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The English language is nutty. It can be understood through tough, thorough thought, though. I wanted to find a way to add the word “trough” to the last sentence, but I feared being thrown out throughout the touted trout throat. See? I knew it wouldn’t work.

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Facebook is like Coca-Cola. Both companies want everyone to use their products; the last thing they want is any turmoil that gives customers a reason to leave the website or switch to Dr Pepper.

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The retired science teacher jumped up from his hiding spot in his garden and grabbed my arm before I could escape. It happened in the mid-1970s when I was playing a game we neighborhood kids invented called “Fugitive.”

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If Republicans have a strategy for remaining the majority party in Georgia, I am missing it. So far, it seems to be about punishing anyone in the party who has ever uttered a discouraging word about Donald Trump. That is not much of a strategy. Has anybody figured out yet that it is the Demo…

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Most of the country has seen video of the tragic death of Ma’Khia Bryant. She’s the 16-year-old girl from Columbus, Ohio, who was shot four times on April 20 by a police officer as she was about to stab another young woman with a kitchen knife.

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There’s a word to describe political movements that emphasize ethnic, racial and religious solidarity over citizenship and pluralistic values, but it has unpleasant historical associations. Using it only causes political conversations to end in bitterness and name-calling.

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Georgia continues to be a leader in the nation in freight transportation and logistics, especially with the Port of Savannah growing by leaps and bounds. The Port of Savannah is the single largest and fastest-growing container terminal in America. However, for the freight industry to continu…

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The title for this article is inspired by President Joe Biden’s statement on April 24, Armenian Remembrance Day, in which the United States officially recognized the Armenian Genocide of 1915. This moment of recognition reminds me there is a vast difference between involuntary forgetting and…

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So I guess we’re just going to skim over the fact that the Lee County Board of Commissioners felt that the pledge and prayer before the meeting was “taking up too much time?” I’ve just always felt like our community was built differently. I guess Billy is getting what he wants, because now w…

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As a child, it seems things were much different in how we dealt with the elderly and death. There weren’t really many “old folks” homes, and the ones that existed were really pretty bad. In many cases, the grandmother or great-grandmother would be cared for in the end by an adult child. Some…

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In Georgia, we do a lot of things right when it comes to cancer prevention and treatment. The percentage of our citizens who have recommended screenings performed continues to rise to the national average, and our percentage of cigarette smokers has consistently decreased each year. Cancer t…

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We all know that Georgians have an incredible work ethic and want to work. As we continue to recover from this pandemic-induced recession, we are hearing from a growing chorus of small business owners, agricultural leaders, managers in retail, manufacturing and nearly every industry sector a…

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At some point, you learned the word “antidisestablishmentarianism.” You may not know what it means, but at least you know it. Never mind that it has to do with people who wanted to maintain the Anglican Church’s status as the official Church of England in the 1800s — it has 12 syllables! Tha…

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In the nine elections between 1980 and 2012, candidates with one of three names — Bush, Cheney and Romney — appeared on the GOP’s national ticket nine times. Yet today, those names are all reviled by a party dominated by one man: Donald J. Trump.

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In the Bible (Luke 9:10-17), Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fishes at Bethsaida to miraculously feed 5,000 hungry souls. Recently, the Albany Area YMCA used a truckload of food to nourish a smaller but still sizeable number of hungry people who have been negatively impacted by COVID…

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It is my firm policy that all members in my conglomerate of companies must receive their COVID-19 shots or risk losing the generous perks offered them as employees. These include occasional weekends off (without pay), discounts on zither lessons, signed photographs of me kneeling during the …

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Decades ago my sister Maureen often used to call the Republican Party “The Stupid Party.” Today, the Party of Lincoln is again proving her right. Instead of concentrating on retaking the House next year and regaining control of the Senate, the GOP is looking backwards and engaging in intra-p…

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The church is one of those things that we can ‘take it or leave it.’ Right? As long as I read the Bible, live a life in tune with God’s will, do good unto others, keep myself unspotted from worldly things, and serve my fellow man, does it really matter if I am a part of the church or not?

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In 1957, Mama and Daddy gathered up their simple belongings, those that they had carefully acquired through the diligent saving of nickels, and moved to the little brick house they had built.

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With Mother’s Day here, hopefully everyone put that Hallmark card in the mail on time. And made a plan for flowers, phone calls or a visit. In the U.S., the second Sunday of May has become the third-biggest churchgoing day after Christmas and Easter. Thanks to the advocacy efforts of Julia H…

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I’ve seen a lot of poor ER experiences on social media that I was hesitant to go to the ER for a laceration repair. I’m a retired physician, so I Know it can be a zoo many times. I was treated very promptly, short waiting time, and the ER Doc, Dr. Braud, was a delight while she was suturing …

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Does President Joe Biden have a mandate to rebuild the United States? To remake American capitalism? To reshape the role of government? The president’s Democratic supporters say yes. But the results of the election that brought Biden to office say no.

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Well, as seems to be the case these days, the news has been full of more and more bizarre events. First, I find out Josh Duggar, one of the sons of the famous Duggar family, 19 and counting, has been charged with child molestation. He was raised by a father who believes in procreating. He ha…

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Our Georgia law enforcement officers deserve our utmost respect. They and our other first responders put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities. This year the General Assembly showed support for them in two ways: through our own budget priorities and legislation protect…

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Cable news programming suggestion: Instead of filling every broadcast with the latest presumptive police outrage, try covering the latest drive-by killings. Show us more of what’s really happening on the streets where we live. Newspapers and local TV are already on it.

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