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Salute a man trying to better the world

Salute a man trying to better the world

A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.

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Updated: oct. 30, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Bad drivers must pay for choices

Bad drivers must pay for choices

Tens of thousands of Georgians live with lifelong disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury.

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Updated: oct. 29, 2014 9:00 p.m.
Leave the baby-growing to friends

Leave the baby-growing to friends

OK, I admit it — a few months ago, I suffered from a very short-lived bout of baby fever. I’m happy to announce, however, that I’ve fully recovered.

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Updated: oct. 28, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Assembling the pieces of life's puzzle

Assembling the pieces of life's puzzle

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it’s been seven or eight years. I hadn’t thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life’s journey can be so fascinating.

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Updated: oct. 28, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Common Core math is too confusing

Common Core math is too confusing

Editor, Why are we dumbing down our children? Our high schools send 90 percent of students out the door without the most basic skills high school is supposed to teach. High-tech businesses won’t locate to Liberty County because of our inability to provide educated workers.

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State questions on Nov. 4 ballots

State questions on Nov. 4 ballots

While most voters are familiar with the candidates on the Nov. 4 general-election ballot, many are unaware of the ballot’s three referendum questions.

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Updated: oct. 23, 2014 6:00 a.m.
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.

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