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E.J. DIONNE: Jeb Bush offers ray of optimism

OPINION: Jeb Bush is exception to the general gloomy pessimism of the Republican Party

Jeb Bush is critical of President Obama, but he does not suggest, as so many in his party do, that because of President Barack Obama, the United States is on a path to decline and ruin.

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YARBROUGH: A reminder of what Easter is really about

Easter is about celebrating the One who gives us hope that something better awaits us when this life is done. A miraculous day. A joyous day. That is what Easter is really about. I wish we would all remember that.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: LBJ changed civil rights landscape

OPINION: The 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act comes at a confusing moment for America

The America that elected Obama is a very different place from the nation over which Johnson presided.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: Tea Partiers listening to too much talk radio

OPINION: Talk radio tries to build audience, not political majority

For Republicans to win general elections, they need conservative candidates who do not sound like bombastic talk radio hosts.

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Squawk of the Day - April 14, 2014

Get a copy of The Albany Herald to see what everyone is squawking about.

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Thumbs Up! April 14, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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MANDY FLYNN: You have arrived eventually

FEATURES COLUMN: even GPS devices can be directionally challenged

GPS devices lacking in essentials such as best pot for a potty break and where to pull over when you see blue lights flashing.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Cautious optimism surrounds ADICA' pre-development agreement

OPINION: Development master plan encompasses 115.7 acres of land, most along Flint River

Private-sector interest in a downtown Albany development plan has many in the community cautiously optimistic.

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Bright of the Day - April 13, 2014

Get a copy of The Albany Herald to read about the Bright Side of life.

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Squawk of the Day - April 13, 2014

Get a copy of The Albany Herald to see what everyone is squawking about.

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Georgians can celebrate Tax Freedom Day

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Starting this weekend, you are working for yourself

Americans as a whole will have earned the $4.5 trillion needed to cover federal, state and local taxes by April 21.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, April 13, 2014

HISTORY: A look back at Confederate history.

People could (and did) pay 15 cents to observe the suffering and often dying Confederate prisoners at Camp Elmira, NY.

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KRAUTHAMMER: Thought police on patrol

Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy.

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YARBROUGH: Child abuse and neglect needs to be state's priority

Even if legislation had passed, the investigation of child abuse claims would still be left in the hands of DFCS and with the public lacking sufficient information on child deaths in Georgia.

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BOB KORNEGAY: A treatise on crickets

OUTDOORS: Cricket tube sighting strips mythology from trout fishing

I never fish for trout without crickets, at least in a back-up role. I’ll put a live bug on a hand-tied dry fly in a heartbeat. Heck, when I’m really fish hungry I’ll shun flies altogether and fish crickets “nekkid.” I have no shame.

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BYRON YORK: Obamacare hardships not hard to find

OPINION: ACA opponents do not have to overreach to make their points

Many individuals are finding higher costs and fewer choices under Obamacare.

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E.J. DIONNE: The renewed appreciation of LBJ is justified

OPINION: Historians have taken a more positive view of President Lyndon Johnson

The Lyndon B. Johnson comeback brings with it a new appreciation of the durability of the reforms enacted on his watch.

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