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School’s in

It seems like summer really just started, but Friday marks the beginning of a brand new school year for thousands of students.

August 05, 2009 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Schools are ‘student focused’

Our schools are designed to be "student-focused and future-driven." This simply means that we are here to prepare our students for the future by ensuring that they obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful. We will help them acquire this knowledge and skill set by focusing on each and every student who steps in the doors of our classrooms. Accomplishing these tasks will not be possible without our Board of Education, faculty, staff, and community.

August 05, 2009 | John Oliver | Opinion


Memories of when school was out

When school was out we'd laugh and shout because we knew that when our chores were done we'd have time for lots of fun.

July 18, 2009 | Elaine Rutherford | Opinion


Happy anniversary

Today, The Dolphin Project celebrates its 20th anniversary with a shindig at J.F. Gregory Park.

July 18, 2009 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


More info on marina needed

Dear Editor:

July 17, 2009 | | Opinion


Using science as our guide to wisdom

Twenty years ago I spoke with a well-to-do Savannah lawyer who owned a large, impressive house in the Isle of Hope section of Chatham County. A long walk ramp went out to his private dock in the Skidaway River.

July 15, 2009 | By Beau Cutts Special to the Bryan County News | Opinion


History is about making connections

A couple of weeks ago we had to put down our dog. Riley wasn't just any dog. He did not slobber or jump all over you. If he decided you were one of "his people" he would greet you with a wag of the tail and if you were really special he would lay his ears back, smile, and come over for a brief pat and then go back to doing what he did best…..stoically guarding his territory so his people were safe. Why am I sharing this with you? Why should you even care?

June 20, 2009 | Sarah Volker | Opinion


State not just Atlanta

Georgia's Department of Transportation has new leadership. The Transportation Board elected state Rep. Vance Smith to the post of DOT Commissioner while Todd Long, a former DOT engineer, was nominated by Gov. Sonny Perdue to be the department's first planning director.

June 20, 2009 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Erk belongs in Hall of Fame

Fortunately for me, there are some things you don't need a lot of brains to figure out.

June 06, 2009 | By Jeff Whitten Opinion | Opinion


Pisano gets revved up

I'm really tempted to write President Obama a letter. Maybe someone can just email him over a copy of this column instead. He's listed.

June 02, 2009 | By Victor Pisano Columnist-At-Large | Opinion


Honesty a good policy

In our experience, there are three words politicians with an eye on staying in office generally tend to avoid: millage rate increase. After all, just to say them is to invite the wrath of property owners tired of bearing so much of the burden for government.

June 02, 2009 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Opinion: You are needed at EPD hearing

The EPD will hold a public meeting at the Midway Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of May 27th.

May 27, 2009 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Columnist was off target

Dear Editor

May 05, 2009 | | Opinion


Traffic patterns

Drive anywhere in coastal Georgia these days and what's the first thing that is likely to come to mind?

May 05, 2009 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


The truth matters

Only a handful of people know what happened on April 14, when law enforcement officers -- including newly appointed Pembroke Police Chief Mark Crowe -- and a handful of North Bryan residents were involved in an incident that led to several arrests and the use of considerable force against Tommy Lee Williams, one of those arrested.

May 02, 2009 | | 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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