City residents could face new drainage fee
City residences and businesses might want to begin bracing themselves for yet another government-imposed fee down the road. The city is about to embark on a two-year stormwater system study, the purpose of which will be to determine, among other things, whether to begin charging a fee based on the a ...
Small bugs can cause big problems in Isles
Health officials are quick to remind residents in Coastal Georgia, particularly those in Brunswick and the Golden Isles, that even a dot-sized insect can be potentially dangerous to a child or to someone who is elderly and not in the best of health.
This community has found that to be true in the p ...
Soil study reveals bad news for development
What kind of game is the federal government playing that would render a good portion of Glynn County undevelopable?
Why did the soil classification change in 2010 and why is it just now, in 2014, being enforced? Just what kind of tomfoolery is this?
These are questions the business community and l ...
More due diligence needed from JWSC
It is not good business to find out after the fact that the building you just bought needs more work than initially thought. Someone investing $700,000 in property, one would think, would make sure beforehand, before signing on the bottom line, that the structure or structures would require minimum ...
Early school start dates hurts business, tourism
There was a time, albeit decades ago, before the invention of all the modern-day conveniences that make life easier today, when community leaders acted in the best interest of all. Rules and policies were established and adopted for the benefit of - either directly or indirectly - everyone.
One mig ...
Fresh candidates on ballot now
Everybody, including me, hates to hear "I told you so."
But just this once I'm saying exactly that. Back in April, before the campaigning for the U. S. Senate got really nasty, I wrote:
"My speculation is that voters in November could choose between a Republican and a Democrat, neither of whom has ...
City must take action against litter
City Commissioner Johnny Cason can't believe how much people will trash their own backyard.
They toss litter anywhere and everywhere and even turn cemeteries into dumping grounds for everything from bags of common household garbage to retired mattresses. He's seen it at the city's own hallowed fin ...
Voters ready for change
If there's any message to be gleaned from elections so far this year it's this: voters are restless and they're taking out their restlessness on incumbents, even innocent ones - those local and state elected officials who have nothing to do with the ineffectiveness of Washington. They're tired of al ...
Investigation of chief needs swift resolution
City Hall has something to clear up, and it needs to do it fast. It must complete its investigation of suspended Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green and one of the department's captains as quickly as it can, and it must do it without compromising the integrity of the probe or law enforcement personnel ...
City leadership on right path
Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey and the City Commission are wasting no time reaching out to the community and its assets. Just recently, for example, the city and College of Coastal Georgia talked about how they could be of service to each other.
City Hall and the Downtown Development Authority are ...
Children, teens need guidance in the home
You know our nation has serious issues when kids who are teenagers and barely teenagers go around and beat homeless people to death. Two allegedly joined an 18-year-old in doing just that recently in New Mexico.
Of course, Brunswick has had more than its share of shocking teenage crime. There was t ...
Ballot issues affect every local resident
How do you feel about taxes, about losing more of your income to government? Are you OK with decisions made at the county courthouse, Atlanta and Washington that will require you to give up more of your earnings?
What do you think about new laws or government regulations that take away a piece or c ...
Solicitation ordinance could aid homeowners
A man's home is his castle, or so someone once said before the invention of door-to-door salesmen -- before the front door knocker became an open invitation to every Tom, Dick and Harry who wanted to pitch merchandise or an idea to the individual or family who dwelled inside.
Now, thanks to an ordi ...
Security issues paramount due to 9/11
Illegal immigration and what to do about it is once again a hot topic of debate across the country. Oh, yes, it's an election year, of course.
It is one of the reasons why this controversial issue is making headlines again. Americans want Congress to address the problem, and unlike some in the lawm ...
Another sales tax will need concise wish list
Public officials in Glynn County are beginning to hint around that voters in this community may soon be asked to approve another 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. A mention of it surfaced during a recent discussion of the millions of dollars that will be needed for improvements at th ...
Cute, cuddly raccoons pose danger to people
They're cute and just north of being cuddly, but they're dangerous - extremely so, in many instances. This is reason enough to keep a safe distance from animals like raccoons and foxes.
Biologists with the state Department of Natural Resources, as well as officials with the Coastal Health District, ...
Commissioners should listen to public
One would think by now that the Glynn County Commission would realize that ignoring issues does not make them go away. The movement to declare the county dog pound a no-kill center, for example, is still with us.
In fact, Glynn County Commissioner Bob Coleman is holding a town hall meeting to disc ...
EDITORIAL-SAT-071214
For those wondering whether leaving an X-rated video in a work locker on city property is OK, consider this: if the photos on a video are too risque or too raunchy to take home, then chances are better than even that they are too risque or too raunchy to take to or leave at work.
Deputy Fire Chief ...
Defense must be key part of national budget
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel repeated a warning during a visit to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay that he has been trumpeting across the nation for some time now.
Although he did not say it in these exact words -- and he never would for obvious political reasons -- the biggest enemy of the ...
Board of Education should be applauded
Members of the Glynn County Board of Education are to be commended. They resisted what some governments, can't resist. They voted to cut property taxes for both city and county residents in the new budget year that began July 1.
The amount turns out to be a relatively low sum of money, but that's b ...
Oglethorpe block may be key to waterfront success
Time will tell whether the city will do something it has talked about for more than a decade but done nothing about. Time will tell whether it will proceed with plans to develop what is known as the Oglethorpe block, which includes the site of the once grand Oglethorpe Hotel at the north entrance of ...
Never leave children, animals in hot cars
Do not leave children or animals in a car in the heat of summer. Do not leave young children alone ever or in any place.
Tragedy or near tragedy can visit any parent or family member who violates this common sense rule. Lucky families might escape it, even if only narrowly, and many do, but do not ...
Volunteering another way to improve community
Just recently, we reminded residents of Coastal Georgia that they can help keep their communities, state and nation strong by participating in the democratic process of electing the men and women who will represent them at home, in Atlanta and in Washington. The vote is a powerful weapon against bad ...
Officials doing good job in taking care of community
Government and public safety officials, local and state, are doing an excellent job at looking over the safety of the community and its thousands of summer-time visitors. It's the kind of teamwork that prevents tragedies. It's a pro-active state of networking that, without exaggeration, literally sa ...
Rise in rabid animal attacks raises concern
Here we are, in the middle of summer, and health and state officials are warning the community and its residents about rabid animals and about the dangers of crossing paths with one. Just recently, a raccoon being cared for by a resident was discovered to have rabies on St. Simons Island.
This foll ...