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PERRY BUCHANAN: Thankful for the benefits of fitness

HEALTH & FITNESS: An active life can reduce chances of some chronic health problems

One of the best prescriptions for avoiding chronic diseases as an active, fit lifestyle.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at Novembers gone by, Nov. 23, 2014

HISTORY: See what was happening in and around Albany in Novembers past.

Voters overwhelmingly supported a bond issue that allowed for the building of Albany Junior College.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Relevance is all a matter of perspective

OPINION: Even thicker skin can be penetrated with barbs

Relevance, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

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BARRY LEVINE: Running afowl of band name choices

THE OLD ROCKER: Bird names plentiful in music history

The most successful of the bird groups was the Eagles, who formed in 1971 in Los Angeles.

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Thumbs Up! Nov. 23, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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MANDY FLYNN: You can't dress up stuffing

FEATURES COLUMN: There's no such thing as a box of dressing

Just the other day, I wondered if the young girl (who asked how many boxes of dressing she needed) had ever tasted real dressing, and I actually felt sorry for those who have never had the pleasure.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Junior gets out his political crystal ball

OPINION: Is a Georgia politician destined for the White House in 2016?

Junior reminded me a couple of weeks ago that he was going to wait for everybody else to give you their two cents worth on the election results, and then he would come in with the numbers behind the numbers. I have no idea what that means. I assume Junior does.

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Bright Side of the Day - Nov. 22, 2014

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

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MICHAEL GERSON: Leaving the harder path

OPINION: President Obama gives up on politics with power play

Obama has now officially abandoned the harder path — not because the issues surrounding immigration will never be resolved (a case no one has adequately made) but because he wants to be the president to resolve them.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Taxes and trade are the test

OPINION: Economic news from Japan and Europe is not good

The U.S. corporate rate, 35 percent, encourages businesses to move overseas and protect their profits from U.S. tax collectors; more than $2 trillion is stashed abroad, according to independent research firm Capital Economics.

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Georgia senators oppose immigration action by President Obama

The plan outlined by the president Thursday would affect an estimated 5 million people

Georgia’s senators and senator-elect say President Obama overstepped his powers with the executive action he announced.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Do Sunday drivers still exist?

FAITH: What might Sabbath observance look like in your life?

I have discovered in my older age and in my retirement that for the first time in my adult life all days are potentially just about the same, which makes it even more imperative that I become intentional in observing the Sabbath, a practice I find deeply satisfying even in my imperfect practice of it.

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HAL BRADY: Keep gratitude in your heart

FAITH: A proper perspective is needed on the challenges in life

Numbers of us know from our own experience that where there is gratitude. fear and anxiety have lessened.

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BRAD MCEWEN: Musical highway

The Foo Fighters Sonic Highways inspires memories of my own musical journey.

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PAUL J. PENA: Upgraded missile defense is U.S.'s best security

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A bad deal with Iran is worse than none at all

Congress must step up and fully fund the GMD missile defense program; it’s our only real defense against a missile launched at the U.S. homeland by Iran.

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