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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


Serving side by side with civilians

Two months ago I celebrated my 30th anniversary with the Army. During all those years, I've been privileged to command fine American Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors. All are patriotic servants in our uniformed services.

August 22, 2007 | Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch Guest Columnist | Opinion


Gopher tortoise needs our help

We hear a lot of news about the loss of tropical rain forests due to deforestation, and the loss of polar bear habitat due to global warming, and relatively little about issues closer to home. Why is it that we know more about the loss of rainforests and ice sheets than the loss of sandhills which are right under our very noses?

August 18, 2007 | Mary Elfner Guest Columnist | Opinion


Making a difference through recycling

I have always thought life was as simple as ABC's "After School Specials" that I watched as a kid.

August 18, 2007 | Noel Burgdorf Guest Columnist | Opinion


Time to think outside the box

Any elected official who proposes raising gas taxes or fees to fund transportation infrastructure needs in Georgia is probably not planning on re-election. Yet every policy-maker knows the state needs an innovative approach and deep pockets to plan for a future without mind-boggling traffic congestion.

August 15, 2007 | Benita Dodd Guest Columnist | Opinion


This is a joke, right?

Neely Young writes a solid, straightforward column for Georgia Trend magazine. However, the publisher-writer omitted the last paragraph from his current monthly essay, so I will obligingly fill it in.

August 15, 2007 | Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Childhood obesity the new chicken pox?

The latest issue to cross the media's lips these days is the topic of 'childhood obesity' and how it might be contagious.

August 15, 2007 | Ellie Lambert Columnist | Opinion


A harvest of hypocrisy

Now that Congress has given up on comprehensive immigration reform, the hypocrisy of claims that the problem can be solved by merely enforcing existing law is about to be exposed on South Georgia's farms.

July 28, 2007 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Opinion


New tax protest penalizes patriots

Taxpayer unrest is certainly nothing new to this nation. After all, the New World was populated by people who came to resent the mega-tax policies of the British Empire. There have been plenty of Americans over the years who have fought unfair taxation with every fiber of their being.

July 28, 2007 | Nathan Tabor | Opinion


If I can quit smoking, anybody can

There's an old rule that says it's rarely good to write a column with a whole lot of I's in it. I'm going to break that rule for a second.

July 28, 2007 | Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Opinion


A patriotic event

Editor's note: The following email is being reprinted by permission of the author.

July 22, 2007 | By 1st. Sgt. Spencer Davis | Opinion


3rd ID teams with Iraqi division

The 3rd Infantry Division has been all over the news as your soldiers are aggressively taking the fight to the enemy in Operation Marne Torch. They are expelling Al Qaida from a safe haven, and they are capturing insurgents to make the population secure.

July 22, 2007 | By Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch | Opinion


Bald eagle's comeback good news

News that the bald eagle -- one of our most treasured national symbols -- is off the endangered species list has to be good news, right?

July 14, 2007 | By Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Opinion


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How we respond determines who wins

Win at life! Isn't that what we all want to do? That is the headline gracing one of the magazines sitting on our coffee table. I guess the real question is, "what defines winning at life?" After all, life has a pretty broad playing field. Maybe what best defines winning in life is society's dire need to be in control. Everyone values their independence and sense of control, right?

September 11, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


What were they thinking?

Editor, Recently, I've spotted some news headlines - around the region, state and country - that I never thought I'd see. It really makes me wonder, "Whatever were they thinking?"

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


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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