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In the abortion debates, the polarized discussion often focuses on death. Which is a shame, as foster care and adoption are important, even crucial, parts of the pro-life platform.

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At around age 6, I began collecting baseball cards. Almost immediately, I sorted the players on the cards into each of their respective teams and split the teams into American and National Leagues. Among the leagues, I alphabetized the team names beginning with “Angels” and ending with “Whit…

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Reporters at major newspapers and magazines are hard to reach by telephone. Today it is increasingly hard to converse with them about timely scoops, leads, gaps in coverage, and corrections to published articles.

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Driving home from the dog park, I was surprised to hear the (Dixie) Chicks’ terrific song “Wide Open Spaces” on the country oldies station. The group had been banished from country radio since 2003 after saying George W. Bush made them embarrassed to be Texans.

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Don’t you just love Lorenzo Heard speaking out against the east Albany liquor store? It has always been the bootleggers and preachers against legal liquor stores because the bootleggers want that money on Saturday night and the preachers want it on Sunday. Some things never change.

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I am leading a group of men studying the Ten Commandments, using as our resource a book by Adam Hamilton: “Words of Life: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today.” My group has found the book rich and readable. The discussion each week has been quite stimulating.

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By now, most of us have seen the Progressive Insurance commercial featuring a “life coach” instructing adults how to avoid becoming their parents.

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Seventy-five years ago, President Truman signed the National School Lunch Act, forming the National School Lunch Program, which — in turn — paved the way for the creation of other programs like school breakfast, after-school meals, summer meals, and more. School nutrition programs play a mas…

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I was so glad that Tom Seegmueller’s article on the J&P Service Center in Sasser was published. I moved to Sasser in 1989 and have patronized this business ever since.

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I am sure that many of you have read stories or seen reports about shipping backups at ports worldwide. These backups are even affecting our own Port of Savannah, but thankfully it has weathered these challenges better than many other U.S. ports. Although the causes of these backups are comp…

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So now they go and tell me Superman is bisexual. Yes, that’s right, Superman will now have a male lover in the newest comic book edition.

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“CBS Sunday Morning” recently aired a story about Mount Airy, N.C., the inspiration for Mayberry of “Andy Griffith Show” fame. Ted Koppel interviewed the townsfolk, who reflected on Mount Airy’s 60-year run as America’s idyllic depiction of life in the slow lane.

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Do you remember the first time something that had been taught in school as truth was later shown to be incorrect? Apart from evolution and other pseudo sciences, for me it was Pluto.

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“The decision to have children has always struck me as an essentially selfish one: You choose, out of a desire for fulfillment or self-betterment or curiosity or boredom or baby-mania or peer pressure, to bring a new human into this world. And it has never seemed more selfish than today.”

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Jesus said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Matthew 4:4) The full implication of that phrase, “every word which comes from the mouth of the Lord,” can so easily be overlooked. Think about it. For man to live by eve…

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I try to find goodness in the worst situations. That is just the kind of guy I am. So it is in that spirit that I say the holy wars taking place at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in East Cobb these days make the Cobb County Republican Party look like a group of day campers holding hands …

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In full disclosure, I’m a little biased when it comes to Albany State University. As we wrap up ASU’s Homecoming Week festivities, I will state for the record that I think that ASU’s Homecoming is one of the most enjoyable times of the year.

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My buddies Ayres and Klinger and I walked its crowded corridors for hours on Friday nights, hoping to meet girls. That’s what we did at South Hills Village Mall in the late 1970s, when we were teens and the American Mall was in its heyday.

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This morning, (Thursday 7:30 a.m.) a lady in the car in front of me paid for my Burger King breakfast. I was surprised, humbled and sincerely appreciative to have been the undeserving recipient of such gracious kindness. People like her are both an encouragement and example of how to make th…

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The Wall Street Journal (Sept. 30, Page A9) carried a lengthy article by Francis X. Rocca with this headline: Pope Faces Test of Authority on Two Fronts. The main thrust of the report concerned the competing conservative and liberal side of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church.

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Texas – once a proud and respected member of the United States of America – has turned into a joke. Actually it’s become the brunt of many jokes, after a winter storm of epic proportions earlier this year literally froze Texans in their tracks. Here’s one of them:

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Hezekiah had truly been one of the greatest kings of the Jews. After the vast army of Assyria overthrew the northern kingdom of Israel and scattered those 10 tribes among all the nation, they then surrounded Jerusalem. The faith of Hezekiah and the record of his amazing prayer and what he di…

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Georgia has just been named the No. 1 state in which to do business for the eighth consecutive year. We continue to welcome new businesses and jobs all across the state. The House Republican Caucus is committed to prioritizing business-friendly policies that allow Georgians to start and grow…

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I am fascinated by the story of the powerful Murdaugh family unraveling in South Carolina. In case you have been banned from Facebook and your cable is out, the Murdaugh family has a long line of lawyers in the small town of Hampton, S.C. The county has 20,000 people and the town 2,600. Lawy…

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