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How can I be so wrong?

I have been so wrong so often on these presidential primaries that I don't know where to start cleaning up and trying to explain my record.

February 28, 2008 | | Opinion


On public hearings

If you've followed local news lately, you know that government officials in both Richmond Hill and Bryan County have been asked to hold a public hearing on a planned building project in their respective jurisdictions.

February 28, 2008 | | Opinion


Fixing Georgia’s transportation woes

After months of hearings and discussion, the Georgia Legislature's Joint Study Committee on Transportation Funding has released its final report on "Addressing Georgia's Transportation Funding Alternatives." Its recommendation? In a word: everything.

February 21, 2008 | by Benita M. Dodd for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Why I drive a hybrid

Five years ago one person in Appling County owned a hybrid car. That was a man who had been mayor, a munificent ambassador who went around with pockets full of tie pens that read "Baxley."

February 21, 2008 | by Janisse Ray for the Bryan County News | Opinion


A healing prescription

With Georgia now 40th in the country in training and recruiting physicians to practice here, it's time to expand medical education programs to Athens and to other campuses around the state.

February 21, 2008 | | Opinion


New tax plan worth watching

It looks like more state legislators have caught House Speaker Glenn Richardson's anti-property tax bug and that could be a good thing, though the proof will be in what comes to pass later, not what's happening now.

February 21, 2008 | | Opinion


Keep the friendly skies local

Last November the upstart US Airways, based in Florida, made a bid for Delta Airlines that was turned away. Delta is a valued, long-time corporate citizen of Atlanta. While the smaller airline's bid was unsuccessful, the effort still sent shock waves throughout the state.

February 14, 2008 | | Opinion


Reforming the health insurance market

Recently I have had new legislation introduced, House Bill 923, which will subject all rate making requests by health insurance companies to increased scrutiny and require these companies to justify the rates they are charging Georgia policyholders. This bill will also provide safeguards to small business sole proprietors by leveling the playing field and allowing them access to the group insurance market.

February 14, 2008 | | Opinion


Do gender, race matter most?

By this time next week, Super-Duper Tuesday will be over. Twenty-four states and American Samoa will have staged presidential primaries or caucuses on the same day. We will be able to measure statistically just how dumb Democratic voters are in Georgia, across the country and in the South Pacific.

February 14, 2008 | by Bill Shipp, Guest Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


More than talk needed

There is an oft used Chinese proverb that says, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." In 2002 teachers were one of the constituencies that turned against Gov. Roy Barnes because of his ill-fated attempt to pick a fight with more than 100,000 teachers. He proposed eliminating teacher tenure, something that really didn't exist.

February 14, 2008 | | Opinion


Good credit

In case you missed it, not long ago the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a look at alleged abuse of state purchasing cards - which in effect are credit cards.

February 06, 2008 | | Opinion


A vision worth believing in

Monday, many will celebrate the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Atlanta-born civil rights leader who inspired millions in the 1960s with his dream of a better life and equal opportunity for all people.

February 02, 2008 | | Opinion


Election shouldn’t be about gender

In the day and age where anything goes and everyone is supposed to be equal, are women really on the same playing field?

February 02, 2008 | Jessica Holthaus | Opinion


Roll up your sleeve and give

For some reason, blood donations tend to dwindle during the winter. That's the case again this year, as the American Red Cross announced earlier this week that it is facing a severe shortage of several blood types.

January 26, 2008 | | Opinion


Hillary has little hope in Bubba land

Hillary Clinton's glide to this year's Democratic presidential nomination has hit a serious snag. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, her toughest rival, has caught an early wave that is threatening to swamp the Clinton cruise to reassuming the White House.

January 23, 2008 | By Bill Shipp for the Bryan County News | Opinion


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Protect yourself from holiday crime

'Tis the holiday season, and Christmas is rushing across the calendar like a runaway freight train. It is a time when families and cherished friends gather around the hearth to drink in all the good cheer. It's a time of peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. And yet, Christmas has a sinister side - one we often exile to the extreme depths of our consciousness. I'm referring, of course, to home break-ins, thefts and frauds.

December 21, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Couple grateful for courtesy during trip

Editor, We left Florida for our trip to Ohio and Pennsylvania on Nov. 15. We stopped at the Denny's restaurant in Richmond Hill for breakfast, as we usually do. The restaurant was crowded, so we had to wait to be seated.

December 20, 2014 | | Opinion


Friendships are gifts that do keep on giving

Maybe it's the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don't require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

December 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Keep cronyism out of state school choice

Georgia has one of the more popular K-12 tuition tax-credit programs in America, which is funded by the private contributions of approximately 18,000 individual taxpayers and 200 corporate taxpayers, who receive a state income-tax credit for their contributions.

December 17, 2014 | By Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi | Opinion


History can be better than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock-car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

December 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Government plans to control kids' destiny

Editor, Common Core has curriculum mandates plus tests. The reason that this educational system is designed this way is so that special-interest groups can mine data from Common Core. Common Core is, in reality, a system of data classification. The tests enable our children's data be turned over to private organizations. No one oversees these companies nor does anyone - especially the government - know how this information will be used. Actually, this information will be accessible to the federal government. Now, Big Brother will be watching our children's progress throughout his or her school years.

December 11, 2014 | | Opinion


Commissioners: State pushing charter schools

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.

December 11, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Ferguson, Long Island decisions affect us all

We at Unity in the Community have been paying attention to the current news about the young black men being killed by police.

December 11, 2014 | By Craig Butts Special to the News | Opinion


School choice crucial to middle class

In a recent speech at the National Press Club, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, explained that improving economic opportunities for middle-class Americans is the key issue on which Democrats and Republicans should be focusing leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

December 10, 2014 | By Jim Kelly Guest columnist | Opinion


Whatever it takes get vets their benefits

Editor, Stop the presses and call Walter Cronkite - these stats just in:

December 10, 2014 | | Opinion


Parents' wisdom valuable

There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

December 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Santa helps ensure good behavior

This "Santa Claus is coming soon, so you better be good" thing is working out great for me so far.

December 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Bora Bora doesn't care about the game

This was written in a cave somewhere in greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.

December 03, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker's orientation is over

Orientation for freshman-elect members of the 114th Congress took place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 12-19. This is the second of two reports detailing events of that orientation.

December 03, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


SPLOST projects should have been done as money came in

Editor, I read the article "Concerns arise at millage hearing" in the Nov. 30 Coastal Courier, and I also have concerns.

December 03, 2014 | | Opinion


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