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A need that needs to be met

I have to admit, when I first moved down to "the South," almost a dozen years ago, I moved into the Henry Ford Plantation thinking this was the "perfect wave," like the movie, "Endless Summer." Sign me up! I gotta catch that tube.

April 01, 2009 | By Victor Pisano Columnist at Large, Bryan County News | Opinion


The season of the sand gnat

Just as the first warm breezes of spring roll down upon us and the sweaters and hooded jackets retreat back to their lofty homes at the top of the closet, as if by the gearwork of some great forsaken chronograph, the black scourge has descended upon us.

March 24, 2009 | Stephen Hundley | Opinion


Fair play

In case you missed it, there are some calling for Treasury Secretary Tim Geitner to step down because of the way he's handled the economy -- surely one of the most difficult jobs in the universe at the moment. Given that the man's only been on the job about six weeks, calls for his head seem a bit rash.

March 24, 2009 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


The death of a Redknot

There is a bird called the Redknot but it is not red. It comes in two sizes, skinny sparrow and fat robin. When it comes to distance traveled and obstacles to overcome, this amazing creature is a poster bird for other migratory birds. There are lessons to be learned from observing the Redknot. This little creature, weighing less than five ounces, provides us with another example of the fact that all of nature is 'connected'.

March 18, 2009 | Roy Hubbard | Opinion


The elderly and the increased risk of fires

Recently a fire disrupted normally peaceful living at an assisted-living complex in Savannah. At around 12:15 a.m. on Feb. 25. a fire ripped through The Woods of Savannah Apartments off Hodgson and Memorial Drive. This fire injured one elderly person, fatally injured another, and forced the frantic evacuation and rescue of several more during the incident. Additionally, five firefighters and six police officers were injured during the blaze. The preliminary investigation led fire officials to determine the improper use of smoking materials led to this tragic event.

March 17, 2009 | By Firefighter Mike Ward | Opinion


In defense of Freeman

Dear Editor:

March 11, 2009 | | Opinion


Thoughts on Brewer

I've been at this paper for about 2-1/2 years, give or take. During that time I haven't run across anyone as roundly or routinely vilified, talked bad about and apparently just straight out detested as Sallie Brewer.

February 28, 2009 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Has a year gone by already? Studs and duds for 2008

Has a year gone by already? It seems like yesterday that I laid out the first "Studs 'n Duds" list. There were some good ones too in '07. Even carryovers to '08.

January 03, 2009 | By Victor Pisano | Opinion


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


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Time to fix government is overdue

In 1965, Wilbur Mills, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House.

April 07, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Women can be great community leaders

March was International Women's Month, and while we are moving into April, it is still worth mentioning that women have been trailblazers in their communities, right alongside their men.

April 04, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts Columnists | Opinion


Washington needs new blood

Editor, I cannot be the only one who is tired of the status quo in Washington, D.C. Primary election time is coming up and we have a tough decision to make. We can either elect somebody who is a career politician like Buddy Carter, or vote for Dr. Bob Johnson, an Army veteran who has never run for public office.

April 03, 2014 | | Opinion


Irritating, you got to love it

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in South Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.

April 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


April is Month of the Military Child

Editor, April marks the nation's "Month of the Military Child" - a time to honor youth and their service to our country. On Tuesday, April 15, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices, the public is invited to "Purple Up! For Military Kids." Everyone in the community is encouraged to wear purple shirts, scarves, shoes, buttons and pants. If it's purple, or can be turned purple, make it happen.

April 01, 2014 | | Opinion


Bike lanes make sense and dollars

I was unable to attend the recent hearing on the Highway 144 widening project. I am pretty excited about the project and glad to see the investment in the infrastructure of Richmond Hill.

April 01, 2014 | By John Cameron Guest columnist | Opinion


Losing friends hurts; laughter will return

It happened recently - the 20th anniversary of stock-car racer Davey Allison's death. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don't. But I shall never forget him.

April 01, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Put kids' safety above all else

There is nothing more important than the safety and protection of innocent children. Not constitutional rights, not animal rights, not thoughts, opinions, feelings or political beliefs. The lives of children must be given top priority.

April 01, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Spring should have sprung by now

In 1984, I moved to South Florida from the Keystone State, Pennsylvania. Five years later, after graduating from college, getting married and having our first child, I and my newly formed family moved to South Georgia, where we have lived for the last 22 years.

March 31, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Bill is victory for Ogeechee River

In May, it will be three years when around 38,000 fish rose belly up in the Ogeechee River from Screven to Bryan County and anywhere else downstream of the Dover-based King American Finishing plant.

March 27, 2014 | | Opinion


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