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Cushman: The 'Do Something' Congress

As members of the 114th Congress were sworn into office on Tuesday, their party affiliations described what happened last November: 246 of the 435 representatives and 54 of the 100 senators are Republican.

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Our Thoughts: Trash

If you’ve ever spent time in Western states like Arizona and California, then you’ve probably had a hard time becoming accustomed to the trash strewn along the byways and highways by people who apparently had no respect or concern for the beauty of the land they were defacing. We have been more than pleased by the pride and concern that Georgia residents and government have for keeping our state pristine and beautiful.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 6:19 p.m.

Murchison: Same-Sex Marriage - Too Big a Job for the Court

A grand misconception is embedding itself in the public brain: To wit, the Supreme Court soon will clue us in to the true meaning of marriage.

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 12:25 a.m.

Letter: Alleging misconduct by a judge

Dear Editor: I am disturbed at the recent attack from Judge Mays and DJ Asante. When I read their statement, I was disturbed with the abnormal manner in which the letter was written. Let me explain a few things:

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 9:17 p.m. | Updated: jan. 17, 2015 8:52 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Dreaming of a 39-21-46

Our 18-year-old granddaughter is living with us again as she goes to school and I love having her. It reminds of the time she was a baby and lived with us. She was the second love of my life – of course, Molly being number one – and I took her everywhere. I packed her on my back as I covered meetings, we visited Disneyland every week and I decked her out in Disney clothes, we rode every mall merry-go-round in southern California. We watched together some of the most god-awful movies, The Adventures of Lava Boy being the worst. We enjoyed ...

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 9:59 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Following dictates

It didn't take long for County Commission Chairman Richard Oden to insure that he would have control of the economic and development arms of the county.

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 9:19 p.m. | Updated: jan. 17, 2015 5:52 a.m.

Simon: Mitt and Jeb in the Golf Bag Together

Today Mitt Romney is faced with a simple yet profound question: Which of his failed former advisers will he rehire to fail to make him president once again?

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Posted: jan. 13, 2015 10:04 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Shocking

Last week we were shocked by the violent attack on the office of a French satirical newspaper called Charlie Hebdo.

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Posted: jan. 09, 2015 10:54 p.m. | Updated: jan. 10, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Towery: Once Again Florida Could Decide GOP Nomination

In recent presidential election cycles, Florida's primary has basically decided the Republican nomination. In 2008 John McCain received the endorsement of then-Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, and after winning the sunshine state's primary, never looked back. Even more dramatically, Mitt Romney reversed what seemed to be a potentially fatal loss to Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary by besting the former speaker just days later in the Florida contest.

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Posted: jan. 06, 2015 10:37 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Delivering the news, through rain or shine

The rain this past week certainly has been a blessing, as a good rain always is, but for circulation newspaper people, inclement weather has always been one big pain in the rear. 

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Posted: jan. 02, 2015 7:37 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Worth a Donation

As we start the year 2015 with great expectations, we actually see a very small glimmer of light at the end of the dark economic misery tunnel most of us have slogged our way through since 2008.

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Posted: jan. 02, 2015 7:37 p.m.

Harsanyi: Run, Liz, Run

When Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallied beleaguered House liberals to push back against a bank-coddling omnibus bill and the spineless White House that enabled it, she showed us some of her dynamic appeal. Passing trillion-dollar pieces of legislation should never be easy, and disrupting the current cozy, bipartisan environment surely can't be a bad thing.

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Posted: dec. 23, 2014 11:36 a.m. | Updated: dec. 30, 2014 10:35 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Positive New Year

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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Posted: dec. 24, 2014 7:53 p.m. | Updated: dec. 27, 2014 6:50 a.m.

Walker: Christmas 1941

As we celebrate Christmas 2014 we may have felt somewhat apprehensive concerning the ills that befall our nation currently, and with good reason. Not only are Americans being terrorized and attacked by Islamic extremists without as well as within; we are besieged by aliens illegally crossing through our borders. We are experiencing unrest and outright distrust of our legal system, including law enforcement authorities and our courts. If that isn’t enough, consider that there is a seemingly ever-widening gulf dividing our political parties, and liberals from conservatives. Add to that the painful results of the financial miasma which has ...

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Posted: dec. 24, 2014 7:44 p.m. | Updated: dec. 24, 2014 8:41 p.m.

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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Posted: dec. 20, 2014 8:04 p.m. | 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.

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