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Memories of past Christmas trees

I love the Christmas season. For me it is a time of wonderful anticipation and cherished memories.

December 16, 2013 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Historical marker is a failure

Editor, I lived in the Richmond Hill area several years back and have friends who live in the area and subscribe to your newspaper and forward it to me. I keep reading letters pertaining to an historical marker placed in a particular neighborhood by the Richmond Hill Historical Society and the city of Richmond Hill. After further inquiries, I learned that Buddy Sullivan was paid by the society to prepare the marker text as furnished to him by the society.

December 16, 2013 | | Opinion


Mandela a leader and a great man

The white South African system of apartheid was a brutal, cynical system of racial segregation that was becoming increasingly unsustainable and most observers believed it could end in only one way - massive bloodshed.

December 16, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Improper payments cost $100 million a year

Imagine filling up your gas tank and realizing that the price you were charged was more than the price advertised. What would you do?

December 12, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the News | Opinion


There are alternatives to Obamacare

For many of us, it's that special time of the year - the time when you get notification for renewal from your health-care insurance provider.

December 12, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Georgia has native son with Mandela's character

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has received much-deserved praise following his death

December 11, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Oh, the stories of woe

Oh, the stories people tell. Not always good ones, mind you, but the kind that will make you fall down on your knees and thank the good Lord up above that you don't have a story like that.

December 10, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Encouraging elders to 'hit the showers'

"Hit the showers." That was one of my favorite things to hear from coach Schuler, my high-school wrestling coach. It signaled the end of what usually was a long, hard practice.

December 10, 2013 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


The art of packing healthy lunches

My daughter, Reese, started at a new day care two months ago. My husband and I had been pleased with her former day care until they went through several leadership changes, and the resulting policy alterations were disconcerting. The facility's lunch menu, which had been pretty healthy when we first enrolled Reese, took a turn for the worse - lots of processed, preservative-laden food; fruit drowning in sugary, heavy syrup; and snacks full of sodium and food dyes. No thanks!

December 10, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Making the holidays relaxing

The holidays are a turning point in our lives every year.

December 10, 2013 | Military spouse | Opinion


State Department doesn't need its own training site

If Congress and the federal government are really serious about holding down costs and lowering the deficit, then they will reject any idea by the State Department to build an all-new training facility for its personnel and staff in Blackstone, Va. It will instead turn all training functions and responsibilities over to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

December 10, 2013 | Brunswick News | Opinion


Military commnuities watching BRAC

Undersecretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal stated that small businesses are critical to Army readiness.

December 05, 2013 | By Anita Hughes Friends of Fort Stewart/Hunter | Opinion


Game over, ring the class bell

It was as ugly as a warthog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50, and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia -the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South -bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the state football championship, 41-34.

December 04, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Santa's helpers making rounds here

Every year around this time, kids in neighborhoods all across South Bryan await the sound of Santa's "ho, ho, ho" to beckon through the streets - much the way they might hope to hear the footfalls of reindeer on the rooftop on Christmas Eve.

December 04, 2013 | | Opinion


Everyone has a book in them

Over lunch the other day with friends - all in the newspaper business - I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.

December 03, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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Articles by Section - Opinion


Irritating, you got to love it

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in South Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.

April 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


April is Month of the Military Child

Editor, April marks the nation's "Month of the Military Child" - a time to honor youth and their service to our country. On Tuesday, April 15, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices, the public is invited to "Purple Up! For Military Kids." Everyone in the community is encouraged to wear purple shirts, scarves, shoes, buttons and pants. If it's purple, or can be turned purple, make it happen.

April 01, 2014 | | Opinion


Bike lanes make sense and dollars

I was unable to attend the recent hearing on the Highway 144 widening project. I am pretty excited about the project and glad to see the investment in the infrastructure of Richmond Hill.

April 01, 2014 | By John Cameron Guest columnist | Opinion


Losing friends hurts; laughter will return

It happened recently - the 20th anniversary of stock-car racer Davey Allison's death. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don't. But I shall never forget him.

April 01, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Put kids' safety above all else

There is nothing more important than the safety and protection of innocent children. Not constitutional rights, not animal rights, not thoughts, opinions, feelings or political beliefs. The lives of children must be given top priority.

April 01, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Spring should have sprung by now

In 1984, I moved to South Florida from the Keystone State, Pennsylvania. Five years later, after graduating from college, getting married and having our first child, I and my newly formed family moved to South Georgia, where we have lived for the last 22 years.

March 31, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Bill is victory for Ogeechee River

In May, it will be three years when around 38,000 fish rose belly up in the Ogeechee River from Screven to Bryan County and anywhere else downstream of the Dover-based King American Finishing plant.

March 27, 2014 | | Opinion


Session ends in flurry of activity

The final days of the Georgia General Assembly concluded last week, and much was accomplished this legislative session. There was a flurry of activity as both the House and Senate carefully considered and passed legislation that will now go before Governor Deal for his consideration.

March 26, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


2014 General Assemby draws to close

March 18: Day 39 of the legislative session can be as busy, if not busier, than day 40. Proof of this is the fact that we have 83 bills on the calendar today.

March 26, 2014 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Commandos get scoop on Crimea

Since the policy of the federal government seems to be to snoop on the conversations of private citizens, I thought it would be appropriate if we turned the tables on them. So, I authorized my columnist commandos to infiltrate the White House disguised as teleprompters and get the real scoop on the latest developments in Ukraine.

March 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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