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Mecca: A lack of intelligence

Intelligence school in Denver, CO was thought-provoking, complicated, and opened enigmatic doors I never thought existed. We mastered the art of dissemination; gained knowledge of codes; planned and plotted and analyzed envisioned missions; studied Soviet military equipment to master photographic interpretation; and were privy to a few top secret particulars that are now prehistoric. As Sun Tzu wrote 2,500 years ago in his military masterpiece The Art of War, “Know your enemy better than you know yourself.”

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Updated: dec. 22, 2014 7:34 a.m.

Armstrong: RMC’s Year of Accomplishments

Armstrong: RMC’s Year of Accomplishments

As 2014 comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on the many blessings I have received throughout this year. Each day I have the opportunity to witness joy, grief, miracles and compassion. I often tell the staff at Rockdale Medical Center, "We are human beings taking care of human beings," and I truly believe we have some of the best people in the industry working here at RMC to care for you and me.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 6:51 p.m. | Updated: dec. 20, 2014 8:50 a.m.
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Cavanaugh: A Christmas to Remember

I have always loved Christmas and its traditions; even as I have grown older, I find that really deep in my heart I still believe in Santa Claus and the spirit of the whole season, and I just can’t wait until I see the “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” re-runs at this time of year with the grandchildren.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 7:01 p.m. | Updated: dec. 20, 2014 7:04 a.m.

Our Thoughts:Christmas Spirit

 

If you’re like us it’s even harder to get in the spirit of things with the economy still in the pits, a government we can’t trust and crime everywhere.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 7:00 p.m. | Updated: dec. 20, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Cushman: Finding the spark of the divine

December, a time for choral concerts, band performances, orchestra recitals, cocktail parties, holiday markets, family gatherings and final exams. Almost everyone is overbooked and overworked, exhausted and running on empty. Busy schedules lead to being away from home one night after the other, to the detriment of family dinners, early bedtimes and balanced meals.

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Posted: dec. 17, 2014 12:55 a.m.

Cavanaugh: A Christmas to Remember

I have always loved Christmas and its traditions; even as I have grown older, I find that really deep in my heart I still believe in Santa Claus and the spirit of the whole season, and I just can’t wait until I see the “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” re-runs at this time of year with the grandchildren.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 1:39 p.m.

Our Thoughts: BOC

 

This past week the BOC voted to approve two important changes.

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Posted: dec. 12, 2014 9:43 p.m. | Updated: dec. 13, 2014 7:45 a.m.

Letter: Statement from DJ Asante on behalf of the Mays Family

Editor's Note: The civil case between Charles K. Mays, Sr., the Mays family and Rodney Scott, referenced below, took place in Rockdale County Magistrate Court on Nov. 5. The case was heard by DeKalb County Magistrate Court Judge Phyllis R. Williams who was sitting in for Rockdale's Magistrate judges. Rockdale's Magistrate Court judges recused themselves because the matter involved a judge sitting in the same circuit. Rodney Scott told The News in response to the letter below that he wanted to take the amount of rent he owed off the total that the Mays family was ordered ...

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Posted: dec. 12, 2014 2:45 p.m.

Norris: Miller's Model: A Solution for Ferguson

For days, nearly every news media outlet has been consumed with the Ferguson fallout. From coast to coast, pundits and populations have been debating the efficacy of justice and demonstrations. But maybe a true solution for Ferguson - and every other social skirmish like it - can only be found in changing the narrative. I think I found it - or him - at Pearl Harbor, and just in time for its 73rd anniversary.

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Posted: dec. 09, 2014 7:21 p.m.

Word from the Sheriff: Crime reduction, holiday safety

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is already here and that 2014 is almost over. With my second year in office almost complete, I want to thank the citizens of Rockdale County for their continued support. I think that everyone can see the great strides that the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has made in my first two years as Sheriff and want to assure everyone that we are always seeking to get better.

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 11:01 p.m. | Updated: dec. 06, 2014 7:58 a.m.

Letter: What is 'reasonable belief' in Officer Wilson, Michael Brown case?

I am starting to get mad with people who want to move after the fact that our young black men are being murdered. Negative protest is in my opinion completely out of order. We should not be disrespectful no matter what color we are.

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 10:58 p.m. | Updated: dec. 06, 2014 7:57 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Transparency and Leadership

"Good government should be about transparency, accountability and fair(ness)." - Richard Oden, Chairman of the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 10:56 p.m. | Updated: dec. 06, 2014 7:55 a.m.

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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Posted: nov. 24, 2014 4:47 p.m.
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.

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