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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


Ten ways to live more simply

This week a friend said to me, "I thought when the children went off to college that our lives would slow down. Instead, they seem to be speeding up."

March 09, 2008 | | Opinion


Tobacco tax increase will save young lives

Here's the problem: Every year, more than 13,000 Georgia kids become daily smokers and nearly one-third of them will die a premature death because of it.

March 09, 2008 | | Opinion


It’s a start

News that the state has abolished its portion of the property tax is no doubt welcome to homeowners. That's a good thing, but let's get real. That $15-25 saved on a home valued at $150,000 is not what's hurting local property owners - who have been hit by a double whammy in recent years thanks to rapid growth.

March 06, 2008 | | Opinion


2007 certainly wasn’t all good (or all bad, either)

It's 2008 already?

February 28, 2008 | Victor Pisano Guest Columnist | Opinion


Republicans are at a crossroads

The fallout from Super Tuesday still hasn't settled yet, leaving both parties in a bit of disarray.

February 28, 2008 | Besty DeBry Guest Columnist | Opinion


General Assembly session hits midstream

The 2008 Georgia General Assembly session is in mid-stream as we have completed its fourteenth day. The House and Senate Appropriation Committees put the final touches on the Fiscal Year 2008 Reconciliation Budget and are currently preparing the FY 09 state budget. 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 ...

February 28, 2008 | | Opinion


The lord of divorce

The arrogance of Glenn Richardson, Georgia's House Speaker, has taken on world-class stature. Last week, he apparently persuaded a Paulding County judge and former law partner to approve a quickie divorce and then seal all the proceedings from public view.

February 28, 2008 | | Opinion


How can I be so wrong?

I have been so wrong so often on these presidential primaries that I don't know where to start cleaning up and trying to explain my record.

February 28, 2008 | | Opinion


On public hearings

If you've followed local news lately, you know that government officials in both Richmond Hill and Bryan County have been asked to hold a public hearing on a planned building project in their respective jurisdictions.

February 28, 2008 | | Opinion


Fixing Georgia’s transportation woes

After months of hearings and discussion, the Georgia Legislature's Joint Study Committee on Transportation Funding has released its final report on "Addressing Georgia's Transportation Funding Alternatives." Its recommendation? In a word: everything.

February 21, 2008 | by Benita M. Dodd for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Why I drive a hybrid

Five years ago one person in Appling County owned a hybrid car. That was a man who had been mayor, a munificent ambassador who went around with pockets full of tie pens that read "Baxley."

February 21, 2008 | by Janisse Ray for the Bryan County News | Opinion


A healing prescription

With Georgia now 40th in the country in training and recruiting physicians to practice here, it's time to expand medical education programs to Athens and to other campuses around the state.

February 21, 2008 | | Opinion


New tax plan worth watching

It looks like more state legislators have caught House Speaker Glenn Richardson's anti-property tax bug and that could be a good thing, though the proof will be in what comes to pass later, not what's happening now.

February 21, 2008 | | Opinion


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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


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


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