County libraries need right resources to thrive

As of today, Brunswick and the Golden Isles are no longer part of the now six-county Three Rivers Regional Library System, Glynn County. Its two public libraries, one in the city and the other on St. Simons Island, now are in their own, self-made regional library system that the board of trustees has appropriately named Marshes of Glynn Libraries.
Source: Brunswick News

“The term “pipeline” is generally met with some emotion. Images of the massive Alaskan oil pipeline and the recently discussed Keystone pipeline through the country’s midwest area have demonstrated the good and the bad of having a pipeline through your immediate area.”

Source: Valdosta Daily Times

 Special Olympics message one we can all learn from
“There are athletes and then there are athletes. Many are naturally gifted in certain sports. They train and train, pushing themselves to the limit. Through hard work and determination, many of the athletes in Coweta County win big scholarships to various colleges and universities. We go to various fields and stadiums to watch them, cheering on our favorites, and we are impressed with their skill.”
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

School taxes: Another stumble
“The best that can be said about Thursday’s decision to hike property taxes to pay for Savannah-Chatham County’s public schools is that it could have been worse. On Thursday, the school board voted 5-4 to raise the tax rate by almost 9 percent. The board had been looking at a 10.2 percent jump.”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday

Cal Thomas: Welcome affirmation of changing times in the South
“The Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision to strike down a central component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is a welcome recognition that times have changed and that especially Southern states must not forever bear a “mark of Cain” for past discrimination against racial minorities.”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday

Cartoon: Mark Streeter — Sporting
Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday

• Rick McKee: Latest news
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday

• Mark Streeter — Alderman overboard
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

• Mark Streeter — Climate change
Source: Savannah Morning News

• Mike Lester: Front of the bus
Source: Rome News-Tribune

• Mike Luckovich: Voting rights
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The sky isn’t falling
“Augusta’s 1972 school desegregation order was lifted this week. A judge ruled Augusta has changed markedly, and the case’s goals had been met. Even the plaintiffs’ attorney had agreed.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday

Dimon Kendrick-Holmes: In the sky, close to God
“It’s been nearly a week since Nik Wallenda went on the Discovery Channel and called on the name of Jesus 63 times and the Lord 39 times. Didn’t he do something else that night? Let’s see…”
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Saturday

Darrell Huckaby: Make Fourth of July a memorable holiday
“Remember the old joke, ‘Do they have a Fourth of July in England?’ The automatic response is usually, ‘No,’ leading to the punch line, ‘Then what comes between the 3rd and the 5th?'”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

Ed Tant: Surveillance has been commonplace in ‘land of the free’
“‘If you don’t expect anything, you won’t be disappointed,’ said the late, great activist historian Howard Zinn early in the Obama administration. The old “radical historian” must be grinning in his grave over the recent revelations of the latest round of government surveillance by the super-secret National Security Agency. Such sordid surveillance has gone on for decades under both Democratic and Republican administrations, but Republican conservatives who said nothing during the Bush/Cheney years of NSA spying with warrantless wiretaps are now in a state of high dudgeon when the same thing is happening under the White House regime of a black Democrat whom they despise.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

Jessica Johnson: Humanities must be integral part of education
“The recently released American Academy of Arts and Social Sciences report titled “The Heart of the Matter” has sparked a thoughtful debate about the significance of the humanities in our nation’s schools. There is alarm at the college level as fewer students than was the case 25 years ago are majoring in disciplines rooted in the humanities, such as English, literature, history, philosophy and the arts.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

Millard Grimes: Government isn’t a problem
“George Washington, freezing with his ragtag army at Valley Forge in the fateful winter of 1777, had only the uncertain and disunited Continental Congress on which to call for help — and it had quit answering his letters.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

Harold Brown: Sea level ‘rise’ is complex phenomenon
“Hurricane Sandy has been described as a harbinger of what comes with rising seas: the inundation of coastal cities, devastating storm surges, destruction of coastal wetlands and abandonment of land. The story is simple: Glaciers melt and oceans warm, causing seas to rise.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

Susan Catron: Keeping cruise ship study under wraps squelches real discussion
“Lost in the discussion around the Savannah City Council’s vote this week to defeat further cruise terminal study was this: The public really only had 48 hours to study the 150-page feasibility study that took nine months and $197,000 to complete.”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

Tom Barton: Paula Deen — A modern-day lynching
“Georgia’s history books report that 458 people were lynched in this state between 1882 and 1930, second only to Mississippi.”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

• Bill Kirby: Paula Deen serves up reminder that some words must be left unsaid
“Paula Deen’s well-publicized remark and her over-publicized attempts at apology remind us again that there are certain words one does not say.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday

• Samuel Freedman: A celebrity chef appeals to a legacy of black forgiveness
“Well before controversy exploded around Paula Deen, she had decided to title her forthcoming cookbook “New Testament.” The name was intended to wittily refer to the television chef’s adoption of a healthier approach to Southern cooking in light of her own diabetes. Now, however, the biblical reference serves as much more than a pun.”
Source: New York Times

Geveryl Robinson: Let’s stick a fork in racism
“So here’s what I learned this week. I learned that there are people known as ‘casual’ racists. I learned that every southern white woman has Scarlett O’Hara fantasies and wants black people dressed as slaves to serve at their weddings. I learned that I am going to, according to one commenter, ‘BURN IN HELL!'”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

Revisiting America’s route
“In an episode of the Internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld took a guest to a 1950s-style diner in New Jersey. As they are looking at the décor that could have come from any roadside diner in 1959, Jerry asks his guest, ‘Why are we always looking back?'”
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday

City Ink, Augusta: If not money, then what did change hands in GRU name lawsuit?
“Regent University in Virginia has dropped its trademark infringement lawsuit against the Georgia Board of Regents over the name of Augusta’s Georgia Regents University, the University System of Georgia announced Friday.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday

Carlton Fletcher: Critics overlook movies that are actually popular
“Entertainment Weekly, the magazine that purports to have its pointer and middle finger firmly planted on the pulse of the entertainment biz, created a stir this week when it released its all-time Top 100 movies, TV shows and albums.”
Source: Albany Herald/Sunday

Dick Yarbrough: Thoughts on changing of Grady deans
“I try to make it a habit to hang around with smart people. Given that my IQ is not much larger than my waistline, this isn’t difficult to do.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

Ed Grisamore: Is Europe ready for Big Mike?
“It may come as a surprise to some of you, but Google and Wikipedia don’t have the answer to everything. Which is why I sat across the kitchen table from Big Mike Ventimiglia and asked a curious question.”
Source: Macon Telegraph/Sunday

Sun sets for Hepburn, rises for new president
“College of Coastal Georgia ended an era with the departure of college President Valerie Hepburn on Friday and will begin a new one with the official arrival on campus of new college President Gregory Aloia on Monday.”
Source: Brunswick News/weekend

Adam Van Brimmer: Sunken cruise ship terminal idea need never resurface
“Savannah’s cruise ship seemingly went down like the Titanic last week. Suddenly. Unexpectedly. Completely.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

Cruise ship decision: Glub, glub, glub
“Savannah City Council unanimously voted last Thursday to deny funding of $90,000 to next phase of a cruise terminal study, and rightly so. The city has spent $327,000 over four years on studying the possibility of building a cruise ship terminal on the Savannah River.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

Matt Towery: Silver linings in two Supreme Court cases
“As I often say, ‘OK, I get it.’ People have very passionate views both on the value of the Voting Rights Act and its past requirements of certain states and on the issue of same-sex marriage. Polls show people split on the issues.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

The Unknown Soldiers: A sacred obligation not to forget
“During a June trip to San Diego, I met the wife of a U.S. Navy bomb specialist who was recently killed while serving in Afghanistan. Still devastated and overwhelmed by grief, she shared a concern that is paramount, both now and in the difficult years to come.”
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Dusty Nix: Did anybody ask Zell about this?
“Zell Miller, the former Georgia governor and U.S. senator, was on hand Thursday in Athens to accept some well-deserved recognition on the occasion of the Georgia Lottery’s 20th anniversary. The legislation that produced the HOPE scholarship program and has brought more than $14 billion in education money to Georgia students was, of course, his brainchild.”
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Ed Grisamore: Legend of Mrs. Griffin’s BBQ sauce lives on
“The first public display of fireworks in the U.S. came July 4, 1931, in Cleveland, Ohio. We had fireworks of our own in Macon that same day, when 32-year-old Mangham Edward Griffin trotted out some of his homemade barbecue sauce.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

Alan Thiese: Georgia’s children still at great risk
“It came as no surprise to me when I read the headline in the Monday, June 24, issue of The Telegraph ‘Ga. 43rd in well-being of children.’ Yes, this is a sad situation and also reflects on the events we all have allowed to happen in our country, not just Georgia.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

Unintended consequences possible with early election
“Friday morning, just as it seemed all right to come out into the June sunshine and plan a November election as proposed by the Bibb County Commission that day, another element of doubt popped into the already abstract picture. Just hours before the Board of Elections’ scheduled meeting, a lawsuit filed by District 4 candidate Mallory Jones hit the doorstep of the Middle Georgia District Court.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

Safety awareness year-round pursuit at Lake Lanier
“The weekend before the Fourth of July, or in the days leading up to any other time when people will flock to the lake, you’ll see articles and editorials like this, reminding people to be safe on the water. But the folks who patrol Lake Lanier will tell you safety is a full-time concern, not just something to be talked about before the Memorial Day or Independence Day rush.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

County libraries need right resources to thrive
“As of today, Brunswick and the Golden Isles are no longer part of the now six-county Three Rivers Regional Library System, Glynn County. Its two public libraries, one in the city and the other on St. Simons Island, now are in their own, self-made regional library system that the board of trustees has appropriately named Marshes of Glynn Libraries.”
Source: Brunswick News

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