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RONDA RICH: P.R. work comes too late

THE DIXIE DIVA: When you are gone, folks remember what you did, not what is written about you

Will I be remembered dramatically different by people than the good things heralded in my “good-bye world” death notice?

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LORAN SMITH: Spirits lifted across the Atlantic

FEATURES COLUMN: There is reason for optimism with the younger generation

It is best to bend an elbow with the younger generation who remind us that the world is not yet going to hell in a hand basket.

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TOM PURCELL: When telecommuniting doesn't actually 'work'

OPINION: Once there's a new federal program, it's only a matter of time before it's abused

The Commerce Department’s inspector general issued a report that found 19 paralegals within the Patent and Trademark Office were given so little government work to do that they “watched television, surfed the Internet, used Facebook, performed volunteer work for a charity, washed laundry, exercised at home, read books and magazines, shopped online or cleaned dishes.”

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KRAUTHAMMER: Amnesty as impeachment bait

President Obama is impatient. Congress won’t act on immigration, he says, and therefore he will. The White House is coy as to exactly what the president will do. But the leaks point to an executive order essentially legalizing an enormous new class of illegal immigrants, perhaps up to 5 million people.

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BILL WILLIAMS: Lee County property tax hike was unnecessary

GUEST COMMENTARY: Lee County commissioners took the easy way out by raising the millage rate

Lee County doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has an overspending problem with its FY 2015 budget.

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JOHN LEWIS: Make sure you are heard through your vote

GUEST COMMENTARY: The first step is registering to vote

Heroes fought to secure us the right to vote and it is a precious, fundamental right. It is our duty to use that power. It is our duty to take it to the ballot box. It is our duty to encourage our fellow citizens to share their voices.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Outdoor 'plumbing' can be plumb dangerous

OUTDOORS: Outdoorsmen have their own problems when 'nature' calls

Outdoorsmen never know just what sort of “faclities” they may encounter when the time comes to answer Nature’s call. It goes way beyond the common variables of long lines, sanitary conditions, and whether or not the soap dispenser is full.

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Squawk of the Day - Aug. 8, 2014

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to find out what everybody’s squawking about.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Where do you find meaning in weekly worship?

FAITH: Ranking the elements of worship in terms of meaning

This is a hopelessly subjective question. One week the anthem might top the list, the next week the sermon. One week the praise band or the pipe organ might be the most inspiring element and one week it could be the morning prayer or a hymn that the congregation sings with particular fervor.

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CAL THOMAS: The Nixon resignation, 40 years later

OPINION: Nixon was not brought down; he committed political suicide

President Richard Nixon thought he could get away with what other politicians had done, but forgot the rules were different for Republicans.

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E.J. DIONNE: U.S. needs plain vanilla bipartisanship

OPINION: Most Americans now disapprove of their own U.S. representative

The GOP talks a great deal about family values, but what, pray, is it willing to do to ease life for parents trying to make a living and do right by their kids at the same time?

ROBINSON: What ‘war on whites’?

If there really were a “war on whites,” as a Republican congressman from Alabama ludicrously claims, it wouldn’t be going very well for the anti-white side.

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Squawk of the Day - Aug. 7, 2014

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to find out what everybody’s squawking about.

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Bright of the Day - Aug. 7, 2014

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

CATHERINE RAMPELL: Stop the campus rape numbers game

OPINION: A proposed Senate bill would survey every U.S. college campus about sexual violence

For years, victims’ advocates have been recommending that schools pull their heads out of the sand and start measuring the true extent of the epidemic of sexual violence on their campuses.

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T. GAMBLE: An uncensored time was had by all

OPINION: Glowing nuptial reports brush over real life

According to newspaper accounts, the average newlywed just hit the romance jackpot and nothing but clear sailing, fortune and fun await the glowing couple.

THOMAS: People, not politicians improve world economies

After years of debt (90.6 percent of GDP in 2013) and deficit spending, Britain’s ruling Conservative Party is crowing about the latest economic figures that show the country has outpaced the developed world in its economic recovery. Reuters reports that the International Monetary Fund recently upgraded Britain’s projected economic growth this year to 3.2 percent, leading “the world’s big rich economies.”

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RONDA RICH: Grant Tinker belongs to many

THE DIXIE DIVA: Grant Tinker helped numerous people get their first jobs

While Grant Tinker has been an influence on television, his greatest influence was allowing his sons to make it in the entertainment business on their own merits.

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