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The needless burden of LAGs

When Governor Sonny Perdue signed Georgia's $21.1 billion budget for fiscal 2009, it contained $6 million for Local Assistance Grants (LAG), funds appropriated and allocated to a specific recipient or local government for a specific purpose. Lawmakers try to use the fact that these handouts are a relatively small part of the state budget - about 0.03 percent the '09 budget - to defend the spending.

July 10, 2008 | | Opinion


Take a rational look

With the price of gasoline escalating at a dizzying pace, it's tempting for our elected leaders to say things the public may interpret as a solution to the economic nightmare from which America cannot awake. For example, President Bush on Wednesday urged Congress to lift a long-standing ban on offshore oil drilling. And Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Monday made lifting the ban a key part of his campaign. Bush's plea is likely to go nowhere, as the Associated Press and others have noted, because Democrats in Congress remain steadfastly opposed to such an action ...

July 10, 2008 | | Opinion


Good news

We believe it's good news that Pembroke officials plan on launching another festival to replace the ill fated Balloon Fest - a great idea in theory but one which ultimately was unable to make a go of it.

July 10, 2008 | | Opinion


Coming home on the Silver Meteor

I leave the farm in the dark and drive thirty miles to Jesup, through wisps of lowland fog, and park at the dilapidated train station. The building looks as if it suffered a fire and now it is rotting away, boulder-sized holes in its low-reaching roof.

July 10, 2008 | | Opinion


Democrats fizzling again

As Georgia's 2008 political campaign scene develops, the missed opportunity for state Democrats becomes increasingly clear. A recent poll showed competition in a Georgia presidential campaign for the first time since 1996.

July 10, 2008 | | Opinion


As cars are to Detroit

As cars are to Detroit, real estate is to South Bryan and Richmond Hill.

July 06, 2008 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


What the surveys say

If you believe our online polls at bryancountynews.net, a majority of you don't trust your public officials and the possibility of school uniforms was the biggest issue in the county last year .

July 06, 2008 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Birding bug bites

I guess I am a glutton for punishment. With the temperature still hovering around 90 degrees, I spent two and a half hours in my sweat lodge of a photo blind in attempt to document the comings and goings of my now four painted buntings yesterday. Despite their beauty and character, my focus was lured elsewhere. Some 10 feet away off to my left sits my lone bluebird box with its four nestlings.

July 06, 2008 | Shawn Heifert | Opinion


Moving tributes

In a perfect world, there would be no need for monuments inscribed with names of fallen warriors and no need of community celebrations for soldiers returning from our latest war.

July 03, 2008 | | Opinion


BoE forum

If you read Saturday's paper, you may recall the Bryan County News – along with the Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce – is sponsoring a political forum July 10 involving candidates for the school board.

July 03, 2008 | | Opinion


Prepare students for the world

It is a fact: Students in Georgia and the nation do not measure up to their peers in other countries known to provide a world-class education. While the debate continues over who's to blame and policy-makers pay lip service to preparing students for the 21st century - here for almost a decade already - the U.S. education system muddles on as a 19th-century model.

June 29, 2008 | by Mary Jessie | Opinion


Humor and respect

Aging – some do it more gracefully than others…but we all face the many challenges of growing old. Some say aging is a mental state. You know these folks; they are the people that say, "I'm not getting older I'm getting better" or "You're only as old as you feel." I like this positive way of thinking. Today I feel about 93.

June 29, 2008 | by Rich DeLong | Opinion


Living with an invisible disease

Living with an invisible disease is not easy but it has taught me to be a lot more patient with individuals I see using those power chairs or parking spaces.

June 29, 2008 | by Cindy Milloy | Opinion


Attitude adjustment

As gas prices have continued to climb they seem no longer to have the ability to shock us. Instead, we note each hike in the cost of a gallon of gas with what appears to be a mixture of morbid fascination and grim helplessness, as if we've known all along another shoe is about to drop, and then another shoe and another.

June 26, 2008 | | Opinion


Hurricanes - what if or when

With all the talk about hurricanes, it's always that scenario of "what if," instead of "when."

June 22, 2008 | Jessica Holthaus | Opinion


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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


Food tastes are in the genes

One afternoon, I had a hankering - a primal-like craving - for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

December 02, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Cutting cooking simplifies holidays

I didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. My husband, daughter and I went to a restaurant in Richmond Hill that offered all the traditional holiday fare at a reasonable price. It was the first time in my life I did not eat a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving.

December 02, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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