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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


Wanted: Water to make gold

My buddies in South Georgia had better watch out. Every time they read another headline about the Mother of All Droughts around Atlanta, they should check their well levels. Legalized water rustling may soon be in vogue.

October 17, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Shining a light on lead

Recent revelations of lead-contaminated paint on toys imported from China have reinforced the dangers of lead to children's health. They have not, however, highlighted the enormous success and progress made over the past 40 years in reducing that danger.

October 17, 2007 | By Harold Brown Guest Columnist | Opinion


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Stadium should carry Dooley legacy

Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


It's a good think to know your numbers

My good friend stopped by my office the other day, somewhat surprising me with his visit. He looked a little perplexed and indicated to me he had just found out that he had high blood pressure.You should know that my friend is in relatively good shape. He's slightly younger than me and stays very active; and he recently lost about 10 pounds by way of good dieting and exercise. I asked him how he discovered that his blood pressure was high. He said he had it taken at the dentist's office just prior to a procedure he ...

September 30, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Avoid costly lessons in finance

When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

September 30, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Tell me what you want to see

As a child who wanted nothing more than to grow up and become a journalist, I used to write stories for and draw out my own homemade "newspapers" to distribute to my family on Sunday mornings at breakfast. I tried to design my publications based on what I thought each of my family members might want to read. Dad's "newspaper" was about sports, and my younger sister's often featured reports on Strawberry Shortcake and her social circle.

September 30, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Kids' safety, health are priorities

Two pretty newsworthy events concerning children made headlines last week in Liberty County.

September 30, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


BoE's OK to refurbish track just first step

With the Bryan County Board of Education approval Thursday evening of the $303,000 revitalization of the Richmond Hill High School running track, the RHHS Cross Country/Track & Field Boosters has announced the start of their capital campaign: Richmond Hill Athletic Project (RHAP).

September 30, 2014 | Special to the News | Opinion


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


Bottom line is lesser of two evils

I've seen people get into heated debates over a wide range of topics, running the gamut from the rules for hopscotch to whether we should abandon the electoral college concept.

September 24, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | 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


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