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Massie: They are ruthless

“They are ruthless, single-minded and totally committed.” ­— British security adviser; Source: The Times of London, Aug. 16, 2006.

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Updated: sep. 20, 2014 7:03 a.m.

Our Thoughts: United Way BBQ

You know fall is in the air when it’s time to celebrate the annual United Way/Family Promise BBQ fundraiser, in partnership with Jim N’ Nick’s and Rockdale Career Academy’s Culinary Arts program.

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Posted: sep. 19, 2014 9:06 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Cheating

The county of Rockdale received a black eye because of the bone-headed decision made by a few Sheriff’s deputies. The deputies decided they were going to take the lazy approach to their required testing.

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Posted: sep. 19, 2014 9:06 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Cohen: Blind to the world’s broken glass

“All politics is local,” the late Speaker of the House Tip O’ Neill famously said. How right he was. The world today is suffering from the failure of President Obama to apply a school of law enforcement that happened to originate in O’Neill’s hometown, Boston, and goes by the moniker “broken windows.” The problem, simply stated, is that Obama was deaf to the sound of tinkling glass.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 8:10 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 6:09 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Too much


The congressman who represents us here in Rockdale is Hank Johnson, who in reality is elected for us by the voters of DeKalb County, his home base.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 8:11 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 5:50 a.m.

Rasmussen: Robin Hood and the Digital Revolution

The lovable legend of Robin Hood with his band of Merry Men making life difficult for the Sheriff of Nottingham offers a great way to understand the politics of 21st-century America.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 7:37 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 5:36 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Happy Birthday, Rockdale Medical

It is hard to envision that when folks set out 60 years ago with a dream to build a medical facility to in Rockdale County, that their dream would turn into the 138 bed, multi-million dollar state-of-the-art facility that we have today in Rockdale Medical Center.

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Posted: sep. 08, 2014 10:41 p.m.

Rasmussen: A riot versus a war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

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Posted: aug. 29, 2014 8:09 p.m. | Updated: aug. 30, 2014 5:55 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Boys and Girls Club

We note that the local Barksdale Boys and Girls Club has dismissed its director.

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Posted: aug. 29, 2014 8:07 p.m. | Updated: aug. 30, 2014 5:45 a.m.

Letter: Keith Ellis on Henderson's pay advance

(Unedited letter from Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent to The News and to Newton commissioners regarding the Aug. 27 article, "Newton commissioner given paycheck advance")

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 5:35 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle — emphasis on walking.

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Posted: aug. 20, 2014 3:11 p.m.

Letter:Re: Parking crackdown

Local headlines about a crackdown on parking problems in subdivisions got me hilariously dizzy last weekend. Yes, after years of me calling out deputies on illegal cars parked in my subdivision and selfish parents blocking the road in front of Heritage High every week day and now they act. Why? Well look at the subdivision in trouble, Irwin Place. It is one of our finest to offer here.

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Posted: aug. 20, 2014 3:10 p.m.

Martin: Students Need Hard-Core Truth for College Choices

As I ran to the lobby to make a phone call during the recent awards dinner at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention in Boston, one of our student members followed me down the escalator for some advice.

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Posted: aug. 20, 2014 3:08 p.m.

Napolitano: What if democracy is a fraud?

What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn't make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance?

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Posted: aug. 20, 2014 3:07 p.m.

Our thoughts: On Persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

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Posted: aug. 13, 2014 12:41 p.m.

Rasmussen: Tech entrepreneurs have greater impact on nation than presidents

The tech industry will have a more lasting impact on America’s future than Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama combined.

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Posted: aug. 13, 2014 11:24 a.m.

Cavanaugh: Saying I love you

As I get older, unfortunately death rears its ugly head more than I would like to see.

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Posted: aug. 13, 2014 11:16 a.m.

Cavanaugh: Staying accessible to readers

I was thinking the other day on how long I have been a part of the newspaper industry; it turns out that this will be my 50th year, having spent one year working with mentally challenged adults and two years working with people going into their final sunset, through hospice.

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Posted: aug. 10, 2014 11:01 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Goals

Many businesses set goals for their management team and those goals are usually rewarded with the promise of monetary rewards if those goals are met.

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Posted: aug. 10, 2014 10:35 a.m.

Letter: Response to residential trash pickup

To Commissioners Oz Nesbitt, JaNice Van Ness, Richard Oden:

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Posted: aug. 01, 2014 7:10 p.m. | Updated: aug. 02, 2014 5:19 a.m.

Cavanaugh: Disappointment, distrust, hope


In my lifetime we have had presidents that I have thought were at best mediocre but I still trusted them and respected them as my president. I had no fear that through their leadership everything I had been taught and had learned about this country would drastically change.

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Posted: aug. 01, 2014 7:09 p.m. | Updated: aug. 02, 2014 5:17 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Marijuana


The New York Times editorial board recently called for the Federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States. As far as we are concerned this is a new low for a paper that had at one time some credibility.

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Posted: aug. 01, 2014 7:07 p.m. | Updated: aug. 02, 2014 5:16 a.m.

Cavanaugh: Grandmother Cope’s lessons on life

My Grandmother Cope would have been 116 this year. I miss her and every day I thank her for the strength and character she gave me. To this day when I fall short, I feel I have disappointed her.

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Posted: jul. 25, 2014 9:54 p.m. | Updated: jul. 26, 2014 5:53 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Trash

We appreciate the fact that Rockdale County Commissioners JaNice VanNess and Oz Nesbitt are concerned about the way some folks in Rockdale County handle their trash. However, what they heard at their own meetings with residents is that the residents don’t want a county mandatory trash collection. There are currently private trash haulers that do a good job picking up trash from residents who subscribe to their service.

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Posted: jul. 25, 2014 9:53 p.m. | Updated: jul. 26, 2014 5:52 a.m.

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