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Cavanaugh: A reason to be thankful

This is the time of year that should be devoted to peace and joy but is really a time of major stress for many people. It is a time, unfortunately, when folks suffer major heart problems.

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Sheriff: Stance on upcoming Ferguson grand jury decision

Sheriff: Stance on upcoming Ferguson grand jury decision

As Sheriff of Rockdale County, I would like to take a moment to inform the citizens of Rockdale County of my position on the forthcoming grand jury decision coming out from Ferguson, Missouri. Over the past several weeks, I, along with members of my command staff, the Rockdale County School Superintendent, and various local clergy have been attending meetings with other Metro Atlanta community leaders on the upcoming decision out of Ferguson, MO. These meetings have taken place at the DeKalb County Public School Central Offices and were spearheaded by Dr. Cedric Alexander, DeKalb County Public Safety Director. The purpose ...

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Posted: nov. 21, 2014 8:27 p.m.
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Letter: Ministers' stance on protest and involvement following Ferguson decision

The residents of Ferguson, Missouri have suffered great pain resulting from the police shooting death of Mike Brown on August 9, 2014. This trauma was exacerbated by the many hours that Mr. Brown's lifeless body lay slain in the street. The admitted overreaction by Ferguson police has also been a source of agitation. As the Grand Jury process draws to a close, there is widespread concern of violence as law enforcement prepares for the worst.

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Posted: nov. 21, 2014 8:57 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Budget

Rockdale County is still in a recovery process from the great recession of 2008.

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Posted: nov. 14, 2014 9:27 p.m. | Updated: nov. 15, 2014 6:27 a.m.

Cavanaugh: A Peace Before Sunset

Last week a neighbor friend passed on to his own personal sunset; the last month of his life was filled with anxiety about his life and what the future was to be for  him.

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Posted: nov. 07, 2014 7:37 p.m. | Updated: nov. 08, 2014 7:37 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Change

 

While the recent election brought about a sweep of Republicans into office across the state and nation, in Rockdale it was Democrat Dr. Doreen Williams who was swept into office and Republican JaNice Van Ness who was swept out of office.

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Posted: nov. 07, 2014 7:37 p.m. | Updated: nov. 08, 2014 7:36 a.m.

Cavanaugh: A Peace Before Sunset

Last week a neighbor friend passed on to his own personal sunset, the last month of his life was filled with anxiety about his life and what the future was to be for him.

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Posted: nov. 06, 2014 2:32 p.m.

Rasmussen: Election 2014 in context

Political pundits often miss the forest for the trees, and it’s amazing how things look when you pause for a moment to look at the broader context of the 2014 midterm elections. The short-term discussion among political junkies is all about whether Republicans can win control of the Senate and just how many seats they will win.

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Posted: oct. 31, 2014 10:25 p.m. | Updated: nov. 01, 2014 8:24 a.m.

Letter: Economic Development Council’s ‘much ado about nothing’

Dear Editor: Last Tuesday, during public comments, I raised a question to the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners.  The question was “How is the County was benefitting, or what is the return on investment for the County, considering taxpayers dollars account for more than 3/4 of the total budget for the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council?”  I also requested that the CREDC come before the Commission to make a presentation on what it has done to serve Rockdale County taxpayers. 

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Posted: oct. 31, 2014 10:28 p.m. | Updated: nov. 01, 2014 6:26 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Ethics Commission

There is supposed to be a vote coming up at the Board of Commissioners meetings on the long dormant ethics commission plan for the county's Board of Commissioners.

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Posted: oct. 31, 2014 10:26 p.m. | Updated: nov. 01, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Going from a Bad War to a Worse War

In 2004, Stuart Bowen of Texas was asked by a friend to take on a difficult and important job, which he did.

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Posted: oct. 21, 2014 11:28 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Sunday Voting

Recently the three-member Rockdale County Board of Elections and Voter Registration heard opinions about but declined to take up a proposal by the local Democratic Party to allow Sunday voting.

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Posted: oct. 14, 2014 11:50 p.m.

McCaughey: Ultimatum to Nurses - One Mistake and You Die

On Sunday, health officials announced that a nurse who had treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola-infected Liberian, has the virus and is in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the same hospital where Duncan died. This news exposes the falsehood behind the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's repeated assurances for months that "U.S. hospitals can safely manage patients with Ebola." That's a whopper.

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Posted: oct. 14, 2014 11:47 p.m.

Letter: Response to Lynn I. Brown

Dear Editor: I would like to thank Lynn Brown for providing such a wonderful exposition and amplification of what has become of the "modern" Republican party. After containing the McCarthyites in the 50s and later the Birchers, the thinking conservative wing has apparently lost the reins to the party's reactionary right wing.

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Posted: oct. 14, 2014 11:44 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Teacher of the Year

 

To be a teacher in today’s new bold world takes more than just being passionate. It means that constantly you have to willing to change to keep up with new methods of teaching that are required.

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 8:15 p.m. | Updated: oct. 11, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Letter: Response to Lynn Brown’s response

Dear Editor: It’s October and we’re approaching Halloween. Across Rockdale County, scores of children of all ages will dress in costume and pretend to be someone/something that they are not. Most will be dressed as comic book characters or princesses and will be crying out “Trick or Treat.” 

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 7:54 p.m. | Updated: oct. 11, 2014 5:50 a.m.

Letter: Response to ‘Outrage at no vote on Sunday voting’

Dear Editor: Last weekend’s letter from the Chairman of Rockdale County Democratic Party brought forth very clearly his party’s willingness to change the rules of the game in the fourth quarter ("Outrage over no vote on Sunday voting," Oct. 4, 2014). Moving to add Sunday voting right after church with only two weeks to go before election day is a desperate effort to squeeze more votes from the uninformed (read uninterested.) 

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 7:50 p.m. | Updated: oct. 11, 2014 5:49 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Political correctness

It seems that over the last six years, we as a country have had to endure one scandal after another; distrust in any government entity is at the highest it has been in most of our lifetimes.

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Posted: oct. 08, 2014 3:59 p.m.

Letter: Response to 'Outrage over no vote on Sunday voting'

Dear Editor: In response to Tommy Plummer, acting Chair of the Rockdale Democratic Party, with regard to the letter of Friday, October 3, 2014 speaking of your members' "outrage," I shall counter with the truth.

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Posted: oct. 04, 2014 7:28 p.m.

Letter: Outrage at no vote on Sunday voting

Dear Editor: The Rockdale County Democratic Party is outraged by the action to deny its members the opportunity to vote on the issue of Sunday voting recently taken by the Rockdale County Board of Elections. 

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 7:52 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 5:58 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Curfew

Probably since the dawn of time and when humans began to walk upright teens have wanted to congregate with other teens. This is an age old custom as many of us who are slightly older might remember; we hung out at car hops and drive-ins. 

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 7:50 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 5:53 a.m.

Cavanaugh: 50th reunion a time to reunite with friends

This past summer I travelled back home to attend the 50th year reunion of the Class of 1964 of St Mary’s High in Annapolis, Md.

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 7:51 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 4:59 a.m.

Cushman: Passing the buck

The director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, was questioned last week by members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding lapses in Secret Service Performance. The hearing focused primarily on an incident that took place on September 19. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, allegedly jumped the White House fence, ran across the White House lawn, ran up a flight of stairs and through the North Portico door. He then allegedly entered the entrance hall, turned left and headed into the East Room, where he was tackled and subdued. A knife was allegedly found in his possession.

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Posted: oct. 08, 2014 3:55 p.m.

Skenazy: Why are we criminalizing childhood

A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 or younger from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that.

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Posted: oct. 01, 2014 12:29 p.m.

Rasmussen: The Ability to Walk Away is Key to Empowerment

Politicians like to talk about empowering the middle class or other segments of the voting population, but they're typically a little fuzzy on what empowerment really means. That makes sense when you consider that elections are essentially about politicians asking to get power rather than share it.

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Posted: oct. 01, 2014 12:14 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Not much sense

There is a great deal of time and money spent locally to attract business to our community. In doing so we show the prospective businesses that we are a great community to work, play, live and serve.

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Posted: oct. 01, 2014 12:09 p.m.

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