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BOB KORNEGAY: Raise a glass to a life well-spent

OUTDOORS: Mama bass lived life to the fullest

The grand “trophy-that-never-was” now lies buried, slowly decomposing and nourishing the soil in the man’s garden.

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MICHAEL GERSON: A global conspiracy of health

OPINION: Child survival rates worldwide have improved in 15 years

There are a variety of reasons for increased child survival, including improved prevention of malaria and HIV. But according to a recent report in The Lancet, about half of these gains came from reductions in pneumonia, diarrhea and measles — diseases addressed by vaccination.

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MANDY FLYNN: My tidings of great joy, if only in my dreams

FEATURE COLUMN: The Christmas letter I would like to write

If there is one thing I find myself regretting each year about this time, it is that I have, once again, failed to produce a homemade Christmas – baking, handmade presents, cranberries strung on the tree. Just once, I want a Martha Stewart Christmas.

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MARY GANZEL: Keeping it simple alleviates Christmastime stress

HEALTH & FITNESS: People add pressue on themselves during the holidays

Make a resolution this season to reduce your stress during Christmas 2014 by keeping it simple and doing things that make memories with family and friends.

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BARRY LEVINE: What's your favorite Christmas song?

THE OLD ROCKER: Learn the story behind some of the youletide classic sounds

“Do You Hear What I Hear” by Ed Ames, formerly of the Ames Brothers, was written in October 1962, with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker. They wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Georgia Charter School Commission director says progress being made

OPINION: Fewer than half of the Georgia charter schools use management companies

My primary objection to the amendment was a concern that for-profit charter school management companies that had showered campaign dollars on our state’s politicians like talcum powder on a baby’s rump would get an unfair competitive advantage and elbow everybody else out of the game. To date, that has not happened.

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MICHAEL AQUADRO: America not Christian? Au contraire

GUEST COMMENTARY: America was founded on Christian principles

I was troubled by the recent commentary “Thank secularists for Christmas.” Surely the article was an attempt at humor since the author’s credits include stand-up comic, but was in extremely bad taste. The author does not believe that America is a Christian nation. She asked, “How are we a Christian nation?”Let me count the ways.

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MICHAEL GERSON: The arrogance of liberal elites

OPINION: The problem for Democrats is Jonathan Gruber is not stupid

Jonathan Gruber recently appeared before a hostile House committee. The MIT economist played a significant paid role in producing and defending the Affordable Care Act, and later admitted the law was written in a “tortured way” to hide tax increases and other flaws.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Visitation always fraught with peril

FAITH: A pastor will never be caught up with visitation

There is no unanimity on the priority on pastoral visitation.

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Bright Side of the Day - Dec. 12, 2014

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to find out about the Bright Side of life.

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Squawk of the Day - Dec. 12, 2014

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to see what everyone is squawking about!

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BYRON YORK: Obamas dangerous legacy for Democrats

OPINION: The damage from President Obama could make White House unattainable for Democrats in 2016

The Obama damage is two-fold. First, his success relied on a coalition that likely will not survive, or at least survive at full strength, without Obama himself on the ticket. Secondly, Obama drove a significant portion of white voters away from the Democratic Party.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: The decline of the dealmakers

OPINION: Deep South U.S. Senate representative will be all Republican in January

In the Deep South today, the Republicans are essentially the white majority party and the Democrats are the black minority party.

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HAL BRADY: Perspective on a racial crisis

FAITH: Working together and finding ways to understand each other can heal a community

One city found reasons to join together, talk through and address concerns following the fatal shooting of a man by police.

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T. GAMBLE: Promise of man being eaten by snake a crushing disappointment

OPINION: Rabid Discovery Channel viewers express anger when snake-eats-man episode does not deliver

Viewers expressed outrage that the lead-up indicated the man would be swallowed, but, instead, he was only almost crushed to death. Until this event, I did not realize Discovery Channel viewers were such a violent lot.

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Squawk of the Day - Dec. 11, 2014

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to see what everyone is squawking about!

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: The cycle of the taxi wars

OPINION: These kinds of battles have played out before

Deregulating the taxi industry? Been there, done that.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Christmas lights add to holiday cheer

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: The Christmas season is already upon us and rejoicing is in the air

Christmas lights help spread the holiday spirit within each of us. However, with these lights come much responsibility to ensure the safety of the home, workplace and community throughout this season.

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LORAN SMITH: A home-cooked meal soothes the soul during the holidays

FEATURES COLUMN: There always has been a warm affection for home-cooked meals

Usually the most memorable meals are those when you enjoy a good time. The setting and the atmosphere enhance the meal.

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RONDA RICH: The legacy of Don Light

THE DIXIE DIVA: Don Light taught of you keep going, you will get the yes you are looking for

While Don Light leaves behind an admirable reputation, he leaves a legacy to those of us touched by his wisdom.

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