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House kills tax reform measure

The Georgia General Assembly has completed twenty-nine days of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session and "Day 30" which is "Crossover Day" will be Tuesday, March 11. As I discussed last week, crossover day is the last day that the House or Senate will consider their own legislation and pass it over to the other body for consideration. If a bill that originates in the House of Representatives hasn't been passed by the House by this Day 30, then the bill effectively is considered "dead."

March 26, 2008 | | Opinion


Death of tax reform

The remnants of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's much debated GREAT plan to do away with property taxes officially bit the dust last week, when legislators voted it down.

March 26, 2008 | | Opinion


Her 5k training continues

Welcome to week three of my 5K training for the upcoming Energy Oasis 5K Race and Fitness Walk.

March 20, 2008 | Jessica Holthaus | Opinion


On holding an indigo snake

An indigo snake is the most beautiful thing you'd ever want to see. It is deep purple and midnight blue, iridescent. It is long and graceful.

March 20, 2008 | by Janisse Ray | Opinion


Zell, is it modesty or ....?

Can this be true? A movement is afoot in the Capitol to change the title of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's sweeping tax reform measure. Overnight, Romeo's GREAT Tax Plan would become known as the DEAD Tax Plan.

March 20, 2008 | by Bill Shipp | Opinion


Grading on a curve?

Politicians are nothing if not quick to toot their own horns.

March 20, 2008 | | Opinion


Legislative update: ‘Tax reform and spending go hand in hand’

The 2008 legislative session is now more than half way complete but much important work remains. Key issues that we still must address are tax reform, a budget that is fiscally responsible and meets the needs of our citizens, and transportation. Last week the House Ways & Means Committee approved several tax reform measures. With tax reform must come spending reform and last week we also laid out our spending priorities for the Fiscal Year 2009 budget.

March 16, 2008 | by Rep. Bob Lane for the Bryan County News | Opinion


A difference in language

As state legislators continue to consider various bills on issues ranging from illegal immigration to dealing with convicted sex offenders, there's an awful lot of silence coming from Atlanta on the state of property tax reform.

March 16, 2008 | | Opinion


Who wants the moon, anyway

Just as the Republican party is in the middle of a shake-up, the Democrats find themselves in turmoil as well.

March 16, 2008 | by Betsy DeBry for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Leave no child inside

I remember one Sunday when my son Silas was about 6-years-old. He and I spent the entire day in the woods.

March 16, 2008 | by Janisse Ray for the Bryan County News | Opinion


On traffic, growth and property taxes

My wife doesn't know this and she'll probably kill me when she finds out, since she thinks I have better sense:

March 13, 2008 | by Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Opinion


General Assembly passes halfway point

We have officially completed the twentieth legislative day of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session, which signals we have passed the half-way point of the constitutionally mandated "no-more-than" forty-day legislative session. The reconciliation budget, called the "little budget" is the document that looks at where the state stands, especially with federally-mandated Medicaid and education funding. If we are short, usually due to unanticipated growth, the General Assembly must infuse new funds to offset those required expenses. The House of Representatives took the lead in adding $53 million to help establish a state trauma care network; $6.5 million was added ...

March 13, 2008 | by Rep. Ron Stephens for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Hillary and the H factor

An anonymous reader writes:

March 13, 2008 | by Bill Shipp for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Funding should be reality

Since Gov. Sonny Perdue took the state's reins in 2003, he has methodically cut $1.4 billion in funds that would have gone to the state's school systems. The upcoming budget is no different: Perdue has recommended $140 million in education "austerity cuts" for fiscal 2009, which begins in July. Since his election, he has successfully reversed the course of previous governors who had hoped to improve Georgia's dismal record in public education by providing money for trouble areas. Perdue's cuts have shifted a greater burden on local school systems that are forced to raise taxes ...

March 13, 2008 | | Opinion


About us

Each year, the Bryan County News is proud to publish our "countywide" edition. This issue is mailed to every deliverable household in Bryan County as a way of introducing the newspaper to potential readers.

March 13, 2008 | | Opinion


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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


Our dependence on the web can come with a high pricetag

Americans are finding their lives more and more virtually wired to the Internet.

August 20, 2014 | By The Albany Herald Editorial Board | Opinion


Not even the liberals want him

Rap! Rap! Rap: "The special called meeting of the Loyal Order of Liberals will come to order. Let's begin the meeting as we always do - with the Liberal Pledge of Allegiance:

August 20, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Grab uncomfortable situations by horns

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don't like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is "whenever possible, step out of the way."

August 19, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Some things are tough to explain

My 2-year-old daughter, Reese, adores the Disney movie, "Frozen." I admit, it's a cute flick with plenty of catchy tunes and even a few good one-liners. There's one part, however, that I'm having trouble explaining to Reese, and I fear I'll have even more difficulty with it as she gets older.

August 19, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


EPA plan supported by ALA, ATS

Few things are more frightening for a parent than racing to the hospital with a child who can't breathe. Few things are more difficult for a physician than telling a family that a loved one will not recover from an asthma attack. We work with people who know those experiences far too well and - because of those experiences - support reducing carbon pollution.

August 19, 2014 | By Harold P. Wimmer | Opinion


Take action on depression, before it’s too late

If I told you I knew of a middle-aged man who was feeling a bit depressed, you might not think too much about the consequences of such a situation.

August 19, 2014 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


Shots fired in marsh buffer battle

Why is Director Judson Turner of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) blatantly defying the Georgia Court of Appeals and urging others to follow his lead?

August 18, 2014 | By Brian Lucy Special to the News | Opinion


Ruminations on an old wicker chair he really didn’t want

I sat in the chair; it was comfortable and it bent, twisted and stretched to form a very restful place to sit and relax.

August 14, 2014 | By Francis Bond | Opinion


An elegant solution to wildlife that really is a nuisance

A weed is a plant out of place. A dandelion might be a very desirable plant in my garden if I use its leaves for a salad, but it is not a plant I want in my lawn. If I find it in my lawn nobody complains if I try to kill it.

August 14, 2014 | By Don Gardner | Opinion


Partisanship hurting country

This past week, The (Brunswick) News featured an online poll on the U.S. Senate race pitting Democrat Michelle Nunn against Republican David Perdue. Neither is experienced in politics but both hail from families that are. Michelle Nunn's father is former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, a conservative Democrat, and David Perdue is the first cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, a conservative Democrat turned Republican.

August 13, 2014 | | Opinion


What’s wrong with a Southern accent?

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent."

August 13, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


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