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SHARLENE PIGG: Army offers attractive option to millennials

GUEST COMMENTARY: About 30 percent of young Americans meet Army qualifications

The Army continually needs new soldiers, just as most large-scale businesses need a constant flow of entry-level employees. The vast majority of the 860 young men and women who enlisted in the Army at Jacksonville in the past school year are starting their first full-time job, with competitive pay and benefits.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Belgium creates right of prisoner to government-assisted suicide

OPINION: Belgium officials determine mentally ill prisoner has right to cease to be a human being

The right to suicide adheres, in this case, not to all human beings but to sick and apparently flawed human beings. And such a “right” begins to look more and more like an expectation. A mentally or physically ill person can be killed, in the end, because they have an illness. A qualification can slide into a justification.

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DOUG EVERETT: Number of ratepayer-supported free cellphones halved in Georgia

GUEST COMMENTARY: Efforts by Georgia PSC and other states forced cellphone industry to police itself

Today, the number of ratepayer-paid “free” cellphones has been halved, reducing Georgia’s burden on the Universal Service Fund by more than $5.5 million per month.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Obamacare is not the disaster it was predicted to be

OPINION: Obamacare is rarely mentioned these days by GOP candidates

Nearly a dozen of the 29 Republican governors have abandoned their party’s dogma to expand Medicaid. Several more are expected to do so next year after the midterm elections, when pressures to conform to partisan ideology will have faded.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Emergency personnel are true super heroes

OPINION: Politicians can’t skimp on funding first responders

When it’s budget time, politicians curry favor with a simple mantra: Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending.

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BOB KORNEGAY: The woes of duck floating

OUTDOORS: My stint as a floating waterfowler was short for a couple of pretty good reasons

If “poor planning” was a dictionary entry, my picture would appear alongside the definition. I had to learn the hard way that self-defense shooting of big old alligators with No. 6 shotgun pellets only makes them angry and big old water moccasins are difficult to hit when one’s little old float tube is spinning in the current like a (no pun intended) duck feather in a storm drain.

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MARY GANZEL: Good sleep an important part of good health

HEALTH & FITNESS: Sleep requirements vary by individual, but getting enough for you is important

Eating and drinking late, along with late-night use of TV and electronic devices, can cause problems when trying to get a good night’s sleep.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at South Georgia news in the fall of 1899 | QUIZ

HISTORY: See what was making news in Albany and Southwest Georgia in autumn months of 1899

The tin roof of the courthouse got a new coat of paint and Crow Country Corn Whiskey was available for 75 cents per quart at the local drug store.

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BARRY LEVINE: Music tastes vary for Albanians

THE OLD ROCKER: Top picks range from the Stones to Tony Orlando

There’s one thing for certain about those of us who love rock ‘n’ roll. Our tastes vary as much in music as they do in food, clothes and TV programs. Preferences vary from Doo-Wop to Rockabilly to British Invasion to Motown.

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TOM PURCELL: Obama learns of Pearl Harbor

OPINION: Imagining the Obama approach to World War II

Would America have gotten involved, or sit back to see how things would develop?

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OPINION: Turns out the Islamic State’s best recruiting tool is indeed savagery — its own

As for the short run, the Islamic State knows it will be pounded from the air. But it deems that price worth paying, given its gains in propaganda and prestige — translated into renown and recruiting — from these public executions.

KRAUTHAMMER: The jihadi logic

What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion?

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DICK YARBROUGH: Looking for positives in a negative world | POLL

OPINION:Who has a lesser sense of humor -- liberal weenies or Bible thumpers?

I consider getting a rise out of the humor-impaired as a positive. I know I positively enjoy jerking their chains.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Mutations with a malign mission

OPINION: President made right call to send troops, money to Liberia

Ebola is killing people every day. It threatens our well-being and demands a rapid response.

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CAL THOMAS: Why do Americans hate America?

OPINION: Many Americans have forgotten what it means to be an American

Since the turbulent ’60s, some Americans have chosen to ignore, even oppose, values taught to their forebears. These tenets begin with personal responsibility and accountability, hard work, capitalism, self-reliance, faith in God and patriotism.