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BLOG: The dress is... ugly
I’m going to end the great dress debate of 2015, right here, right now, with one statement that everyone can agree on: It doesn’t matter if the dress is gold and white or blue and black, we can all...
February 27, 2015 02:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Don’t know much about history? This test is for you
As you may have heard, some of our intrepid public servants under the Gold Dome are unhappy with the Advanced Placement U.S. history test and the College Board which administers the tests. The Gene...
February 26, 2015 05:22 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Finding purpose through service
Q: I can’t seem to find my purpose in life. How do I go about figuring that out? A: Since I explore this in my memoir, I’ll answer your question by adapting what is written in the book. Before we c...
February 26, 2015 05:16 PM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: The life and times of Pete Dickens
Pete Dickens met me at the Mayflower Restaurant in downtown Athens for breakfast, appropriate for a local boy who has seen the Classic City expand and prosper over the years. His family farm on the...
February 26, 2015 05:05 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Jekyll Island Authority holds fire on deer population
If you are a supercilious liberal you-know-what or a sanctimonious Bible thumper, I have some good news for you. I am giving you both the week off. Enjoy it while you can. I will be back. Today, I ...
February 19, 2015 11:33 AM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Do sticks and stones really break bones?
Q: I acknowledge I probably talk too much about other people. Usually the overall tone is negative, and if I’m honest about it, I enjoy it. It’s become a habit, and I just can’t seem to stop, espec...
February 19, 2015 11:21 AM | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Contour Coke bottles celebrates 100 years
Many of us grew up on Coca-Cola. If you date back, you likely are an aficionado of the contour bottle, which is 100 years old this year. The contour bottle is as recognizable as a church steeple. I...
February 19, 2015 11:08 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Reasons to build Keystone XL pipeline plentiful
Editor’s note: U.S. Senate Bill 1, the bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, was passed by the Senate Jan. 30 and by the House Feb. 12 but still has not been signed into law by ...
February 19, 2015 10:59 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Some random thoughts on some random subjects
If you watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago – and reports say 114 million of us did – perhaps you saw a portion of the reprehensible behavior of Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who afte...
February 12, 2015 11:15 AM | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Mama and the chain gang
Q: This really isn’t a question but a request. Could you please share the wonderful story from your book about you and your mother and the prisoners? A lot of people who read your column have not h...
February 12, 2015 11:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Remembering Iwo Jima
Seventy years ago this year, the Allies had gained the momentum in World War II. The war was not over, but Hitler was in his bunker refusing to yield while the Japanese were poised to fight to the ...
February 12, 2015 10:50 AM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: ‘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. The truth is police officers are no worse than the rest of society and...
February 05, 2015 02:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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  • Column: An appreciation of art
    by Loran Smith
    Columnist
    01.08.15 - 06:11 pm
  • Column: An invocation for the New Year
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    12.31.14 - 10:57 am
  • Column: Fondly recalling Georgia bowls past
    by Loran Smith
    Columnist
    12.31.14 - 10:33 am
  • Column: I wish I had been there in Bethlehem
    by Dick Yarbrough
    Columnist
    12.25.14 - 04:44 pm
  • Column: Readers reminisce about Christmas
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    12.25.14 - 04:38 pm
  • Column: Why don’t I come here more?
    by Loran Smith
    Columnist
    12.25.14 - 04:29 pm
  • Column: TMI on Facebook and Christmas letters?
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    12.18.14 - 02:54 pm
  • Column: Three components worthy of attention
    Q: How do I handle an elderly neighbor who constantly criticizes my yard, my dog — a Siberian husky mix — the traffic when we or others have friends over and generally…everything? She gets worse ev...
    February 05, 2015 01:57 PM | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Guest column: Sometimes cannabis is the only answer
    I’d like to thank Dick Yarbrough for his [Jan. 14] article about medical marijuana in the Neighbor. My wife and I are some of the many local parents fighting with [District 141] Rep. Allen Peake, [...
    February 05, 2015 01:35 PM | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Georgia’s juvenile justice system going to the dogs
    The state of Georgia’s Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that’s a good thing. This is just one of the lessons I have learned during my short time as a member of the board of the Dep...
    January 29, 2015 10:52 AM | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Tough love is sometimes the best medicine
    Q: My mother-in-law is an obsession I cannot get past. I find myself blaming her for where I am because of the way she raised my husband. She has spent his whole life making him “perfect,” holding ...
    January 29, 2015 10:44 AM | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Guest column: A healthy economy for all
    President [Barack] Obama calls higher taxes, more bureaucracy and Washington spending “middle-class economics.” Yet it’s those economic policies that have created a recovery that’s been particularl...
    January 29, 2015 10:27 AM | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: The state of this column has never been stronger
    My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message...
    January 22, 2015 06:41 PM | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Finding light in the midst of darkness
    Q: A lot of tough things have happened in my life over many years and they’ve worn me down. I just don’t see the point anymore. I don’t know why so much darkness has descended on me. Sometimes I be...
    January 22, 2015 06:35 PM | 4 4 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Is Georgia about to go to pot?
    Well, I was going to write something about religious extremism this week, but was advised that might not be such a good idea. I’m not sure why the Crusades in the Middle Ages are off limits, but, h...
    January 22, 2015 06:27 PM | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Peake on mission to legalize medical marijuana in Ga.
    Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed...
    January 15, 2015 03:06 PM | 1 1 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Why some parents allow consumption of ‘garbage’
    Q: Why do people buy their children video games such as Grand Theft Auto? Do they know that it’s full of cursing, violence and women being mistreated? My son thinks I am the weirdest mom for not le...
    January 15, 2015 03:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Editorial: Charlie Hebdo stood for free speech. So do we.
    As 2014 drew near its close, the city of Kennesaw was deeply embroiled in an ugly fight over whether to rezone a strip center to allow for a storefront mosque. This newspaper group editorialized th...
    January 15, 2015 02:57 PM | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Well-armed citizenry could make difference
    EDITOR: I’ve grown tired of hearing how two terrorists moved tactically down the street after executing nearly a dozen cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters in Paris. I would not s...
    January 15, 2015 02:52 PM | 2 2 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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  • Column: Finding Christmas
    by Mark Maguire
    Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
    12.18.14 - 02:44 pm
  • Column: Anxious and feeling stuck
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    12.11.14 - 05:19 pm
  • Column: Karma knows where you live
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    12.04.14 - 02:40 pm
  • Column: Home-cooked meals
    by Loran Smith
    Columnist
    12.04.14 - 02:27 pm
  • Column: On learning lessons at the Waffle House
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    11.27.14 - 12:03 am