

Internet-savvy bank customers in Georgia can go online and check and balance their accounts from the comfort of their home, even at 2 in the morning. But let that same taxpayer be curious at 10 a.m. about how his taxes are being spent in Georgia, and he'd have a tough time finding out.

May 11, 2008 | by Benita Dodd | Opinion


More on conference center controversy

Editor:

May 11, 2008 | | Opinion


Rep. Stephens: "The reality is it was a successful session."

In coffee shops, diners, and community meetings, much has been debated about the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session that concluded two week ago. Some have criticized, some have ballyhooed, some jumped for joy, while others registered indifference. The reality is that it was a successful session.

May 11, 2008 | | Opinion


How do we remember these men?

Dear Editor:

May 08, 2008 | | 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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