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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


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


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Salute a man trying to better the world

A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.

October 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bad drivers must pay for choices

Tens of thousands of Georgians live with lifelong disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury.

October 29, 2014 | By Paige Havens Guest columnist | Opinion


Leave the baby-growing to friends

OK, I admit it - a few months ago, I suffered from a very short-lived bout of baby fever. I'm happy to announce, however, that I've fully recovered.

October 28, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Assembling the pieces of life's puzzle

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.

October 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Common Core math is too confusing

Editor, Why are we dumbing down our children? Our high schools send 90 percent of students out the door without the most basic skills high school is supposed to teach. High-tech businesses won't locate to Liberty County because of our inability to provide educated workers.

October 27, 2014 | | Opinion


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


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