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Let citizens decide if county 'needs' money

Dear Editor: I read with interest the front page article in your countywide edition "Drop in Values could mean tax increases." In that article, chief tax appraiser Dan Rollf repeatedly warned of seeing "no way around tax millage increases." He stated that current property assessments were higher than current home values. What a surprise.

February 28, 2011 | | Opinion


Athletes no match for real heroes

Professional athletes are not heroes. Some, depending on the way they live their lives, could perhaps be considered role models, but idolatry should go no further than that.

February 28, 2011 | | Opinion


UGA coach shows winning is not just scoring

Over my long life, I have come to realize that college football is not life-or-death. Life and death are life and death. Football is a game. Only a game. Yet, there are those rare times when the sport can tell us a lot about life – and death – and remind us that there is more to winning than the final score.

February 28, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State House approves numerous bills

In session for three days this week, the General Assembly finished its sixteenth legislative day on Thursday. The legislation heard on the House floor continues to increase and much of our time is consumed with committee meetings and preparing for the bills awaiting our vote in the House. Things are moving along as we are already more than a third through with the 2011 legislative session.

February 23, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


Senate talks alcohol, Widespread Panic, more

Day 14 (Feb. 15): The Capitol was abuzz today with the disappointing news that the president's budget did not include funding for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor.

February 23, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Daniels won't pander to conservative base

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels did not get the memo about CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives in Washington. The etiquette is that presidential wannabes should hew to a narrow band of harsh and harsher denunciations of liberalism, or anything suspected of having a liberal taint.

February 23, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


South will mourn loss of radio show host

Radio has an abundance - an overabundance, some say - of big mouths, fire-breathers, ego-trippers and chest-pounders.

February 23, 2011 | Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


Revaluation will bring tough choices

With results from the pending countywide revaluation expected to trim about 10-15 percent off the county tax digest, county and school officials will be faced with some tough budget choices in the coming months.

February 23, 2011 | | Opinion


Thank our riverkeeper for hard work

Dear Editor: We read the article regarding Chandra Brown, the Ogeechee riverkeeper, with great interest and appreciation. This article recognized an individual who deserves our thanks and highlighted a few of the many contributions that Ms. Brown has made to this county, nearby coastal counties and the state of Georgia. She will indeed be difficult to replace.

February 23, 2011 | | Opinion


Anti-religious policies reinforce moral relativism

Remarkably, 90 percent of Americans identify themselves as either Christians or Jews, according to a City University of New York study. The conclusions of the study, if they are true, beg the question of why our country is in a moral dilemma.

February 23, 2011 | By Shawn Balcomb Guest columnist | Opinion


Differences in health care systems

Health care is one of the most politically-charged issues today – not only here in the U.S. but in my native England, as well. While not wishing to add gasoline (we call it petrol) to the fires of debate, I do now consider myself an expert user of health care systems on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, I and thought it might be interesting to share my experiences.

February 23, 2011 | By Lesley Francis Columnist | Opinion


Patriots can be found everywhere

On Feb. 11 when we arrived home in Richmond Hill from a vacation, the first thing I did was turn on the water.

February 23, 2011 | By Francis Bond Columnist | Opinion


Federal budget cuts threaten Extension

I had almost finished an entirely different column for this issue Thursday when news dropped from Athens. But first I need to give you some background so you see where all this is going. This is about cutting budgets and knowing where to cut and what to cut.

February 23, 2011 | By Don Gardner Columnist | Opinion


Dreams really do come true

Some believe we're masters of our destiny, makers of our fate. Others say we get out of life what we put into it, we reap what we sow. Then there's always the phrase "life is full of choices."

February 23, 2011 | By Shirley Hiers Columnist | Opinion


You can't cherry-pick the Constitution

Dear Editor: Excluding Rep. Jack Kingston, the Republican who serves the 1st District of Georgia, I am deeply disappointed in the House Republicans.

February 22, 2011 | | Opinion


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Impact fees may cut burden on property taxes

Bryan County has one of the most generous homestead exemptions for senior citizens in the state, knocking $50,000 off the value of a home for both county and school taxes for residents over age 65.

August 28, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Georgia icon still giving 'em 'zell'

Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.

August 28, 2014 | Gainesville (Ga.) Times | Opinion


EPD marsh ruling creates a 'fine mess'

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.

August 28, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


Teens, this is serious -- text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 27, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Learn from those who've gone before us

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away - or rather, frosting its way into autumn - I took to noticing signs that our mountain people always have used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

August 26, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Let children choose own interests

Football season is upon us. I'm sure some of you are thrilled about its arrival. I am not.

August 26, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


What matters is doing your best

People don't remember what you say. And they won't always remember exactly what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Feelings are real for people, even when the facts might not support their emotions.

August 26, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Shooting reminds no place is totally safe

I've heard it said a couple of times. You might get run over by someone on 144, but things like Wednesday's shooting just don't happen in Richmond Hill.

August 25, 2014 | | Opinion


Journalist also face dangerous world

We are constantly reminded that the world is a very deadly place - not just for our military personnel - but also for members of the Fourth Estate. Some journalists working in dangerous regions in a globe full of conflict will not return home. The latest: 40-year-old James Foley. His gruesome death at the hands of ISIS has been available for all to see.

August 25, 2014 | Macon Telegraph | Opinion


Survey could determine post's future

Editor, I would like to preface my comments with the statement that Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield is a vital and virtually irreplaceable national strategic asset. If it is significantly reduced or closed, the loss would be a loss to the nation as a whole. There are very few places in the country like Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, where the transportation and training assets readily are available for immediate deployment to virtually anywhere in the world.

August 25, 2014 | | Opinion


State must get transportation in order

The regional transportation sales-tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the legislative session.

August 21, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


The ‘Scottish question’ is important in homeland

Many people in the United States might not be aware that a hot political topic in the land of my birth (other than whether Princess Catherine is pregnant again, of course) is that of Scottish independence.

August 21, 2014 | By Lesley Francis | Opinion


Gold standard for babies and moms

August is National Breastfeeding Month and it's a good time to remember that breast milk is "the gold standard" for babies and their moms. In fact, there's nothing like breastfeeding to put babies on the path to good health. And research shows that moms benefit as well.

August 20, 2014 | By Holly McSpadden Special to the News | Opinion


Clock strikes midnight on more than a bill

As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the Governor's desk for his signature was not going to happen this year.

August 20, 2014 | | Opinion


Yarbrough is, gasp, a loyal liberal?

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 20, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


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