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Dear Editor: “I ain’t lettin’ Government tell me what to do!” Someone posted on Facebook that he wasn’t going to abide by any government coronavirus regulations recommending social distancing and hand washing because he is an independent American! Shouts of liberty erupted in praise of his stance.

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Over a year ago, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued by the State Properties Commission (SPC) soliciting bids for a facility to be built in Madison County, Georgia for the Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS).

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I wish I could hug doctors, nurses, caretakers in nursing homes, paramedics, grocery store workers — or at least shake their hand. But that would deserve a proper punch to my nose today, wouldn’t it? That’s exactly the wrong thing to do now.

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I wish I could hug doctors, nurses, caretakers in nursing homes, paramedics, grocery store workers — or at least shake their hand. But that would deserve a proper punch to my nose today, wouldn’t it? That’s exactly the wrong thing to do now.

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Many Americans, except those with young children, like my daughter Miranda, are experiencing a quiet and stillness in a normally loud and busy life.

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Dear Editor: (An open letter to Georgia Renewable Power President Steve Dailey.) Because of the threat of COVID-19, residents in Colbert are staying at home. We feel that we are being tortured because of the constant noise from your power plant. We are acutely aware of your operations, becau…

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This spring marks 35 years that I have been in the newspaper business. It’s really been longer than that if you count the years that I was on the high school newspaper staff or the years I roamed the neighborhood collecting the community news to put in the family newsletter that I wrote, typ…

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Dear Editor: Every 10th of a second, someone is thriving towards the next dimension of success. Thus, I believe these are the American People. These people are building constructive relationships among their relatives, friends, and colleagues. Moreover, if a conflict arises, they know how to…

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While the COVID-19 outbreak started as an international story that felt distant to many of us, this global pandemic has clearly become an issue impacting Georgians in every corner of our state.

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Dear Editor: The recent revamp of "The Braselton News" has resulted in an almost complete disappearance of the always thoughtful and politically non-partial editorials by Mike Buffington, which have been one of the main reasons for me to look forward to reading the paper every week. Unfortun…

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The virus crisis is having a profound impact on just about every aspect of our lives. The medical and economic impacts are obvious, but there could also be a political impact that will take months, perhaps years, to fully come into focus.

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Dear Editor: This is an open letter to Steve Dailey, President, Georgia Renewable Power (GRP). “I believed we were clear at the onset about the types of fuel we intended to burn.” Quote by Steve Dailey from a letter to the editor that appeared in The Madison County Journal and the Franklin C…

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Dear Editor: I would like to know why our county continually “bails” out the Madison Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) biomass plant. GRP is now hauling their wastewater from the fire-prevention pond where the plant wastewater is collected to a Madison County facility near Hull. Frank Ginn says …

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Dear Editor: Change means the unknown. Humans don’t like the unknown. Think how much we benefit today from the thousands of things at one time unknown. We should not turn away from the unknown. We should not immediately embrace it either. We should look openly at it; discern its true meaning…

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Dear Editor: While the test results provided by Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) for the Colbert plant appear to be going in the right direction, pollution from the anticipated emissions is staggering. We accept the determination by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division that the self-re…

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If you are a resident of the Classic City of Athens and an impassioned Bulldog fan, chances are you know all there is to know about Georgia and its championship teams along with the signature achievements of a plethora of accomplished athletes, past and present.

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Dear Editor: This is an open letter to Madison County citizens, board of commissioners (BOC) and industrial authority (IDA). Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) appears to have trouble paying its bills on time. Margie Richard’s March 5th Madison County Journal article, “Industrial authority discus…

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Last week, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Speaker of the House David Ralston announced that the Georgia General Assembly will suspend the 2020 legislative session indefinitely. The suspension is in the best interest of the health and safety of members, staff and the citizens of Georgia.

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After Tuesday’s primary votes in six states, it doesn’t look like Sen. Bernie Sanders’ brand of socialism remains a threat during this presidential cycle. However, since the Democrat Party’s embrace of the critical tenets of socialism... repackaged to hide the true nature of their support fo…

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This past weekend found me enjoying the 6,000-plus acres of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, where I attended a scrapbooking retreat with 13 of my Athens crafty friends and where new friends were made.

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I had marked out several weeks on my calendar for finishing a writing project. That project remains unfinished. Instead, I spent time in front of a camera filming – mostly auditions for various roles.

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Your Legislature reconvened for its the ninth week of the session on March 9. Crossover week, as it’s called, has certainly been unprecedented with the national threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Your House worked on Thursday - Crossover Day, from 8 a.m. until after midnight to move legislati…

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Dear Editor: The Georgia legislature is considering doing away with Daylight Saving Time. I have despised this twice-a-year disruption since day one. No time is saved. No energy is saved. Nothing is saved.

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Dear Editor: As president of Georgia Renewable Power (GRP), I would like to let the residents of Madison County know that the company appreciates the concerns that have been raised about our biomass operation in Colbert. I believe strongly in the importance of transparency, and being a good …

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During the eighth week of the 2020 legislative session, the Georgia House of Representatives passed bills that we hope will help remedy the rising cost of prescription drugs.

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Perhaps it is because I was raised as a storyteller then trained, through both education and career as a journalist, that I have a deep-seated belief that a person is built through generations of kinfolks then painted and decorated through personal experiences.