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Writer laments society's abolishment of childhood

Recent headlines greeted us with the story of a group of female cheerleaders beating the snot out of another girl, for the sole purpose of videotaping a "girl fight" to post on You-Tube, therefore rendering them famous, or some such nonsense. Close to home here in Georgia, a group of 8 and 9-year-olds meticulously planned the murder of their teacher.

April 27, 2008 | by Betsy DeBry | Opinion


Teen drinking a costly problem

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol Awareness Month began as a way of reaching the American public with information about the disease of alcoholism-that is a treatable disease, not a moral weakness, and that alcoholics are capable of recovery. As a national public awareness campaign, Alcohol Awareness Month has featured honorary chairpersons such as Senator George McGovern, Dr. David Satcher the former Surgeon General, Barry McCaffrey the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and New York Yankees baseball star Derek Jeter. A primary focus of Alcohol Awareness Month over the years has been Underage Drinking and the ...

April 24, 2008 | by Tara Jennings | Opinion


The end is here for legislators

The end is near for the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session. By the time many of you read this, the session will be completed and we will have adjourned Sine Die. Next week I will provide you with the highlights of the 40th day, but for now, this is what happened in the final week. Most of the debate these final days is based on the amendments that have been added to some bills as they have gone to the Senate for their approval. The committee process allows the Senate to make changes to the bills that we have passed ...

April 24, 2008 | by Rep. Ron Stephens | Opinion


Spring shows Georgia's full glory

If I can be so bold as to name a time of full glory for Georgia, spring is it.

April 24, 2008 | by Janisse Ray | Opinion


Glenn wins by losing

Let's hear a thunderous round of applause followed by an ear-splitting rebel yell for House Speaker Glenn Richardson. He is clearly the winner of the 2008 legislative wars.

April 24, 2008 | by Bill Shipp | Opinion


Training for 5K continues

I'm sore. I'm so very sore.

April 20, 2008 | Jessica Holthaus | Opinion


It can be done

Tough economic times may lay ahead, but that's no reason not to give Georgia residents tax breaks. If anything it's even more of a reason to provide relief, as taxpayers are caught in the same wicked cycle.

April 20, 2008 | | Opinion


Child abuse, neglect a great ill

Child abuse and neglect is one of the greatest ills of our society. Bryan County Family Connection along with our community partners would like to announce support for April as "Child Abuse Prevention Month."

April 20, 2008 | Tara Jennings | Opinion


Take the time to spend more time with your folks

I remember when I first entered college in the late 70's and decided I was going to pursue a degree in health and wellness. I was informed by more than one professor that research demonstrated this line of work was going to be extremely popular. Advancement in technology was going to making it possible for people to do more work at a faster pace - hence leisure time was going to increase for most folks and the world was going to need more "fitness and recreation leaders." Its funny now, 30 years later and we seem to be working ourselves ...

April 20, 2008 | Rich Delong | Opinion


Welcome home, troops

In case you haven't heard, there's a joyous noise coming from Fort Stewart lately. That's because thousands of 3rd Infantry Division troops are coming home after their most recent deployment in Iraq.

April 13, 2008 | | Opinion


A home on the side of the highway

I was driving to work earlier this week and saw a large, beautiful white egret fly out of the woods and over Hwy. 17.

April 13, 2008 | Jessica Holthaus Bryan County News | Opinion


Promote car pooling

If the steady flow of traffic in and out of Bryan County on workdays shows one thing, it's this:

April 10, 2008 | | Opinion


The night the lights went out in Georgia

Savannah decided to conduct its Saint Patrick Day's celebration on Saturday the 15th rather than on the official date of March 17.

April 06, 2008 | by Victor Pisano | Opinion


In need of a good fence

One of my neighbors is starting to weird me out.

April 06, 2008 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


The importance of great school boards

School boards don't usually grab the good headlines.

April 03, 2008 | | 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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