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Massive wildfires are torching California as strong winds blow fiery embers far and wide, setting ablaze both dry scrub and houses, leaving a massive amount of devastation.

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Our eighth-grade science teacher Mr. Underwood asked for a volunteer – someone to spend three hours in isolation, blindfolded, in a dark and quiet room, and then write a report on the experience, what you thought and felt.

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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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“You’re taking a journey through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination…”

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Dear Editor:  When redistricting is callously and deliberately manipulated to silence voters’ voices, it’s called gerrymandering. Faith in our election systems and the idea of one person/one vote form the bedrock of American democracy.

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Throughout history, when ambitious men grab power and become “the establishment,” the effort to remove them is always dangerous and often deadly even resulting in wars and innocent death.

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I recently picked up an old classic, “1984” by George Orwell. As I read the fictional account of the society painted by Orwell... of what coming civilization would look like, I was appalled by Orwell’s future. But, I was shocked at how accurately Orwell describes 2019 America. Here are some …

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When Garry Glenn was a senior in high school, he had not yet cracked the starting lineup on the Jefferson Dragon football team. There were good reasons; he could never win the position from the two red-shirt seniors, Alex Bryan and Rodney Wages, who had both been starters since their sophomo…

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My wife keeps a supply of olive oil on our kitchen counter. Not just any olive oil. But extra-virgin olive oil, whatever that means.

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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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What is the current equivalent of book burning? Taking their cue from ISIS, today’s brilliant secular extremists are tearing down Confederate statues honoring historical figures with whom they disagree in an attempt to blot out history.

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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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I was baseball crazy in the spring of 1966. The Braves of Milwaukee would soon begin their first season in Atlanta. Already, I knew their players, Felipe Alou, Hank Aaron, Rico Carty and Eddie Matthews. I had the season’s schedule cut out of the Atlanta newspaper with the first-ever Sunday d…

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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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I was intrigued by a recent piece by Chris Stirewalt of Fox News on the background behind Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And I was reminded of how important a common set of virtues is to a functional society. In our country today, with its issues of violence, both verbal and physical and the seemingly…

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The death last week of Tommy Stephenson was the end of an era and the loss of one of Jackson County’s most enigmatic public officials of the last five decades.

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I was given various psychological and personality profile tests back in 1981, a requirement for all in-coming seminary students. The tests provided some good fodder for in-house humor among those of us who had left homes and jobs to study for ministry.

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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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A recurring theme running through America’s political debate for more than a decade (with a lot more smoke than light) is the issue of healthcare. Single payer, private healthcare, government versus private care, Obamacare, socialized medicine, free markets ...both sides claim to have exclus…

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The recent revelations about the Atlanta Public Schools superintendent and her contract not being renewed amply illustrates a big weakness of the state’s open meetings and open records laws.

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Dear Editor:  I am thankful for a newspaper which prints political opinions from different perspectives. Jim Kinney’s editorial opinion in the September 4 Jackson Herald gives an interesting insight into how Trump supporters think — I appreciate his sharing.

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Dear Editor: The Rome Statue which created the International Criminal Court provides the most recent and expansive list of specified criminal acts that may constitute crimes against humanity.

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Last month, I received an invitation to a reunion of our 1971 Gainesville Junior College basketball team. Sorry to say, but I had lost track with all but one of them since my wedding day in 1974.

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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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My current heroes are the protesters in Hong Kong. While the rest of the world is upside down from misplaced populism and a massive amount of propaganda, the protesters in Hong Kong are about the only people with clarity in our world today.

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I was 11 years old, and she was 13. She was friendly, quick to smile, showing her perfect white teeth. She learned my name, and I learned hers. For several weeks that summer she came in almost daily to my uncle’s store down in Middle Georgia. We always spoke to one another – by name.

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Dear Editor: The August 28 issue of The Jackson Herald had a discussion on the proposed 5G cell towers installations and the legislature's mandate that preempts local governments have any say in the matter.

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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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If our society is to heal the divides we currently face, two things must happen. First we must begin to learn to listen and secondly, we must be willing to acknowledge not all of our opinions/positions are without error.

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For two years, James Fulton Foster remained in prison, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Charlie Drake, gunned down in his home. James Horace Wood and my father, Floyd G. Hoard, were his attorneys filing the appeals and pushing for a new trial, all in an effort to keep him alive.

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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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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar and President Donald Trump all have something in common: All three have trotted out anti-Semitic rhetoric in recent weeks to further their own political agendas.

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Dear Editor:  Nowadays, someone would have to live under a rock not to know that a violent crime wave has Americans concerned about their safety. Voices of rage in the anti-gun movement would have us believe that gun manufacturers, licensed gun dealers, law-abiding gun owners and the NRA are…