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A Christmas wish for water

Bryan County residents who have watched the Ogeechee River drop steadily in the grips of the current drought can say one thing for certain: our water crisis has been an eye opener, revealing not just the sandy river bottom, but also the mud flats of our water mismanagement - our failure to embrace water conservation and water resource planning in the face of an ever-growing population.

December 22, 2007 | Chandra Brown | Opinion


U.S. should ratify this U.N. measure

Only two countries have failed to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - the United States and Somalia.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Consequences of failure are severe

There's been a lot of talk in Atlanta recently about a proposal that would radically change the way taxes are collected in Georgia.

December 13, 2007 | By Sarah Beth Gehl, Guest Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


City's split decision the only surprise on Richmond Reserve

Richmond Hill's decision to approve a master plan for Richmond Reserve was hardly a surprise. After all, the city annexed the land expressly for the purpose of bringing the sizeable development within city limits.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Reason to be thankful

Look hard or far enough these days, and you can find reason to complain or cause for concern. Actually, you really don't have to do much searching.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Back off and look at the world

Sometimes we need to back off and look at the world, not as a Democrat or a Republican but as Americans whose forefathers decided that we would be governed by those whom we elected as opposed to kings and queens.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Your donations matter

In the coming weeks you'll be reading more about the Bryan County Children's Fund, which is aimed at making sure this community's least fortunate kids have a merry Christmas. Our goal in keeping the BCCF in the news is simple, really.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Reduction right for now

The Georgia-Florida-Alabama water war is on hold, but only temporarily. Federal biologists, concluding that it would not jeopardize a species of mussels that lives in Florida's Apalachicola River, ruled Friday that the flow of water from Georgia's Lake Lanier could be reduced. This would extend the time when the lake/reservoir will be unable to meet the drinking water needs of the Atlanta area which, as of last week, was predicted to be 79 days.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


The easy way out

Don't be surprised to look up one day soon and see Brian Nichols a free man, playing golf with his lawyers at the Capital City Club. Or you might spot him tooling down Auburn Avenue on a Harley with O.J.

December 13, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Tax plan has merits, but also needs scrutiny

Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson came to Richmond Hill on Thursday to tout his plan to eliminate property taxes and replace them with a combination of sales taxes on both goods and services.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Helping the Iraqis regain control

When the Division arrived in Iraq in March, and area due west of Baghdad was a hotbed of Shia extremists. Nahrawan was so overrun by Shia criminals and militias that we could not attack it without the proper combat power.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


This school makes no excuses

The 326 students at Blalock Elementary School are from the once-notorious Bankhead public housing community, many of them with families that have lived in poverty for generations. Ninety-nine percent of the students at this school of academic excellence and scholastic acceleration are African-American and 98 percent receive free or reduced lunch.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Grumpy old democrats

Big-mouthed contrarian college professors ought to have the decency to sit down and shut up during these lovely days between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

December 13, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Another date to mark in red

The good news is that the federal deficit should be smaller this year.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Water wars: The sins of negligence

Almost three years ago when I had an editorial published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (Economy and environment form a team, Dec 20, 2004), little did I know how topical those remarks would become by 2007. Thanks to extreme drought in combination with state officials' continued neglect of water management, north Georgia faces a long-predicted water shortage that threatens all the state's water resources.

December 13, 2007 | By David Kyler, Guest Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


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GOP candidate, pharmacist says ACA dying slow death

Since its inception, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as it is commonly referred to as, has been dying a slow death.

July 31, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter Guest Columnist | Opinion


Stormwater is good rain gone wild

I love a good rainstorm - I always have. My mother used to check the weather forecast for thunderstorms because I was fascinated by them and wanted to watch them outside. However, it's not really a good idea to sit outside during a thunderstorm.

July 31, 2014 | By Sara Swida Guest Columnist | Opinion


Trying to determin who is the real outsider in race

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office, and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."

July 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Trying to pick the real ‘outsider’

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."

July 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


School start means buses, kids

School starts next week in Bryan County, meaning those big yellow buses will be back out on our streets and highways, carrying our community's most precious cargo, its children.

July 30, 2014 | | Opinion


Black and white stories can be powerful

One Sunday, while sitting around the dinner table, my sister Louise and I began to tell "Daddy stories" - the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life. Since I was born 12 years after he was "made a preacher," as our folks said back then, I could only contribute what he had told to me about those days, not what I had seen.

July 29, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents, use every second wisely

Right after my daughter's birth, I thought I never had enough time to get things done. I had a new baby, I'd just returned to work and I was adjusting to a lot of "firsts." While I enjoyed my precious, new little one and devoted as much time as I possibly could to my career, laundry stacked up, dishes went unwashed, tumbleweeds of dog hair and dust rolled lazily across the kitchen floor and a thin layer of dust coated nearly every surface in my house.

July 29, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


In diversity lies our true power

True power, our power, is in our diversity and difference. It is not in the illusive power we chase in money and things. It is not in what we call unity. We are already unified through breath.

July 29, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts | Opinion


East Tennessee and a cow, in a car

MOULTRIE - Having been in the news business for many years, I have occasionally been asked what was the funniest or strangest story I've ever covered. Well, there have been a number of instances along the way that brought some chuckles, otherwise making my day.

July 29, 2014 | By Dwain Walden | Opinion


Raise your hand if you like moving

Raise your hand if you like moving.

July 29, 2014 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


Why incumbents keep winning

It's no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members' standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that "Congress's approval rating has reached historic lows at least 12...times since 2010."

July 29, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton | Opinion


Thoughts on our dream

I suppose everyone has their take on the American Dream. For me, it's like standing outside and looking in. I don't know exactly how to frame my concept of the phrase. I would say that most of us natural born citizens would not know. Rightly so; we were born into it. The immigrant, of course, can compare. Further, I would wager, that most of us have never seen The Stature of Liberty standing out in New York Harbor, only once did I see it.

July 28, 2014 | By Francis Bond | Opinion


EPA rules good for business, economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

July 25, 2014 | By Richard Eidlin Guest columnist | Opinion


Small businesses want higher wages

If Congress actually listened to small-business owners, the minimum wage would be going up.

July 24, 2014 | By Holly Sklar Guest columnist | Opinion


Taxpayers on hook for botched ethics probe of governor

In 1997, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term, in which I served until 2002.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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