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MAC GORDON: 'Upset Saturday' is what makes college football special

GUEST COMMENTARY: Underdogs take out unbeaten, supposedly superior teams

It’s the stuff that makes autumn Saturdays (and Fridays) so special down South.

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MAC GORDON: At Christmas, its hard to beat America's Mayberrys

OPINION: Blakely and similar small American towns capture the heart of the holidays

Communities such as Blakely are as close as it gets to real Mayberrys.

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GORDON: Washington crisis over … for now

Opinion column

Washington would be better with more lawmakers like the late Jack W. Germond of Alaska, a type of legislator who is in short supply these days.

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GORDON: 'Book of Manning' worth a watch

Opinion column

Across a three-state region, I’ve heard more praise about Mississippi football icon and humanitarian Archie Manning and his family than about anything else connected with my home state in years.

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Peanut Proud brand ready for its debut

Opinion Column

Blakely’s 5th annual Peanut Proud festival is set for Saturday, March 23, on the Courthouse Square, but you would be wrong to assume that this will be just a one-day celebration of the noble peanut plant on which Early County thrives.

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More political chicken is sure to come

Opinion column

I am often confused over what goes on in the nation’s capital, no doubt due to my constant switching of TV news channels that lean left and right.

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Vicksburg discovers itself in mighty tall company

Opinion Column

Many Southerners consider it the worst day in the region’s history: July 4, 1863.

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Sparsity fund cancellation a bad gamble

Opinion column

I have never seen a place — yes, Georgia — where the k-12 public education system takes more turns for the good and then just as broadly takes giant steps backwards.

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Health care a hot issue under Gold Dome

Opinion column

In a news disseminating career of four decades-plus, I have seen my share of hospital- and medical care-related controversies. Health-care companies’ attempts to overtake one another or, on another angle, governments trying to put more taxes on hospitals to help fund certain services come to mind.

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There's a new sheriff in town in Blakely

Opinion column

There is a new sheriff in town in Blakely and Early County, a phrase that has not been uttered in this community in almost three decades.

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New year opens with a great many promises

Opinion column

The new year, 2013, is heavily upon us. There is almost nothing more promising than a new year because of the opportunities it presents to the world.

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Rural America picks bad time to nap

Opinion column

Results were posted earlier this month on the latest survey of our region of the country. I wish I had two versions of the report to offer ("first, the good news, and then the bad"). But I have only one and it's not a pretty picture.

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Fears over gun control just shooting blanks

Opinion column

The looming “fiscal cliff” is getting most of the page one attention in newspapers across the land. Talking heads on television and radio can’t seem to stop discussing whether President Obama and Congress will soon make the plunge — or whether they’ll avert the economic death drop. On Main Street, however, there is another issue dominating the political talk — gun control.

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Being thankful doesn’t stop with the holiday

Opinion column

Thanksgiving Day has come and gone but certainly we are not prohibited by law from continuing to express our thanks for all things great and good.

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Statesmanship a lost art in Congress

Do members of the United States Congress ever stop and consider what their legacies might be upon leaving office?

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America would benefit from being united

Opinion Column

The host of a popular sports talk radio show in this region of the country often advises would-be national champion football teams that fall by the wayside to “sit down and shut up.”

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Pocketbook will be deciding factor Tuesday

Election consultant James Carville’s watchword for Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential election will likely go down as the most effective campaign slogan ever used in American politics.

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Hillary Clinton poised for 2016 run

Wouldn't you like to see a record turnout in the Nov. 6 presidential election?

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Romney off target hunting Big Bird

Opinion column

I came to know Big Bird and his Muppet friends due entirely to a former work station. So trust me when I opine that Jim Henson’s characters are all about education and almost zero about federal spending.

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Getting older isn't much fun

Opinion column

Somehow, I knew this would happen. I should have seen it coming. Just my luck.

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Romney scores Round 1 win in debate

Opinion column

President Obama was supposed to deliver a final staggering blow to challenger Mitt Romney Wednesday night on the way to a second term. But in their debate, Romney scored epic upset.

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Reinstate teacher bonus program

As a native of Mississippi, the economically poorest state in America, and a resident of Georgia, the South's tower of financial stability, I am often given to myriad comparisons between these provinces.

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Dear GOP: A penny for my thoughts

I can’t tell the Republican National Committee that my check is in the mail.

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Georgia should consider Medicaid expansion

Georgia is among a handful of states yet to decide whether to expand its Medicaid program.

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Old meets new in hunt for 'black gold'

I don't guess anything can cause more of a commotion -- or general excitement -- than the prospect of an oil boom in a small community.

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Rain gives crops a heavenly start

My wife and I moved back to Georgia almost exactly two years ago. The night we arrived, we brought with us from Mississippi a bounteous, torrential rain. (Mary Lee still cannot believe that she drove a U-Haul truck, pulling a vehicle, 400 miles through it from Jackson, Miss. I wish I had a picture.)

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Will Georgia go for big casino payoff?

Mississippi needed casino gambling when the state Legislature made it legal in 1990.

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Which attracts more -- sentiment, scandal?

Sentiment or scandal: Which is the more alluring?

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Florida knows how to smooth out travel

I never expected to become enthralled with an interstate highway, but if there is a better roadway in the Eisenhower interstate system than I-10, I have yet to put the metal to the pedal on it.

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Newt, it's all over except for the typing

All the indicators point to a decision by Georgian Newt Gingrich to give up his presidential campaign and return home and leave the Republican contest to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

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Older Americans deserve our tribute

Watching the recent Peanut Proud Parade move around Blakely's old Courthouse Square got me to thinking about the things that are really important to small-town citizens, our fellow Georgians and, dare I say with trepidation, a vast majority of Americans.

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Famed Clower beer joint soon to disappear

Not long ago, they closed the Garland Inn. If you are a man or woman of the South and don't know about the Garland Inn, maybe you never heard of Jerry Clower.

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'The Card': I won't leave home without it

The Class of 1965 turns 65 this year -- a historic occasion despite it being only the 47th anniversary of our cap-and-gown ceremony.

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State charter schools not the answer

I have yet to buy in to all this hooey over the supposed greatness of K-12 charter schools, a movement that appears to be sweeping a large portion of our national landscape.

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Peanut research pays dividends for region

The federal and state governments pay for all sorts of enterprises designed to improve our daily lives, but few offer a better return on investment than agricultural research.

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Alabama immigration law out of bounds

It appears that Alabama officials are slowly but surely realizing that the tough anti-illegal immigration law they passed in 2010 is out of bounds.

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This year, I shall resolve to not ...

Mitch Clarke, Blakely native, good Methodist and esteemed editor of a daily newspaper in North Georgia, took a radical approach for his first column of 2012. Instead of listing resolutions and hopes and dreams for the new year, he wrote about things which he has no plans to do. I like that idea. So with apologies to Mitch, please swim with me in this sea of negativity:

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It is never too late to right a wrong

Albany State University recently conferred honorary degrees on more than two dozen former students who were expelled from the college in 1961 for their participation in civil rights activities.

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Compromise a lost political art

Legislators at the federal and state levels of government are taking verbal beatings around this country almost like never before. Much of the criticism is well deserved, even they will admit.

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Gifts pouring in for Obama

We are in the midst of two seasons that are supposed to bring hope to the world. I have no doubt that one of them — the Christmas season — offers exactly that as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. There is no greater season and no greater hope.

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Always pray, search for a cure for cancer

A few days ago, my father would have been 102. He died almost 30 years ago of pancreatic cancer.

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U.S. has to return to making products

Americans of a certain age well remember the halcyon and prosperous days of the 1940s through the ’70s and ’80s when most towns possessed at least one textile manufacturer and possibly a heavier industrial plant as well.

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Lives filled with many blessings

It is that time of the year when we say “thanks” for our many blessings. Following are a few of mine.

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Is it too late to start again?

I knew I was in the wrong business. Why didn’t I have the foresight to become a historian?

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Job markets unfriendly to today's vets

To say that the jobs situation when I left the service was different from the employment scene facing veterans today is a gross understatement.

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Like Perry, we all have our ‘senior’ moments

We are all human — even people who want to be president of the United States of America. That’s why Rick Perry, a candidate for the Republican nomination, stepped in “it” (his own words) during the recent GOP debate on the budget and other financial issues. And by “it” he wasn’t referring to ice cream, either. At least he had his boots on.

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Republican field has GOP cringing

People with no plans anyway to vote for the eventual Republican nominee for President in 2012 are enjoying laughs galore watching the GOP circus tent unfold before our very eyes.

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Protests are as American as it gets

America is a land conceived from protest. Surely we have not forgotten the fervor of those involved in the original Boston Tea Party, who tossed the Brits' tea into the harbor over high taxes and lack of legislative representation?

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Voting transgressions still haunt South

Past transgressions in voting rights for blacks continue to haunt the American South — or at least haunt those people who fought against blacks having any voting rights.

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Voting discrimination myth of Democrats

Past transgressions in voting rights for blacks continue to haunt the American South — or at least haunt those people who fought against blacks having any voting rights.

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