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MICHAEL REAGAN: The Confederate flag flap

OPINION: Politicians and the media focus on minor issues that rile up conservative-liberal divide

Like it or not, in 2015 the Confederate flag we all saw on the roof of those 1969 Dodge Chargers on the “Dukes of Hazard” is no longer so innocent. Now it symbolizes two totally different and incompatible things to whites and blacks.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Confederate markers continue tumble

OPINION: America still has not come to terms with slavery

Some 239 years after that awe-inspiring Declaration of Independence — “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” — we are still in denial about the foundations upon which this republic was built.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Finding religious identity

OPINION: Religious identity is more important than we acknowledge

Polls show that those who identify themselves as Christian (of any denomination) is waning, implying a weakening of religious identity.

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T. GAMBLE: Baking up some controversy

OPINION: Walmart nixes cakes with Confederate battle flags

Businesses and people seem to have diffrerent sets of rules as to what is offensive, depending on what the popular notion is at the time.

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Squawk of the Day - July 2, 2015

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Euros of mass destruction

OPINION: Europe had a dream of neighborliness that has turned to a nightmare of debt

Establishing a common currency was meant to facilitate the cross-border flow of goods, services, people and capital, and thus bond disparate countries through the mutual benefits of trade. But, unfortunately, such numismatic gymnastics made little sense given Europe’s fractured cultural and regulatory landscape.

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Squawk of the Day - July 1, 2015

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CARLTON FLETCHER: On the 4th, a Declaration of Dependence

OPINION: A 239-year-old historic document needs an updated makeover

America in 2015 is ready for a July 4th Declaration of Dependence.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Religious and gay rights must coexist

OPINION: The most significant strategy shift was gays embracing the conventional, bourgeois practice of marriage

Many gay rights advocates essentially made conservative arguments — concerning the individual and social benefits of faithfulness — to secure their legal goal. It is a form of gay rights that Middle America — already inclined to live and let live — could readily embrace.

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Bright Side of the Day - July 1, 2015

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MICHAEL LOMAX: 'Ted 2' a collection of hit-and-miss jokes

FILM COMMENTARY: Don't expect new plot twists or even clever jokes in this sequel

If you were a fan of the first, you should still like the second, though perhaps not as much. But some of the gags were hilarious, and I definitely laughed (or at least chuckled) more often than not.

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RONDA RICH: Learning more than how to crochet

THE DIXIE DIVA: Something the other day took me back to a time, many years ago

My grandmother, born and bred in the backwoods of the mountains, had the average education of that region. Longing to better herself intellectually and mentally, she was a serious devotee of crossword puzzles.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Patriotic gardening pleasures for the Fourth

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

For your patriotic gardening pleasures, many annual plants are available advertising the red, white and blue colors of our great country for exhibition at your home or office.

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WALT SPECHT: A gun is a tool for equalizing a threat

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gun control advocates have limited point of view

A weapon is a tool that can equalize a threat you have no physical means of neutralizing. It was once called one’s personal responsibility to protect one’s family. Now, it seems meddling in other people’s business is your right and you should fear no consequences.

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WARREN D. GRANT: Gun control is not the answer

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Criminals will not obey the law

All of the companies, schools, businesses and institutions that have banned guns are advertising to the degenerate minds of individuals who have a wanton disregard for the law that this is the place to go to get their name in the paper and on TV.

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JOHN CANNADY: Democratic national candidates lie for political gain

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Politicians take positions that are the most expedient

Now I know that there are good and bad apples in both parties, but when it gets to the national level, it appears to me that the Democrats have the most elected officials with the most blatant lies.

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DUANE 'BANJO' DAVIS: Confederate flag is not the cause of unrest in the nation

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shutting God out is the cause of problems in the United States

I have no allegiance to the Confederate flag; my allegiance is the flag of the United States of America and one nation under God!

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