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Dear South Georgia: We want your water

In a recent column, Bill Shipp wrote about Atlanta's thirst for water reaching deep soon into South Georgia's resources. Friday night, an ill-timed public hearing held in Valdosta was supposed to give South Georgians the feeling that they actually have a say-so in what happens to our natural water supplies.

November 07, 2007 | | Opinion


Al Gore? Inconceivable

One of my favorite fun movies is "The Princess Bride." It has a beautiful princess, pirates, villains and the like. In one part of the movie, the beautiful princess Buttercup has been abducted by three villains led by a brilliant Sicilian named Vizzini.

November 03, 2007 | By Betsy DeBry for the Bryan County News | Opinion


In serious need of reform

A teenage girl who ran away from home to escape years of sexual abuse is picked up by police and locked up for weeks because she refuses to go home.

October 31, 2007 | By Kirsten Widner, Guest Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


What’s in a name? Plenty

Where is the Hick Anti-Defamation League now that we need them? What has happened to the HADL passion?

October 31, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Time to curb underaged drinking

Today, nearly 10.8 million youth ages 12-20, are underage drinkers!

October 31, 2007 | By Tara Jennings, Family Connections For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Let the buyer beware GREAT plan?

" Let the buyer beware" may be appropriate when considering House Speaker Glenn Richardson's GREAT Plan to eliminate Georgia's property taxes, replacing them with additional sales taxes. An independent study by Georgia State University's Fiscal Research Center suggests another adage, "if it looks to good to be true, it probably is." The study suggests that it is unlikely that Richardson's proposal would raise the revenue needed to cover the loss of property taxes, leaving Georgia with a state budget awash in red ink.

October 31, 2007 | | Opinion


Working women in need get help

Sarahlyn Argrow did not start out under the best of circumstances. In fact, they were horrible by most standards.

October 27, 2007 | April Groves, columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Don't drink the kool aid

Georgia's rain shortfall and dire drought predictions have led to restrictions across the state on outdoor water use even though, as one county water conservation official admitted, "It's like driving on the interstate. You know that speeding is illegal, and you might slow down when you see a police officer on the side of the road, but once you pass him you go back to speeding."

October 27, 2007 | Benita Dodd, Guest Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


A police report brings back memories of the old days

I was reading the police blotters for Wednesday's paper when one of them me smile.

October 27, 2007 | By Jeff Whitten, Editor Bryan County News | Opinion


Are we getting our money's worth?

The filthy lucre that feeds all presidential campaigns

October 27, 2007 | | Opinion


PZ makes right call

You've no doubt heard the cliché before. One man's trash is another man's treasure. The same can be said of development – what is pleasing to one group isn't necessarily going to be pleasing to others. That's apparently the case when it comes to commercial development along Hwy. 144 and the spur in South Bryan.

October 24, 2007 | | Opinion


Audit: state credit cards abused

A warning ought to accompany the 35-page audit of the thousands of state-issued credit cards adrift in state agencies:

October 24, 2007 | | Opinion


Good medicine

We were sitting in the family room shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, eating sandwiches and laughing about something or other. Then my wife's heart stopped beating.

October 24, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Logan responds to coach's letter

Coach Kim Covington, obviously you are a passionate and caring coach when it comes to your team. I admire that in a coach, I have coached some young folks in the community and they need to know their coaches care for them and will stand up for them. Aside from that I have to take exception to some of what you wrote in the Sept. 26 letter to the editor "Coach irate..."

October 20, 2007 | Terry Logan | Opinion


Group addressing substance abuse

As a part of the Bryan County Family Connection community collaborative, a local Drug Free Coalition is being developed to address substance abuse initially among youth and overtime the entire community.

October 20, 2007 | Tara Jennings | Opinion


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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


Many days to make one happy

I happen to love the song "Happy" from the movie soundtrack, "Despicable Me 2."

September 16, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Confidence can trump conformity

Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It's easy, it's efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it's even chic. When I know I'll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.

September 16, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

September 15, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Not all critics are racists

Editor, This is an open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


YMCA appreciates support

Editor, It seems like we just cut the ribbon to our new location at 154 Thunderbird Drive. Our brand new 10,000 square foot facility seemed so BIG next to our little white building on 10055 Ford Ave. Site 3B, where the YMCA had resided in for the previous 10 years. We moved with excitement, added more equipment, larger classes, and exciting new family programs.

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


Behold, fat men in the woods

I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

September 11, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."

September 11, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


How we respond determines who wins

Win at life! Isn't that what we all want to do? That is the headline gracing one of the magazines sitting on our coffee table. I guess the real question is, "what defines winning at life?" After all, life has a pretty broad playing field. Maybe what best defines winning in life is society's dire need to be in control. Everyone values their independence and sense of control, right?

September 11, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


What were they thinking?

Editor, Recently, I've spotted some news headlines - around the region, state and country - that I never thought I'd see. It really makes me wonder, "Whatever were they thinking?"

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


Dalton State key to economic rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

September 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Turn your life into art

Lately, I've been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life's challenging times - the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories. As those who know me well often say with a smile, "It's always about the story with her."

September 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's different when I want to know

I realize, perhaps better than anyone, that it's not polite to ask others about their reproductive plans. I've long ranted about how much it annoyed me when friends, family members and even perfect strangers would inquire about a possible plunge into parenthood. Even now, as most of my readers know, I get aggravated when people ask whether my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, will ever be a sister.

September 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


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