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After all, It's your city

As we celebrate Georgia Cities Week, I'd like to tell you about the state of the city. First, and foremost, we have a strong wealth of value and knowledge in our city employees.

May 04, 2008 | Mayor Richard Davis | Opinion


April is the month to take the time to make some important health decisions

April is National Healthcare Decision Month. It is designated as such to create an awareness of the importance of choosing a Healthcare Agent (previously know as power of attorney for healthcare) and filling out the Advanced Directive form designated by the state of Georgia. The rules for advance directives in the state of Georgia have somewhat changed since the middle of last year; they have actually become more simplified - imagine that. None-the-less, decisions regarding healthcare have become one of the most important issues of our time. You've seen national news stories on TV and in the newspaper regarding such ...

April 27, 2008 | by Rich DeLong | Opinion


Created out of love for the water

At a lecture in Athens more than five years ago I was introduced to a beautiful woman with whom I had in common a river.

April 27, 2008 | by Janisse Ray | Opinion


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


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Salute a man trying to better the world

A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.

October 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bad drivers must pay for choices

Tens of thousands of Georgians live with lifelong disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury.

October 29, 2014 | By Paige Havens Guest columnist | Opinion


Leave the baby-growing to friends

OK, I admit it - a few months ago, I suffered from a very short-lived bout of baby fever. I'm happy to announce, however, that I've fully recovered.

October 28, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Assembling the pieces of life's puzzle

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.

October 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Common Core math is too confusing

Editor, Why are we dumbing down our children? Our high schools send 90 percent of students out the door without the most basic skills high school is supposed to teach. High-tech businesses won't locate to Liberty County because of our inability to provide educated workers.

October 27, 2014 | | Opinion


State questions on Nov. 4 ballots

While most voters are familiar with the candidates on the Nov. 4 general-election ballot, many are unaware of the ballot's three referendum questions.

October 23, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Voter apathy should be illegal

Editor, Our country is in a precarious position. Our government is intruding in our personal lives, and our religions are under attack. The government is ignoring the invasion from south of the border, as well as the dangers imposed by ISIS and other terrorist groups.

October 22, 2014 | | Opinion


Governor shares view on education

Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

October 22, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Long Co. school bonds would attract state money for new school

Editor, Those of you familiar with the Long County School System are aware of the student growth and financial struggles faced by our system for many years. We are a low-wealth system, ranked 171st out of 180 school systems. Our students and teachers presently occupy many classrooms built in 1951 or earlier. The hardships we have faced have been many, but with the dedication of previous and present boards, superintendents, administrators, teachers and staff, we have survived.

October 22, 2014 | | Opinion


News of deaths is good Southern gossip

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person, but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.

October 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Protect your family -- get flu shots

Go get a flu shot. Also, make sure you're children get flu shots. It's a plain and simple set of instructions, but following them could save a life. Please, go do it.

October 21, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Polls shouldn't open on Sunday

Editor, Watch out, Bryan County, in case the Sunday-voting issue rears its head in your neck of the woods, just as it has in Liberty County. This is something I think everyone in our region needs to be aware of, because it involves something greater than just run-of-the-mill politics.

October 17, 2014 | | Opinion


Gubernatorial candidate talks education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.

October 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Nation doesn't need more 'boots on ground'

The talking heads and politicians love to use the term, "boots on the ground." It sounds macho.

October 15, 2014 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Situations are as dramatic as you make them

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to let things roll right off her back.

October 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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