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Protecting their environment

Longtime Lowcountry residents have watched in discontentment as their once-pristine home has been eroded by the onslaught of new development and a lack of strength in anemic laws meant to protect the natural environment.

January 15, 2008 | | Opinion


There is nobody here but us mollusks

'We're not in this crisis because of growth," Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told a north Georgia group last week, but because "we're in the worst drought in our state's history," and because the Corps of Engineers has been sending water downstream "for the purpose of feeding mussels."

January 15, 2008 | | Opinion


Holidays offer special time to remember

The holidays offer a special time to remember our many blessings as Americans - perhaps chief among them are the dedicated soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who protect our nation. Since assuming this post a year ago, I have been awed and humbled by our men and women in uniform who are carving for themselves a noble place in American history.

January 15, 2008 | by Robert Gates Guest Columnist | Opinion


Be a conservationist in 2008

In a lot of ways, 2007 should have been a wake up call for the Southeast, which may be experiencing the most rapid growth in the region's history. That goes double for Georgia, the fastest growing state in the South, because while state officials trumpet Georgia's economic successes – and they are worth trumpeting – something worrisome is happening

January 15, 2008 | | Opinion


GREAT evolving

In case you missed it during all the goings on at Christmas, it seems House Speaker Glenn Richardson's controversial GREAT plan to eliminate property taxes has evolved into something different.

January 12, 2008 | | Opinion


Why Santa doesn’t bring pets

Dear Editor:

January 05, 2008 | | Opinion


Santa letters remind of the innocence of childhood

If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's that kids make Christmas seem more like, well Christmas.

January 05, 2008 | Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Yes, Virginia

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

January 05, 2008 | | Opinion


Progress being seen in Iraq

Everywhere I go people ask me how I have so much confidence the Army is not breaking, and it is because our magnificent Soldiers are not only taking the fight to the enemy every day, but they are reenlisting in large numbers.

December 26, 2007 | By MG Rick Lynch Special to the News | Opinion


Johnson talks traffic, taxes

Senator Eric Johnson gave what he called a "T session" during a recent Richmond Hill Rotary Club meeting.

December 25, 2007 | Jessica Holthaus | Opinion


An illegal immigrant turns into an unusual hero

Manuel Jesus Cordova Sobranes crossed the U.S. border a few weeks ago intent upon becoming an illegal immigrant. Instead, he has become an unusual hero - and a compelling reminder to all of us that the debate over who gets into our country is not just about numbers.

December 22, 2007 | | Opinion


A Christmas wish for water

Bryan County residents who have watched the Ogeechee River drop steadily in the grips of the current drought can say one thing for certain: our water crisis has been an eye opener, revealing not just the sandy river bottom, but also the mud flats of our water mismanagement - our failure to embrace water conservation and water resource planning in the face of an ever-growing population.

December 22, 2007 | Chandra Brown | Opinion


U.S. should ratify this U.N. measure

Only two countries have failed to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - the United States and Somalia.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Consequences of failure are severe

There's been a lot of talk in Atlanta recently about a proposal that would radically change the way taxes are collected in Georgia.

December 13, 2007 | By Sarah Beth Gehl, Guest Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


City's split decision the only surprise on Richmond Reserve

Richmond Hill's decision to approve a master plan for Richmond Reserve was hardly a surprise. After all, the city annexed the land expressly for the purpose of bringing the sizeable development within city limits.

December 13, 2007 | | 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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