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Sowell: Measles, vaccines, autism

The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. Measles was virtually wiped out in the United States, years ago. Why the resurgence of this disease now?

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NPDES permit reissuance-City of Atlanta Combined Sewer System.

The Rockdale County Soil and Water Conservation District (RCSWCD) is currently led by 2 duly elected and 2 appointed Supervisors. Along with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the District, established and empowered by a Federal mandate, works in cooperation with private landowners, local businesses and governmental entities to encourage the conservation of the state's natural resources that are the basis for economic growth and prosperity. Aided by the USDA's Natural Resources 

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 4:58 p.m. | Updated: feb. 17, 2015 5:01 p.m.
Medical cannabis oil bill showing Republicans true colors

Medical cannabis oil bill showing Republicans true colors

Dear Editor,

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 4:55 p.m. | Updated: feb. 17, 2015 4:57 p.m.
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Sowell: Measles, vaccines, autism

The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. Measles was virtually wiped out in the United States, years ago. Why the resurgence of this disease now?

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 10:35 p.m.

Editorial: Probate Judge

For years the position of probate judge was filled admirably by Lillis Brown. 

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 6:22 p.m. | Updated: feb. 14, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Cushman: Power of love on Valentine's Day

In grammar school, Valentine’s Day meant wrapping a shoe box with brown craft paper, cutting a slot in the top for cards to drop in and decorating the outside of the box with hearts and cupids. Store-bought Valentines were labeled the night before and carefully taken to school to be given away. When the big day came, it wasn’t only if you received Valentines that counted, it was from whom, and if they gave you your card first that mattered.

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 6:29 p.m. | Updated: feb. 14, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Rall: Why are we at war against ISIS?

Is there any justification for bombing ISIS?

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 6:40 p.m. | Updated: feb. 14, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Yarbrough: 'Don't Shoot' t-shirt aimed at wrong target

Let’s get off the backs of law enforcement, shall we? Most of us couldn’t do their job or wouldn’t do it if we had the chance.

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Posted: feb. 10, 2015 9:01 p.m.

Essig: Bad time to blow a $180M hole in budget

Many people agree Georgia needs a $1 billion increase in transportation funding in the 2016 state budget to maintain its neglected transportation network. But a new transportation funding package (House Bill 170) mostly shifts money from the education, health care and public safety portion of the state budget and takes revenue from local governments. This attempt to solve one problem creates a multitude of other ones.

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Posted: feb. 06, 2015 8:47 p.m. | Updated: feb. 07, 2015 6:53 a.m.

Cushman: Churchill’s power of personality

This past week marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s prime minister during World War II. Churchill took up painting as a hobby in 1915, after the Gallipoli debacle, where 46,000 allied lives were lost over nine months of the campaign. He went on to paint more than 500 paintings during his lifetime. As wartime prime minister, he took a break from painting, focusing instead on the task at hand — winning the war, no matter the cost.

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Posted: feb. 06, 2015 8:54 p.m. | Updated: feb. 07, 2015 6:47 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Vaccinations

Vaccinations

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Posted: feb. 06, 2015 8:52 p.m. | Updated: feb. 07, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Letter: County addressing wastewater treatment odors

Dear Editor: The Rockdale County Quigg wastewater treatment facility, which ESG Operations staffs under contractual agreement, serves an important role for the public by providing proper treatment and disposal of domestic and industrial wastewater and the associated bio-solids. Bio-solids are biological and inert wastes that remain after removal from wastewater.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 4:57 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Pets

Occasionally,  as we drive around the county on one chore or another, we see stray animals wandering the highways. We see animals tied up in backyards with no place to  go when the cold weather hits us like we are supposed to experience this weekend.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 4:49 p.m.

Barone: Are Millennials the New Victorians?

Public policymakers and political pundits tend to focus on problems - understandably, because if things are going right they aren't thought to need attention. Yet positive developments can teach us things as well, when, for reasons not necessarily clear, great masses of people start to behave more constructively.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 9:14 p.m.

Letter: Trashy Public

Dear Editor: Last week's article on roadway trash was a waste of good paper to start. Let's get right to the heart of the matter and that is we now have trashy people who have moved here and use our byways as their personal trash heap.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 9:18 p.m.

Cushman: The 'Do Something' Congress

As members of the 114th Congress were sworn into office on Tuesday, their party affiliations described what happened last November: 246 of the 435 representatives and 54 of the 100 senators are Republican.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 12:41 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Trash

If you’ve ever spent time in Western states like Arizona and California, then you’ve probably had a hard time becoming accustomed to the trash strewn along the byways and highways by people who apparently had no respect or concern for the beauty of the land they were defacing. We have been more than pleased by the pride and concern that Georgia residents and government have for keeping our state pristine and beautiful.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 6:19 p.m.

Murchison: Same-Sex Marriage - Too Big a Job for the Court

A grand misconception is embedding itself in the public brain: To wit, the Supreme Court soon will clue us in to the true meaning of marriage.

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 12:25 a.m.

Letter: Alleging misconduct by a judge

Dear Editor: I am disturbed at the recent attack from Judge Mays and DJ Asante. When I read their statement, I was disturbed with the abnormal manner in which the letter was written. Let me explain a few things:

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 9:17 p.m. | Updated: jan. 17, 2015 8:52 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Dreaming of a 39-21-46

Our 18-year-old granddaughter is living with us again as she goes to school and I love having her. It reminds of the time she was a baby and lived with us. She was the second love of my life – of course, Molly being number one – and I took her everywhere. I packed her on my back as I covered meetings, we visited Disneyland every week and I decked her out in Disney clothes, we rode every mall merry-go-round in southern California. We watched together some of the most god-awful movies, The Adventures of Lava Boy being the worst. We enjoyed ...

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 9:59 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Following dictates

It didn't take long for County Commission Chairman Richard Oden to insure that he would have control of the economic and development arms of the county.

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 9:19 p.m. | Updated: jan. 17, 2015 5:52 a.m.

Simon: Mitt and Jeb in the Golf Bag Together

Today Mitt Romney is faced with a simple yet profound question: Which of his failed former advisers will he rehire to fail to make him president once again?

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Posted: jan. 13, 2015 10:04 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Shocking

Last week we were shocked by the violent attack on the office of a French satirical newspaper called Charlie Hebdo.

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Posted: jan. 09, 2015 10:54 p.m. | Updated: jan. 10, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Towery: Once Again Florida Could Decide GOP Nomination

In recent presidential election cycles, Florida's primary has basically decided the Republican nomination. In 2008 John McCain received the endorsement of then-Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, and after winning the sunshine state's primary, never looked back. Even more dramatically, Mitt Romney reversed what seemed to be a potentially fatal loss to Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary by besting the former speaker just days later in the Florida contest.

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Posted: jan. 06, 2015 10:37 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Delivering the news, through rain or shine

The rain this past week certainly has been a blessing, as a good rain always is, but for circulation newspaper people, inclement weather has always been one big pain in the rear. 

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Posted: jan. 02, 2015 7:37 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Worth a Donation

As we start the year 2015 with great expectations, we actually see a very small glimmer of light at the end of the dark economic misery tunnel most of us have slogged our way through since 2008.

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Posted: jan. 02, 2015 7:37 p.m.

Harsanyi: Run, Liz, Run

When Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallied beleaguered House liberals to push back against a bank-coddling omnibus bill and the spineless White House that enabled it, she showed us some of her dynamic appeal. Passing trillion-dollar pieces of legislation should never be easy, and disrupting the current cozy, bipartisan environment surely can't be a bad thing.

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Posted: dec. 23, 2014 11:36 a.m. | Updated: dec. 30, 2014 10:35 p.m.

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