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Audit: state credit cards abused

A warning ought to accompany the 35-page audit of the thousands of state-issued credit cards adrift in state agencies:

October 24, 2007 | | Opinion


Good medicine

We were sitting in the family room shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, eating sandwiches and laughing about something or other. Then my wife's heart stopped beating.

October 24, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Logan responds to coach's letter

Coach Kim Covington, obviously you are a passionate and caring coach when it comes to your team. I admire that in a coach, I have coached some young folks in the community and they need to know their coaches care for them and will stand up for them. Aside from that I have to take exception to some of what you wrote in the Sept. 26 letter to the editor "Coach irate..."

October 20, 2007 | Terry Logan | Opinion


Group addressing substance abuse

As a part of the Bryan County Family Connection community collaborative, a local Drug Free Coalition is being developed to address substance abuse initially among youth and overtime the entire community.

October 20, 2007 | Tara Jennings | Opinion


Wanted: Water to make gold

My buddies in South Georgia had better watch out. Every time they read another headline about the Mother of All Droughts around Atlanta, they should check their well levels. Legalized water rustling may soon be in vogue.

October 17, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Shining a light on lead

Recent revelations of lead-contaminated paint on toys imported from China have reinforced the dangers of lead to children's health. They have not, however, highlighted the enormous success and progress made over the past 40 years in reducing that danger.

October 17, 2007 | By Harold Brown Guest Columnist | Opinion


Wetlands and why they’re important

Wetlands are all around us and we need to protect them. Wetlands began disappearing soon after European colonization of the United States. More than half of the 215 million acres of wetlands that existed at the time of settlement have been destroyed. Only 100 million acres remain today. Throughout much of our nation's history, and even today, wetlands were viewed as obstacles to development that should be eliminated. Federal laws provided incentives for draining and destroying wetlands. Only in the last twenty-five years have public and government understanding of the importance of wetlands grown enough to begin to change ...

October 17, 2007 | By Mary Elfner Columnist | Opinion


Not nice people

While driving to work this morning, I was listening to a morning radio show and the deejay talked about how he was robbed over the weekend.

October 17, 2007 | By Jessica Holthaus Columnist | Opinion


You can’t go anywhere anymore

It seems you can't go anywhere these days without a whole bunch of other people cranking up and going with you.

October 13, 2007 | Jeff Whitten Editor, Bryan County News | Opinion


Don't play politics with DOT appointment

With the way Gov. Sonny Perdue and House Speaker Glenn Richardson are drawing lines in the sand, the state Environmental Protection Division might have to go to Atlanta to conduct an erosion study.

October 10, 2007 | | Opinion


Wrong plan, maybe, but at least it is on the right track

Many officials at the local level – and not just in Bryan County – are opposed to Georgia Rep. Glenn Richardson's proposal to do away with property taxes. And in a sense it's understandable, since Richardson's plan as it currently exists would end local government's ability to control the purse strings.

October 10, 2007 | | Opinion


Thanks for the positive coverage

Dear Editor

October 10, 2007 | | Opinion


Volunteerism has no political party

Having spent much of our lives involved with civic activities, we have seen firsthand how community involvement can make a difference. We have seen how volunteer service can transform people and create healthy communities where people are happier, more fulfilled and actually live longer!

October 10, 2007 | | Opinion


Coach irate over softball story

Editor:

October 10, 2007 | | Opinion


A courthouse rat

I am not a lawyer. I don't even look like one on TV. But I smell a courthouse rat.

October 10, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist For the Bryan County News | Opinion


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AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


Dalton State key to economic rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

September 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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


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