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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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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.

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

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.

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