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Stuck in quicksand

Don't kid yourself. We're stuck in Iraq. If not in it, then somewhere around it.

October 03, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


The Monkey Trap in transportation funding

A once-in-a-blue-moon event occurred recently at a committee meeting of Georgia's State Transportation Board. During an update on projects in the state's various congressional districts, the committee was informed that a local government had withdrawn its project from consideration for funding, opting to complete it instead with local money.

October 03, 2007 | By Benita M. Dodd, Guest Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Hug this

There's no such thing as a tree hugger.

October 03, 2007 | By Victor Pisano, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Democrats and defeatism

General Petraeus, the leader in our war in Iraq, recently gave his report to Congress on the progress being made over there, coincidentally the same week as we remember the 6th anniversary of 9-11. Before the man even had a chance to speak, Democrats had branded him a liar and a puppet, despite the fact that General Petraeus is a man of honor and an independent military officer, not a politician. The fascinating thing about all this is that the Democrat leadership (Pelosi, Reid, et al.) demanded this report. Yet when it was time to listen to it, they weren ...

October 03, 2007 | By Betsy DeBry, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Disorderly house

The coming election-year Legislature is determined to tamper with our taxes. As a result, a constitutional crisis looms in the Capitol over who controls the state's purse strings, revenue sources and the very workings of Georgia government.

September 26, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


An indulgent mother

I admit it. I have been called 'an indulgent mother.' I know...I know...I live it. I own it. Like Popeye says, "I yam whadeyeyam..." Can't help it. I would have to also own the fact that I am an OLDER mother, and quite often I am mistaken for being Sunnybuns's grandma.

September 26, 2007 | By Ellie Lambert, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


Kids can’t be taught if they're not in class

The first days of school are very exciting, as everyone comes together to make sure that the academic year gets off to a great start.

September 01, 2007 | Kathy Cox for the Bryan County News | Opinion


No surprise county hiking taxes

Is anyone actually surprised that the Bryan County Board of Commissioners is planning on raising taxes.? I doubt it.

August 29, 2007 | Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Opinion


Going to the grocery store isn't for the faint of heart

Have you been to the grocery store lately? If you are toting small children with you, it's not an expedition for the faint of heart. We've all seen it-the harried mom struggling through the aisles with a variety of circumstances; pleading children, wailing children, runaway children, whining, screaming…or a combination of all of the above children. Believe me, I've been there. However, it didn't take long for me to develop some strategies to get my family through the grocery store with a minimum of trauma.

August 25, 2007 | Betsy DeBry for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Just because it glitters necessarily

Why is it that the folks who make movies think they ought to run the world? Hmm? I mean, what gives Sean Penn the 'right' to go down to Venezuela and make patty-fingers with Hugo Chavez? Does he think he is doing the world a favor? I'd like to force-fit one of Sunnybuns' boxing gloves on and take a wild swing at him. At BOTH of them, in fact. What kind of nutbag IS Sean Penn, anyway? And why does he think it is so noble of him to go down there and bad mouth our President? Doesn't ...

August 25, 2007 | Ellie Lambert Columnist | Opinion


In transportation, packets beat circuits

Why are so many mass transit policies doomed to failure? Because packets beat circuits. Let's explore an analogy. In the telecommunications world, the big story of the last 20 years has been the total and complete triumph of various packet-switching architectures over circuit-switching.

August 25, 2007 | Stephen Fleming Guest Columnist | Opinion


Dog fighting is a crime, not a sport

In recent weeks, much has been reported about Falcons quarterback Michael Vick's alleged involvement in dog fighting. Each year, thousands of people attend these horrific "sporting" events, which pit two aggressive dogs against each other until one of them is dead or nearly dead.

August 25, 2007 | Sen. Eric Johnson Guest Columnist | Opinion


Compassion and politics

Have you heard the term "Compassionate Conservatism" lately? It's a label conservatives have jumped on in past years in order to modify the image conservatism has of being "mean-spirited," an image carefully crafted by liberals in government and the media.

August 22, 2007 | Betsy DeBry for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Hoping for a good school year

On Friday, school bells will ring in the 2007-2008 academic year and thousands of students will make their way into classrooms across the county. Some kids will be stepping foot into a classroom for the very first time. Others will be wrapping up their final year of high school.

August 22, 2007 | | Opinion


A bridge falls and Sam is back

News of the Minnesota bridge catastrophe brought memories of a similar tragedy in Georgia and weird feelings of deja vu.

August 22, 2007 | Bill Shipp for the Bryan County News | Opinion


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Turn your life into art

Lately, I've been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life's challenging times - the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories. As those who know me well often say with a smile, "It's always about the story with her."

September 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's different when I want to know

I realize, perhaps better than anyone, that it's not polite to ask others about their reproductive plans. I've long ranted about how much it annoyed me when friends, family members and even perfect strangers would inquire about a possible plunge into parenthood. Even now, as most of my readers know, I get aggravated when people ask whether my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, will ever be a sister.

September 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


The humanity of Herbert Hoover

History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administrations overshadow them. It happened to Herbert Hoover.

September 05, 2014 | By Harold Brown Guest Columnist | Opinion


Political pumpkins growing a bit early

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia: "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 04, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Riots focus need to understand emotion

By now, most of you have heard about the Ferguson, Missouri, riots, where a young unarmed male was shot by a police officer and died on the spot.

September 03, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts Columnists | Opinion


Proof of Southern identity is the food

When business called my husband, Tink, back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.

September 02, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Happy birthday, mom, from Rich

It was Aug. 30, 1928, when mom was born in Kanawha County, West Virginia, just a year prior to the start of the great depression. Finney Holler is the more exact location of her birth, although it is a little hard to determine exactly where Finney Holler is or was. Not too long after she was born her family moved down the road to Big Chimney; which does happen to be on the map.

September 02, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


We all wake up eventually

Last week, seemingly all the national news agencies reported on the American Academy of Pediatrics' new recommendation that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to help ensure older children get more sleep.

September 02, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Nostalgia sells; he's not buying

Have you noticed how "nostalgia" sells? This hit me like an antique butter churn the other day as I was watching television, and so many of the commercials have incorporated "old rock" music into their marketing spiels. And we can say, "Yes I remember that one!" We might even say, "Hey, that was our song!"

September 02, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Impact fees may cut burden on property taxes

Bryan County has one of the most generous homestead exemptions for senior citizens in the state, knocking $50,000 off the value of a home for both county and school taxes for residents over age 65.

August 28, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Georgia icon still giving 'em 'zell'

Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.

August 28, 2014 | Gainesville (Ga.) Times | Opinion


EPD marsh ruling creates a 'fine mess'

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.

August 28, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


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