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HB 615 would expand gun rights passed safety

The Georgia concealed weapons bill, HB 615, is in sub-committee. I have major concerns about the bill. First, the talking points used to push the bill along draw focus away from the greatest risk of violence we face. Second, the bill seems to set up a challenge between gun rights advocates and property owners. Third, the bill doesn't seem to allow consideration of legitimate threat assessments needed for hospitals and other government entities with valid concerns about the safety of staff and clients.

March 18, 2010 | By Alford Hardy Guest columnist | Opinion


Bill would limit oversight of polluters

There is currently a bill being pushed thru the Georgia Legislature that can and will have a very direct adverse effect on the ability of the people to challenge the activities of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). I can only assume that this bill is only the beginning of the influence on policy by the new Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), F. Allen Barnes.

March 18, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


It's all about balancing budget, state spending

• Day 21 (Monday, March 8): After a two week working recess to address our budget woes, we're back in session today and greeted with more bad news as we learn that February's revenues fell by nearly 10 percent from this time last year. Considering that February 2009 revenues were down by 34 percent from February 2008, this means that February 2010 revenues are down 44 percent from two years ago- devastating news.

March 17, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


No buck, no cluck; Keep the thrasher

The news in Georgia has gone to the birds. Literally. The latest big debate in the state isn't centered on how lawmakers are tackling the much-hyped $1 billion budget hole or even how the Atlanta Braves look at spring training. The campaign creating the most buzz isn't political in nature - it's ornithological.

March 17, 2010 | | Opinion


Resolution needed for our schools

I started covering the Bryan County Board of Education in June. Maybe there's some irony in the fact that I wound up with the beat because of the economy and resulting cutbacks in the newsroom.

March 15, 2010 | By Jeff Whitten Editor | Opinion


Be counted, fill out Census

In case you haven't heard, there's a census going on. And in that regard, the Bryan County Board of Commissioners recently noted their partnership with the Georgia Complete Count Committee, a group formed to ensure the state population is accurately counted during the 2010 census.

March 15, 2010 | | Opinion


Coverage of Obama ignored

ATHENS – Exposure to news media has long been thought to help create a more informed and politically educated citizenry, but a new University of Georgia study finds that media exposure did little to correct a significant misperception during the most recent presidential campaign.

March 15, 2010 | By Sam Fahmy Special to the News | Opinion


Back to work, back to budget woes

For the past two weeks the Georgia State Legislature has been taking a working recess in order to address our current budget crisis. At issue are both the FiscalYear 2010 amended and the FY 2011 General budgets.

March 15, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Long term thinking on state funding

The news is not good for Georgia on the economic front. It seems sales tax revenue is down approximately 10 percent from February 2009, and last year revenue was down ... well, let's say they were way down and leave it at that for now.

March 11, 2010 | | Opinion


Deadline for homestead exemption is near

April 1, 2010 is the deadline for accepting applications for homestead exemption for tax year 2010. Applications can be accepted year round but those received after April 1st will be applied to 2011 taxes. You can file at either of the two offices of the Tax Commissioner: (1) 11 North College Street in Pembroke or (2) 185 Richard Davis Drive in Richmond Hill.

March 11, 2010 | By Debra Newman Guest columnist | Opinion


Governor still horsing around with budget

In the midst of one of the worst economic crises in memory, the Georgia General Assembly has to make some extremely difficult financial decisions. I don't envy them their job.

March 11, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


There is no easy way to balance budget

For the past two weeks, the Georgia state legislature has taken a working recess to address our budget crisis. At issue are both the FY 2010 amended and the FY 2011 general budgets.

March 11, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Anxiety leading up to rest, recuperation

Many of us have reached that point in the deployment where we are less focused on counting down for the end of the year and more focused on counting down for R & R. Those blessed two weeks of reprieve from the loneliness seem to be on everyone's minds.

March 08, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Crowd, students nearly as impressive as president

The crowd gathered behind barricades in barely contained anticipation - and in some cases adoration - Tuesday prior to President Barack Obama's arrival at Savannah Technical College reminded me of Beatle-mania way back in the 1960s, when four charismatic musicians from Manchester, England, forever changed America's rock music scene.

March 08, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Coastal Courier staff writer | Opinion


The past, present and future of Richmond Hill

This past November, I was elected to the Richmond Hill Historical Society. It was, and is, an honor.

March 03, 2010 | By Victor Pisano Columnist-At-Large | Opinion


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Remember true meaning of Easter

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Work on infrastructure now

As anyone who gets behind the wheel knows, driving around the Coastal Empire can be an exercise in frustration, but there's always a bright side. In our case, it's this: Traffic here is still a cakewalk compared to what our fellow motorists in Atlanta have to deal with on a daily basis.

April 17, 2014 | | Opinion


Independent commission's role questionable

Congress appointed an independent commission to travel the United States and hold meetings with active and retired soldiers and their spouses. The commission is designed to see what is important to our military and their families - even though there already is a proposed budget that outlines the cuts that will affect our military families.

April 17, 2014 | By Anita Hughes Special to the News | Opinion


Small talk by way of deep thought

MOULTRIE - Today at the breakfast club, not a mention was made of the Ukrainian crisis, the missing Malaysian airliner or Obamacare - nary a word. It was all about small talk. Small talk, but by way of deep thought.

April 15, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Item's story is important

For years, I blamed it on those royal-blue suede high-heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.

April 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Hats off to single parents

I don't believe in illness. OK, perhaps I should rephrase that - I don't believe in a minor illness' ability to keep me down. Unless I'm dragging a limb, hospitalized or totally unable to keep food down at all, I refuse to disrupt my ultra-busy daily routine to do silly things like "rest" or "recuperate."

April 15, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Spring book sale a success

Editor, The annual Spring Book and Yard Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Hill Library on Saturday, April 5, was a resounding success. Although FOL offers books for sale every day in the library, the spring and fall sales are special events that raise the majority of the funds the group contributes to meet the library's needs.

April 14, 2014 | | Opinion


There's a lot to be said for peace and quiet

Some of my favorite memories involve time being quiet.

April 14, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Hats off to rec coach Tyler Gunderson

Editor, I saw small-town family values and teamwork by rec coach Tyler Gunderson and the Richmond Hill Wildcats basketball team that made them come to life in Richmond Hill. This team won the league for the season.

April 10, 2014 | | Opinion


Fighting child abuse, neglect should be priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about, and you probably would just as soon not read about. But it is there, and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers want guns in more places

In the Georgia Legislature, even a relatively simple bill can turn into one of the most important pieces of legislation that is considered.

April 09, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Swarm of gnat nation has arrived

The swarm of gnat nation has arrived

April 09, 2014 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Beards are making a comeback

I have something I haven't had since I was in my early 20s. In fact, one of my favorite pictures taken in 1980 with my sister exposes it very well.

April 08, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


No point fighting desire to help others

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment, but still, Rodney keeps trying.

April 08, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Don't be at kid's beck and call

Call me an old-timer, but moms and dads just did things differently when I was a child. The overall approach to parenting seems to have changed so much. My parents fostered independence in my siblings and me. They wanted us to learn early on that we needed to be able to speak and do things for ourselves, and the sooner we understood that, the better off we'd be.

April 08, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


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