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Ross Blair gets 'tased'

One of my beats here as a reporter for the Bryan County News is the police beat. I've found there are many advantages to this.

October 09, 2008 | Ross Blair Bryan County News | Opinion


A puzzling plan

It's our view that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is a good representative of the people of Georgia. But the support he and others have shown recently passed legislation to 'stimulate the nation's declining housing market' is puzzling. After all, aren't Republicans supposed to be against big government - or is that only when the recipient of government largesse isn't big business?

August 14, 2008 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Ready to work

Bryan County has formulated a team of officials to start prepping businesses and employees for the county's transition into a Work Ready Certified county.

August 10, 2008 | Jessica Holthaus | Opinion


Notes on this and that

You may have noticed the columns of Bill Shipp have been missing lately.

August 07, 2008 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Drive as if their lives depended on it

On the road from Thomasville to Tallahassee, a car ahead of ours hit a three-foot alligator. We were in a knot of traffic, traveling fast, and because we were in the outer lane, we luckily missed the gator. We turned around quickly and went back.

August 07, 2008 | | Opinion


Beating birding boredom

This time of year we begin to understand why some dare not visit the Georgia coast in the summertime.

August 03, 2008 | | Opinion


Tempting to say what the heck

It's tempting to say, "What the heck," and let Georgia State Rep. Tim Bearden, R-Villa Rica, go ahead and carry his concealed handgun into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. However, that's only because his biography shows he used to be a law-enforcement officer.

August 03, 2008 | | Opinion


Animal Control offers pet adoption

Dear Editor:

August 03, 2008 | | Opinion


Slowing down, one car at a time

There used to be a time when it seemed driving the speed limit was so uncommon you rarely found anyone who didn't speed. That's changing as gas prices continue to stay in the $4 per gallon neighborhood.

August 03, 2008 | | Opinion


Where were they?

Cheers to all the candidates who participated in this year's primary election and congratulations to those who have either joined as new board members, incumbents in new positions, or incumbents selected to serve another term.

August 03, 2008 | | Opinion


Happy bird-day, dear Thoreau

My husband wanted two things for his birthday. He wanted a blueberry pie, and to photograph birds at a rookery.

July 31, 2008 | | Opinion


Boomers' needs increasing by leaps and bounds

The desires and needs of our ever-aging population are increasing by leaps and bounds as we move into the retirement stage for our first group of "baby boomers". Seventy-six million American children were born between 1945 and 1964. I happen to be on the tail end of this generation; sometimes referred to as the "shadow boomers" or "echo boomers" (people born between 1958-1964). I also belong to that group known as the "sandwich generation". Coined in the 1980s, this refers to baby boomers that care for both elderly parents and young children at the same time…..how lucky can you ...

July 31, 2008 | | Opinion


There is nothing at all fair about credit card 'fair fee' act

Americans hold nearly $1 trillion in credit-card debt, according to data just released by the Federal Reserve. Now Congress wants to make that burden even heavier. Some misguided lawmakers are pushing legislation that would saddle consumers with fees that retailers don't want to pay.

July 31, 2008 | | Opinion


Stop tiptoeing around

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama must know by now that they can't campaign for president while skirting one of the most pressing but divisive issues on voters' minds: illegal immigration.

July 31, 2008 | | Opinion


Thanks

The Bryan County News' first Board of Education Candidate's Forum on Thursday night probably wasn't perfect. But it went better than we anticipated, thanks in large part to the folks who took part - the candidates and members of the public who cared enough about their local schools to take part.

July 27, 2008 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


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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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