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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


Keep the pot boiling on property tax reform

In a speech to the Atlanta Press Club on Monday in which he discussed House Speaker Glenn Richardson's plan to abolish property taxes, Gov. Sonny Perdue said one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb.

November 21, 2007 | | Opinion


Hillary is not necessarily a shoo-in

Experts say Hillary Clinton seems a shoo-in to win the Democratic presidential nomination. A shoo-in? We'll see. Take a look at the hurdles she must jump. Consider what her Democratic opponents will throw at her - Bill's zipper, tangled party rules, a new surge by Barack Obama, and a mean attack from John Edwards plus a constant pounding from nearly every candidate during an exhausting round of debates. Her ordeals are just beginning. Sure, she could win the race to the White House, but consider what may happen along the way:

November 21, 2007 | | Opinion


Critics are piling on football coach

I don't know Richmond Hill High School football coach Brian Brocato.

November 17, 2007 | By Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Opinion


She loves that Red, White and Blue

Did you miss the flag dedication of the beautifully big American Flag located here in town on Hwy. 17 near the overpass? Yeah, me too. The flag was put up by Tidal Construction Company and had its official dedication on Oct. 19. I am disappointed that I missed it, but thrilled that the flag is there.

November 15, 2007 | April Groves, Guest Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


A learning paradise for students

Since its 1956 opening as an affiliated school to Hangzhou University in China, Xuejun High School has evolved into an award-winning provincial model school in the city of Hangzhou, one of China's most important tourist venues about 120 miles southwest of Shanghai.

November 15, 2007 | Holly Robinson, Guest Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Underage drinking is everybody's problem

The results of Underage Drinking can be grave:

November 10, 2007 | Tara Jennings | Opinion


Taxpayers deserve break

By now, one thing's pretty clear.

November 07, 2007 | | Opinion


Lonely war, brave soldiers

BAGHDAD - A war has probably never been so debated and so little understood as the one in Iraq.

November 07, 2007 | By Rich Lowery, Columnist For the Bryan County News | 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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