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State must get transportation in order

State must get transportation in order

The regional transportation sales-tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia. So it’s encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the legislative session.

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Updated: aug. 21, 2014 4:00 p.m.
The ‘Scottish question’ is important in homeland

The ‘Scottish question’ is important in homeland

Many people in the United States might not be aware that a hot political topic in the land of my birth (other than whether Princess Catherine is pregnant again, of course) is that of Scottish independence.  

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Updated: aug. 21, 2014 11:56 a.m.
Gold standard for babies and moms

Gold standard for babies and moms

August is National Breastfeeding Month and it’s a good time to remember that breast milk is “the gold standard” for babies and their moms. In fact, there’s nothing like breastfeeding to put babies on the path to good health. And research shows that moms benefit as well.

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Updated: aug. 20, 2014 5:00 p.m.
Clock strikes midnight on more than a bill

Clock strikes midnight on more than a bill

As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the Governor’s desk for his signature was not going to happen this year.

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Updated: aug. 20, 2014 5:00 p.m.
Yarbrough is, gasp, a loyal liberal?

Yarbrough is, gasp, a loyal liberal?

Rap! Rap! Rap!

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Updated: aug. 20, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Our dependence on the web can come with a high pricetag

Our dependence on the web can come with a high pricetag

Americans are finding their lives more and more virtually wired to the Internet.

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Updated: aug. 20, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Not even the liberals want him

Not even the liberals want him

Rap! Rap! Rap: “The special called meeting of the Loyal Order of Liberals will come to order. Let’s begin the meeting as we always do — with the Liberal Pledge of Allegiance:

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Grab uncomfortable situations by horns

Grab uncomfortable situations by horns

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don’t like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is “whenever possible, step out of the way.”

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Updated: aug. 19, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Some things are tough to explain

Some things are tough to explain

My 2-year-old daughter, Reese, adores the Disney movie, “Frozen.” I admit, it’s a cute flick with plenty of catchy tunes and even a few good one-liners. There’s one part, however, that I’m having trouble explaining to Reese, and I fear I’ll have even more difficulty with it as she gets older.

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Updated: aug. 19, 2014 2:00 p.m.
EPA plan supported by ALA, ATS

EPA plan supported by ALA, ATS

Few things are more frightening for a parent than racing to the hospital with a child who can’t breathe. Few things are more difficult for a physician than telling a family that a loved one will not recover from an asthma attack. We work with people who know those experiences far too well and — because of those experiences — support reducing carbon pollution.

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Updated: aug. 19, 2014 11:00 a.m.
Take action on depression, before it’s too late

Take action on depression, before it’s too late

If I told you I knew of a middle-aged man who was feeling a bit depressed, you might not think too much about the consequences of such a situation.

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Updated: aug. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Shots fired in marsh buffer battle

Shots fired in marsh buffer battle

Why is Director Judson Turner of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) blatantly defying the Georgia Court of Appeals and urging others to follow his lead?

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Updated: aug. 18, 2014 5:00 p.m.
Ruminations on an old wicker chair he really didn’t want

Ruminations on an old wicker chair he really didn’t want

I sat in the chair; it was comfortable and it bent, twisted and stretched  to form a very restful place to sit and relax. 

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Updated: aug. 14, 2014 4:00 p.m.
An elegant solution to wildlife that really is a nuisance

An elegant solution to wildlife that really is a nuisance

A weed is a plant out of place. A dandelion might be a very desirable plant in my garden if I use its leaves for a salad, but it is not a plant I want in my lawn. If I find it in my lawn nobody complains if I try to kill it.

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Updated: aug. 14, 2014 1:00 p.m.
Partisanship hurting country

Partisanship hurting country

This past week, The (Brunswick) News featured an online poll on the U.S. Senate race pitting Democrat Michelle Nunn against Republican David Perdue. Neither is experienced in politics but both hail from families that are. Michelle Nunn’s father is former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, a conservative Democrat, and David Perdue is the first cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, a conservative Democrat turned Republican.

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Updated: aug. 13, 2014 5:00 p.m.

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