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NEW ORLEANS – After Atlanta, my home turf, the first major city I got to know well was New Orleans, which has a variety of pronunciations and nicknames. “New Or-leans” is commonplace as is New “Or-lee-uns.” Doesn’t matter how you say it, a party image comes sauntering to the forefront of you…

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but over the last few years, there has been a significant uptick in the number of demented men (sorry ladies, you’re not a part of this editorial), entering houses of worship and doing violence.

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Dear Editor: I don't know if the economy will boom or bust during 2020, but I do know this: Since the beginning of 2017, the stock market has set new records and a feeling of optimism floats in the air.

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The Hallmark Movie Channel has come under fire recently for pulling a commercial that included 2 brides kissing in a celebration of same sex marriage.

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Dear Editor: As we all know, Congress has been encumbered in partisanship all fall. It’s time it does the people’s work before the end of the year. Few issues are as wide reaching as the Health Insurance Tax (HIT)—it ultimately raises healthcare costs for 142 million Americans and will under…

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In 1978, with the help of a friend at the Augusta National Golf Club, I was approved for a credential to cover the Open championship, the first tournament in history of the game of golf, which was also the first golfing major and for years the sole tournament in the sport.

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The liberals and secular progressives have learned it’s hard if not impossible to convict someone of murder without a corpse. (Can we say Democrats...or is that hate speech?)

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NEW YORK – You likely agree, if you have reached that station in life, that grandchildren are not overrated. While, I didn’t originate that assessment—it came from a pretty friend Suzanne Chastain—I succumb passionately to that notion.

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A school teacher can never be rich except from fulfillment of helping a kid find his or her way. Few educators vacation on the Riviera, at Pebble Beach, Costa Del Sol or Bora Bora. For most of them, a corner room at a modest hotel at Destin or Hilton Head will do. Financial reward is not cen…

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Dear Editor: While I usually don’t pay attention to rezoning news in your newspaper, something did strike me about this one (Gum Springs Church Rd. project.) There was one individual that objected to the approval and for a very good reason, effective growth management.

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LAGRANGE – This has always been an inviting town, laid back but not passive, down home but not without an appreciation for sophisticated ambience, accompanied by an accent on culture and the arts.

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PIERRE, S. D. – Winter came early to the Upper Midwest this fall, but that did not cause any reluctance on the part of hunters who can’t wait to make their way here annually to enjoy an outdoor experience that brings about defining fulfillment.

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Dear Editor: The Democratic Party is keenly aware that any candidate they select will not beat Donald Trump in the 2020 election. That is why the Democratic-controlled House is working to impeach the president and hope that the Republican-controlled Senate will remove him from office.

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Discouraged by the bitter divisions among us that make up our news every day? Don’t be. Be discouraged that we are led today by politicians (of both parties) more concerned about their personal gain than about their responsibilities as guardians of our inalienable rights.

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(AUTHOR'S NOTE: The following is the first of a three-part series having to do with a western swing to hunt deer, duck and pheasant; and to fly fish for brown and rainbow trout.)

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Terry Kay, the venerated and highly regarded author, was a sports reporter and columnist before he segued to a more literary lifestyle. He experienced the strict fundamentals of journalism while on the sports beat.

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Dear Editor: I want to start by saying I have appreciated The Herald’s coverage of the Jackson County Elections Board over the last year. There were personnel actions take in the wake of Mr. Beck’s death I obviously disagreed with and the move to the five-member board was another huge change…

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KNOXVILLE—Getting here from Athens (Georgia not Tennessee) remains an ordeal if you drive — even by connecting with Interstates 85 and 75 which take you around the mountain.

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Last week’s ruling by a superior court judge that recall efforts against two City of Hoschton officials can proceed was something of a shock. Seldom have judges in the state found “sufficient” reasons to let recall proceedings go forward.

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Agnew Peacock was a rock of a man in his days of yore. The passing years, however, brought about a decline with his health that made him compatible with the notion that sometimes it is better to leave this sometimes discordant world than to remain with agony riding shotgun in your life.

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Losing a best friend is like losing a family member. Death is so abrupt and leaves one with such emptiness. You reflect on the happy times you remember when there was never any resignation that there would be an eternal separation. You are always aware that finality eventually comes about, b…

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The Ken Burns documentary about country music is akin to realizing early on in an unforgettable movie that you are immersed into something special — you don’t want it to end.

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The heated rhetoric we endure daily from both sides of the aisle, perhaps a little historical perspective on the issues of tolerance and compassion would be helpful.

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A good book will often reveal vignettes, which are not necessarily connected with the main story. On a trip to Northern Ireland recently, I read a book about the “troubles” of the past in which 3,500 people lost their lives before peace came about: “Say Nothing,” is written by Patrick Radden…

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NEW YORK – Most trips here usually take place in December when a top coat is required which makes an early fall outing, allowing for use of a short-sleeved shirt, a welcomed option.

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The wrangling over a plan to bulldoze vineyards and a golf course to build townhomes in Chateau Elan is a fascinating story. It involves wealth, privilege, legal, social, economic, political and community issues all tied together in a complex narrative that, in some respects, reflects the br…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This city of 669,000 plus, known as “Music City, USA,” has always had a “feel good” atmosphere. I have been coming here since the 50s and have always experienced a grand ole time.

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Dear Editor: I would like to respond to a letter that I saw in your "news"paper, written by the Rev. Sharon E. Manuel, of Braselton, in the August 7 edition. In her letter, entitled "Says Trump should be impeached," she states several falsehoods and misleading claims. I find this odd for a r…

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Dear Editor: I was shocked to read that a member of the pulpit would use such language of judgement with no context to facts calling our president a liar, wanting impeachment “even though there will be no charges” and making comparison to the Nazi regime.

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There once was a joke on the Georgia campus for those not of blue-blood up-bringing but with an interest in studying law: “You could never be admitted. No matter your grades, you don’t have enough ties to get into law school.”

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CASTELLINA in CHIANTI, Italy – To allow you to become familiar with a signature wine tasting in the heart of Italy’s celebrated Chianti Classico region, we begin with verbiage from a flyer that we came in possession of while on a trip to North Palm Beach, Fla. several months ago:

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When I hear a speech and someone quotes a famous person, it typically doesn’t move me at all. I am usually moved by personal anecdote told with conviction, not some words of wisdom from long ago.

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Dear Editor: When Donald Trump formally announced his candidacy in 2015, entrenched politicians from both sides of the aisle almost split their sides with laughter.

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Crossover Day marks an important milestone in the legislative process. It falls on Day 30 of the 40-day legislative session and is the last day that bills can cross from one chamber to another. In an effort to pass important legislation before the deadline, the Senate debated and voted on a …

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The legislature took the final step last week in preserving Georgia’s greatest gift to its students, the HOPE Scholarship. The Senate and House agreed on a final version and have sent the bill to the governor’s desk, where he will sign it into law. Putting the program on a financially sustai…

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There are two classes of citizens in America today — those who work in the private sector being paid modest wages and with modest benefits, and those who work in the public sector who get generous wages and gold-plated benefits. And it is the former who pay the high tax burden that supports …

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“The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure…” – Oscar Wilde Until last Wednesday night, no one in our immediate little nuclear family (me, Mr. Clark, our son and his wife, our daughter and her husband) had ever spent the night in a hospital – not even me when our kids…

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“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Acton It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the county commission in action, but I went to the meeting on Jan. 31 to see how the latest airport authority hoopla would fall out. At issue was chairman Danny Yearwood’s veto of com…

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Vitriolic, derived from vitriol: bitterly scathing; caustic; virulent; corrosive in tone; blistering; capable of destroying or eating away; destructive; harsh. Vitriol is the word of the week and it is being bandied about freely by both sides of the debate which has become the aftermath of t…

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“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” – Doug Floyd I grew up in Colorado, so am no stranger to snow and most of the time I think it’s lovely – even this heavy, wet, mushy, ice-laden mess that passes for snow in Georgia has a certain festive appeal as it makes its annual…