OPINION: Consolidation or complication?

Bill Crane's Opinion Piece for Champion newspaper

Jacksonville/Duvall County, Fla. consolidated into one government, across the largest land mass of any county on the eastern seaboard in 1968. At that time, Brunswick and Glynn County also had a former Navy shipyard and port, as well as a manufacturing jobs base. By the census of 1970, the population of Jacksonville/Duvall was 528,865 and Brunswick/Glynn County […]

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OPINION: Gifts that keep giving

Bill Crane's Opinion Piece for Champion newspaper

“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted,” Aesop (620-564 B.C.), Greek philosopher and author of Aesop’s Fables. As you gather with family and friends in the coming weeks to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and this holiday season, it is important to remember that not every hearth or belly is full and […]

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OPINION: The homeless provide unexpected lessons


A bunch of do-gooders from a Stone Mountain church recently traveled to Atlanta to feed and fellowship with the homeless. The church folk expected they would be the ones imparting meaningful experiences, but they were wrong. They brought food and served up a hot breakfast to dozens of men and women who had no permanent […]

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OPINION: Smack back that big hack attack


“No single company or industry can stop or be held responsible for protecting the security and vulnerabilities of the Internet,” former Equifax CEO, Rick Smith, from his prepared statement and testimony before Congress on October 3, 2017.  It is no longer a matter of if, more a matter of when, your personal identity, finances or […]

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OPINION: Giving wisely makes all the difference


With cooler temperatures upon us and the holiday season just weeks away, expect an uptick in the number of food drives and requests for donations from organizations that serve the needy. It’s wonderful to give, especially when the giving is from the heart. However, we should think twice about what we’re giving and why. I […]

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OPINION: Zoning arguments, gentrification and diversity


  Many who oppose another property owner’s plans for development will quickly throw out the term “gentrification,” which is defined by Merriam Webster as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.” Just as often, those who attempt to influence what […]

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OPINION: Protests take many forms


  To take a knee or not to take a knee seems to be one of the hotly debated questions of the day. Football players who took a knee during the national anthem last year to express their anger and frustration with police brutality and racial injustice have been joined by other athletes—pro and amateur—as […]

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OPINION: Looking for hope in a world gone crazy


The events of recent weeks have left me in a funk—the clash between protesting groups that turned deadly in Charlottesville, the deaths and injuries in Barcelona from a terrorist attack, the growing prominence of hate groups, the protests and counter-protests surrounding removal of Confederate monuments. Add to that the mounting controversies involving President Donald Trump, […]

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