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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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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.

Shipp: The Freddie Gray Funeral

Just hours before Baltimore went upside down, the Rev. Lisa Weah prayed at Freddie Gray's funeral "that Baltimore will be a model of how to move forward and to be better than what we've been." After many more rich words that fed the soul and fired the resolve Monday, we went out into the great unknown hoping for a miracle.

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Posted: may. 01, 2015 7:23 p.m.

Editorial: School increase

It looks like Rockdale County Public Schools will be receiving $10.9 million more dollars from state tax funds; this is a welcome sight for our local school children and their teachers.

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Posted: may. 01, 2015 1:47 p.m.

Thoughts of a Baby Boomer: Bringing justice to history

With the recent resignation of Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials leader and former Ga. House Rep. Tyrone Brooks, I looked up one of my older columns. I wrote this seven years ago when I was at that time the General Manager of the Covington News, I thought you might enjoy reading it.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 11:49 a.m. | Updated: apr. 25, 2015 6:30 a.m.

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.

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