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The terrorists in our backyard

Nothing hurts parents as deeply as news of the violent death of a child. Over time, the grief subsides slightly but it never goes away - not after a year or a decade or even a quarter of a century.

March 27, 2008 | | Opinion


Be wary of these claims

For years, Republican legislators and small business owners have wanted to scale back the benefits that group health insurance plans are required to offer in Georgia. They contend that employers should be free to choose plans that are more affordable even if it means workers have to pay for preventive care and basic medical services out of their own pockets.

March 27, 2008 | | Opinion


Make some butterflies happy

My grandmother was a simple, practical woman who did not escape passion. She was crazy about flowers.

March 27, 2008 | | Opinion


House kills tax reform measure

The Georgia General Assembly has completed twenty-nine days of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session and "Day 30" which is "Crossover Day" will be Tuesday, March 11. As I discussed last week, crossover day is the last day that the House or Senate will consider their own legislation and pass it over to the other body for consideration. If a bill that originates in the House of Representatives hasn't been passed by the House by this Day 30, then the bill effectively is considered "dead."

March 26, 2008 | | Opinion


Death of tax reform

The remnants of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's much debated GREAT plan to do away with property taxes officially bit the dust last week, when legislators voted it down.

March 26, 2008 | | Opinion


Her 5k training continues

Welcome to week three of my 5K training for the upcoming Energy Oasis 5K Race and Fitness Walk.

March 20, 2008 | Jessica Holthaus | Opinion


On holding an indigo snake

An indigo snake is the most beautiful thing you'd ever want to see. It is deep purple and midnight blue, iridescent. It is long and graceful.

March 20, 2008 | by Janisse Ray | Opinion


Zell, is it modesty or ....?

Can this be true? A movement is afoot in the Capitol to change the title of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's sweeping tax reform measure. Overnight, Romeo's GREAT Tax Plan would become known as the DEAD Tax Plan.

March 20, 2008 | by Bill Shipp | Opinion


Grading on a curve?

Politicians are nothing if not quick to toot their own horns.

March 20, 2008 | | Opinion


Legislative update: ‘Tax reform and spending go hand in hand’

The 2008 legislative session is now more than half way complete but much important work remains. Key issues that we still must address are tax reform, a budget that is fiscally responsible and meets the needs of our citizens, and transportation. Last week the House Ways & Means Committee approved several tax reform measures. With tax reform must come spending reform and last week we also laid out our spending priorities for the Fiscal Year 2009 budget.

March 16, 2008 | by Rep. Bob Lane for the Bryan County News | Opinion


A difference in language

As state legislators continue to consider various bills on issues ranging from illegal immigration to dealing with convicted sex offenders, there's an awful lot of silence coming from Atlanta on the state of property tax reform.

March 16, 2008 | | Opinion


Who wants the moon, anyway

Just as the Republican party is in the middle of a shake-up, the Democrats find themselves in turmoil as well.

March 16, 2008 | by Betsy DeBry for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Leave no child inside

I remember one Sunday when my son Silas was about 6-years-old. He and I spent the entire day in the woods.

March 16, 2008 | by Janisse Ray for the Bryan County News | Opinion


On traffic, growth and property taxes

My wife doesn't know this and she'll probably kill me when she finds out, since she thinks I have better sense:

March 13, 2008 | by Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Opinion


General Assembly passes halfway point

We have officially completed the twentieth legislative day of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session, which signals we have passed the half-way point of the constitutionally mandated "no-more-than" forty-day legislative session. The reconciliation budget, called the "little budget" is the document that looks at where the state stands, especially with federally-mandated Medicaid and education funding. If we are short, usually due to unanticipated growth, the General Assembly must infuse new funds to offset those required expenses. The House of Representatives took the lead in adding $53 million to help establish a state trauma care network; $6.5 million was added ...

March 13, 2008 | by Rep. Ron Stephens for the Bryan County News | 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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