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My wife and I both work, but we don’t have insurance through employers. Our family had a major medical issue last year. And so, after my wife went from working as a school employee to a private practice as a speech therapist, we sought quotes on single-family premiums. I couldn’t believe whe…

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Harvesting fresh fruit from your home orchard can be a delicious way to add beauty and taste to your landscape and diet. The best time to plant fruit trees in Georgia is in the fall, according to a University of Georgia expert. “Growing fresh fruit can be rewarding and fun but can also provi…

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Dear Editor: I recently watched part of the Georgia State House District 33 candidate online forum hosted by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Republican nominee Rob Leverett attended, but Kerry Dornell Hamm, the Democratic candidate, couldn't make it, according to the person who opene…

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Dear Editor: The current Republican Board of Commissioners has given us annual tax increases, a dangerously polluting industry, and a very large debt. We don't need yet another tax and spend Republican on the board.

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Dear Editor: The leadership of Hartwell Rep. Alan Powell proved crucial as the Georgia House voted to take steps to improve access to healthcare for all Georgians by passing SB 321. This historic legislation removes outdated restrictions on the ability of your Nurse Practitioner (NP) to orde…

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One of the things I enjoy most about the changing seasons is observing our fellow creatures and how they adapt and change with them.

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Dear Editor: I write this letter to urge the citizens of Madison County to vote "Yes" for an additional local homestead exemption, in the amount of $8,000, for residents of Madison County age 70 years and older. This local referendum appears on the November 3 ballot under the heading "Specia…

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Dear Editor: Requested absentee ballots for the upcoming Nov. 3 general election are being mailed, and early in-person voting starts Oct. 12. In last few weeks, I have talked to several people in Madison County who had questions about voting in the upcoming general election. Many of the ques…

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Dear Editor: Once again, I have been saddened by an article in your newspaper in the fact that that it has no facts, information or anything that can be called anything other than just plain hate. I am referring to the "My View" by Scott Thompson on Oct. 1. In this, I read no facts to sway m…

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Georgia 4-H empowers youth become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society by establishing personal and sincere relationships, learning life and leadership skills and enhancing community awareness. During National 4-H Week, Oct. 4-10, Georgians celebrate all the excepti…

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Dear Editor: How hard will you fight for the things that are important to you? Children will wage bloody battles over a toy. Mothers will put on “tiger mom” for their children. Men will risk their lives for freedom.

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Dear Editor: The Madison County Clean Power Coalition (MCCPC) is working hard to find real solutions to the numerous problems associated with the Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) biomass plant in Colbert. MCCPC members and supporters have unselfishly given their time and energy to make sure our…

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My son broke his glasses last week and we sat in a waiting room in Athens to order him another pair. Across from us, a man waited with his 20-something-year-old son. When the son’s name was called, the father stood up, turned his back to his son, who put his hand on his father’s shoulder. Hi…

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The onset of cooler temperatures often brings unwanted pests into our homes. Several species of ants look to enter homes during colder weather to overwinter. Also, more pleasant temperatures outside bring people outdoors which can mean more interaction with wasps and yellowjackets. The follo…

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Dear Editor: Margie Richards' column of Sept. 23, “Missing Inspiration and Leadership in our Country,” took me back to 1986. I was in surgery at the moment of Challenger's explosion (emergency appendectomy) after going to the emergency room at midnight. Two days later upon walking a bit down…

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Dear Editor: An important referendum will be on the ballot in November in addition to the political election. This referendum has been in the works for almost two years and is a good thing for Madison County homeowners over 70. We encourage everyone to vote “Yes” on this referendum, which is…

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Dear Editor: (This is an open letter to the Madison County Board of Commissioners.) As a follow up to my email of Aug. 31 to which I’ve received no reply, and further in light of board member statements made at the Sept. 14 BOC meeting, I am reaching out to members of the board once again.

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“When the atomic bomb went off, everything in the trench was light. There were no shadows and there was crackling like electricity, the flash, then loud noise and out of the corner of my eyes, large boulders and dust went flying by, overhead tremendous wind. After awhile, they sounded all cl…

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I am spending a lot of time at home now, probably more than I ever have since I was a stay-at-home mom with two small children. When I am busy and away from home a lot, it’s always something I look forward to. “Oh just to have a few days at home, with nothing to do, nowhere to go,” I think t…

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Dear Editor: The evermore rancorous tone of political discourse and the current slash-and-burn tactics of campaigns for office may well clear the ground for new sprouts of hope for a change to non-partisan status of every county level elected office.

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The Reverend Dennis Kesler Jr. lowered the congregation, one by one, backwards into the Hudson River. They held their breath and clenched their noses with their fingers, then Kesler raised them from the water, baptized.

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Dear Editor: The traditional definition of noise is “unwanted or disturbing sound.” The fact you can’t see, taste or smell it may help explain why it has not received as much attention as other types of pollution such as air or water pollution.

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Dear Editor: “Loving Our Country” (Sept. 3, by Melissa Tufts) was a very enlightening perspective from our veterans who really know and have lived that love. I always thought that when the year 2020 came around there would be a lot of play on the idea of 20/20 vision, a much sharper and seri…

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There are many pieces of equipment that farmers utilize to distribute either plants, fertilizers or pesticides to their fields and crops.

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Dear Editor: The issue of noise associated with Georgia Renewable Power (GRP), along with other environmental concerns, has been publicly discussed with members of this board since at least August 2019, correct? Despite this, Commissioners Tripp Strickland, Theresa Bettis, Brian Kirk, and De…

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The footage of that huge explosion in Beirut earlier this month was startling and has stuck with me. It looked almost like a nuclear detonation in an urban area.

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Dear Editor: This is in response to Carey Davis, Executive Vice President of Georgia Renewable Power (GRP). The citizens of Colbert would appreciate it greatly if you would quit making statements like the ones listed below. It's insulting and infuriating.

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Dear Editor: “….in dedication to being a good steward to the community.” This line is from an article by Georgia Renewable Power executive vice president Carey Davis that appeared in the August 20th Madison County Journal.

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Dear Editor: My husband and I attended a hearing at the Madison County Government complex Aug. 13. We wore our COVID-19 masks entering the building and for the 1.5 hours we were inside. We were surprised and alarmed that of the approximately ten people working in the building that we interac…

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Dear Editor: It is time for rural America to act by contacting our elected officials. My neighbors and I are deeply concerned about the actions of the new Postmaster General of the United States to dismantle and privatize the Postal Service. We feel the U.S. Mail is the lifeblood of us who l…

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Dear Editor: I would like to respond to the response that Carey Davis executive vice president for Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) made in his article in the Aug. 13 issue of The Madison County Journal. Davis wrote, "EPD determined that these railroad ties could be burned in a safe and respons…

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Pollination, or the transfer of pollen from male to female parts of the same or a different flower, is necessary to produce fruit and seed in many horticultural crops. Somewhere between 75 percent and 95 percent of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination — they need poll…

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I walked across the living room the other morning and my foot tapped a yellow rubber ball that had rolled out from under something. They seem to be everywhere, painful reminders of a sweet face that is no longer in our home.

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My best self is not the person cut off in traffic. When I’m strangling the steering wheel, I’m a different me. I don’t think straight. This is not the person I want to be in this short life.

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Dear Editor: I write in response to the letter by Carey Davis, executive vice president of Georgia Renewable Power (GRP), in the August 13 edition of The Madison County Journal.

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I watched my children speed along ahead of us on a trail at Amerson River Park in Macon Sunday, my daughter on a bike, my son on an Ezyroller. I was thinking about watching them go out into the world, and how parenthood is a gradual letting go of control as they move beyond us.

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I saw the recent picture of one of our county commissioners in last week's newspaper and wonder what Federal regulations that group was so happy about dismantling/ deregulating. Our county depends on federal aid for quality of life, water, air, soil, federal monies for schools, EMS, roads an…

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Edward and Grace Prather’s third daughter was born to be a farmer. When she was 10, Edward put dainty Mary Ann on a tractor. By age 11, she was plowing alone. Three years later, Mary Ann planted her own soybean crop. Profits paid for her first car — a 1973 Ford Pinto. In the six years that I…

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Dear Editor: Victory is defined in the Random House Dictionary as follows: 1) A success or triumph over an enemy in battle or war. 2) The ultimate and decisive superiority in any battle or contest. You may have heard that the signing of HB 857 By Governor Kemp on Aug. 4, which bans the burni…

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Dear Editor: Over the past several weeks, Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center — like many hospitals across the state and most of the country — has seen an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) positive patients as well as an increase in overall patient volumes for reasons other than COVID-19.

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Dear Editor: I appreciate Michael Hill’s letter about the recent Strickland campaign mailing. Mr. Hill is very generous in his interpretations of this group’s intention. Name calling, fear mongering, and slander are the hallmarks of small minded, poorly informed groups through out time. A be…

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Dear Editor: Zach Mitcham’s “What Now?” article in the July 30th Madison County Journal (MCJ) about GRP was incredibly revealing about the true character and intent of the owners and management at Georgia Renewable Power (GRP). Steve Dailey, GRP President, and David Groves, plant manager, so…

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Dear Editor: This letter is in response to The Madison County Journal July 30 article, What Now? Power company Georgia Renewable Power (GRP), residents wait for action from Gov. Kemp on HB 857.

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I’m sitting on the front porch, and I broke my own rule: I brought my phone out here. When I sit outside in the evening, I know a phone shouldn’t be a part of that. It kind of defeats the purpose, but here I am, thumb-typing a column.

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Dear Editor: With federal buildings so in the news of late as targets of public displays of anger regarding issues of national concern, it is worth noticing the very defensive stance shown by the architecture and the placement of Athens, Georgia’s downtown federal office building.