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CARLTON FLETCHER: Anti-pipeline letter steps over line

OPINION: Sinyard doesn't deserve disrespect of pipeline foes

A letter to The Albany Herald sets former Dougherty Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard up as an anti-pipeline fall guy.

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CAL THOMAS: Ben Carson's warning

OPINION: We are at war with a radical ideology that wishes to destroy the West

Is it bigotry to quote what various Islamic leaders say are their intentions when it comes to establishing a worldwide caliphate and replacing the U.S. Constitution with Sharia Law, or is it a warning we should take seriously and respond to as we would react to any other invasion?

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MANDY FLYNN: Time for a Change

OPINION: The bed's too small for all of us

God bless him he just doesn’t understand how tough it is to share the bed.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: 'Quick fixes' nothing

OPINION: Quick fix diets don't do the job

When a friend or client tells me about losing 25 pounds in a month following some great new MLM (multi-level marketing) crash diet plan, I try not to dampen their enthusiasm by explaining why that’s not necessarily a good thing.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at this week in the news through the years | QUIK QUIZ

History: The only U.S. president to hail from Georgia, Jimmy Carter, turns 91 on Thursday

This week in history offers a hodgepodge of views regarding what was newsworthy over the years.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Imagining a visit from the pope

OPINION: A surprise visit from the pope could lead to some other surprises as well

How would citizens of Southwest Georgia react if Pope Francis were to make a surprise sidetrip to Albany, Georgia, before returning to the Vatican?

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T. GAMBLE: Did I mention the giant scoreboard?

OPINION: The football season is looking gloomy for alma mater Auburn

I promise I didn’t mean it when Auburn won the Football National Championship, after waiting 53 years, and I said, “I don’t care if we go 3 and 9 every year the rest of my life. I have my National Title.” I was kidding, God.

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RONDA RICH: Ethics of a moonshiner

THE DIXIE DIVA: A moonshiner would break the law, but not break his word

When the Chattanooga Better Business Bureau hired me as the keynote speaker for its annual luncheon, the president and CEO was very specific on what he wanted me to talk. He called twice to stress that I should build my talk around integrity and ethics in business.

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LORAN SMITH: Nashville's still pulling them in

LIFESTYLES COLUMNIST: Country music still represents the underpinning of Nashville's economy

Nashville has always been beckoning and becoming. Today it is a city on the move, attracting more than young musical aspirants who want to make it big. People are moving to Nashville every week by the dozens.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Autumn makes its grand debut

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

The days of September keep on counting down. Fall season arrives today. Autumn is a beautiful time of the year. As tree canopies forming the ceiling of the landscape provide magnificent seasonal colors, many shrubs also offer interesting color schemes while creating the walls of the landscape.

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SAMUEL K. WILLIAMS III: Smart exercise a healthy lifestyle choice

GUEST COLUMN: The right kind and amount of exercise are important

In my opinion, before any “healthy” patient initiates an exercise routine he or she should have at a minimum a discussion with his or her physician reviewing his or her health conditions. This may also include a physical examination.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Anxiety pervasive on both ends of political spectrum

OPINION: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders profiting from political unease

In achieving their improbable surges in presidential polling, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have profited from the same wellspring of anxiety, a deep-seated fear about the future that is rising across the land.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Summer of Trump leaves wreckage

OPINION: Donald Trump is either Herman Cain or a cartoon version of Barry Goldwater

Donald Trump’s damage is not merely an intellectually hollow campaign driven by the resentment of foreigners; it is the suspension of an essential GOP reform process.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Coming face-to-face with two Albanys concept

OPINION: Lunch on city’s westside provides a different reality

A chance visit to a northwest Albany establishment reveals stark differences compared to the city’s downtown.

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BARRY LEVINE: Some band names came down strange road

THE OLD ROCKER: For wild band names, few outdo The Trashmen

A rock-garage band, The Trashmen had one major hit “Surfin’ Bird” which reached No. 4 in 1964. The song was a combination of two 1962 songs by the Doo-Wop group The Rivingtons – “Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow” and “The Bird’s the Word.”