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Every presidential election involving a Republican victor inevitably is followed by self-flagellation by the media. (For some reason, gosh, how did we get it wrong this time?)

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It may be the sort of birthday where someone shouts, “50 candles blazing on the cake? Are you crazy? Why don’t we just fill a pinata with cow methane while we’re at it?”

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Friends and loved ones. I am about to embark on a mission that I do not have the facts to back up my thoughts nor do I know anyone who does. Born in ‘42, I can remember the war going on. I was too young to understand what it was about or why it was happening. Living on a farm, I never went h…

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Jon Howard always votes against alcohol licenses, and I admire him for it. I think that is his true conviction. But I have to believe Demetrius Young votes against some alcohol licenses because those that are applying are not slipping him some money for his vote. The people of Ward VI should…

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ALBANY — The Albany Rotary Club hosted seven handicapped outdoor enthusiasts in a hunt recently. Several deer were taken, and good food and fellowship were enjoyed by all.

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You survived Thanksgiving and have one more major holiday to survive before the New Year and your resolutions begin. So for those who are contemplating what 2021 New Year’s resolutions to set, improving any of the following health indicators would be a good place to start. Research shows tha…

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The Trump campaign’s top lawyers — Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis — went into last weekend on the offensive. On Thursday, they held a news conference vowing to prove the existence of a far-ranging conspiracy to defeat the president. They were pressing a case alleging unfair voting…

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Well, I knew it was inevitable, sort of like death and taxes. My 16-year-old Hurricane Boy, now almost a man, got his driver’s license. I’m not sure how he passed the driving test. I can only say obviously the testing lady was not in the car over the last year as he drove and I served as the…

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The day (Election 2020) President Trump was defeated, November 3, 2020, will be a day to remember. The Democratic party began this process when the businessman Donald J. Trump announced he was running for President of the United States of America. The Russia Hoax began. Approximately four ye…

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Archbishop Bashar Warda is a man of hope, humility, courage and defiance. Christians will stay in the Middle East, like it or not, he says — even if there is little or no room for them among Muslim leaders in the region.

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Hello, Thanksgiving, it seems like you’re running late. I can’t say that I blame you. Most of us have been hiding out at home, or behind our masks, so you can be excused for being a bit anti-social. Still, it’s nice having you around. The turkeys are smaller, and the gatherings are more inti…

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During this unprecedented year we’ve been introduced to a number of words, phrases and terms, many of which we’re eager to erase from our memories. The year 2020 has seen social unrest, political animosity and — of course — coronavirus. With this bleak backdrop for context, here are Grammar …

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Jodi Doering, an emergency room nurse in South Dakota, tweeted this description of COVID-19 patients she’s been treating: “The ones that stick out are those who still don’t believe the virus is real. The ones who scream at you for a magic medicine, and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA…

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Words can hurt. On Dec. 20, 2013, a PR executive for internet giant Inter Active Corp. tweeted a comment that seemed to link skin color with AIDS. She did so as she was taking off from England for South Africa. During the flight, her tweet was shared more than 2,000 times and went viral. By …

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I have been reading with great interest recent discussions in The Albany Herald by community leaders, city/county officials, policymakers and the business community of violent crimes in Albany, and I felt compelled to put on my Criminologist hat.

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Californians have suffered greatly in our crazy war against the China virus. Our economy is a wreck. Restaurants are dying off by the hundreds. Schools are half-closed. Disneyland is a ghost town. And now things here have gotten worse.

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Thanksgiving is a great time for counting our blessings and expressing gratitude. In challenging times, an attitude of gratitude is all the more important, and this year has been one of the most difficult for so many. Nevertheless, we’ve seen many people in communities across our country who…

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This nation’s empirical and inquisitive Founders considered information conducive to improvement, which is one reason the Constitution mandates a decennial census. And why James Madison soon proposed expanding the census beyond mere enumeration to recording other data. Today, the census prov…

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This year has been nothing short of unequaled in our lifetime. From a global pandemic wreaking havoc on our lives and livelihoods to the social and racial injustices that we watched unfold on our televisions and in our backyards around America, 2020 has truly offered much hindsight from whic…

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ATLANTA — A federal judge tossed a lawsuit seeking to block the presidential election results in Georgia from being certified in a hearing that pitted attorneys for a firebrand supporter of President Trump against a surprising tag-team of Republican and Democratic defendants.

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Carlton, McConnell is trying to ensure that we will be ruled by law and Constitution, not by judicial fiat or whim. By the way, those rich ole white men that you seem to hate so much have given you a free country to voice your opinion, most of the movies and a lot of the music you love, medi…

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Remember the debate over the meaning of the phrase “defund the police?” Repeated over and over by the progressive left, it seemed pretty clear — it meant that cities should no longer fund, and thus effectively abolish, their police forces. But some Democrats worried that embracing such a rad…

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This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday, an observance that will mean practically nothing to the vast majority of Christians who attend non-liturgical churches. I had never heard of Christ the King Sunday growing up in a Disciples of Christ church in central Indiana. We celebrated Christmas an…

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As we approach what some are calling the “dark winter” of this pandemic, I can only hope it is our one and only such winter. Like so many others, I’m hopeful that the Pfizer vaccine, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, or whatever vaccine may follow, is indeed the magic bullet.

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Well, I see where the COVID-19 Nazis are now saying we may need to cancel Thanksgiving and Christmas. California has banned gatherings of more than a few people and requiring any event, if celebrated, be outside and with a mask on, except for each bite you take. Also, the meal must not be se…

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