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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


Keep the friendly skies local

Last November the upstart US Airways, based in Florida, made a bid for Delta Airlines that was turned away. Delta is a valued, long-time corporate citizen of Atlanta. While the smaller airline's bid was unsuccessful, the effort still sent shock waves throughout the state.

February 14, 2008 | | Opinion


Reforming the health insurance market

Recently I have had new legislation introduced, House Bill 923, which will subject all rate making requests by health insurance companies to increased scrutiny and require these companies to justify the rates they are charging Georgia policyholders. This bill will also provide safeguards to small business sole proprietors by leveling the playing field and allowing them access to the group insurance market.

February 14, 2008 | | Opinion


Do gender, race matter most?

By this time next week, Super-Duper Tuesday will be over. Twenty-four states and American Samoa will have staged presidential primaries or caucuses on the same day. We will be able to measure statistically just how dumb Democratic voters are in Georgia, across the country and in the South Pacific.

February 14, 2008 | by Bill Shipp, Guest Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


More than talk needed

There is an oft used Chinese proverb that says, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." In 2002 teachers were one of the constituencies that turned against Gov. Roy Barnes because of his ill-fated attempt to pick a fight with more than 100,000 teachers. He proposed eliminating teacher tenure, something that really didn't exist.

February 14, 2008 | | Opinion


Good credit

In case you missed it, not long ago the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a look at alleged abuse of state purchasing cards - which in effect are credit cards.

February 06, 2008 | | Opinion


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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


Even 'educational' TV is questionable

Letting a child watch too much TV may be as bad for parents as it is for little ones. In fact, depending on which shows a child is allowed to watch, it may be worse for parents.

October 14, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Port should get money it deserves

Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second-straight year the GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.

October 10, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Columnist | Opinion


Discuss caretaking, health decline

I talk to a wide variety of people throughout the week. The topics of our discussions vary greatly, but it is safe to say that many of my conversations deal with aging parents and aging issues in general.

October 09, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Help soldiers from war room to board room

Over the next three years, as many as 60,000 military members are expected to return to Georgia. Already, 770,000 veterans call Georgia home. In fact, the Peach State is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans nationwide. In addition to those returning to Georgia, more than 10,000 service members will be transitioning from the state's Army installations - 4,000 from Fort Stewart alone.

October 09, 2014 | By James Wilburn Guest columnist | Opinion


UGA is home of top college mascot

If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.

October 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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