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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


Notes on this and that

You may have noticed the columns of Bill Shipp have been missing lately.

August 07, 2008 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Drive as if their lives depended on it

On the road from Thomasville to Tallahassee, a car ahead of ours hit a three-foot alligator. We were in a knot of traffic, traveling fast, and because we were in the outer lane, we luckily missed the gator. We turned around quickly and went back.

August 07, 2008 | | Opinion


Beating birding boredom

This time of year we begin to understand why some dare not visit the Georgia coast in the summertime.

August 03, 2008 | | Opinion


Tempting to say what the heck

It's tempting to say, "What the heck," and let Georgia State Rep. Tim Bearden, R-Villa Rica, go ahead and carry his concealed handgun into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. However, that's only because his biography shows he used to be a law-enforcement officer.

August 03, 2008 | | Opinion


Animal Control offers pet adoption

Dear Editor:

August 03, 2008 | | Opinion


Slowing down, one car at a time

There used to be a time when it seemed driving the speed limit was so uncommon you rarely found anyone who didn't speed. That's changing as gas prices continue to stay in the $4 per gallon neighborhood.

August 03, 2008 | | Opinion


Where were they?

Cheers to all the candidates who participated in this year's primary election and congratulations to those who have either joined as new board members, incumbents in new positions, or incumbents selected to serve another term.

August 03, 2008 | | Opinion


Happy bird-day, dear Thoreau

My husband wanted two things for his birthday. He wanted a blueberry pie, and to photograph birds at a rookery.

July 31, 2008 | | Opinion


Boomers' needs increasing by leaps and bounds

The desires and needs of our ever-aging population are increasing by leaps and bounds as we move into the retirement stage for our first group of "baby boomers". Seventy-six million American children were born between 1945 and 1964. I happen to be on the tail end of this generation; sometimes referred to as the "shadow boomers" or "echo boomers" (people born between 1958-1964). I also belong to that group known as the "sandwich generation". Coined in the 1980s, this refers to baby boomers that care for both elderly parents and young children at the same time…..how lucky can you ...

July 31, 2008 | | Opinion


There is nothing at all fair about credit card 'fair fee' act

Americans hold nearly $1 trillion in credit-card debt, according to data just released by the Federal Reserve. Now Congress wants to make that burden even heavier. Some misguided lawmakers are pushing legislation that would saddle consumers with fees that retailers don't want to pay.

July 31, 2008 | | Opinion


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Protect yourself from holiday crime

'Tis the holiday season, and Christmas is rushing across the calendar like a runaway freight train. It is a time when families and cherished friends gather around the hearth to drink in all the good cheer. It's a time of peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. And yet, Christmas has a sinister side - one we often exile to the extreme depths of our consciousness. I'm referring, of course, to home break-ins, thefts and frauds.

December 21, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Couple grateful for courtesy during trip

Editor, We left Florida for our trip to Ohio and Pennsylvania on Nov. 15. We stopped at the Denny's restaurant in Richmond Hill for breakfast, as we usually do. The restaurant was crowded, so we had to wait to be seated.

December 20, 2014 | | Opinion


Friendships are gifts that do keep on giving

Maybe it's the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don't require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

December 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Keep cronyism out of state school choice

Georgia has one of the more popular K-12 tuition tax-credit programs in America, which is funded by the private contributions of approximately 18,000 individual taxpayers and 200 corporate taxpayers, who receive a state income-tax credit for their contributions.

December 17, 2014 | By Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi | Opinion


History can be better than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock-car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

December 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Government plans to control kids' destiny

Editor, Common Core has curriculum mandates plus tests. The reason that this educational system is designed this way is so that special-interest groups can mine data from Common Core. Common Core is, in reality, a system of data classification. The tests enable our children's data be turned over to private organizations. No one oversees these companies nor does anyone - especially the government - know how this information will be used. Actually, this information will be accessible to the federal government. Now, Big Brother will be watching our children's progress throughout his or her school years.

December 11, 2014 | | Opinion


Commissioners: State pushing charter schools

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.

December 11, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Ferguson, Long Island decisions affect us all

We at Unity in the Community have been paying attention to the current news about the young black men being killed by police.

December 11, 2014 | By Craig Butts Special to the News | Opinion


School choice crucial to middle class

In a recent speech at the National Press Club, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, explained that improving economic opportunities for middle-class Americans is the key issue on which Democrats and Republicans should be focusing leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

December 10, 2014 | By Jim Kelly Guest columnist | Opinion


Whatever it takes get vets their benefits

Editor, Stop the presses and call Walter Cronkite - these stats just in:

December 10, 2014 | | Opinion


Parents' wisdom valuable

There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

December 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Santa helps ensure good behavior

This "Santa Claus is coming soon, so you better be good" thing is working out great for me so far.

December 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Bora Bora doesn't care about the game

This was written in a cave somewhere in greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.

December 03, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker's orientation is over

Orientation for freshman-elect members of the 114th Congress took place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 12-19. This is the second of two reports detailing events of that orientation.

December 03, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


SPLOST projects should have been done as money came in

Editor, I read the article "Concerns arise at millage hearing" in the Nov. 30 Coastal Courier, and I also have concerns.

December 03, 2014 | | Opinion


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