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Don't be complacent about hurricanes

Don't be complacent about hurricanes

Cumberland Island was struck head-on by a major hurricane 117 years ago. The Category 3 storm pounded the Georgia coast with winds of 135 mph and massive waves, causing a 16-foot storm surge in Brunswick that left much of the city underwater.

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Updated: may. 22, 2015 3:00 p.m.
What Nobel laureates have incurred should not have occurred

What Nobel laureates have incurred should not have occurred

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what’s left of it).

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Updated: may. 21, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Moving away from 'funny math methods'

Moving away from 'funny math methods'

Getting math right for the students and teachers of Georgia has been a priority of mine since day one. One of my first actions as your state school superintendent was working with the State Board of Education to provide a needed choice between integrated mathematics and traditional discrete mathematics (with assessments to match each option) for our schools.

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Updated: may. 20, 2015 3:00 p.m.
It's hard to quit your raising

It's hard to quit your raising

Here, I’ll announce something I’ve never admitted publicly: I love going barefooted. It’s how I was raised.

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Updated: may. 19, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Insurers' networks are not so 'narrow'

Insurers' networks are not so 'narrow'

Premium increases for Georgia’s insurance-exchange health plans beat regional and national rates, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute, cited by Georgia Health News.  

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Updated: may. 15, 2015 3:00 p.m.
More thanks from former News staffer

More thanks from former News staffer

Editor, I omitted a very important name from my farewell column last week. Her name is Linda “Woodie” Hansford, and for a lot of years and for many people she was the face and caring voice of the Bryan County News. She was here when I arrived in 2006, and her knowledge of the community, combined with her patience and kindness, helped save my bacon on many an occasion.

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Updated: may. 14, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Republican or Democrat: Who are Christians?

Republican or Democrat: Who are Christians?

I read an opinion piece recently that said Republicans couldn’t be Christians because they are too hard and uncompassionate. The piece said that, pretty much, the Democratic Party was the party of Christianity.

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Updated: may. 14, 2015 4:00 p.m.


Say no to the Palmetto Pipeline

The public’s outcry in opposition to the Palmetto Pipeline has been clear. Voters don’t want it and don’t think it is needed. And the public doesn’t trust the company that wants to build it.

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Lawmaker has area's interest at heart

Lawmaker has area's interest at heart

Editor, Recently, in letters to the editor, some have questioned U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter’s loyalty with respect to eminent domain and the Palmetto Pipeline.

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Updated: may. 13, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Thank you, teachers, for all your efforts

Thank you, teachers, for all your efforts

Dear public-school teachers in Georgia: Congratulations on surviving another year in the classroom.

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Updated: may. 13, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Mama B -- a most memorable woman

Mama B -- a most memorable woman

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.

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Updated: may. 12, 2015 4:30 p.m.
Lawmaker right about Opportunity School District

Lawmaker right about Opportunity School District

Editor, State Rep. Valencia Stovall, D-Lake City, was “right on” concerning the need for the Opportunity School District legislation (Coastal Courier op-ed, Wednesday, May 6). If you look who is objecting to this legislation, I am sure you will find the self-serving teachers’ union. They object to anything that will improve our children’s education if it means they will not control the schools and add to their coffers.

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Updated: may. 11, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Georgia moms earn, deserve tax credit

Georgia moms earn, deserve tax credit

Working moms are the bedrock of so many Georgia families. Between raising kids, contributing to their communities and holding down one or more jobs, moms put in a lot more than a full day’s work.

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Updated: may. 11, 2015 3:00 p.m.
Centennial celebrations lead down Memory Lane

Centennial celebrations lead down Memory Lane

You are going to have to give me a little scat room today. I am having an attack of the nostalgias. Going down someone else’s Memory Lane can be as boring as a lecture on the life cycle of guppies, but this has been a reflective few weeks for me. My beloved Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia and the campus chapter of my college fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, both celebrated their 100th anniversaries this past month in Athens.

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Updated: may. 07, 2015 4:00 p.m.
It is time to restructure Georgia schools

It is time to restructure Georgia schools

On May 22, my youngest child will graduate from high school, and I am ecstatic to see her turn that tassel and move on to her next chapter in life.

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Updated: may. 07, 2015 7:00 a.m.

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