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CARLTON FLETCHER: Fourth of July fear-mongering unfounded

OPINION: Downtown celebration features wealth of community spirit

A vocal minority — many of whom don’t even go there — spreads fear about downtown Albany.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Trump and the GOP's dividing line

OPINION: Indications are Republicans have serious debate between reform camps

A political appeal that encourages division would worsen the GOP’s main political problem: a durable impression that it does not care for the country as a whole.

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RONDA RICH: Sticking together, 150 years later

THE DIXIE DIVA: Winners, I have discovered, do not like to associate with losers

“Gen. Longstreet Chapter,” the sign read with an arrow pointing toward a certain room. I read it aloud then my eyes lighted up. Gen. Longstreet was a famous commander of the Civil War, considered to be, along with Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Stonewall Jackson, one of the most battle successful in a war that would be lost. He is from my hometown of Gainesville.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Pruning by deer a problem for many

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

There is one “not so little” pest that wants to annoy us and destroy every effort we make to improve the landscape. Pruning by deer is a problem in many of our landscapes leaving our plants battered and beaten up. However, we are the guilty party for invading their spaces through development.

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KEVIN SPROUL: July brings new laws to Georgia

SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Move-over law for motorist has new requirement

In addition to fireworks and medical cannibis, new Georgia laws involve soliciting student athletes, child porn, protecting police dogs, gun carry rights, harassing communications and moving vehicles into adjacent lanes.

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MICHAEL LOMAX: 'Terminator Genisys' business as usual

FILM COMMENTARY: Even the T-800 can't save a not-quite-blockbusting blockbuster

Bolstered by “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke as the new Sarah Connor and the return of Anold Schwarzenegger, “Genisys” was made for the seemingly simple task of restarting a series that, for all intents and purposes, should have come to a close in 1991. Instead, it’s business as usual for the powers that be.

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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.