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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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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The jihadi logic

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.

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Bright Side of the Day - Sept. 21, 2014

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

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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.

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Squawk of the Day - Sept. 20, 2014

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

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ROBINSON: Obama may have to send troops

President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep” — even if the president resists it — is baked in from the start.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Children need our love, protection

FAITH: How many children are hungry in Albany, Ga.?

Love children. Hug children. Laugh with children. Play with children. Protect children. Teach children. Defend children. Pray for and with children.

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BYRON YORK: Early on, Obama passed up sure approval of immigration reform

OPINION: Now the president is delaying action on immigration to protect Democratic candidates

President Obama says he will wait until after the November election to take executive action on immigration reform, a move designed to protect Democratic office candidates.

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