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As I sit here this Monday morning, I can see my newly installed hummingbird feeders hanging just outside our living room window. I haven’t seen many of the delicate creatures yet, but Charles said he spotted more over the weekend. Our front yard is a busy place between the birds and squirrel…

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Spring is here, and despite our cold snap last weekend, folks are busy getting gardens ready. Gardens can come in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, not every landscape is suitable for in-ground gardens. In these situations, raised bed gardens have become increasingly popular. Raised beds …

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Dear Editor: In last fall’s Presidential election, the Madison County election office with the help of Republican, Democrat and independent volunteers alike (all working under significant duress in the midst of a pandemic) did an outstanding job. We were encouraged by the voter turnout, whic…

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Dear Editor: Regarding Julie Buffalo’s opinion letter in the March 18th edition, I am infinitely appreciative of the amazing efforts of the scientific community to come together so swiftly and in the face of significant and unnecessary political obstacles, at least in this country, to develo…

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Dear Editor: I appreciated Congressman Alan Powell’s summary of HB 531 in last week’s Journal, though I confess to reading it with some resignation. Powell says that opposition to proposed voting reform legislation that uses words like “voter suppression” and “Jim Crow” are disingenuous hype…

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Roses are one of the most popular plants among Georgia gardeners even though growing roses in the southern climate can be challenging. Their large, fragrant blooms can be cheery and dramatic. Proper site preparation and planning and knowing which rose varieties to choose is the key to success.

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Dear Editor: I begin this letter by saying I am not a member of any political party nor have I made any donations to any political party. I am, like many Americans, one who cherishes the heritage of our country and desires its peace and prosperity.

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As we are approaching day 40, “Sine Die” on March 31, more Senate bills made their way to the House for consideration, and at the end of week 10, the House began working on SB 202 to begin strengthening Georgia’s election laws. Major points of SB 202 are:

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Four more legislative days have come and gone and our time under the Gold Dome is beginning to dwindle. This week was a productive one, with committees convening to consider long lists of House Bills and senators presenting their legislation in House committees to carry their bills over the …

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Dear Editor: It would be amusing if it were happening in another country. I refer to the complaints of conservative politicians about the enormous cost of the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. Enormous it is, but according to conservative sources such as Forbes magazine, that $1.9T is…

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At the Vernal Equinox, the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north along the ecliptic. For those of us without a sun dial or a farmer’s almanac, the previous sentence can be simply translated. Spring is here!

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Good news, the end is near! Crossover Day has officially come and gone and the Senate is already hard at work considering the many bills that were passed over from the House. Crossover Day, like in most other years, had us debating and passing legislation well into the evening. When the gave…

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Dear Editor: I have been a professional nurse for over 35 years and I have never been so proud of our scientific community, and now our Federal administration. We are tackling the COVID pandemic head-on. I was also part of the clinical trials that helped bring this vaccination process to fruition.

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House Bill 531 was crafted by the House Special Committee on Election Reform to re-tool the mechanics of a flawed system. The elections of 2018 and 2020 created a lack of confidence and trust by citizens of both political stripes. Confidence and integrity of our elections are the bedrock of …

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Dear Editor: By joining forces and investing billions of dollars in research based on scientific evidence we created a vaccine to protect humans from a deadly disease in less than a year. This is something to be proud of and grateful for. For those of us who remember growing up with friends …

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Dear Editor: I appreciate Zach Mitcham’s opinion “Is voting an American right or a privilege?” (March 11) that the vote is not just a right of each citizen but a duty.

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The historic, record-setting cold outbreak last month in the Plains states could have been our problem to deal with. In fact, some of the earliest model projections had the tip of the spear of the coldest air coming right down across the Ohio Valley and into the Southeast instead of the sout…

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March 8 marked our “cross-over” day and legislation that doesn’t pass from one chamber to the other by adjournment will be taken up in the 2022 legislative session. Committees in House and Senate have been working hard to pass out meaning legislation:

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The plane, which was transparent, like Wonder Woman’s, crash-landed into a lake by my childhood home, which was not in Macon but some cold Northern European setting, like Norway, on an overcast day. I could see the airline passengers putting on lifejackets. The commotion excited a group of k…

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Although it’s still cold and wintery outside, it is time to start prepping for warmer weather and spring gardening. If your gardening goal is to fill your pantry with an array of homegrown food, then starting plants from seed can help you achieve that goal. Starting seeds indoors under contr…

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This past week, the Senate completed its busiest week to date, passing a total of 10 bills and holding multiple committee meetings to properly vet legislation before it receives a vote on the Senate floor. At this point in the session, legislators begin to feel a sense of urgency, as we are …

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Dear Editor: The recent historically severe winter outbreak in the central and southern Plains and Midwest didn't mean to start such a ruckus, but it did.

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Dear Editor: The Georgia Renewable Power Noise Nuisance Survey being conducted by the Madison County Clean Power Coalition will end on Feb. 28. The MCCPC survey goal was to find out how residents living near the GRP facility are being affected by the noise originating from the plant.

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If some future Democratic demagogue does exactly the same thing as Trump, and asks a horde of riled-up followers to fight like hell and walk with him only hundreds of yards to the Capitol to overturn his electoral defeat precisely at the moment of certification, then is that OK? Should his f…

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Dear Editor: After reading in last week's edition of The Journal a letter to you from Mr. Gene Lurwig, I decided to write this one. My thanks to you Mr. Lurwig for being interested in our country's future and brave enough to write your letter in which you urged conservatives to get involved …

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Dear Editor: My husband and I live approximately .7 mile from Georgia Renewable Power biomass plant in Colbert. I can see it, and the emissions coming from the stack, from my bedroom window.

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Dear Editor: To Madison County residents, the Georgia Renewable Power plant off Hwy. 72 just outside of Colbert has submitted an application to discharge their wastewater onto our lands and waterways. They want to release this wastewater into local small streams and wetlands and finally the …

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The Senate completed its the fifth week of the legislative session Friday. As we wrapped up legislative day 16, I feel strongly that we have continued to tackle the issues of most importance to Georgians. Notably, this week brought a final vote on our supplemental budget, the filing of sever…

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The daffodils were late this year. After 2020, I really needed the feeling of hope they never fail to bring me.

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Many of us accumulate evidence of our lives in a stockpile of stuff — not just the things that fill the fridge or closet, but the personal momentos.

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Dear Editor: Having the option to Zoom into Madison County Board of Commissioners meetings was a welcome and safe way to be involved, stay informed and have the opportunity to provide public comments.

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This time of the year, we get a lot of questions about whether it’s the right time for pruning. The timing of pruning varies with plant species. Most trees and shrubs are pruned according to their date of flowering. For example, spring-flowering plants, such as dogwood or forsythia, normally…

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Dear Editor: I read with some dismay, the letter from Sheriff Michael Moore about the deputy sheriff pay. Please recall from the stories in the crime section, the difficult things, often dangerous, that deputies do for us. Their pay is too low! I suggest to the board of commissioners to imme…

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Dear Editor: There’s still time to complete the Georgia Renewable (GRP) Noise Survey being conducted by the Madison County Clean Power Coalition (MCCPC).

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The original budget for Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021) had a $25.9 billion revenue estimate, with deep cuts for all agencies. Those cuts were necessary with declining tax revenues due to COVID-19. Our state’s financial situation has improved since summer, and the Gove…

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Dear Editor: If you live near the Georgia Renewable Power Plant (GRP) in Colbert you no doubt have heard the noise coming from the facility. GRP’s noise pollution is a real problem and needs a real solution.

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The current crisis that you are facing and the emotions you are experiencing during this pandemic are like what foster youth experience every day. People are now walking in our shoes as they experience fear, uncertainty and constant changes to daily life. You can’t see your friends or family…

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Dear Editor: As Sheriff of Madison County, I want to personally thank everyone involved these past budget hearings to increase the public safety wages. The sheriff’s office and EMS have seen so many good people come and go due to monetary reasons. All of those statements of fact were present…

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I love the scene in “The Office” when Michael insists on following GPS directions against Dwight’s objections. Michael says GPS is telling him to turn. But Dwight says no, there’s a lake! You can’t turn! Seconds later, they’re standing next to the lake, soaked, with Michael’s company car submerged.

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Dear Editor: I have voted in every election in Georgia every since I turned 18. I am now 69. I produced proper identification and signed my signature every time with no problem. I voted absentee once this year due to the pandemic and still produced the required identity proof. I fail to see …

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When I read, watch or listen to anyone expressing an opinion, I’m like any other listener. I want to know “what’s motivating this person?” Are they trying to be persuasive or do they delight in belittling someone?

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Dear Editor: The noise at the Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) plant in Colbert has ruined our quality of life. There is no relief. The noise is a constant irritant.

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Dear Editor: As you well remember, there was a fierce battle that many had to go through to get a bill passed to ban the burning of railroad ties. The bill was passed and we are all able to breathe a little easier. Everything is kosher and good to go with Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) right? Wrong!

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Dear Editor: The Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) biomass plant has brought many unwanted consequences to Madison County and to the Colbert area. One of the many problems with GRP is the never-ending noise generated by the operations there. Madison County Clean Power Coalition (MCCPC) has been …

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If you send me a letter to the editor and say one of our elected officials is a child-molesting, child-eating Satanist, and then I publish it, you won’t be the only one in serious legal jeopardy. I will be, too. Libel law makes it really clear what will happen to me if I publish such a libel…

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I am angry. I am frightened. I am a lot of other things too. The many descriptive words that are appropriate to how I feel are not acceptable for print in this newspaper.