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Opinion: Charleston’s Compassion

A black church, a maladjusted white kid, and the nation moaning, "My God, not again." A few selected politicians, firm believers in the theory of "never let a good crisis go to waste," exploited the tragedy to push for more gun control on law abiding citizens. Shame on them.

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Updated: jun. 29, 2015 7:33 a.m.

Editorial: Independence Day

A declaration made 239 years ago in Pennsylvania crafted with fewer than 1,500 words scrawled on a piece of parchment is the cornerstone of our identity as a country.

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Posted: jun. 27, 2015 8:30 p.m. | Updated: jun. 29, 2015 7:28 a.m.

Opinion: A more perfect union

I have struggled the with the flag issue for several years. I'm proud to be a southerner and admire many of our most legendary characters. I'm humbled by the courage and fortitude of my ancestors, who braved the journey from Great Britain to face the unknown, tame the wilderness and help build a nation. I understand why for many white southerners the Confederate Battle Flag is a symbol of their pride in that heritage and tradition, which predates the Civil War.

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Posted: jun. 27, 2015 8:33 p.m.

Opinion: What is race anyway?

Rachel Dolezal may be the single worst person imaginable to provoke a serious discussion on race in America — but provoke it she does. The woman has told so many lies, it's easy to lose sight of the important question her story raises: What is race, anyway?

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Posted: jun. 19, 2015 4:34 p.m. | Updated: jun. 22, 2015 5:30 a.m.

Opinion: Emblems and flags

June 14 was Flag Day. How many older generation Americans can remember the history of Old Glory? How many Americans will be cognizant that this Sunday is in fact Flag Day? How many educational institutions, self-proclaimed elitists, and politically correct activists will consider the mention of Flag Day as "offensive" to the disenfranchised, the envious, or to foreign students?

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Posted: jun. 19, 2015 4:46 p.m. | Updated: jun. 21, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Opinion: Reflections on the Charleston Church Massacre

Historical awareness has served me well as a leader. I do not think that you can be an effective public servant without intentional historical reflection with regard to our social, economic and political context. Therein lies the questions and answers as to how we have arrived at our current impasse as a nation and a community. The current southern racial divide is the place where so much of our public discourse and many of our public policy decisions are made against the backdrop of the Civil War conflict. The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 and the final shots ...

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Posted: jun. 19, 2015 4:41 p.m. | Updated: jun. 20, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Editorial: Father's Day

Tomorrow we celebrate the person in our lives who can evoke many feelings, good or bad, depending on your relationship.

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Posted: jun. 19, 2015 4:27 p.m. | Updated: jun. 20, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Curfew reminder

Parenting is truly one of the hardest jobs a person can ever do. No child comes with a guidebook and every child is a different. The fruits of parenting also come years after the hard work, discipline, love and time that you invest in your child.

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Posted: jun. 12, 2015 7:21 p.m. | Updated: jun. 13, 2015 7:50 a.m.

Rall: Empty Symbolism - Why the Freedom Act Sucks

Marketed as pro-privacy reform of the rancid Patriot Act, the USA Freedom Act is about to become law. Though nothing could be further from the truth, many Americans will believe that the NSA is being reined in, and move on another issue.

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Posted: jun. 09, 2015 7:57 p.m.

Editorial: Heroes

Life is very fleeting. We are taught that no one of knows the time that our existence will end on this earth. Last week 44-year-old Mun Hyuk Cha, a kind, hard-working businessman, and 39-year-old Otonicar Jimquez Aikens, a father and customer of his, were probably discussing the weather or some sports score or sharing pleasantries about their families when Jeffery Pitts, apparently a disgruntled customer, decided to end their lives.

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Posted: jun. 05, 2015 2:58 p.m. | Updated: jun. 06, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Opinion: Tide in the Affairs of Man

Shakespeare once said that there is a tide in the affairs of man. Each person sitting before me is their own unique spirit fused with a beautiful mind. You all have your own ideas, hopes, and dreams to offer the world. When you were younger, these dreams were not confined by social norms, expectations, and a lack of confidence. They were free to fly with imagination. Now that we are older, we’ve been programed to think realistically and are hindered by the fear of failure. But failure is only the precursor to success. And realism… Well, realism is just ...

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Posted: jun. 05, 2015 3:02 p.m. | Updated: jun. 06, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Opinion: Who do we count?

My hard-working neighbor and your hard-working neighbor may be disenfranchised. On the other hand my neighbor and your neighbor is subject to the scrutiny of the Constitution. Recently the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Constitution requires only eligible voters be counted when forming “legislative districts.” The lawsuit’s goal is to remove noncitizens and illegal immigrants from the legislative district count. Some find this disturbing while others say it is justified. In addition, the Supreme Court may also consider other nonvoters such as minors, felons and even people who have not registered. Others say if they are ineligible ...

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Posted: may. 29, 2015 11:04 a.m. | Updated: may. 30, 2015 8:30 a.m.

Editorial: Giving back

We talk often about the generally good leadership we fortunately have here in Rockdale County.

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Posted: may. 29, 2015 10:58 a.m. | Updated: may. 30, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Cavanaugh: Tears on Memorial Day

I am still not quite sure whether it is the results of the open heart surgery I had 17 years ago or the fact I have gotten older, but it seems that I can well up with uncontrolled tears because of the strangest things.

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Posted: may. 22, 2015 1:45 p.m. | Updated: may. 22, 2015 11:30 p.m.

Editorial: Memorial Day

Cover them over with beautiful flowers,

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Posted: may. 22, 2015 1:54 p.m. | Updated: may. 22, 2015 11:30 p.m.

Carson: My voting evolution

I grew up in Detroit, in an environment where one was supposed to be Democrat and where people constantly told me that Republicans were evil and racist people. As I entered my teenage years, I did not have the exposure to the political world that is more easily afforded young people via technology today. I did not develop my own train of thought regarding political parties and what politicians could help accomplish for myself, my family and my community.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 11:42 p.m.

Dykstra: Rockdale’s leadership steps up to support a natural treasure

I did two stints working in Washington, D.C., for a total of 12 years.  It probably won’t come as a shock to hear that I came away from it all with some bi-partisan disdain and mistrust for government.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 5:39 p.m. | Updated: may. 16, 2015 11:30 p.m.

Editorial: Our hospital

These past two weeks have been dedicated to medical care in our community.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 5:24 p.m. | Updated: may. 16, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Letter: A citizen regret and apology

Dear Editor: I feel the need to apologize for, soliciting phone calls, hanging door knockers, and allowing some of the Slate of Eight (candidates) to post their posters on my property.  

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 5:29 p.m. | Updated: may. 16, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Letter: An Open Letter

Dear Business Owners and Merchants of Olde Town Conyers:

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 5:33 p.m. | Updated: may. 16, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Law Enforcement Appreciation

Next week is a celebration of our law enforcement officers. In today's paper there are stories on the law officers and first responders who have gone above and beyond in their duty to serve the residents of his good county.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 6:42 p.m. | Updated: may. 09, 2015 6:42 a.m.

Our Thoughts: A Grand Weekend

One of the most sober and touching memorials to our fallen war heroes is often simply called the Wall. Located in Washington D.C., this memorial to American veterans who died on Vietnamese soil was unveiled under much controversy in 1982, but the starkness and reality of the memorial touched visitors in so many ways that it today is one of the revered and visited monuments in our Capital City.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 6:41 p.m. | Updated: may. 09, 2015 6:30 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Remembering Mahaffey's Sacrifice

This editorial was originally printed May 15, 2010, after Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Investigator Deputy Brian Mahaffey was killed in the line of duty five years ago on May 8, 2010.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 6:44 p.m.

Erickson: Consciously sidelining ourselves

Though Wal-Mart remains fixed in the American conscience as Sam Walton's business, it is less and less that. Walton was folksy and relatable to the Americans who shopped at Wal-Mart. Everyone could imagine Sam Walton shopping there, too. But over the years, Wal-Mart's management has passed out of the direct hands of Walton's family.

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Posted: may. 05, 2015 10:43 p.m.

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