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Hey Michelle, there is no pie

Michelle Obama is at it again, with yet another rhetorical gaffe. In fact, she so frequently makes "misstatements" that one has to wonder if she is really misstating at all. It seems to me as if her true character is being revealed. Recently she was credited with this observation on economics: Well, the pie is only so big. And some people are going to have to give up parts of their pie for the good of others, so others can have health care and college educations.

May 04, 2008 | Betsy DeBry | Opinion


Conference center

When it comes to the continuing fuss over the planned conference center at J.F. Gregory Park, Mayor Richard Davis said something interesting at Richmond Hill's city council meeting Tuesday. He in essence said that if residents knew the facts about the project, they'd support it.

May 04, 2008 | | Opinion


After all, It's your city

As we celebrate Georgia Cities Week, I'd like to tell you about the state of the city. First, and foremost, we have a strong wealth of value and knowledge in our city employees.

May 04, 2008 | Mayor Richard Davis | Opinion


April is the month to take the time to make some important health decisions

April is National Healthcare Decision Month. It is designated as such to create an awareness of the importance of choosing a Healthcare Agent (previously know as power of attorney for healthcare) and filling out the Advanced Directive form designated by the state of Georgia. The rules for advance directives in the state of Georgia have somewhat changed since the middle of last year; they have actually become more simplified - imagine that. None-the-less, decisions regarding healthcare have become one of the most important issues of our time. You've seen national news stories on TV and in the newspaper regarding such ...

April 27, 2008 | by Rich DeLong | Opinion


Created out of love for the water

At a lecture in Athens more than five years ago I was introduced to a beautiful woman with whom I had in common a river.

April 27, 2008 | by Janisse Ray | Opinion


Writer laments society's abolishment of childhood

Recent headlines greeted us with the story of a group of female cheerleaders beating the snot out of another girl, for the sole purpose of videotaping a "girl fight" to post on You-Tube, therefore rendering them famous, or some such nonsense. Close to home here in Georgia, a group of 8 and 9-year-olds meticulously planned the murder of their teacher.

April 27, 2008 | by Betsy DeBry | Opinion


Teen drinking a costly problem

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol Awareness Month began as a way of reaching the American public with information about the disease of alcoholism-that is a treatable disease, not a moral weakness, and that alcoholics are capable of recovery. As a national public awareness campaign, Alcohol Awareness Month has featured honorary chairpersons such as Senator George McGovern, Dr. David Satcher the former Surgeon General, Barry McCaffrey the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and New York Yankees baseball star Derek Jeter. A primary focus of Alcohol Awareness Month over the years has been Underage Drinking and the ...

April 24, 2008 | by Tara Jennings | Opinion


The end is here for legislators

The end is near for the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session. By the time many of you read this, the session will be completed and we will have adjourned Sine Die. Next week I will provide you with the highlights of the 40th day, but for now, this is what happened in the final week. Most of the debate these final days is based on the amendments that have been added to some bills as they have gone to the Senate for their approval. The committee process allows the Senate to make changes to the bills that we have passed ...

April 24, 2008 | by Rep. Ron Stephens | Opinion


Spring shows Georgia's full glory

If I can be so bold as to name a time of full glory for Georgia, spring is it.

April 24, 2008 | by Janisse Ray | Opinion


Glenn wins by losing

Let's hear a thunderous round of applause followed by an ear-splitting rebel yell for House Speaker Glenn Richardson. He is clearly the winner of the 2008 legislative wars.

April 24, 2008 | by Bill Shipp | Opinion


Training for 5K continues

I'm sore. I'm so very sore.

April 20, 2008 | Jessica Holthaus | Opinion


It can be done

Tough economic times may lay ahead, but that's no reason not to give Georgia residents tax breaks. If anything it's even more of a reason to provide relief, as taxpayers are caught in the same wicked cycle.

April 20, 2008 | | Opinion


Child abuse, neglect a great ill

Child abuse and neglect is one of the greatest ills of our society. Bryan County Family Connection along with our community partners would like to announce support for April as "Child Abuse Prevention Month."

April 20, 2008 | Tara Jennings | Opinion


Take the time to spend more time with your folks

I remember when I first entered college in the late 70's and decided I was going to pursue a degree in health and wellness. I was informed by more than one professor that research demonstrated this line of work was going to be extremely popular. Advancement in technology was going to making it possible for people to do more work at a faster pace - hence leisure time was going to increase for most folks and the world was going to need more "fitness and recreation leaders." Its funny now, 30 years later and we seem to be working ourselves ...

April 20, 2008 | Rich Delong | Opinion


Welcome home, troops

In case you haven't heard, there's a joyous noise coming from Fort Stewart lately. That's because thousands of 3rd Infantry Division troops are coming home after their most recent deployment in Iraq.

April 13, 2008 | | Opinion


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Let the orientation begin

Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Georgia, and other area elected officials will contribute periodic columns during the upcoming legislative sessions. This is a report about orientation that he went through last week.

November 20, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Analyzing elections, predicting next president

I was on St. Simons Island last week, scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill, when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed up Junior when I told him.

November 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Joy of pinto beans, cornbread

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.

November 18, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Good parents often need siblings

Typically, I use this weekly column to address parenting issues, reflect on challenges faced by (fairly) new moms and provide what I hope are amusing anecdotes that stem from daily life encounters with a toddler. This Sunday, though, I'm going to explore a topic that's more indirectly related to - but still very much a part of - child-rearing.

November 18, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Show support for 3rd ID at listening session

Residents of Bryan County have the opportunity Monday to show our support for a continued strong presence of the Marne Division in Bryan and surrounding counties.

November 17, 2014 | | Opinion


This terrorist deserves our gratitude

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


VA working to improve services

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you - our veterans - and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, and I have made clear that as we move forward as a department, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metric - the outcomes we provide for veterans.

November 12, 2014 | By Robert A. McDonald Special to the News | Opinion


Support leads to success

Over the years, I've crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, they "ain't worth the breath they draw."

November 11, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents don't have to always be late

I recently saw a meme posted to a social-media site that said something along the lines of "Having children: Your way of showing the world you no longer intend to be on time - ever."

November 11, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Americans must work for greater good

Editor, "Greater Good" is a point or ideology that has been defined, perceived and twisted. So what does this mean? I wonder if it's even fair to apply this concept because, at the end of the day, the definition is construed. Man is still making that determination.

November 06, 2014 | | Opinion


Junior E. Lee bullish on election analysis

I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, in Greater Garfield, Georgia, home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is "You supply the dough and we will cook the results."

November 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Georgia on lookout for ebola

In 1976 in the rainforest, a virus was transmitted to people from wild animals, and it spread through the population via human-to-human contact.

November 05, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Choose your way to make a difference

This month, more than 500 local volunteers have made a positive difference for our local waterways by participating in the Statewide Rivers Alive waterway cleanups in Georgia. Over 50 locations in Liberty County have been cleaned up so far by these amazing helpers, who ranged in ages from 2 (yes, they had a little help from their parents) to 80. Several more groups have cleanups scheduled in the next three weeks. Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia. Rivers Alive events also are part of the international efforts of The Ocean Conservancy.

November 04, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Just plant the tree already

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.

November 04, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents are too busy for phone calls

I dislike talking on the phone. For a number of reasons, I've never really been fond of telephone calls or conversations.

November 04, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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