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Revaluation will bring tough choices

With results from the pending countywide revaluation expected to trim about 10-15 percent off the county tax digest, county and school officials will be faced with some tough budget choices in the coming months.

February 23, 2011 | | Opinion


Thank our riverkeeper for hard work

Dear Editor: We read the article regarding Chandra Brown, the Ogeechee riverkeeper, with great interest and appreciation. This article recognized an individual who deserves our thanks and highlighted a few of the many contributions that Ms. Brown has made to this county, nearby coastal counties and the state of Georgia. She will indeed be difficult to replace.

February 23, 2011 | | Opinion


Anti-religious policies reinforce moral relativism

Remarkably, 90 percent of Americans identify themselves as either Christians or Jews, according to a City University of New York study. The conclusions of the study, if they are true, beg the question of why our country is in a moral dilemma.

February 23, 2011 | By Shawn Balcomb Guest columnist | Opinion


Differences in health care systems

Health care is one of the most politically-charged issues today – not only here in the U.S. but in my native England, as well. While not wishing to add gasoline (we call it petrol) to the fires of debate, I do now consider myself an expert user of health care systems on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, I and thought it might be interesting to share my experiences.

February 23, 2011 | By Lesley Francis Columnist | Opinion


Patriots can be found everywhere

On Feb. 11 when we arrived home in Richmond Hill from a vacation, the first thing I did was turn on the water.

February 23, 2011 | By Francis Bond Columnist | Opinion


Federal budget cuts threaten Extension

I had almost finished an entirely different column for this issue Thursday when news dropped from Athens. But first I need to give you some background so you see where all this is going. This is about cutting budgets and knowing where to cut and what to cut.

February 23, 2011 | By Don Gardner Columnist | Opinion


Dreams really do come true

Some believe we're masters of our destiny, makers of our fate. Others say we get out of life what we put into it, we reap what we sow. Then there's always the phrase "life is full of choices."

February 23, 2011 | By Shirley Hiers Columnist | Opinion


You can't cherry-pick the Constitution

Dear Editor: Excluding Rep. Jack Kingston, the Republican who serves the 1st District of Georgia, I am deeply disappointed in the House Republicans.

February 22, 2011 | | Opinion


He's right, we do have too much stuff

There's was this guy on television walking around on stage giving advice to his audience. And since I'm often told that I need advice, I decided to listen.

February 22, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Some military kids are just over it

Gauge Smith is a pretty normal 13-year-old guy, who somehow managed to answer all of my questions without pausing the Xbox game he played with his friends.

February 21, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Speaker could have gone to Powder Springs

Things are in a mess under the Gold Dome, and I may be responsible.

February 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Keep girls sports alive

Most people remember the film "A League of Their Own," the fictional account of the Rockford Peaches and the rise of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, as well as star players Dottie Hinson and her sister Kit Keller. A cast including stars Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell and Tom Hanks, tells the story of how women who loved to play what was then considered a men-only sport struggled to be taken seriously while they essentially filled in for their male counterparts.

February 16, 2011 | | Opinion


House gets rolling on 2011, 2012 budgets

On Thursday, the Georgia General Assembly completed its 13th legislative session day. The highlight of the week was the House passage of the FY2011 amended budget. In addition to the amended budget, several bills were debated by lawmakers. Legislation is picking up and more bills are making it through the committee process and onto the House floor for consideration.

February 16, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


Senate sees new bills, visit from Liberty group

Day 11 (Feb. 7): As we began last week, we welcomed the Leadership Liberty County group to the Capitol. After pictures with the governor and a tour of the House chambers led by Rep. Al Williams, I had the privilege of leading the group on a tour of the Senate chambers.

February 16, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Get the moss out of the crepe myrtles

Dear Editor: I live in Midway in Liberty County but shop in Richmond Hill every week. Something that has been of grave concern to me for months now needs attention, but I've not been able to generate that attention.

February 16, 2011 | | Opinion


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Put Christ back in holidays, hearts

A little time has passed since Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, which means we're far enough removed from the festivities that I can pen this opinion piece without letting those warm and fuzzy "holiday feelings" bias my sentiment. It has become clear to me that Americans are doing all they can to take God out of the holiday season, and it's disturbing.

February 01, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Keep donations local to help animal shelters

Editor, There are a multitude of ads on TV these days from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals concerning homeless, injured, abused animals.

January 29, 2015 | | Opinion


Man cherished by many belongs to all

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday. There was no pomp or circumstance involved. He abhors that. Because he is among the most beautifully well-mannered people I have ever encountered, he politely took all the calls though he really wished we would just treat it as another day and leave him alone to watch the news channel.

January 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Juvenile-justice system going to dogs, thankfully

The state of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Budgeting must be open, fair

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, and a member of the House's Ways and Means Committee, last week was a busy one for me. We gathered for four days of hearings at Gov. Nathan Deal's office, where the budget was presented. We also listened as state agencies offered input about budget needs and then asked questions regarding which programs worked well or were under- or over-funded.

January 28, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


State may get transportation funding right

In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by unfortunate events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk of delaying decisions, Georgia needs to address its transportation shortfall quickly and practically.

January 22, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Column has never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I do that gladly today. For one thing, this will be a lot shorter and less boring than the State of the Union address (Boooo!) and, also, we don't have to endure a bunch of fawning politicians trying to be seen on national television. (Yay! Ha! Ha! Ha!)

January 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


At least one lawmaker supports pre-9/11 veterans, caregivers

Editor, Since Georgia's own Sen. Johnny Isakson voted for discriminating against pre-9/11 veterans and later against ending this discrimination, I've penned and sent the following to then-Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-VT, who introduced the Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013:

January 21, 2015 | | Opinion


Things to love about the South abound

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

January 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Why rush? Stop and enjoy the day

Two weeks ago, my husband, daughter and I struggled to come up with a fun way to pass a Sunday afternoon. My mother-in-law had just been staying with us, and she left that morning to head back to Florida. Since I'd given our house a good, thorough "pre-mother-in-law-visit" cleaning before she arrived, I was completely caught up on chores and housework.

January 20, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Georgia needs fiscal prudence, innovation

With major policy decisions on transportation, education, health care and tax reform on the legislative agenda, Georgia should think beyond the traditional approach of spending more money as the solution for every problem. Focusing on ways to enhance economic opportunity and empower individuals beats doubling down on the status quo.

January 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks for support of Children's Fund

Editor, On behalf of Bryan County Children's Fund, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped to support the program this year. We were able to provide Christmas gifts to over 400 disadvantaged children in our county. This would not have been possible without collaboration and assistance from local churches, businesses, schools, social-service agencies and many others. The communitywide response was overwhelming. We are exceptionally thankful to The Good Ol' Boys, who raised funds through the annual Santa Scramble Golf Tournament and to Pembroke Advanced Communication for use of their space ...

January 15, 2015 | | Opinion


Wounded Warrior Project is too top heavy

Editor, I read Mr. Bruce McCartney's letter to the editor regarding the Wounded Warrior Project. He is totally correct. The project is top-heavy with a greedy group of executives. The top 10 officers have a compensation package from $150,000 to $333,000 a year. The remaining funds are disbursed to over 40 distribution organizations with similar management configurations.

January 14, 2015 | | Opinion


Lawmaker wants to legalize medical marijuana

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes.

January 14, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't apologize for not being 'cool'

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not. Neither drank, nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, and the only monthly payments they ever allowed themselves were a mortgage for a house, a short-term loan for another farm, and a couple of cars bought, over time, and paid for quickly.

January 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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