Americans hold nearly $1 trillion in credit-card debt, according to data just released by the Federal Reserve. Now Congress wants to make that burden even heavier. Some misguided lawmakers are pushing legislation that would saddle consumers with fees that retailers don't want to pay.
Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama must know by now that they can't campaign for president while skirting one of the most pressing but divisive issues on voters' minds: illegal immigration.
The Bryan County News' first Board of Education Candidate's Forum on Thursday night probably wasn't perfect. But it went better than we anticipated, thanks in large part to the folks who took part - the candidates and members of the public who cared enough about their local schools to take part.
Windy days in Georgia It doesn't take much to realize that finding energy resources (let's just say oil for example) is becoming a bigger and bigger issue – with a bigger price tag attached to it, as this summer's gas prices have shown. Southern Co., the umbrella company that owns Georgia Power, is being proactive about it, along with some help from a couple coastal Georgia islands. Southern Co. is ...
Care about your local schools? Curious about the folks running for the Bryan County Board of Education? If you answered yes to either of those questions you may want to attend the first Bryan County News-Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce BoE hopefuls forum Thursday evening. In short, this is your chance to not only hear the seven candidates running for school board seats tackle tough questions posed by our readers, ...
Dear Editor: Thank you for addressing the housing bailout bill in your editorial on Saturday. There are three portions of the bill which you failed to mention and as a result your editorial lacked the "punch" to enrage the readers. You should have pointed out that only 400,000 Americans would qualify, that they are people whose credit is so shaky that they don't qualify for other government sponsored loans, and ...
In a perfect world, people would follow the rules of the road and drive carefully and considerately. But as a story on our front page about the damage done to one woman's property by speeders on Clarktown Road shows, this obviously isn't a perfect world.
At the Jesup library last week I participated in a discussion about the effects of rising oil costs. An audience of 35 people tackled the question: What are you doing, if anything, to scale back your petroleum usage?
Down two love and things are not looking up. You think I would pay more attention to the task at hand. With tall pines in front of me and open grass to the back I find myself smack dab in the middle of an evening throughway.
The truth is, I rarely heard anyone say upscale out loud until I started working here, where sometimes it seems everything under the sun either aspires or claims to be just that.
Trying to understand the rules and regulations behind Georgia's badly-in-need-of-fixing property tax system can be like trying to learn physics without knowing anything other than basic math. But the bottom line is county assessments are tied to market values - and for years local officials have pointed the finger at the state when doing revaluations, saying it's a state requirement that it be done every few years.
Last Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Mayor of Washington D.C. in his efforts to enforce a thirty-two year ban on prohibiting the possession of handguns to those who live in his city - the nation's capital. It was the Court's first ruling on the subject in 215 years - that's two hundred and fifteen years! Okay, they did rule against the possession of owning "sawed off" shotguns in ...
As Georgia continues to grow and thrive, it needs power generation capable of sustaining that growth. But the options seem to be shrinking among the body politic for varying environmental, economic and aesthetic reasons.
Dear Editor, From cell phones and iPods to fast-food snacks and driver drowsiness, there are more than enough distractions to keep Georgia motorists from focusing on our four-lanes. And now new national data is showing driver inattention is a key cause in most crashes and near-crashes. According to a 2006 study of real-world driver behavior, distraction, and crash factors, about 80 percent of crashes were caused by some ...
Dear Editor: What follows is my first hand, on-the-job experience of the distinct, immediate, continued and expanded need for funding for the Georgia Emergency Trauma Care Services at hospitals in Savannah and selectively positioned other areas in our state: On June 10, as I approached the Bamboo Gardens on Hwy. 17 southbound I saw what appeared to be an automobile accident of some sort about 200 yards ahead ...
Question: Which of these three natural risks is the most costly and prevalent in the United States?
Cancer -it's my least favorite word in the dictionary. It ranks right up there with evil and Satan.
Bummer. I just learned that I did not win the Nobel Peace Prize again this year. This is getting old. I was so confident this time that I had my tuxedo pressed and new laces put in my Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star high-top sneakers.
November is just around the corner, which means the Richmond Hill municipal elections are, too. But you'd hardly know it without paying very close attention. Early voting began Monday for the only election taking place this year in Bryan County.
As it turns out, all my worrying last week about how my toddler would deal with a flight from Georgia to Missouri definitely was not for nothing. In fact, probably the only thing that would have made the journey worse would've been a plane crash. And, sadly, it was my own meticulous planning that did me in.
Editor, This is an open letter to the woman driving the tan Honda Odyssey behind me up Highway 17 at 7:30 Tuesday morning to Highway 204, where she turned off and drove east. You were wearing a long-sleeved yellow blouse or sweater, eating a muffin out of your right hand while talking on your cell phone in your left hand.
When Peggy Sue went away, just fell off the face of the Earth with no warning or even a holler, we all wondered where she had gone.
The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?
Editor, Reading Hollie Moore Barnidge's column "Preparing for air travel with a toddler" reminded me of the days when I flew with my now 21-year-old daughter over to Sweden.
A letter to Georgia's citizens: An estimated 26,000 visitors participated in dozens of events and service projects at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites on Saturday, Sept. 28. The occasion was "Your State Parks Day," a celebration of National Public Lands Day hosted by Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Our Friends organization sponsored service projects with approximately 3,000 volunteers and underwrote the cost of parking at state parks and admission to state ...
Editor, I admire candidates who take the time to reach each and every voter with a personal face-to-face discussion concerning their plans to carry our city forward. Door-to-door campaigning is no easy task.
After more than 53 years in the newspaper business. I have learned that there are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism. First, you can say nothing. Second, you can do nothing. And third, you can be nothing.
After a friend told me she recently waited three and a half hours to get her Georgia driver's license renewed and then had to deal with a clerk who could have passed for a robot - and an unhelpful one, at that - I thought this to be a typical example of a bunch of government bureaucrats who don't care because they don't have to.
I apparently did not learn my lesson two weeks ago with the debacle in involving an explosion of Gerber puffed-wheat snacks in church.
Editor, The staff and residents of Magnolia Manor on the Coast would like to express our sincere gratitude for the very generous support recently received from several groups in the community.