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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Using 'religious liberty' as a weapon

OPINION: Religious liberty is being invoked to circumvent U.S. laws

Don’t like same-sex marriage, contraception, HIV testing or even child labor laws? Never you worry: Just say that a Higher Power has exempted you, even if your exemption means trampling on other people’s rights.

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TOM PURCELL: Free-range parenting getting costly

OPINION: Encouraging indpendence of children can run afoul of the law

If your kids are seen walking without adult supervision, somebody will call the cops, Child Protective Services will conduct an investigation and charges will be filed.

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LORAN SMITH: Judi's House helps those grieving a death

OPINION: Former NFL star and wife helping others cope with loss

Brian and Brook Griese founded Judi’s House to to help children and adults who have lost a loved one find a connection and healing.

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ROGER MARIETTA: Still time to be heard on Sabal Trail

GUEST COLUMN: Citizens have until July 20 to give opinion to federal regulators

Dougherty County residents have until July 20 to comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the Sabal Trail compressor station and pipeline.

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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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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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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Mac & cheese can be a healthier choice

HEALTH & FITNESS: Add nutrition to a kids favorite

Kids will eat more nutritious food, as long as you sneak it in.

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MANDY FLYNN: Uh, That was the coffee talking

FEATURES COLUMN: Mrs. Olson would be proud

It’s a wonder I didn’t drink coffee earlier in life, considering I remember coffee being around our house since the beginning of time.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking back at signs of summer | QUIZ QUIZ

HISTORY: Nothing says summer like fresh watermelon.

Read some facts about watermelon, swimming, air conditioning and more.

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JOHN WALLACE: I know it's only rock 'n' roll, but ...

FRIDAY JAM SESSION: Rock was the soundtrack of a generation

One of my earliest memories is my mother, carrying me in her arms, entering our apartment building in the Bronx and she was singing to me, “Are you ready, ready,ready, ready now Teddy, ready, ready, ready to rock and roll.” Which was confusing at the time because my name wasn’t Teddy.

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CAL THOMAS: Repeating myself on Iran nukes

OPINION: U.S. and Iran negotiators are repeating themselves, so why cant I?

I have yet to hear from a U.S. government official why anyone can trust an Iranian regime whose dictatorship kills its own people, conducts secret trials, and openly and proudly states its god wishes everyone who disagrees with its version of Islam eliminated from the planet.

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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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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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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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