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Earth Day

The first Earth Day was held on this day in 1970, and depending on who you ask we've since come a long way toward a cleaner world or our planet is in great peril.

April 21, 2009 | Bryan County News editorial | Opinion


Exciting times

These are exciting times. Richmond Hill is on the cusp of renewed growth in a community where it appears that academics have traditionally taken precedent over any other activity in our schools, contrary to the national trend. (Applause) Thank you Superintendant Brewer and Educators. Our overall environment provides a quality of life that continues to draw folks who appreciate the uniqueness of the community.

April 15, 2009 | Opinion by Roy Hubbard For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Brewer on buyout, more

Editor's note: Former school superintendent Sallie Brewer had long been involved with Bryan County Schools when her contract was bought out in February in what became a controversial 4-3 vote by the BoE. She has said little publicly about the buyout until agreeing to do this interview.

April 10, 2009 | By Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Opinion


End of an era

Richard Davis' announcement that he won't seek another term as mayor of Richmond Hill means the end of an era, the Richard Davis era.

April 04, 2009 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


A need that needs to be met

I have to admit, when I first moved down to "the South," almost a dozen years ago, I moved into the Henry Ford Plantation thinking this was the "perfect wave," like the movie, "Endless Summer." Sign me up! I gotta catch that tube.

April 01, 2009 | By Victor Pisano Columnist at Large, Bryan County News | Opinion


The season of the sand gnat

Just as the first warm breezes of spring roll down upon us and the sweaters and hooded jackets retreat back to their lofty homes at the top of the closet, as if by the gearwork of some great forsaken chronograph, the black scourge has descended upon us.

March 24, 2009 | Stephen Hundley | Opinion


Fair play

In case you missed it, there are some calling for Treasury Secretary Tim Geitner to step down because of the way he's handled the economy -- surely one of the most difficult jobs in the universe at the moment. Given that the man's only been on the job about six weeks, calls for his head seem a bit rash.

March 24, 2009 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


The death of a Redknot

There is a bird called the Redknot but it is not red. It comes in two sizes, skinny sparrow and fat robin. When it comes to distance traveled and obstacles to overcome, this amazing creature is a poster bird for other migratory birds. There are lessons to be learned from observing the Redknot. This little creature, weighing less than five ounces, provides us with another example of the fact that all of nature is 'connected'.

March 18, 2009 | Roy Hubbard | Opinion


The elderly and the increased risk of fires

Recently a fire disrupted normally peaceful living at an assisted-living complex in Savannah. At around 12:15 a.m. on Feb. 25. a fire ripped through The Woods of Savannah Apartments off Hodgson and Memorial Drive. This fire injured one elderly person, fatally injured another, and forced the frantic evacuation and rescue of several more during the incident. Additionally, five firefighters and six police officers were injured during the blaze. The preliminary investigation led fire officials to determine the improper use of smoking materials led to this tragic event.

March 17, 2009 | By Firefighter Mike Ward | Opinion


In defense of Freeman

Dear Editor:

March 11, 2009 | | Opinion


Thoughts on Brewer

I've been at this paper for about 2-1/2 years, give or take. During that time I haven't run across anyone as roundly or routinely vilified, talked bad about and apparently just straight out detested as Sallie Brewer.

February 28, 2009 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Has a year gone by already? Studs and duds for 2008

Has a year gone by already? It seems like yesterday that I laid out the first "Studs 'n Duds" list. There were some good ones too in '07. Even carryovers to '08.

January 03, 2009 | By Victor Pisano | Opinion


Ross Blair gets 'tased'

One of my beats here as a reporter for the Bryan County News is the police beat. I've found there are many advantages to this.

October 09, 2008 | Ross Blair Bryan County News | Opinion


A puzzling plan

It's our view that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is a good representative of the people of Georgia. But the support he and others have shown recently passed legislation to 'stimulate the nation's declining housing market' is puzzling. After all, aren't Republicans supposed to be against big government - or is that only when the recipient of government largesse isn't big business?

August 14, 2008 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Ready to work

Bryan County has formulated a team of officials to start prepping businesses and employees for the county's transition into a Work Ready Certified county.

August 10, 2008 | Jessica Holthaus | Opinion


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Let the orientation begin

Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Georgia, and other area elected officials will contribute periodic columns during the upcoming legislative sessions. This is a report about orientation that he went through last week.

November 20, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Analyzing elections, predicting next president

I was on St. Simons Island last week, scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill, when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed up Junior when I told him.

November 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Joy of pinto beans, cornbread

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

November 18, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Good parents often need siblings

Typically, I use this weekly column to address parenting issues, reflect on challenges faced by (fairly) new moms and provide what I hope are amusing anecdotes that stem from daily life encounters with a toddler. This Sunday, though, I'm going to explore a topic that's more indirectly related to - but still very much a part of - child-rearing.

November 18, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Show support for 3rd ID at listening session

Residents of Bryan County have the opportunity Monday to show our support for a continued strong presence of the Marne Division in Bryan and surrounding counties.

November 17, 2014 | | Opinion


This terrorist deserves our gratitude

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


VA working to improve services

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you - our veterans - and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, and I have made clear that as we move forward as a department, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metric - the outcomes we provide for veterans.

November 12, 2014 | By Robert A. McDonald Special to the News | Opinion


Support leads to success

Over the years, I've crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, they "ain't worth the breath they draw."

November 11, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents don't have to always be late

I recently saw a meme posted to a social-media site that said something along the lines of "Having children: Your way of showing the world you no longer intend to be on time - ever."

November 11, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Americans must work for greater good

Editor, "Greater Good" is a point or ideology that has been defined, perceived and twisted. So what does this mean? I wonder if it's even fair to apply this concept because, at the end of the day, the definition is construed. Man is still making that determination.

November 06, 2014 | | Opinion


Junior E. Lee bullish on election analysis

I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, in Greater Garfield, Georgia, home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is "You supply the dough and we will cook the results."

November 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Georgia on lookout for ebola

In 1976 in the rainforest, a virus was transmitted to people from wild animals, and it spread through the population via human-to-human contact.

November 05, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Choose your way to make a difference

This month, more than 500 local volunteers have made a positive difference for our local waterways by participating in the Statewide Rivers Alive waterway cleanups in Georgia. Over 50 locations in Liberty County have been cleaned up so far by these amazing helpers, who ranged in ages from 2 (yes, they had a little help from their parents) to 80. Several more groups have cleanups scheduled in the next three weeks. Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia. Rivers Alive events also are part of the international efforts of The Ocean Conservancy.

November 04, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Just plant the tree already

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.

November 04, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents are too busy for phone calls

I dislike talking on the phone. For a number of reasons, I've never really been fond of telephone calls or conversations.

November 04, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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