• Letter to the Editor

    Bathroom complaint Dear editor: To the mayor, park director, city council members: I attended the Independence Day festivities at Riverside Park and I was ashamed of our city. It was regarding the condition of the rest room facilities. There is one each for the men …

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  • The wrongest side of history

    This week’s tale is a horror story about lessons learned by the GOP from the 2012 presidential election. And those teachable moments are … nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. Empty voids. “Hear the hollow roar of the Pod People. See them lash out at the unknown. …

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  • Racist agenda and national narrative

    “The first to plead his case seems just, until another comes and examines him.”  —Proverbs 18:17   This proverb is true, but only for the honest person, the person who has not already made up his or her mind. People who make up their minds …

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  • A summer to always remember

    You would have never found me hiking a several-hundred-foot bluff, spending several hours out on a boat collecting samples of water, examining their contents and brainstorming what could be built to generate oxygen flow, but that summer was different. Looking over that acceptance letter that …

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  • ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?’

    “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” became one of the most famous introductions in world history. It originated in 1871 when Sir Henry Morton Stanley located Dr. David Livingstone in the deepest jungles of the Congo River in Africa. Most people don’t know that just 10 years …

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  • Clueless in Atlanta

    There’s always someone in our lives who pushes us along and makes us get out of our comfort zone. For me that person is my cousin Joyce Powell. I call her by her nickname — Pixie. She is one of the strongest, bravest women I …

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  • Sex scandal consequences ain’t what they used to be

    New York City’s politics has now gotten more titillating. First came news that Anthony Weiner, the Democrat whose crotch-shot sexting to a woman he never met led to his resignation from Congress, was running for mayor. Now comes the news that former New York Gov. …

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  • Hooray for Dubya!

    A novel I’m currently reading asks the question, “How do you weigh all the sides of someone?” I thought of that line yesterday, while weighing the upside of George W. Bush. The former president has been irrevocably tarred by his farce in Iraq, his fecklessness …

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  • Old-timers knew how to beat summer heat

    Old-time Southerners tried to beat the summer heat any way they could and were very ingenious in doing so. The old dogtrot log house with shade trees nearby and plenty of porches was one of the best. The dogtrot — the opening between two log …

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  • No tears, fears for baby’s first fireworks show

    Last week, Kaylee got her first experience of watching fireworks, and we all wondered how she’d do. When we went to watch the “Celebrate America” last Thursday, Kaylee was much more worried about her cousins running around the place without her, and she didn’t like …

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  • What exactly are we paying for?

    The other day I read an article talking about the amount of money advertisers pay to have commercial spots on Oprah’s network. Trust me, the amounts would astound you. Commercials on Oprah’s last show ran in the million dollar range, almost as much as a …

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  • Population growth is unsustainable

    Thursday, July 11 is World Population Day. The annual observation grew out of the “Day of Five Billion,” July 11, 1987, recognized as the date human population reached that staggering number. More than 25 years down the road, we continue growing unsustainably and are now …

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