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Cavanaugh: Time in a bottle

If you are considered to be the first of the baby boomers you are in your 60’s. 

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Updated: apr. 12, 2014 5:35 a.m.

Letter: Transparency

Dear Editor,

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Posted: apr. 18, 2014 3:50 p.m.

Letter: Illegal immigration

Dear Editor,

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Posted: apr. 18, 2014 3:48 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Time in a bottle

If you are considered to be the first of the baby boomers you are in your 60’s. 

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 5:36 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2014 5:35 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Fighting for Rockdale Cares

The local delegation of our legislators was responsible for putting $50,000 back into the state budget for Rockdale Cares, which provides services and programs for the mentally and developmentally disabled.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2014 7:31 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2014 5:30 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Business Person of the Year

Congratulations are in order for local attorney Thua Barlay.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2014 7:30 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2014 5:29 a.m.

Cavanaugh: Recent thoughts stir up flashback with immigration

There was a story on the news recently that the Obama administration is freeing almost as many illegal immigrants as they are rounding up on our western boarders.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2014 4:44 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Community Leadership

Last week we ran interviews from two of our community’s brightest leaders — Deborah Armstrong, CEO of our local hospital Rockdale Medical Center and is the chair-elect for the local Chamber, and Superintendent of Rockdale County Public Schools Richard Autry.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2014 6:16 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2014 6:15 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Civic Duty

Next Thursday is a day full of opportunities to talk to your local legislators and meet the people running for office in this year’s elections. 

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Posted: mar. 28, 2014 6:14 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2014 6:12 a.m.

McCoy: Forget about a perfect world

 “What would a perfect world look like?” This seems like such a simple question, doesn’t it? We think we know what “perfection” means, but let’s play a game just to see how difficult this concept really is. We’ll start with a simple test: “Would a perfect world have termites?” My wife used to joke about termites “cranking up their little bulldozers” and starting to work. We laughed about that, but we had no problem spraying the little buggers silly when they invaded a spot in our garage. 

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Posted: mar. 28, 2014 6:09 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2014 6:08 a.m.

Cavanaugh: Mothers of yesterday

The other day I was listening to a group of millennials (birth years ranging from 1980s to the early 2000’s) being interviewed by a person who does such things and, with the exception of one person, almost every ideal they discussed was different than the ideals we were brought up on.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2014 6:11 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2014 6:02 a.m.

Morgan: On Rockdale Fire-Rescue Recruiting

Recently, the hiring practices and demographic makeup of the Rockdale County Fire-Rescue (RCFR) 2014 recruit training class has come into question. I take this as a welcome opportunity to share with the community the methods RCFR uses to hire the most qualified employees to provide protection and care for our citizens and visitors.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2014 5:27 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Modern medicine, timeless miracles

The truth of the matter is that most of us have a great deal to be thankful for all the discoveries that have made modern medicine a pure miracle.

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Posted: mar. 22, 2014 11:05 a.m.

Williams: Governed by rules, not men

I argue that the best rules to govern our lives are those that we'd be satisfied with if our very worst enemy were in charge of decision making. The foundation for such rules was laid out by my mother. Let's look at her wise lessons.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2014 5:03 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2014 7:02 a.m.

Cushman: Daring to live your dream

Almost two decades ago, heartbroken and single, I wrote out a list that described the man of my dreams. Less than two years later, my husband and I married, proving that dreams do indeed come true. (Yes, he met and even exceeded all criteria).

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Posted: mar. 21, 2014 5:02 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Election Time

Just as sure as you see the  local pear and cherry trees blossoming and know spring is here, when you start seeing elected state officials who have been scarce in Rockdale the rest of their term suddenly showing up at your club or church or event with big smiles and their hand out, you know its election time.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2014 5:00 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2014 6:56 a.m.

Cavanaugh: Russian bear never sleeps

With all this mess we have been going through with Russia again, I have been thinking that, as baby boomers, we have lived under fear of some type of war with Russia all of our lives.

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Posted: mar. 14, 2014 4:53 p.m. | Updated: mar. 14, 2014 8:50 p.m.

Our Thoughts: A great community

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.  

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Posted: mar. 14, 2014 5:52 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Medical? Sure, but not recreational

Medical marijuana, or cannabis, is a hot topic in the state right now. We don’t have any problem with testing that will help determine if marijuana-derived products are effective in the treatment of severe seizures and glaucoma and recovery from cancer chemotherapy and radiation.

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Posted: mar. 07, 2014 5:10 p.m. | Updated: mar. 08, 2014 6:09 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Too Far

Life is like a pendulum; on each side of the pendulum is an extreme. The best part of the pendulum is when the needle is pointing to the middle. 

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Posted: mar. 07, 2014 5:09 p.m. | Updated: mar. 08, 2014 6:07 a.m.

Balancing the estates of the realm

There are some who believe that the world is divided into estates: the first estate being the church, the second being the government, and the third being the people. The fourth estate is generally reserved for the media.

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Posted: mar. 07, 2014 5:07 p.m. | Updated: mar. 08, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Latarski: Some ideas better on paper

Once again our fearless leaders have seized upon the shallowest of ideas to address a problem. The notion of turning over certain duties of the Department of Family and Children Services to the private sector has some politicians positively giddy, mainly because they have jumped ahead to the idea it will somehow save money.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2014 6:34 p.m. | Updated: mar. 03, 2014 12:32 a.m.

Letter: Clarifying ‘stand your ground’

Dear Editor: According to the Rockdale County Probate Court, in 2013, there were 1,722 applicants for a Georgia Weapons License (GWL) in Rockdale County; the highest number of applicants in 12 years. Considering the number of applicants from 2010 to 2013, it's fair to assume that five percent of Rockdale County's population has a GWL, and that falls in line with the percentage estimated for the state of Georgia.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2014 6:31 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2014 12:30 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Prepare

We are now entering storm season this month. To help prepare, the county is placing special emphasis on disaster preparedness this month, especially for local businesses.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2014 6:35 p.m. | Updated: feb. 28, 2014 11:34 p.m.

Our Thoughts: School system pride

Last week we were pleased to write positive things about our Rockdale County Public Schools.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2014 6:36 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Great Effort

There is an endearing, family-like quality about the people in Rockdale County. You can disagree with one another here and you can almost come to blows on any given issue, but, as in a family, those disagreements usually are forgiven and the whole family bands together to tackle the next issue.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2014 7:28 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2014 7:27 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Heartfelt thoughts from a baby boomer

February is considered Heart Month by the American Heart Association. It means something to me because I am a heart attack survivor.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2014 7:30 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2014 12:29 a.m.

Massie: SCOTUS is critical concern in 2016 presidential election

Those who love America are justifiably concerned about what President Obama is doing to our country, and what he will do if his blatant disregard for the Constitution and the “separation of powers” is permitted to continue unchecked.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2014 7:29 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Smoking what?

Last week, the CVS chain pharmacy announced that beginning later this year, it will no longer sell tobacco products in any stores.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2014 3:12 a.m.

McBrayer: Reflections on a life well-traveled

So, here's the thing - I love riding my bike, always have. Obviously, riding a bike is good exercise for your body, but I really think it helps my mental state as well. People who know me may not agree, but that's another lesson.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2014 3:10 a.m.

Rasmussen: Washington doesn’t speak the people’s language

Like toddlers who believe they are the center of the universe, many in official Washington whine about the fact the American people don't devote more time to studying politics and talking about the things that matter in our capital city.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2014 3:05 a.m.

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