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In Georgia, there are More than 17,000 deputy sheriffs and jailers, more than 16,000 county and municipal police officers, and more than 14,000 state law enforcement officers. These men and women place themselves in jeopardy every day simply by going to work. They do this willingly out of a …

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We returned to the Gold Dome to resume our legislative work Feb. 22, which marked the half-way point of the session. That means our “Crossover Day” deadline is quickly approaching. Crossover day is extremely important, as it is the last day any bill can pass out of its respective chamber wit…

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Most young people have never seen a telephone attached to a wall. Let’s face it, if all of us were suddenly confined to a phone cord that allowed only about 10 feet of space, we’d go crazy. What? We can’t talk on the phone while on the porch, in the back yard, or most importantly, in the car…

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Remember faces? We used to be able to see people’s noses, mouths, chins and — sometimes — glorious mustaches. In order to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we wear face coverings in everyday places, including grocery stores, schools and post offices. All we can see of each other’s faces is o…

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President Biden faces a tough choice on immigration. Does he accept compromises that advance some, but not all, items on his reform agenda? Or does he insist on the sort of all-or-nothing strategy that has failed repeatedly since President Reagan signed the last comprehensive overhaul in 1986?

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On Feb. 22, we returned to the State Capitol for the seventh week of the 2021 legislative session. Monday marked the halfway point of the session, and this week was our busiest yet as we geared up for the impending “Crossover Day” deadline. From expanding access to health care to looking aft…

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What would you do with a precious commodity? We go to great lengths to protect what is most important to us: our possessions, our family members, even ourselves. What are we doing with one of our most precious and often overlooked gifts? What are you doing with your heart? Here are three sug…

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Say what you will about the personal and political failings of Donald Trump, at least he was an optimist. Along with being a cheerleader for America, he talked positively, sometimes when he shouldn’t have, and he could always see the sunshine.

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Watching the Biden administration flail around on school re-opening, one wonders what it would be like if we had a chief executive with the courage to take on the teachers unions and give every parent who wants their children to attend in-person school the right to do so.

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When Andrew Jackson became president in 1829, the national debt was $58.4 million, and Old Hickory was as frugal as he was disagreeable — very — so his Treasury Department announced that on Jan. 1, 1835, the debt would be zero. Almost: It was $33,733.05.

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The relentless airbag recall notices concerning my mother’s old truck have progressed from a mailbox-clogging nuisance to a grim reminder that our unresponsiveness has felled more trees than Paul Bunyan in his prime.

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One of the great things about living in the U.S. is that our city and county governments are required to keep their citizens informed about their actions. One of the ways they do this is through public notices – the informational notices that have been deemed to be of importance to local con…

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I was in military service during the Korean War. Instead of winning the war for the preservation of freedom for a nation, we drew a cease-fire line called the 38th parallel. We weren’t out to win a military victory, nor to defeat the enemy, but to conduct a defensive war and defend the groun…

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Your squawk regarding the census and folks moving to red states is easily explained: Liberals and Democrats are like a plague of locusts. They migrate from place to place, destroying everything in their path, then they move on to greener pastures. One need look no further than the blue state…

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It’s hard to believe, but after a year of dealing with the pandemic, many of us are still in lockdown mode. If you are stressed about being stuck at home, not getting to the gym and doing nothing more active than a Zoom meeting, don’t fret. Stay in shape by not working out.

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The last few days of the legislative session have been productive as we’ve passed numerous bills out of the House and out of our respective committees. By the end of week six, we finished Legislative Day 19, which means the halfway point of our 40-day session is right around the corner. Last…

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It’s one of the most basic questions of the U.S. Capitol riot investigation: What was the rioters’ plan? What did they think was going to happen when they stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, as Congress certified the results of the Electoral College?

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Back when I was a child, everyone pretty much went to church at least sometimes. If Charles Manson had been raised near Parrott, he may have still turned out to be a mass murderer but he would know several quotes from the Bible and that the preacher sure could drone on and on. His father mig…

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My colleagues and I returned to the Gold Dome on Feb. 16 for the sixth week of the 2021 legislative session. We spent three productive days in session during the week and passed more legislation on the House floor and in committees. By the end of the week, we finished Legislative Day 19, wit…

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Here’s my latest roundup of spelling fails. They’re easy to find. You see them on signs at stores (or on the highway), and especially, social media. Each time I write about this, I think it may be the final edition. Yet somehow, within a few weeks people send me a whole new batch. I guess I …

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I hope that headline grabbed your attention. As much as I’d love to see a reunion tour of Justin Timberlake and the other guys, the closest thing to an NSYNC lyric you’re going to get today is in this article. It might sound crazy, but it isn’t a lie; today we’re reviewing the words “buy,” “…

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Legally, Donald Trump was acquitted by the U.S. Senate. But politically, he has been found guilty by the American public. And the clash between those two judgments is creating a jagged split right down the middle of the Republican Party.

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How much influence can a friendship have? For some, a friendship can change the trajectory of their lives as well as the lives of their extended family. In the life of German professor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an unlikely friendship in Harlem, N.Y., helped redirect his path from pacifist profess…

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Johann Georg Faust sold his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasure. Barend Fokke was a 17th-century captain for the Dutch East India Company. He sailed from the Dutch Republic to Java in three months and four days, cutting the normal travel time in half. This made people think tha…

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2020 proved to be a most difficult year. With the effects of COVID 19 looming large, the senseless killings and treatment that brought about Black Lives Matter protests, and the monumental political rancor and division, the turning of the page to a new year has been a huge relief, at least p…

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