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America can't afford to forget

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A dozen years after the event, the attacks on American soil are still in our memories, haunting reminders that even the most powerful nation on the planet has vulnerability.

Thumbs Up! - Sept. 9, 2013

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Mathis chases all-American dream

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Carly Mathis, of Leesburg, has an opportunity to realize a dream in the Miss America pageant.

Syria solution a difficult one

That the United States has to act on the deployment of chemical weapons by Syria’s embattled government is a given. The only question is how it will take place, and when.

Thumbs Up! - Sept. 2, 2013

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Taxpayers get break on cleanup costs

The cleanup bill for an abandoned gas plant in Albany likely won’t be as expensive as initially projected, officials say.

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No martyr, Hasan will die a murderer's death

A military jury made the right decision Wednesday when it sentenced Nidal Hasan to death in the murders of 13 unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.

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Freedom's ring should be sweet sound for all

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All across the nation, bells will ring at mid-afternoon today. The bells will have an important purpose — commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest speeches in American history, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.

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Thumbs Up! -- Aug. 26, 2013

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One person makes a difference

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As frightening as last week’s shootings and standoff at a Decatur school were, the resourcefulness of a school employee kept a scary and dangerous situation from becoming a deadly disaster.

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Obama ignoring pressure on Syria

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Pressure is mounting for the United States to take stronger action in Syria, but so far President Barack Obama is showing reluctance to do anything. Even talk about it.

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Clock's ticking down on Egypt

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The situation in Egypt is well on its way to becoming a no-win situation for the United States as its political upheaval turns increasingly violent.

Thumbs Up! -- Aug. 19, 2013

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Muggridge shows good foresight

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By stepping down from a commission committee, Lee County Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge showed foresight in avoiding a potential Open Meetings Law violation.

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Court fight not needed in water war

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Politicians often complain about clogging up the courts and the expenses incurred. But that doesn’t stop them from shoving more hair down the judicial sink.

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Newark gets 'frisk' law down pat

When it comes to a enforcing law, the most critical details are in the implementation.

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Thumbs Up! Aug. 12, 2013

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Patriot Act may get revamping

The firestorm caused by the disclosures made by Edward Snowden, now a fugitive hiding out in Russia, on the National Security Agency's domestic and foreign spying programs has reached a point where President Barack Obama says action needs to be taken to rein them in.

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Terminal opens brighter gateway

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At long last, the new terminal at Southwest Regional Airport is in use.

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Finally, some good news on furloughs

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While that loss of income certainly hurts the wallet, the added five days of work means the financial impact won’t be as severe. For those who prepared for the worst, the reduction in lost wages is an unexpected benefit.

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Elliott Minor was true professional

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It was with a great deal of sadness that we saw that Elliott Minor died on Thursday.

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Thumbs Up! - Aug. 5, 2013

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Operation rescues exploited children

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A combined effort by federal, state and local law enforcement officials in 76 cities last week made an impact.

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Thumbs Up! - July 29, 2013

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Strive2Thrive is making strides

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It's not really a secret, but the good that the Albany Strive2Thrive program does for the community can be overlooked.

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Darton reaches a milestone

Sixteen graduates walked down the aisle in Cavalier Arena at Darton State College on Thursday during a rare mid-summer graduation ceremony.

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Reprieve nearing on college loan rates

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After the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that reverses the July 1 spike that doubled interest rates for some college student loans, it appears likely that the legislation could pass the House early next month.

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Harden ready for USDA No. 2 job

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If you review Krysta Harden’s career, she’s clearly qualified for the deputy secretary position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Middle East peace an elusive goal

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Attempt after attempt has been made to arrive at some sort of peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians that will stick. So far, uneasy, fragile truces are about all anyone has been able to come up with. The underlying hatred and distrust have never been eradicated and, we have to say, we’re pessimistic that they ever will be.

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Thumbs Up! - July 22, 2013

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Image isn't everything, but a good one sure helps

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard made a statement last week that deserves to be repeated and thought about.

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Senate dodges ‘nuclear option’

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The rancor between Democrats and Republicans moved uncomfortably close to a fundamental change in the way the U.S. Senate functions on Tuesday.

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Family's important no matter where you are

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While cultures and ideas about how life should be lived vary widely around the world, the important things that people have are remarkably consistent.

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Thumbs Up! - July 15, 2013

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Worth School Board needs civics lesson

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The Worth County Board of Education demonstrated collective shortsightedness on an embarrassing level last week when it essentially expelled 57 students whose parents are serving our nation in the Marine Corps.

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Farm bill has tough row to hoe

It got worse this week for farm legislation.

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The Zimmerman trial reaches its final stages

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Now that the defense has rested in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, there will be a few rebuttal witnesses and then arguments by prosecutors and defense attorneys.

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‘Zero option’ deserves serious consideration

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Whether this is a high-stakes game of political chicken remains to be seen, but it appears U.S. officials are at least considering pulling all American troops out of Afghanistan by the end of next year.

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Thumbs up! - July 8, 2013

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America still land of free

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Let’s face it. In these modern times, old-fashioned patriotism seems like an awfully quaint notion.

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Cities taking precautions for Fourth of July

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Independence Day celebrations will be going on all over the nation on Thursday, but there are some who won’t have time to enjoy it. They’re public safety officials — law enforcement, firefighters, emergency technicians — who’ll be on alert.

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Gas prices help patriotic travelers

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It looks like motorists will be getting a break on gas prices this Independence Day holiday, though it’s still hard to look at fuel that costs more than $3 a gallon as a bargain.

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Thumbs Up! - July 1, 2013

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Immigration bill DOA in House

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Lost last week among the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act, the George Zimmerman trial, Paula Deen's troubles and the elusive traitor Edward Snowden, the Senate passed an immigration reform bill.

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Mother Nature turns on the spigot

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If you think your lawn is growing faster than it has in years, you're probably right.

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Court ruling gives Georgia the chance to prove itself

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The ruling Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 doesn’t give carte blanche to affected states for the reinstitution of unfair voting practices. Violating a citizen’s right to vote is still against the law.

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Snowden was out to hurt U.S.

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Edward Snowden, currently the focus of a vortex of political intrigue, has been called a whistleblower and a traitor. It’s becoming more evident that he is the latter, a planted traitor whose goal from the beginning was to cripple his nation’s security.

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Thumbs Up! - June 24, 2013

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Congress is as predictable as the weather

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It’s pretty clear that the middle is getting squeezed in Congress these days, where the slogan seems to be: “Everything Except Moderation”

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Timing not right on pay increase for School Board

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The question of how much compensation an elected public official should receive is one that has dogged elected officials -- and the voters who put them in office -- since the early days of the Republic.