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Cavanaugh: Dream home to house from hell

I wrote this some time ago. With so many folks in the same boat as I was in those early days of my adulthood, I thought you might get a chuckle from my young eager mistakes:

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Our Thoughts: Good Choice

It’s important that we have excellent leadership at our local high schools. We believe the selection of Mary Ann Suddeth was an excellent choice by the Rockdale County school board.

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Posted: jul. 21, 2014 9:19 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Amazing

This past week a local corporation the Sika Company which has been here in Conyers since 2003, celebrating the opening of a new division in the county.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 8:01 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Adventures in Elizabeth City

One of the advantages of being an older baby boomer is that your mind can easily wander back to days of your youth and every detail of those experiences can be seen as clearly as if you were still that age.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Letter: Fighting for Freedom, Part II

There is a reason why the President is the only elected U.S. Official with a specified Oath of Office, written into the U.S. Constitution, within Article II, Section 1; and, it simply is "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 7:47 p.m.

Letter: RMC Cardiac Therapy a treasure

I have always been a person who will give credit where credit is due. On February7, 2014, I had the horrible misfortune of having a massive heart attack and by the Grace of God and the powers to be, I am alive today to write this letter.

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Posted: jul. 07, 2014 8:47 a.m.

Letter: Fighting for Freedom, Part I

On this July 4th, America's 238th Birthday, I encourage you to reflect upon the history of our Country; and, understand we as a citizenry are being confronted by a Federal Government that is 100 times worse than "Mother England" ever was and causing our Revolutionary War.

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Posted: jul. 07, 2014 8:45 a.m.

Cavanaugh: 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: jul. 07, 2014 8:44 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Pete Mecca

Sometimes as we look for good things to report on we forget that in our own backyard we have plenty of gems. One of those gems is Pete Mecca.

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Posted: jul. 07, 2014 8:43 a.m.

Mecca: A Fourth for Hope

“My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself. While we shall see multiple instances of Europeans going to live in America, I will venture to say no man now living will ever witness an instance of an American removing to settle in Europe and continuing there.”

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Posted: jul. 05, 2014 12:12 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Short-lived service with Uncle Sam

With trouble brewing big time in the Middle East again, it got me thinking of a time when we had similar issues in Asia. 

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Posted: jun. 27, 2014 7:31 p.m. | Updated: jun. 28, 2014 5:55 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Faces of Rockdale

Last week we ran our annual special section in The News called Faces of Rockdale County. In the section we highlighted nine local people who through their profession or through their good deeds - or both - make an everyday difference in the lives of folks in Rockdale County.

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Posted: jun. 27, 2014 7:30 p.m. | Updated: jun. 28, 2014 5:48 a.m.

Cavanaugh: The Miracle of Mary

For those of us of the baby boomer age, the truth is that we've had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of positive changes in this world. I am sure that most of us can look back and say that we have really enjoyed our lives.

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Posted: jun. 20, 2014 9:01 p.m. | Updated: jun. 21, 2014 6:09 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Death Penalty


This past week Marcus Wellons, 58, was put to death for the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl.

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Posted: jun. 20, 2014 9:02 p.m. | Updated: jun. 21, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Smith: A father’s journey along a broken road

Smith: A father’s journey along a broken road

It's funny how circumstances of life can show us who we really are.

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Posted: jun. 16, 2014 10:51 p.m.
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Cavanaugh: Father's Day for father figures

One of the issues facing you if you're a baby boomer is something that pills and exercise won't help. If your parents are still alive, they're still 18-plus years older than you.

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Posted: jun. 16, 2014 11:18 a.m.

Our Thoughts: School Lunches

Since the beginning of the school lunch program, we are sure that kids have complained and made jokes about cafeteria food; it is a right of growing up. The truth is that when you look back most of the food served was pretty good compared to the old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches brought from home.

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Posted: jun. 16, 2014 11:16 a.m.

Letter: Thank you, life savers

Dear Editor,

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Posted: jun. 16, 2014 11:13 a.m.
Our Thoughts: Leadership Rockdale

Our Thoughts: Leadership Rockdale

We have stated this before: Rockdale County is fortunate to have a strong and thriving Chamber of Commerce.

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Posted: jun. 06, 2014 8:39 p.m. | Updated: jun. 07, 2014 6:36 a.m.
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Cavanaugh: 15 minutes of fame with no O.J.

I read someplace that everyone at one time or another has his or her 15 minutes of fame. I don't know if that is true or not but I did have a moment in the national spotlight once and of all the good things that I have ever done which could have brought that famous 15 minutes into my life, I earned mine for just having fun.

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Posted: jun. 06, 2014 6:41 p.m. | Updated: jun. 07, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Cavanaugh: Catholic school days remembered

Recently reading about all of our local graduates brought back some of my fond memories of my days at old St. Mary's in Annapolis, Md.

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Posted: may. 30, 2014 7:22 p.m. | Updated: may. 31, 2014 7:21 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Lack of Leadership

This week the President, the Commander in Chief of our military, addressed the graduating class at West Point. His speech was filled with his usual silver-tonged rhetoric and empty promises and a genuine display of non-concern for the future leaders of our military. He said nothing about protecting them after their service as if there was no problem with the Veterans Administration; he pushed instead his philosophy on global warming. His speech was met with tepid applause by our future military leaders.

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Posted: may. 30, 2014 7:21 p.m. | Updated: may. 31, 2014 7:20 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Memorial Day

“The United States and the freedom, for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we -- in a less final, less heroic way -- be willing to give of ourselves.”

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Posted: may. 26, 2014 10:22 a.m.

Mecca: The VA Fiasco

Fiasco correctly describes the unmitigated disgraceful conduct of the Veterans Administration unfolding before our very eyes on national television. Criminal neglect, criminal incompetence, criminal rationale, and criminal bureaucrats dressed in business suits collected unearned bonuses after directly, or at best, indirectly, causing the deaths of our sick and ailing veterans.  

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Posted: may. 26, 2014 10:16 a.m.

A guideline for all on Channel 23

On behalf of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Chairman Pat Cavanaugh submitted these comments at the May 22 public hearing on Channel 23:

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Posted: may. 26, 2014 10:14 a.m.

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