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Rall: Hillary runs first, thinks last

At this writing, The New York Times had a revealing headline: "Hillary Clinton Will Run; She Still Has to Explain Why."

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Editorial: Prom season

This is the time of year that our precious children get a chance to celebrate life in a special way that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 11:55 a.m. | Updated: apr. 25, 2015 6:30 a.m.

Rall: Hillary runs first, thinks last

At this writing, The New York Times had a revealing headline: "Hillary Clinton Will Run; She Still Has to Explain Why."

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 5:18 p.m.

Towery: Evangelicals Rise Puts GOP Back to the 1980s

Corporate leaders and chambers of commerce are at war with those evangelical Christians who have decided to reassert themselves in the Republican political process. This war is eerily reminiscent of an earlier time when there was friction between the business wing of the GOP and Christian activists.

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Posted: apr. 09, 2015 1:14 p.m. | Updated: apr. 15, 2015 6:13 a.m.

Editorial: Rotary Volunteerism

A group of us were talking the other day on how you motivate people to volunteer again like the some of the old timers did and still do.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 5:59 p.m. | Updated: apr. 11, 2015 7:00 a.m.
Sheriff Levett: Q&A regarding body cameras

Sheriff Levett: Q&A regarding body cameras

In February, Chief Deputy Scott Freeman and I were invited to the Rockdale County chapter of the NAACP to give a presentation. The presentation was to address questions and concerns from participants in regards to the new body cameras. The following are some of the great questions posed at the presentation and the RCSO would like share the answers with everyone.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 6:03 p.m. | Updated: apr. 11, 2015 7:00 a.m.
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Letter: On Atlanta teachers cheating

Dear Editor: This morning while Opie and I were tending to our bees in the garden he asked me was it true that the leading clergy in Atlanta were asking the judge for lenience in the sentencing of the 11 Atlanta teachers caught red handed stealing promotion money and bonus. Let's not forget to mention the huge theft of the thousands of students futures lost to personal greed by these crooks masquerading as teachers.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 9:23 a.m.

Charen: Victim shock troops

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. - George Washington

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Posted: apr. 07, 2015 8:32 p.m. | Updated: apr. 08, 2015 6:01 a.m.

McCoy: Easter memories

Many of you of a certain age will remember Kessler’s Department store in downtown Atlanta. I never shopped there, but I loved the Easter ads that would come on television, interrupting my mindless enjoyment of Gilligan’s Island, Leave it To Beaver, and all the other shows that Ted Turner gave us before he became a famous Montana rancher. A girl’s voice — pleasant and youthful — would tell us how nice we’d look in our new Easter clothing, if we’d just venture down to Kessler’s and make a purchase. The Kessler’s ad was an Easter ...

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 8:31 p.m.

Letter: Walking the Walk

Letter addressed to Commission Chairman Richard Oden and sent to The News: You may notice that this is not typed, as prior memos of March 9 and 19 - reason being I became aware that your title was indicated as "Commissar" Oden. Althought close to correct spelling, it is not correct. Therefore, I have terminated the service of my Administrative Assistant/Deputy Director of Communciations. I accept full responsibility for lack of attention to detail resulting in the term "Commissar" and will strive to prevent "Commissar" finding its way into any future memors. Should you see "Commissar" in any future memos ...

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Posted: apr. 03, 2015 5:37 p.m. | Updated: apr. 04, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Editorial: Easter 2015

Easter is early this year and that is appropriate because the renewal of the earth’s splendor has also arrived early.

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Posted: apr. 03, 2015 5:39 p.m. | Updated: apr. 04, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Sosebee: The Vision Behind the Memorial

More than 50 years have passed since I served in the 69th Infantry Division of the First Army during World War II, but the images of combat remain vivid to me today. Most men and women who have served our country in a time of war will forever recall the horrific details of their own personal experiences in battle. The close calls, the lost friends, the struggle to succeed and survive a mission under the most adverse conditions imaginable have left scars that will remain with me for a lifetime.

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Posted: apr. 03, 2015 5:43 p.m. | Updated: apr. 04, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Rasmussen: Baptists and Bootleggers

It's apparent to anyone willing to look that a wide gap has grown between a Washington/Wall Street political class and the nation they want to rule. Less clear to many is the reason why.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 11:40 p.m. | Updated: apr. 01, 2015 10:39 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Editorials

Last week, we ran an editorial that encouraged voters not to vote for a candidate because they had a D or R behind their name or because of the color of their skin.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 9:50 p.m. | Updated: mar. 28, 2015 6:38 a.m.

Cavanaugh: Looking Back

It seems every day now some famous personality or former friend has passed away and at 68 it makes me think sometimes of my own mortality.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 5:11 p.m. | Updated: mar. 28, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Our View: Elections

There has begun a stirring of potential political candidates for the 2016 election. We know this because already there are stirrings of smearing mud being mixed.

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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 6:06 p.m. | Updated: mar. 21, 2015 7:30 a.m.

Letter: Would you vote for this person?

Dear Editor: Would you vote for this person?

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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 6:10 p.m. | Updated: mar. 21, 2015 7:30 a.m.

Letter: Even the playing field for high school sports

Dear Editor: For decades, students at the traditional public schools in Georgia have been denied the chance to win a state championship because the system overseen by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) ignores the fact that there is no parity among traditional public schools, private schools, and city schools.

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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 6:12 p.m. | Updated: mar. 21, 2015 7:30 a.m.

Saunders: Medical Marijuana Bill Lost in Smoke

Last year, Congress passed an amendment that barred the Department of Justice from using federal dollars to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized them. Last week, three senators proposed a measure to clean up the federal-state medical marijuana mess once and for all.

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Posted: mar. 17, 2015 10:54 p.m.

Cavanaugh: A proud Irishman, a proud day

Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day, a day celebrated throughout the land with parades and merriment and music.  In Conyers there is a parade and the world’s shortest endurance run. The parade begins at 4:30 the run at 5 p.m.

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 4:05 p.m.

Our Thoughts: True Leaders

The Georgia Women’s Legislative Caucus honored two of our local women leaders recently.

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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 9:17 p.m. | Updated: mar. 14, 2015 6:34 a.m.

Kim: Unflinching honesty

I first encountered Claude Sitton while I was a greenhorn reporter covering Oxford City Council meetings.  Sitton was handing out guidelines on Georgia’s Sunshine Laws, or the Open Records Act, and reminding councilmembers of their obligations. Even in retirement, he was keeping public officials on their toes.

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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 9:15 p.m. | Updated: mar. 14, 2015 6:28 a.m.

Gingrich-Cushman: Truth matters

A New York Times article this past Tuesday titled, "Teenage Girl Leaves for ISIS, and Others Follow," by Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, struck close to home for me. The three young women who left London to enlist in ISIS in Syria were 16, 15 and 15.

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Posted: mar. 10, 2015 6:22 p.m.

Editorial: Putting the fox in the hen house

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia is once again trying to get the state’s General Assembly to make it harder for Georgia’s residents to keep up with what is going on in the governments they support. 

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Posted: mar. 06, 2015 6:36 p.m. | Updated: mar. 07, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Opinion: Legislative Black Caucus Responds on the ‘Ban the Box’ Hiring Policy

On Tuesday February 23, 2015, Governor Nathan Deal used personal privilege Tuesday as he signed an executive order of the ‘ban the box’ hiring policy. With this action, Georgia residents seeking employment will no longer have to disclose their criminal histories on the application during the hiring process. More so, this move allows citizens who are re-entering society from incarceration the ability to be considered on work merit, skills and qualifications and not past criminal convictions during the initial stages of hiring. 

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Posted: mar. 06, 2015 6:40 p.m. | Updated: mar. 07, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Carson: Applauding an Elegant Conservative

Recently, I was temporarily placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center's watch list for extremism simply because I vocally support traditional marriage. I remember thinking: When did advocating for lifelong love between one man and one woman become a hate crime? Fortunately, the group saw the folly of its ways and apologized, removing me from the list.

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Posted: mar. 03, 2015 7:48 p.m.

Our Thoughts: STAR Students

Anytime we get a chance to give a pat on the back to our local students  for their accomplishments we are glad to do it.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 8:05 p.m. | Updated: feb. 28, 2015 6:02 a.m.

NPDES permit reissuance-City of Atlanta Combined Sewer System.

The Rockdale County Soil and Water Conservation District (RCSWCD) is currently led by 2 duly elected and 2 appointed Supervisors. Along with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the District, established and empowered by a Federal mandate, works in cooperation with private landowners, local businesses and governmental entities to encourage the conservation of the state's natural resources that are the basis for economic growth and prosperity. Aided by the USDA's Natural Resources 

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 4:58 p.m. | Updated: feb. 17, 2015 5:01 p.m.
Medical cannabis oil bill showing Republicans true colors

Medical cannabis oil bill showing Republicans true colors

Dear Editor,

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 4:55 p.m. | Updated: feb. 17, 2015 4:57 p.m.
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Sowell: Measles, vaccines, autism

The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. Measles was virtually wiped out in the United States, years ago. Why the resurgence of this disease now?

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 10:35 p.m.

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