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Disorderly house

The coming election-year Legislature is determined to tamper with our taxes. As a result, a constitutional crisis looms in the Capitol over who controls the state's purse strings, revenue sources and the very workings of Georgia government.

September 26, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


An indulgent mother

I admit it. I have been called 'an indulgent mother.' I know...I know...I live it. I own it. Like Popeye says, "I yam whadeyeyam..." Can't help it. I would have to also own the fact that I am an OLDER mother, and quite often I am mistaken for being Sunnybuns's grandma.

September 26, 2007 | By Ellie Lambert, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Kids can’t be taught if they're not in class

The first days of school are very exciting, as everyone comes together to make sure that the academic year gets off to a great start.

September 01, 2007 | Kathy Cox for the Bryan County News | Opinion


No surprise county hiking taxes

Is anyone actually surprised that the Bryan County Board of Commissioners is planning on raising taxes.? I doubt it.

August 29, 2007 | Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Opinion


Going to the grocery store isn't for the faint of heart

Have you been to the grocery store lately? If you are toting small children with you, it's not an expedition for the faint of heart. We've all seen it-the harried mom struggling through the aisles with a variety of circumstances; pleading children, wailing children, runaway children, whining, screaming…or a combination of all of the above children. Believe me, I've been there. However, it didn't take long for me to develop some strategies to get my family through the grocery store with a minimum of trauma.

August 25, 2007 | Betsy DeBry for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Just because it glitters necessarily

Why is it that the folks who make movies think they ought to run the world? Hmm? I mean, what gives Sean Penn the 'right' to go down to Venezuela and make patty-fingers with Hugo Chavez? Does he think he is doing the world a favor? I'd like to force-fit one of Sunnybuns' boxing gloves on and take a wild swing at him. At BOTH of them, in fact. What kind of nutbag IS Sean Penn, anyway? And why does he think it is so noble of him to go down there and bad mouth our President? Doesn't ...

August 25, 2007 | Ellie Lambert Columnist | Opinion


In transportation, packets beat circuits

Why are so many mass transit policies doomed to failure? Because packets beat circuits. Let's explore an analogy. In the telecommunications world, the big story of the last 20 years has been the total and complete triumph of various packet-switching architectures over circuit-switching.

August 25, 2007 | Stephen Fleming Guest Columnist | Opinion


Dog fighting is a crime, not a sport

In recent weeks, much has been reported about Falcons quarterback Michael Vick's alleged involvement in dog fighting. Each year, thousands of people attend these horrific "sporting" events, which pit two aggressive dogs against each other until one of them is dead or nearly dead.

August 25, 2007 | Sen. Eric Johnson Guest Columnist | Opinion


Compassion and politics

Have you heard the term "Compassionate Conservatism" lately? It's a label conservatives have jumped on in past years in order to modify the image conservatism has of being "mean-spirited," an image carefully crafted by liberals in government and the media.

August 22, 2007 | Betsy DeBry for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Hoping for a good school year

On Friday, school bells will ring in the 2007-2008 academic year and thousands of students will make their way into classrooms across the county. Some kids will be stepping foot into a classroom for the very first time. Others will be wrapping up their final year of high school.

August 22, 2007 | | Opinion


A bridge falls and Sam is back

News of the Minnesota bridge catastrophe brought memories of a similar tragedy in Georgia and weird feelings of deja vu.

August 22, 2007 | Bill Shipp for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Serving side by side with civilians

Two months ago I celebrated my 30th anniversary with the Army. During all those years, I've been privileged to command fine American Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors. All are patriotic servants in our uniformed services.

August 22, 2007 | Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch Guest Columnist | Opinion


Gopher tortoise needs our help

We hear a lot of news about the loss of tropical rain forests due to deforestation, and the loss of polar bear habitat due to global warming, and relatively little about issues closer to home. Why is it that we know more about the loss of rainforests and ice sheets than the loss of sandhills which are right under our very noses?

August 18, 2007 | Mary Elfner Guest Columnist | Opinion


Making a difference through recycling

I have always thought life was as simple as ABC's "After School Specials" that I watched as a kid.

August 18, 2007 | Noel Burgdorf Guest Columnist | Opinion


Time to think outside the box

Any elected official who proposes raising gas taxes or fees to fund transportation infrastructure needs in Georgia is probably not planning on re-election. Yet every policy-maker knows the state needs an innovative approach and deep pockets to plan for a future without mind-boggling traffic congestion.

August 15, 2007 | Benita Dodd Guest Columnist | Opinion


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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


The humanity of Herbert Hoover

History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administrations overshadow them. It happened to Herbert Hoover.

September 05, 2014 | By Harold Brown Guest Columnist | Opinion


Political pumpkins growing a bit early

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia: "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 04, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Riots focus need to understand emotion

By now, most of you have heard about the Ferguson, Missouri, riots, where a young unarmed male was shot by a police officer and died on the spot.

September 03, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts Columnists | Opinion


Proof of Southern identity is the food

When business called my husband, Tink, back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.

September 02, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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