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The Monkey Trap in transportation funding

A once-in-a-blue-moon event occurred recently at a committee meeting of Georgia's State Transportation Board. During an update on projects in the state's various congressional districts, the committee was informed that a local government had withdrawn its project from consideration for funding, opting to complete it instead with local money.

October 03, 2007 | By Benita M. Dodd, Guest Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Stuck in quicksand

Don't kid yourself. We're stuck in Iraq. If not in it, then somewhere around it.

October 03, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Hug this

There's no such thing as a tree hugger.

October 03, 2007 | By Victor Pisano, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Democrats and defeatism

General Petraeus, the leader in our war in Iraq, recently gave his report to Congress on the progress being made over there, coincidentally the same week as we remember the 6th anniversary of 9-11. Before the man even had a chance to speak, Democrats had branded him a liar and a puppet, despite the fact that General Petraeus is a man of honor and an independent military officer, not a politician. The fascinating thing about all this is that the Democrat leadership (Pelosi, Reid, et al.) demanded this report. Yet when it was time to listen to it, they weren ...

October 03, 2007 | By Betsy DeBry, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Disorderly house

The coming election-year Legislature is determined to tamper with our taxes. As a result, a constitutional crisis looms in the Capitol over who controls the state's purse strings, revenue sources and the very workings of Georgia government.

September 26, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


An indulgent mother

I admit it. I have been called 'an indulgent mother.' I know...I know...I live it. I own it. Like Popeye says, "I yam whadeyeyam..." Can't help it. I would have to also own the fact that I am an OLDER mother, and quite often I am mistaken for being Sunnybuns's grandma.

September 26, 2007 | By Ellie Lambert, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Kids can’t be taught if they're not in class

The first days of school are very exciting, as everyone comes together to make sure that the academic year gets off to a great start.

September 01, 2007 | Kathy Cox for the Bryan County News | Opinion


No surprise county hiking taxes

Is anyone actually surprised that the Bryan County Board of Commissioners is planning on raising taxes.? I doubt it.

August 29, 2007 | Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Opinion


Going to the grocery store isn't for the faint of heart

Have you been to the grocery store lately? If you are toting small children with you, it's not an expedition for the faint of heart. We've all seen it-the harried mom struggling through the aisles with a variety of circumstances; pleading children, wailing children, runaway children, whining, screaming…or a combination of all of the above children. Believe me, I've been there. However, it didn't take long for me to develop some strategies to get my family through the grocery store with a minimum of trauma.

August 25, 2007 | Betsy DeBry for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Just because it glitters necessarily

Why is it that the folks who make movies think they ought to run the world? Hmm? I mean, what gives Sean Penn the 'right' to go down to Venezuela and make patty-fingers with Hugo Chavez? Does he think he is doing the world a favor? I'd like to force-fit one of Sunnybuns' boxing gloves on and take a wild swing at him. At BOTH of them, in fact. What kind of nutbag IS Sean Penn, anyway? And why does he think it is so noble of him to go down there and bad mouth our President? Doesn't ...

August 25, 2007 | Ellie Lambert Columnist | Opinion


In transportation, packets beat circuits

Why are so many mass transit policies doomed to failure? Because packets beat circuits. Let's explore an analogy. In the telecommunications world, the big story of the last 20 years has been the total and complete triumph of various packet-switching architectures over circuit-switching.

August 25, 2007 | Stephen Fleming Guest Columnist | Opinion


Dog fighting is a crime, not a sport

In recent weeks, much has been reported about Falcons quarterback Michael Vick's alleged involvement in dog fighting. Each year, thousands of people attend these horrific "sporting" events, which pit two aggressive dogs against each other until one of them is dead or nearly dead.

August 25, 2007 | Sen. Eric Johnson Guest Columnist | Opinion


Compassion and politics

Have you heard the term "Compassionate Conservatism" lately? It's a label conservatives have jumped on in past years in order to modify the image conservatism has of being "mean-spirited," an image carefully crafted by liberals in government and the media.

August 22, 2007 | Betsy DeBry for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Hoping for a good school year

On Friday, school bells will ring in the 2007-2008 academic year and thousands of students will make their way into classrooms across the county. Some kids will be stepping foot into a classroom for the very first time. Others will be wrapping up their final year of high school.

August 22, 2007 | | Opinion


A bridge falls and Sam is back

News of the Minnesota bridge catastrophe brought memories of a similar tragedy in Georgia and weird feelings of deja vu.

August 22, 2007 | Bill Shipp for the Bryan County News | Opinion


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Childhood choices affect whole lives

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages of 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

July 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I'm being sarcastic, of course; it's obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

July 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.

July 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


The three scariest words in English

What are the three scariest words of the English language? On a serious note, it could be, "You have…(fill in the blank)." The "blank" could most likely be the scariest word of all. For my sister it was "cancer." I was in her doctor's office on the day we were told that she had a very slim chance of survival. She died a couple months later on my father's birthday.

July 21, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Something's turning voters off

In case you managed to miss it, the runoff election for a couple of important seats is Tuesday.

July 21, 2014 | | Opinion


The tyranny of automobiles

In the week leading up to Independence Day, several news stories prompted us to contemplate what freedom means in 2014.

July 18, 2014 | By John Bennett Guest columnist | Opinion


Local supports Johnson

Editor: Lately your newspaper has printed several letters stating that Buddy Carter is just like Jack Kingston. These claims are extreme exaggerations and pretty farfetched. You see, I knew Jack Kingston when he first came to Savannah after finishing at University of Georgia. I met him while participating in Republican Party events. He was dating Libby Morrison, later his wife, and looking to become active in Chatham County politics. I supported and worded for Jack when he made his first run for the Georgia State House seat. Later, when I was the Chairman of the Chatham Party Republican, I worked ...

July 18, 2014 | | Opinion


BRAC should be feared in Georgia

Few acronyms raise the concern of elected officials, community leaders and military personnel as much as BRAC does.

July 17, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Woods for superintendent

Editor; One important runoff race the many might not be aware of is the job of State School Superintendent. Over half of Georgia's budget is allocated to public education and this race is vital at upholding the law and implementing policy that influences the teaching and learning of all students.

July 17, 2014 | | Opinion


Three support Buddy Carter

Editor: We write today as three individuals that have extensive experience seeking help from a locally elected official that has overwhelmed us with his responsiveness and effectiveness.

July 16, 2014 | | Opinion


Waxing poetic is quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Term limits, Dr. Johnson

Editor: How strongly do you feel about term limits in Washington being a large part of the solution to the graft and corruption that exists there?

July 16, 2014 | | Opinion


Tales, myths evolve; legends live on

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more because their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

July 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Make healthy cooking, eating fun

I've always heard and read that it's a good idea to involve children in meal-preparation efforts, because they're more likely to eat dishes that they helped cook. That makes sense.

July 15, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Supports Kingston, Carter

Editor: Every decision by voters should be taken very seriously. It's our role as active citizens in this republic. This year, we have rare open seats for the U.S. Senate seat and our coastal Congressional seat. Our home front faces incredible challenges from a weak economy and illegal immigration to a lack of an energy policy and a broken healthcare system. Add to this a volatile world from the middle east to China and Russia and enemies circling America and Israel.

July 15, 2014 | | Opinion


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