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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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Our Thoughts: Sunday Voting

Recently the three-member Rockdale County Board of Elections and Voter Registration heard opinions about but declined to take up a proposal by the local Democratic Party to allow Sunday voting.

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Posted: oct. 14, 2014 11:50 p.m.

McCaughey: Ultimatum to Nurses - One Mistake and You Die

On Sunday, health officials announced that a nurse who had treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola-infected Liberian, has the virus and is in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the same hospital where Duncan died. This news exposes the falsehood behind the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's repeated assurances for months that "U.S. hospitals can safely manage patients with Ebola." That's a whopper.

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Posted: oct. 14, 2014 11:47 p.m.

Letter: Response to Lynn I. Brown

Dear Editor: I would like to thank Lynn Brown for providing such a wonderful exposition and amplification of what has become of the "modern" Republican party. After containing the McCarthyites in the 50s and later the Birchers, the thinking conservative wing has apparently lost the reins to the party's reactionary right wing.

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Posted: oct. 14, 2014 11:44 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Teacher of the Year


To be a teacher in today’s new bold world takes more than just being passionate. It means that constantly you have to willing to change to keep up with new methods of teaching that are required.

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 8:15 p.m. | Updated: oct. 11, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Letter: Response to Lynn Brown’s response

Dear Editor: It’s October and we’re approaching Halloween. Across Rockdale County, scores of children of all ages will dress in costume and pretend to be someone/something that they are not. Most will be dressed as comic book characters or princesses and will be crying out “Trick or Treat.” 

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 7:54 p.m. | Updated: oct. 11, 2014 5:50 a.m.

Letter: Response to ‘Outrage at no vote on Sunday voting’

Dear Editor: Last weekend’s letter from the Chairman of Rockdale County Democratic Party brought forth very clearly his party’s willingness to change the rules of the game in the fourth quarter ("Outrage over no vote on Sunday voting," Oct. 4, 2014). Moving to add Sunday voting right after church with only two weeks to go before election day is a desperate effort to squeeze more votes from the uninformed (read uninterested.) 

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 7:50 p.m. | Updated: oct. 11, 2014 5:49 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Political correctness

It seems that over the last six years, we as a country have had to endure one scandal after another; distrust in any government entity is at the highest it has been in most of our lifetimes.

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Posted: oct. 08, 2014 3:59 p.m.

Letter: Response to 'Outrage over no vote on Sunday voting'

Dear Editor: In response to Tommy Plummer, acting Chair of the Rockdale Democratic Party, with regard to the letter of Friday, October 3, 2014 speaking of your members' "outrage," I shall counter with the truth.

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Posted: oct. 04, 2014 7:28 p.m.

Letter: Outrage at no vote on Sunday voting

Dear Editor: The Rockdale County Democratic Party is outraged by the action to deny its members the opportunity to vote on the issue of Sunday voting recently taken by the Rockdale County Board of Elections. 

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 7:52 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 5:58 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Curfew

Probably since the dawn of time and when humans began to walk upright teens have wanted to congregate with other teens. This is an age old custom as many of us who are slightly older might remember; we hung out at car hops and drive-ins. 

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 7:50 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 5:53 a.m.

Cavanaugh: 50th reunion a time to reunite with friends

This past summer I travelled back home to attend the 50th year reunion of the Class of 1964 of St Mary’s High in Annapolis, Md.

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 7:51 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 4:59 a.m.

Cushman: Passing the buck

The director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, was questioned last week by members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding lapses in Secret Service Performance. The hearing focused primarily on an incident that took place on September 19. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, allegedly jumped the White House fence, ran across the White House lawn, ran up a flight of stairs and through the North Portico door. He then allegedly entered the entrance hall, turned left and headed into the East Room, where he was tackled and subdued. A knife was allegedly found in his possession.

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Posted: oct. 08, 2014 3:55 p.m.

Skenazy: Why are we criminalizing childhood

A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 or younger from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that.

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Posted: oct. 01, 2014 12:29 p.m.

Rasmussen: The Ability to Walk Away is Key to Empowerment

Politicians like to talk about empowering the middle class or other segments of the voting population, but they're typically a little fuzzy on what empowerment really means. That makes sense when you consider that elections are essentially about politicians asking to get power rather than share it.

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Posted: oct. 01, 2014 12:14 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Not much sense

There is a great deal of time and money spent locally to attract business to our community. In doing so we show the prospective businesses that we are a great community to work, play, live and serve.

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Posted: oct. 01, 2014 12:09 p.m.

Rasmussen: The tech-inspired future of education

In 21st-century America, hope and change comes from tech-inspired entrepreneurs.

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Posted: sep. 24, 2014 2:39 a.m.

Letter: Defining moment

What you are about to read will possibly be the most important paragraphs you will have to reflect upon to decide the fate of your family and nation.

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Posted: sep. 24, 2014 2:35 a.m.

Our Thoughts: New Edition

Today you are looking at part of the future of community newspapering.

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Posted: sep. 24, 2014 2:31 a.m.

Massie: On the brink of collapse

America stands on the very brink of collapse and I believe the indications are such that if she doesn't collapse in my lifetime, she will in my son's. If that scares you, it should. America is in trouble such as she has never experienced in her history and it is trouble of our own making.

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Posted: sep. 24, 2014 2:28 a.m.

Massie: They are ruthless

“They are ruthless, single-minded and totally committed.” ­— British security adviser; Source: The Times of London, Aug. 16, 2006.

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Posted: sep. 19, 2014 9:05 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 7:03 a.m.

Our Thoughts: United Way BBQ

You know fall is in the air when it’s time to celebrate the annual United Way/Family Promise BBQ fundraiser, in partnership with Jim N’ Nick’s and Rockdale Career Academy’s Culinary Arts program.

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Posted: sep. 19, 2014 9:06 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Cheating

The county of Rockdale received a black eye because of the bone-headed decision made by a few Sheriff’s deputies. The deputies decided they were going to take the lazy approach to their required testing.

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Posted: sep. 19, 2014 9:06 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Cohen: Blind to the world’s broken glass

“All politics is local,” the late Speaker of the House Tip O’ Neill famously said. How right he was. The world today is suffering from the failure of President Obama to apply a school of law enforcement that happened to originate in O’Neill’s hometown, Boston, and goes by the moniker “broken windows.” The problem, simply stated, is that Obama was deaf to the sound of tinkling glass.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 8:10 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 6:09 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Too much


The congressman who represents us here in Rockdale is Hank Johnson, who in reality is elected for us by the voters of DeKalb County, his home base.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 8:11 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 5:50 a.m.

Rasmussen: Robin Hood and the Digital Revolution

The lovable legend of Robin Hood with his band of Merry Men making life difficult for the Sheriff of Nottingham offers a great way to understand the politics of 21st-century America.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 7:37 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 5:36 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Happy Birthday, Rockdale Medical

It is hard to envision that when folks set out 60 years ago with a dream to build a medical facility to in Rockdale County, that their dream would turn into the 138 bed, multi-million dollar state-of-the-art facility that we have today in Rockdale Medical Center.

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Posted: sep. 08, 2014 10:41 p.m.

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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Posted: aug. 29, 2014 8:09 p.m. | 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.

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