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Consequences of failure are severe

There's been a lot of talk in Atlanta recently about a proposal that would radically change the way taxes are collected in Georgia.

December 13, 2007 | By Sarah Beth Gehl, Guest Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


City's split decision the only surprise on Richmond Reserve

Richmond Hill's decision to approve a master plan for Richmond Reserve was hardly a surprise. After all, the city annexed the land expressly for the purpose of bringing the sizeable development within city limits.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Reason to be thankful

Look hard or far enough these days, and you can find reason to complain or cause for concern. Actually, you really don't have to do much searching.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Back off and look at the world

Sometimes we need to back off and look at the world, not as a Democrat or a Republican but as Americans whose forefathers decided that we would be governed by those whom we elected as opposed to kings and queens.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Your donations matter

In the coming weeks you'll be reading more about the Bryan County Children's Fund, which is aimed at making sure this community's least fortunate kids have a merry Christmas. Our goal in keeping the BCCF in the news is simple, really.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Reduction right for now

The Georgia-Florida-Alabama water war is on hold, but only temporarily. Federal biologists, concluding that it would not jeopardize a species of mussels that lives in Florida's Apalachicola River, ruled Friday that the flow of water from Georgia's Lake Lanier could be reduced. This would extend the time when the lake/reservoir will be unable to meet the drinking water needs of the Atlanta area which, as of last week, was predicted to be 79 days.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


The easy way out

Don't be surprised to look up one day soon and see Brian Nichols a free man, playing golf with his lawyers at the Capital City Club. Or you might spot him tooling down Auburn Avenue on a Harley with O.J.

December 13, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Tax plan has merits, but also needs scrutiny

Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson came to Richmond Hill on Thursday to tout his plan to eliminate property taxes and replace them with a combination of sales taxes on both goods and services.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Helping the Iraqis regain control

When the Division arrived in Iraq in March, and area due west of Baghdad was a hotbed of Shia extremists. Nahrawan was so overrun by Shia criminals and militias that we could not attack it without the proper combat power.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


This school makes no excuses

The 326 students at Blalock Elementary School are from the once-notorious Bankhead public housing community, many of them with families that have lived in poverty for generations. Ninety-nine percent of the students at this school of academic excellence and scholastic acceleration are African-American and 98 percent receive free or reduced lunch.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Grumpy old democrats

Big-mouthed contrarian college professors ought to have the decency to sit down and shut up during these lovely days between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

December 13, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Another date to mark in red

The good news is that the federal deficit should be smaller this year.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Water wars: The sins of negligence

Almost three years ago when I had an editorial published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (Economy and environment form a team, Dec 20, 2004), little did I know how topical those remarks would become by 2007. Thanks to extreme drought in combination with state officials' continued neglect of water management, north Georgia faces a long-predicted water shortage that threatens all the state's water resources.

December 13, 2007 | By David Kyler, Guest Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Running for a bad job

By this time next year, the United States will have elected a new president, and Georgia will probably have the same two senators.

November 28, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Wising up to Georgia’s water woes

By Benita M. Dodd and Harold Brown

November 24, 2007 | | Opinion


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President, Congress should work together on war

Our Constitution makes the President the commander in chief, yet gives Congress the ability to declare war. By giving a role to each branch, it clearly considers the use of force to be a shared decision.

September 25, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Kindness has been 'simply amazing'

Dear Editor, It's been over a month now since I received the phone call that no mother ever wants to receive. An employee at the Suites at Station Exchange called and told me that my son had just been shot. I was in Pooler picking up my daughter from her voice lesson, and I had to pull over to try to calm myself- especially when she handed Cooper the phone and I heard him yelling "Mom, they shot me"! Within two minutes, Officers Christian, Akers, Sakelarios and Saia from the Richmond Hill PD arrived, and Cooper received first aid ...

September 25, 2014 | | Opinion


Congress needs to get going on budget

Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 124, a continuing resolution for fiscal year 2015 that will fund the federal government until Dec. 11.

September 25, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Alternatives for Jekyll deer population

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world.

September 24, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bo, Luke back in saddle, sort of

A few days ago I saw a television commercial where Bo and Luke Duke were brought back from the "Dukes of Hazzard" to promote some product. Once again they were in "The General" outrunning the law. I don't even recall the product they were hawking, but it made me stop and think about that old programming and just how juvenile it really was - just short of "Scooby Doo."

September 23, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Let's hear it for all the homemakers

You know how attics are. They're filled with junk, Christmas stuff and memories that you can't toss away. As I was digging through boxes the other day, bound and determined to find a dress pattern from 15 years ago, I found a scrapbook from my high school FHA years.

September 23, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


When life is easy, just say thanks

Those who read my column know I give props to dads every June, when Father's Day rolls around. But I've been thinking lately that maybe my husband doesn't get enough credit for everything he does the rest of the year.

September 23, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


'Did your dad play football?'

The other day I came across my father's 1944 high school yearbook. It was his senior year and like most annuals, the senior class was highlighted in many different activities of the school.

September 22, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Quit depriving vets wounded before 9/11

Editor, Veterans, did you know when Congress passed legislation to provide care-giver assistance to our nation's most severely disabled warriors they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which haven't been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crowe laws.

September 22, 2014 | | Opinion


Get ready for the Pumpkin Patch

Editor: Pumpkins and mums, games for fun, face painting and good food, home and garden decorations-that's what you'll find at this year's Pumpkin Patch, sponsored by the Richmond Hill Garden Club. A tradition for 15 years now, this year's event will be held in the pavilion in J. F. Gregory Park on Saturday, October 4, from 9-1. Admission is free. Tickets ($1 each) must be purchased to play games, buy food, or have faces painted.

September 19, 2014 | | Opinion


Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Minimum wage doesn't buy what it did in '60s

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

September 18, 2014 | By Roger Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


GOP to rally Saturday

Editor: I was raised in a very loving family where family and Christian values were our way of life. We openly respected the American Flag, parents, teachers, elders, and government. I am proud to be an American and respect the foundation that our fore fathers used as a blueprint to form our government. They were Americans that established laws to protect the citizens and insure that our country was governed to the highest standards possible.

September 18, 2014 | | Opinion


Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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