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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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Updated: mar. 28, 2015 6:05 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.

Editorial: Probate Judge

For years the position of probate judge was filled admirably by Lillis Brown. 

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 6:22 p.m. | Updated: feb. 14, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Cushman: Power of love on Valentine's Day

In grammar school, Valentine’s Day meant wrapping a shoe box with brown craft paper, cutting a slot in the top for cards to drop in and decorating the outside of the box with hearts and cupids. Store-bought Valentines were labeled the night before and carefully taken to school to be given away. When the big day came, it wasn’t only if you received Valentines that counted, it was from whom, and if they gave you your card first that mattered.

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 6:29 p.m. | Updated: feb. 14, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Rall: Why are we at war against ISIS?

Is there any justification for bombing ISIS?

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 6:40 p.m. | Updated: feb. 14, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Yarbrough: 'Don't Shoot' t-shirt aimed at wrong target

Let’s get off the backs of law enforcement, shall we? Most of us couldn’t do their job or wouldn’t do it if we had the chance.

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Posted: feb. 10, 2015 9:01 p.m.

Essig: Bad time to blow a $180M hole in budget

Many people agree Georgia needs a $1 billion increase in transportation funding in the 2016 state budget to maintain its neglected transportation network. But a new transportation funding package (House Bill 170) mostly shifts money from the education, health care and public safety portion of the state budget and takes revenue from local governments. This attempt to solve one problem creates a multitude of other ones.

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Posted: feb. 06, 2015 8:47 p.m. | Updated: feb. 07, 2015 6:53 a.m.

Cushman: Churchill’s power of personality

This past week marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s prime minister during World War II. Churchill took up painting as a hobby in 1915, after the Gallipoli debacle, where 46,000 allied lives were lost over nine months of the campaign. He went on to paint more than 500 paintings during his lifetime. As wartime prime minister, he took a break from painting, focusing instead on the task at hand — winning the war, no matter the cost.

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Posted: feb. 06, 2015 8:54 p.m. | Updated: feb. 07, 2015 6:47 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Vaccinations

Vaccinations

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Posted: feb. 06, 2015 8:52 p.m. | Updated: feb. 07, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Letter: County addressing wastewater treatment odors

Dear Editor: The Rockdale County Quigg wastewater treatment facility, which ESG Operations staffs under contractual agreement, serves an important role for the public by providing proper treatment and disposal of domestic and industrial wastewater and the associated bio-solids. Bio-solids are biological and inert wastes that remain after removal from wastewater.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 4:57 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Pets

Occasionally,  as we drive around the county on one chore or another, we see stray animals wandering the highways. We see animals tied up in backyards with no place to  go when the cold weather hits us like we are supposed to experience this weekend.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 4:49 p.m.

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