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Voter apathy should be illegal

Voter apathy should be illegal

Editor, Our country is in a precarious position. Our government is intruding in our personal lives, and our religions are under attack. The government is ignoring the invasion from south of the border, as well as the dangers imposed by ISIS and other terrorist groups.

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Updated: oct. 22, 2014 8:00 p.m.
Governor shares view on education

Governor shares view on education

Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

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Updated: oct. 22, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Long Co. school bonds would attract state money for new school

Long Co. school bonds would attract state money for new school

Editor, Those of you familiar with the Long County School System are aware of the student growth and financial struggles faced by our system for many years. We are a low-wealth system, ranked 171st out of 180 school systems. Our students and teachers presently occupy many classrooms built in 1951 or earlier. The hardships we have faced have been many, but with the dedication of previous and present boards, superintendents, administrators, teachers and staff, we have survived.

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Updated: oct. 22, 2014 1:00 p.m.
News of deaths is good Southern gossip

News of deaths is good Southern gossip

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person, but sometimes I don’t have a clue the person ever existed.

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Updated: oct. 21, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Protect your family -- get flu shots

Protect your family -- get flu shots

Go get a flu shot. Also, make sure you’re children get flu shots. It’s a plain and simple set of instructions, but following them could save a life. Please, go do it.

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Updated: oct. 21, 2014 2:30 p.m.


Polls shouldn't open on Sunday

Editor, Watch out, Bryan County, in case the Sunday-voting issue rears its head in your neck of the woods, just as it has in Liberty County. This is something I think everyone in our region needs to be aware of, because it involves something greater than just run-of-the-mill politics.

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Updated: oct. 17, 2014 8:30 a.m.
Gubernatorial candidate talks education

Gubernatorial candidate talks education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s turn.

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Updated: oct. 15, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Nation doesn't need more 'boots on ground'

Nation doesn't need more 'boots on ground'

The talking heads and politicians love to use the term, “boots on the ground.” It sounds macho.

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Updated: oct. 15, 2014 2:30 p.m.
Situations are as dramatic as you make them

Situations are as dramatic as you make them

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to let things roll right off her back.

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Updated: oct. 14, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Even 'educational' TV is questionable

Even 'educational' TV is questionable

Letting a child watch too much TV may be as bad for parents as it is for little ones. In fact, depending on which shows a child is allowed to watch, it may be worse for parents.

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Updated: oct. 14, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Port should get money it deserves

Port should get money it deserves

Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second-straight year the GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.

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Updated: oct. 10, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Discuss caretaking, health decline

Discuss caretaking, health decline

I talk to a wide variety of people throughout the week. The topics of our discussions vary greatly, but it is safe to say that many of my conversations deal with aging parents and aging issues in general.

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Updated: oct. 09, 2014 8:30 p.m.


Help soldiers from war room to board room

Over the next three years, as many as 60,000 military members are expected to return to Georgia. Already, 770,000 veterans call Georgia home. In fact, the Peach State is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans nationwide. In addition to those returning to Georgia, more than 10,000 service members will be transitioning from the state’s Army installations — 4,000 from Fort Stewart alone.

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Updated: oct. 09, 2014 1:00 p.m.
UGA is home of top college mascot

UGA is home of top college mascot

If I die anytime soon — and I have no plans to do so at the moment — please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, “He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association.” You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don’t belong.

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Updated: oct. 08, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Cool house with breezes, memories

Cool house with breezes, memories

“It’s a funny thing.” That’s what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make sense. Otherwise, I’ll ponder, figure, study and try to decipher that funny thing until it’s somewhat sensible.

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Updated: oct. 07, 2014 4:00 p.m.

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