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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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Dear Editor: This letter is in response to an article by Margie Richards on Sept. 26. Normally, I do not read a lot of “feel-good” articles. Maybe I should start.

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For almost two years and nine months, the American people have been subjected to lies and distortions of facts from President Trump and his cronies in front of the TV cameras. To a large extent, they’ve been able to get away with that due to the reluctance, or lack of preparedness, by anchor…

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Dear Editor: The Madison County School System opened the Early Learning Center (ELC) in July 2019. This facility consists of six lottery-funded pre-kindergarten classrooms as well as two special needs preschool classrooms. The Early Learning Center is proud to be the gateway learning experie…

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Fall is the perfect time to visit the Smoky Mountains and there is no place more beautiful to visit than Sevierville, Tenn., the hometown of Dolly Parton. A statue of the iconic country music star in downtown Sevierville is Dolly’s favorite tribute. It is also the first stop of many visitors…

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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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It sure looked like Tennessee came to play Saturday night at the beginning of the game. But then the Dawgs got their game going and never looked back. I really don’t care for Tennessee but I do like their head coach a lot. When he was Georgia’s defensive coach, we were running buddies. 

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When Tink first moved to the place which he now firmly and alternately calls “my home” or “the place where I belong,” I often had advice on adjusting to the South. One piece was constant: “Be careful what you say about people because you never know who’s kin to who.”

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We are caught up in the endless drama over Trump. And it’s hard not to be. But there’s also a bigger picture to consider: Where are we headed in terms of executive power in the United States? This question is more important than we seem to realize. It will extend beyond Donald Trump.

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Don’t sink everything in one pile. That advice holds true in many aspects of life, right? Don’t eat just one kind of food. Don’t talk about just one subject with your friends (they’ll avoid you). Don’t invest in just one company. They may go bankrupt.

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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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One of the great treats that comes from my job as a writer are all the wonderful, handwritten letters I receive. Few are typed and though I receive many emails, these scripted letters are always the most joyous.

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In the roughly 48-hour window from when I finished my column for the Sept. 25 edition of this newspaper to the time it hit the stands, the Trump-Ukraine scandal escalated more rapidly than I would have ever thought and now has the president in serious trouble. His presidency is in more jeopa…

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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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Freshman Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York made an interesting statement over the weekend when she tweeted, “At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior — it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it.”

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After working full time in the print journalism business for almost a quarter of a century, questions are still directed at me from time to time about the future of print media.

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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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In the feature article this week, Ted Studdard reflects on the people who were an influence to him growing up. I think we can all remember wonderful people if we just take the time to do a little reminiscing. Thanks to Mr. Studdard for reminding me of this.

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After working full-time in the print journalism business for almost a quarter of a century, questions are still directed to me from time to time about the future of print media.

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A while back, I found myself on a rural backroad that is now a blacktop, but I remember when it was nothing more than red dirt that left a swirl of dust behind the back end of a car or marred its wheels in mud that stuck to the whitewall tires like putty.

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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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On a recent vacation to Boston, my wife and I were walking through the neighborhood of Roslindale, where we were staying, to a commuter train station to head into the city. Along the way, we came across a yard sign in three different languages — English, Spanish and Arabic — that read, “No m…

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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…