Legislators must act
State Sen. William Ligon and Rep. Jason Spencer feel it will be difficult to get a handle on all the problems riddling the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services without the legislature having more oversight of the beleaguered agency.
They said this following reports that the agency crea ...
Glynn County should get back table it owns
Members of the Marshes of Glynn Board of Directors are about to find out what it takes to get something back from a former "best friend." The board says the Three Rivers Library System, of which the two libraries in the county were once part, has a historic table that belongs in the Brunswick-Glynn ...
Parents and guardians must protect children
When are people going to learn not to leave loaded guns around or within reach of small children? When?
Another example of what can happen when gun owners are careless occurred in Atlanta Thursday. A 3-year-old boy, apparently thinking it was a toy, picked up a handgun and shot himself in the face.
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Lenient penalties won't deter criminals
The U.S. Sentencing Commission is about to present a batch of lenient sentencing recommendations and guidelines for thousands of nonviolent drug offenses. And if that's not bad enough, a group of lawyers now see an opportunity to petition the same commission to lighten up on white collar crimes, inc ...
Chief, officers did right thing
Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green and other officers who are leaving the force did the right thing. Chief Green is retiring and two others have tendered their resignations.
All three had been on paid leave pending an investigation into how they allegedly moved through the recertification process. A ...
Parents, guardians should get involved with schools
Parents and guardians, get the school year started off right. Get involved with the schools your children attend and participate in their affiliated PTOs.
And while you're at it, volunteer to be a mentor or other helpful aid to your child's school or to another school. Good people are always in nee ...
Governmental groups must work together
City commissioners are trying to be sensitive to the wishes and wants of their constituents, and that's a good thing. Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey and the other four commissioners understand that their power to govern comes from the people, and it is the power of the people who steer their decisio ...
Partisanship playing major role in election
This past week, The News featured an online poll on the U.S. Senate race pitting Democrat Michelle Nunn against Republican David Perdue. Neither is experienced in politics but both hail from families that are. Michelle Nunn's father is former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, a conservative Democrat, and David Pe ...
Daily lifeguards will be missing from areas
Glynn County is reducing the hours of operation of the three swimming pools it manages, and that's understandable. With the start of school Thursday, the number of patrons is bound to drop anywhere from zero to just a handful during the weekdays, so there's really no reason to keep all of them open ...
Unleashed dogs not allowed on the beach
Letting dogs roam freely on the beach, even during early times of the day when there might be only a handful of human beings enjoying the peace and splendor of the shoreline, is not permitted. Signs leading to public access points to the beach make this clear to anyone who can read.
Unfortunately, ...
Students’ safety must be public’s top concern
Careful, careful, careful. Those are three words to remember each weekday beginning Thursday, when thousands of children, age 4 to 18, will return to the county's public schools.
Be careful when leaving for work. Children will be standing on many of the community's street corners, from elementary s ...
It’s time to challenge bureaucratic soil laws
In this country there are laws against stealing land, but that doesn't stop the federal government and its oversized bureaucracies from doing it. They accomplish such thievery simply by changing the rules whenever they get a hankering to do so.
This has particularly been a problem for coastal commu ...
History shows Isles storms are possible
Authorities whose job includes the safety of the public are always concerned about keeping coastal communities on their toes, especially when it comes to hurricane preparation. That's not easy to do in areas where few people have experienced the power of Mother Nature unleashed. It's difficult to re ...
Parents must take active role
A sea of moms, dads and children showed up at the annual Parent Teacher Association Membership Bowl at Glynn County Stadium Thursday. While some were drawn by the many enjoyable activities planned by the sponsors during the late afternoon gathering, the majority attended to find out how they could b ...
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 ...