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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


Reason to be thankful

Look hard or far enough these days, and you can find reason to complain or cause for concern. Actually, you really don't have to do much searching.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Back off and look at the world

Sometimes we need to back off and look at the world, not as a Democrat or a Republican but as Americans whose forefathers decided that we would be governed by those whom we elected as opposed to kings and queens.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Your donations matter

In the coming weeks you'll be reading more about the Bryan County Children's Fund, which is aimed at making sure this community's least fortunate kids have a merry Christmas. Our goal in keeping the BCCF in the news is simple, really.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Reduction right for now

The Georgia-Florida-Alabama water war is on hold, but only temporarily. Federal biologists, concluding that it would not jeopardize a species of mussels that lives in Florida's Apalachicola River, ruled Friday that the flow of water from Georgia's Lake Lanier could be reduced. This would extend the time when the lake/reservoir will be unable to meet the drinking water needs of the Atlanta area which, as of last week, was predicted to be 79 days.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


The easy way out

Don't be surprised to look up one day soon and see Brian Nichols a free man, playing golf with his lawyers at the Capital City Club. Or you might spot him tooling down Auburn Avenue on a Harley with O.J.

December 13, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Tax plan has merits, but also needs scrutiny

Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson came to Richmond Hill on Thursday to tout his plan to eliminate property taxes and replace them with a combination of sales taxes on both goods and services.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Helping the Iraqis regain control

When the Division arrived in Iraq in March, and area due west of Baghdad was a hotbed of Shia extremists. Nahrawan was so overrun by Shia criminals and militias that we could not attack it without the proper combat power.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


This school makes no excuses

The 326 students at Blalock Elementary School are from the once-notorious Bankhead public housing community, many of them with families that have lived in poverty for generations. Ninety-nine percent of the students at this school of academic excellence and scholastic acceleration are African-American and 98 percent receive free or reduced lunch.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


Grumpy old democrats

Big-mouthed contrarian college professors ought to have the decency to sit down and shut up during these lovely days between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

December 13, 2007 | By Bill Shipp, Columnist for the Bryan County News | Opinion


Another date to mark in red

The good news is that the federal deficit should be smaller this year.

December 13, 2007 | | Opinion


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Carl Sanders: A great man did great things

On my "to-do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

November 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Outlaw policing for profit in Georgia

Back in 1966, Bobby Fuller sang about, "Robbin' people with a six-gun, I fought the law and the law won." And rightfully so - robbery is a crime. But what happens when it's the law doing the robbing and the law wins?

November 26, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Holiday is for catching up

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

November 25, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Moms may be afraid to take breaks

Moms want everything and nothing at all. We want to be everywhere at once and also nowhere to be found. We want to impress everyone, handle every chore imaginable and spend every waking second bonding with our children. We also want to totally escape from life. Failure to accomplish this leads to immense guilt and, occasionally, foul moods.

November 25, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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


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