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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


This is a joke, right?

Neely Young writes a solid, straightforward column for Georgia Trend magazine. However, the publisher-writer omitted the last paragraph from his current monthly essay, so I will obligingly fill it in.

August 15, 2007 | Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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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


Quit depriving vets wounded before 9/11

Editor, Veterans, did you know when Congress passed legislation to provide care-giver assistance to our nation's most severely disabled warriors they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which haven't been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crowe laws.

September 22, 2014 | | Opinion


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