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Celebrate Georgia Cities Week

Editor: During the week of April 23-29, the city of Richmond Hill will join other cities across Georgia in celebrating Georgia Cities Week.

April 06, 2017 | | Opinion


Isakson: Our veterans deserve expanded choice, shorter wait times, more accountability

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 06, 2017 | Johnny Isakson U.S. Senator, R-Ga. | Opinion


YMCA lends helping hand to the community

Everyone occasionally gets the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who they come into contact with. Sometimes it's a large difference, other times it is smaller. Sometimes it's a daily difference, other times it's less frequent.

April 05, 2017 | Steve Scholar, YMCA Board member Bryan County News | Opinion


Stop stealing from student-athletes

Imagine you start a new company and hire employees. Would you expect them to work for free? Of course, not! So why does the NCAA feel that it's fair for its players to work for no financial compensation?

April 04, 2017 | By Steve Siebold Guest column | Opinion


Rosemond: ADHD is not real

In 2009, pediatrician and former medical school professor Bose Ravenel and I published "The Diseasing of America's Children" (Thomas Nelson), in which we argued from facts that ADHD and other childhood behavior disorders were inventions of the psychological-psychiatric-pharmaceutical industry.

April 02, 2017 | John Rosemond | Opinion


A cruel budget

It's called a "skinny budget," because it's just a president's blueprint for where the federal money goes, and it doesn't get into details. Those will be fleshed out later. Actually, this one is anorexic, containing the usual bullet points that Donald Trump always prefers rather than getting tangled in the weeds of messy specifics. However, even these budgetary bullet points target the entire notion that the United States has a kindhearted government.

April 01, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Repeal and replace isn't dead, yet

Less than two weeks after the unveiling of the GOP Obamacare replacement, the party is already staring into the abyss. The bill has had the worst rollout of any major piece of legislation in memory, and failure is very much an option. If the proposal falters, it will be a political debacle that could poison President Donald Trump's relationship with Congress for the duration.

March 31, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers need to heed 'forgotten man'

A host of tax bills are up for consideration as the Georgia General Assembly enters its final week: tax breaks for the music industry, tax breaks for big construction projects, tax breaks on jet fuel, taxes on Internet purchases, taxes on ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, and cuts in the individual income tax rate.

March 30, 2017 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


House winds down 2017 Legistuave session

With the last day of the 2017 legislative session on March 30, we spent this past week passing several bills that will improve the lives of Georgians. I will mention a few here but for a complete listing the website is www.house.ga.gov.

March 30, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


House passes bills as 2017 nears end

With the last day of the 2017 legislative session on March 30, we spent this past week passing several bills that will improve the lives of Georgians. I will mention a few here but for a complete listing the website is www.house.ga.gov.

March 28, 2017 | Georgia Rep. Ron Stephens | Opinion


Many flaws in shore protection bill

Regarding propose amendments to Georgia's Shore Protection Act that were recently tabled by the General Assembly Senate, further details merit consideration.

March 27, 2017 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


The worst argument for Trumpcare

Of all the arguments to make for repealing and replacing Obamacare, the very worst is that people don't need health insurance.

March 26, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


GOP dealing with national illness

Many Republican leaders are leery about having their name attached to the GOP's replacement for Obamacare, a health care overhaul they have demonized since it was passed seven years ago. But they're having a devilish time coming up with one of their own that doesn't make things worse.

March 25, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Being Dick Yarbrough isn't easy, folks

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces or what life was like in Mongolia during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Please be patient. I have both subjects at the top of my to-do list in the coming weeks.

March 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Senate considers bills, ready to tackle state budget

The Senate spent Days 32-35 of the 2017 legislative session considering bills that passed the House of Representatives.

March 23, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the News | Opinion


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Every year, around Earth Day it happens

Every year around Earth Day (April 22), people everywhere are harshly reminded just how "unnatural" environmentalists consider humans. Humans, they argue, are against nature, and ...

April 27, 2017 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


When the political process stinks

There is a saying that the two things you don't want to see made are law and sausage. Sometimes, they are hard to tell ...

April 27, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Infinger: county working on growth, infrastructure

My first quarter as chairman of the Bryan County Board of Commissioners is coming to an end. I feel honored to be serving in this ...

April 26, 2017 | Guest Column By Carter Infinger | Opinion


Playing politics with missiles?

We don't know if President Donald Trump was purely motivated to fire cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield. Was he genuinely horrified by ...

April 23, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Obama a Russian stooge, too?

The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the U.S. government at the highest levels.

April 22, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Impact fees a good idea whose time won't ever come

What with all the traffic fun in Richmond Hill anymore, it's good the Bryan County Commission is again considering impact fees on residential development.

April 20, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Giving Georgia's first ladies their due

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The "Luv Guv" as he was known in the local ...

April 20, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Playing the fool

April Fools' Day has come and gone, but on the first of the month, I kept marveling at how - starting even before he ran, continuing ...

April 15, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Trumpism is in crisis already

This isn't a function of poll numbers, or any melodrama of the past months, but something more fundamental: No officeholder in Washington seems to ...

April 14, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Enacted bills impact health care, education jobs

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned during the early morning hours of March 31 and many bills have been sent to Governor ...

April 13, 2017 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


Communities are better with YMCA

For more than 160 years, the letters Y-M-C-A have stood for family values, youth development, healthy living and impacted many lives. Communities from one end ...

April 11, 2017 | Steve Scholar, YMCA Board member Bryan County News | Opinion


Piling on is fun

Let's dispense with the sanctimony and admit it: Most of us really enjoy piling on. I know I do. There are few things more ...

April 09, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Republicans can't do much worse

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care.

April 08, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Here's how you can help YMCA help others

Everyone occasionally gets the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who they come into contact with. Sometimes it's a large ...

April 07, 2017 | By Steve Scholar Special to the News | Opinion


Veterans deserve VA that does its job

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 07, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson Special to the News | Opinion


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