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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…

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“She asked me when the season of joy was supposed to end and I said I didn’t really think there was an exact date, so we left the tree up ,’til June that year.” - Story People I am a big fan of family, fun and festivity, so the holidays are a big deal for me. Lots of preparation, planning an…

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So the big day is nearly upon us and I say if it’s not done for Christmas by now, let it go. I will not, however, be following my own advice. I still have presents to wrap, a menu to plan and food to shop for – not to mention a rather lengthy list of last minute details to accomplish. But, t…

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“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” – Roy L. Smith This is my “Bah! Humbug!” time of year. The warm glow of Thanksgiving and initial excitement about Christmas has passed, and the sure-to-occur thankful happiness that Christmas brings has yet to happen. W…

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“From the bitter cold at Valley Forge, to the mountains of Afghanistan and the deserts of Iraq, our soldiers have courageously answered when called, gone where ordered, and defended our nation with honor.” – Solomon Ortiz BY LORIN SINN-CLARK

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Last week’s disrupted airline bomb plot and the arrest of suspected terrorist Farooque Ahmed should serve as a clear warning that terrorist elements are still seeking opportunities to inflict death and destruction upon the unsuspecting American masses.

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So how much would you pay for 58 million votes? If you are a Democrat, the answer is about $14.5 billion. In what is clearly a last ditch effort by the Democrats to stave off an election day massacre at the polls, the administration has proposed the American taxpayers foot the bill for maili…

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Two years ago, on October 22, 2008, my world turned upside down. My son wrecked his car on his way home from football practice at Mill Creek High School. He was life-flighted to Grady Hospital with serious injuries including a broken spine, broken orbital bone, broken jaw, broken nose, pulmo…

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It’s coming. We have been warned for years and now it appears the Fed is going to pull one of its most dangerous tools out of the bag – inflation. If you thought your financial situation was bad before, it may be about to get a lot worse.

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I never carry a checkbook and seldom carry more cash than what I need to get a value meal at Burger King. In fact, it is not uncommon for me to scrounge change out the ash tray in my car just to have enough cash to buy a cup of coffee.

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“There is literally no aspect of our economy or our society that the federal government doesn’t tax, regulate or subsidize, and often it does all three at the same time. “ – from the Republican Party “Pledge to America.” At least they admit it.

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Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris was recently marked for death by Muslim cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki for encouraging readers to draw pictures of the prophet Mohammed. Norris, at the urging of the FBI, has gone into hiding and erased her identity in an attempt to stay alive.

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“Your pennies at work.” What a great slogan. It makes it sound as if you, the individual taxpayer, spent only a few cents, and in return get to enjoy parks, schools, courthouses, roads or other wonderful SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) projects. Over the years, politicians ha…

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What does a massive government agency employing roughly a 100,000 people do when it finds itself incapable of doing the job for which it was created? Force citizens to do the job for them. By using these stooges, the IRS hopes to bring in additional funds to pay for health care reform.

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Many years ago, one of my son’s friends got in trouble at school because he asked a Muslim student if he was “the kind of Muslim that blows things up.” At the time, the sheer bluntness of the question made the incident more humorous than anything. But now, almost a decade after Muslim terror…

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People in Georgia are driving too slowly. At least that is what state officials and trauma care advocates seem to think.

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As expected, the Republican State Senate District 47 race has come down to a runoff. Winder’s Shane Coley will face Madison County’s Frank Ginn on August 10. Although the two candidates share many similar views, in some ways they are worlds apart in background.

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From time to time, we hear complaints concerning the amount of space we devote to crime coverage each week. Though it may seem as if we have more than our fair share of criminal activity, the truth is that our law enforcement officials – like officers in every other locale - are kept busy de…

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The annual AYP reports for local schools is out and the picture isn’t pretty. Several local schools, including Jackson County Comprehensive High School, Winder Barrow High School and Apalachee High School failed to make AYP this year.

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Still clinging to the delusion that we do not live in a nanny state? Wake up and smell the coffee – and put down your soda, chips or french fries while you are at it. Just when you think the government could not get any more intrusive, Health and Human Services director Kathleen Sebelius ann…

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Voters in the North Braselton area have an important decision to make in next week’s balloting for a new school board member. Steve Bryant and Randall Skelton are vying for the seat previously held by Jill Elliott, who isn’t seeking re-election.

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What would happen if your mortgage holder arbitrarily decided you were no longer a worthy credit risk? What if you received notice one day that the entire balance of your mortgage or your credit card debt or your student loan was due in full immediately?