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Taxpayers deserve break

By now, one thing's pretty clear.

November 07, 2007 | | Opinion


Lonely war, brave soldiers

BAGHDAD - A war has probably never been so debated and so little understood as the one in Iraq.

November 07, 2007 | By Rich Lowery, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Burned up over water

I have seldom seen so many people hot about water. Almost overnight, water conservation ranks right up there with banning gay marriages, abolishing the IRS and stopping the spread of children's health care as leading topics for fist-shaking argument.

November 07, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Tax giveaways are not necessary

State and local governments should be forbidden by law to offer financial incentives for development north of I-20 and within 50 miles of the Atlantic Ocean.

November 07, 2007 | | Opinion


Establish national valor database

After watching the film "Saving Private Ryan," which showed scenes of the U.S. cemetery in Normandy, France, Monty McDaniel became curious about the grave of his uncle, who is buried there.

November 07, 2007 | | Opinion


Dear South Georgia: We want your water

In a recent column, Bill Shipp wrote about Atlanta's thirst for water reaching deep soon into South Georgia's resources. Friday night, an ill-timed public hearing held in Valdosta was supposed to give South Georgians the feeling that they actually have a say-so in what happens to our natural water supplies.

November 07, 2007 | | Opinion


Al Gore? Inconceivable

One of my favorite fun movies is "The Princess Bride." It has a beautiful princess, pirates, villains and the like. In one part of the movie, the beautiful princess Buttercup has been abducted by three villains led by a brilliant Sicilian named Vizzini.

November 03, 2007 | By Betsy DeBry for the Bryan County News | Opinion


In serious need of reform

A teenage girl who ran away from home to escape years of sexual abuse is picked up by police and locked up for weeks because she refuses to go home.

October 31, 2007 | By Kirsten Widner, Guest Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


What’s in a name? Plenty

Where is the Hick Anti-Defamation League now that we need them? What has happened to the HADL passion?

October 31, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Time to curb underaged drinking

Today, nearly 10.8 million youth ages 12-20, are underage drinkers!

October 31, 2007 | By Tara Jennings, Family Connections For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Let the buyer beware GREAT plan?

" Let the buyer beware" may be appropriate when considering House Speaker Glenn Richardson's GREAT Plan to eliminate Georgia's property taxes, replacing them with additional sales taxes. An independent study by Georgia State University's Fiscal Research Center suggests another adage, "if it looks to good to be true, it probably is." The study suggests that it is unlikely that Richardson's proposal would raise the revenue needed to cover the loss of property taxes, leaving Georgia with a state budget awash in red ink.

October 31, 2007 | | Opinion


Working women in need get help

Sarahlyn Argrow did not start out under the best of circumstances. In fact, they were horrible by most standards.

October 27, 2007 | April Groves, columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Don't drink the kool aid

Georgia's rain shortfall and dire drought predictions have led to restrictions across the state on outdoor water use even though, as one county water conservation official admitted, "It's like driving on the interstate. You know that speeding is illegal, and you might slow down when you see a police officer on the side of the road, but once you pass him you go back to speeding."

October 27, 2007 | Benita Dodd, Guest Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


A police report brings back memories of the old days

I was reading the police blotters for Wednesday's paper when one of them me smile.

October 27, 2007 | By Jeff Whitten, Editor Bryan County News | Opinion


Are we getting our money's worth?

The filthy lucre that feeds all presidential campaigns

October 27, 2007 | | Opinion


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Thoughts inspired while working out

I made my first visit to the workout gym in over a year the other day. As most of my readers know I like to perform my fitness regimen in my garage where it is private, easily accessible…and most important - free! I happened to be out of town and could not fit my garage in my suitcase, so I decided to make a visit to the local gym for some climate-controlled exercise. Who knew exercising in an air-conditioned room could be so nice.

July 08, 2014 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


More transparency needed, still

As lawmakers continue debating ethics and transparency in Georgia government, with the hourglass emptying fast on the 2013 session, yet another independent nonprofit think tank has given the state a less than encouraging grade.

July 08, 2014 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Improving FOIA will make it easier for everyone to access gov't

Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribune's Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medical screenings. To hide this information, the VA used the "pre-decisional" exemption, simply stating that the requested documents were "preliminary" communications and could thus be withheld. This misapplication was not an isolated incident. Agency use of this b(5) catch-all exemption has skyrocketed to more than 12 percent of all FOIA requests, often to prevent embarrassment or hide errors and failures–ignoring President Obama's clear instructions to the contrary ...

July 03, 2014 | By Nate Jones Special to the News | Opinion


His plate is home grown

I can and have assailed you with facts and figures on the economic importance of agriculture to this state, and I probably will again.

July 03, 2014 | By Don Gardner | Opinion


Georgia's role in fighting terrorism

On Sept. 11, 2001, our way of life in the United States changed forever.

July 03, 2014 | By Buddy Carter State Senator | Opinion


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