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Dear Editor: Thank you for the informative article about our Madison County coroner, Coach Julie Harrison, and the services her office provides to our community. I have had to use their services several times for unusual situations and found Coach Harrison and Gerald Kemp (her deputy assista…

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Dear Editor: I need to correct something that went into the letter from Dave Ramsey, Wendy Meehan and myself that appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Journal. The error was my fault. The letter stated that the EPA stopped prohibiting the burning of railroad ties in power plants after the re…

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Rep. Doug Collins may be on the wrong side of history in his defense of President Trump, but he is right about one thing: The U.S. needs a workable immigration system if it wants to have continued economic growth.

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“Dang.” That’s about all I could muster as I watched a two-hour Frontline special on the “promise and perils of artificial intelligence (AI).”

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There really is no place like home. Home is familiarity and support among loved ones. It is the place where ideally one can totally be him or herself and be comfortable. For children who are placed in foster care, even though they have been removed from an unsafe situation, they were still r…

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November is the month of lengthening darkness, falling leaves, dank drizzles and cold blustery northeast winds. It’s the beginning of what I think of as the shadow time.

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It's time once again for that ever-so-humbling venture into the next-to-impossible: forecasting what sort of weather the coming winter will bring.

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Back in 1982, I was approaching one of those birthdays that ends with a zero, feeling my age as a student at Asbury Seminary in Kentucky. One Sunday morning, I dragged out of bed and left the tiny duplex apartment to join other students for breakfast before we traveled to various locations f…

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Discouraged by the bitter divisions among us that make up our news every day? Don’t be. Be discouraged that we are led today by politicians (of both parties) more concerned about their personal gain than about their responsibilities as guardians of our inalienable rights.

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Winter has really hit us this past week. Definitely not a good time to be without heat. My heat compressor decided to stop working right after the fan went out. So now I wait for a new compressor to be ordered. I am lucky to have a great warranty on my house so I didn’t have to hunt a heatin…

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Andy Griffith was born in Mt. Airy, N.C., a town near the Virginia line. For much of his life, he denied that Mayberry was based on the place where he grew up. However, near the end of his years, he relented in his denial.

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On the first day of November, the month many people pause to give thanks for things big and small, I posted a photo on social media of mother and I in pilgrim costumes and my sister in a Native American dress. I included the following commentary with the photo, “Kicking off this month of Tha…

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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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Dear Editor: I live in District 2 on Hwy. 172, 1.5 miles north of the new Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) Biomass Plant. I drive by the plant frequently and have been watching the installation process since it began. I admit that I wasn’t overly concerned at first, but my own personal observat…

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Dear Editor: I live on Hwy. 172 about 1.5 miles from the Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) Biomass Plant. I thought I would wait for the plant to be fully operational before assessing exactly what the impact on my life would be. The time to wait and see is over.

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When dawn breaks Monday morning, Nov. 11, I hope you will stop to give thanks and to honor America’s veterans of our armed forces.

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This heart-filling adventure of discovery and joy began in the simplest way: I was looking for a television show to play in the background as I worked.

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This coming Friday night marks the last home game of the season for the Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs as well as the Marching Doggs. It was to be the last game ever to perform for my granddaughter, who is a senior.

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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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My father is going through old documents and putting them into various boxes. He’s been a serious writer for decades, and he’s found forgotten poems and stories, old speeches he gave, various family documents. He wants me to sit with him and go through the papers.

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Dear Editor: We are three health and biophysical medicine scientists living in Madison County. Our lifetime of training and practice, and our concern for our fellow citizens prompts us to write this letter. The Madison County biomass power plant must not burn creosote-treated railroad cross …

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It was the beginning of summer, the beginning of dusk edging toward twilight as we headed home from dinner with friends.

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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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I’m behind in page production and it’s Tuesday morning, crunch time for me. I’ve procrastinated on writing a column. So, I’m going to riff as fast as I can on something that interests me simply to fill this space. Join or don’t. I’m warning you, I’m gonna’ sound heavy handed. I just know it.

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It seemed cruelly ironic Thursday, Oct. 17, that hours after Congressman Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, died, the White House announced plans to hold next year’s Group of Seven summit at — surprise! — a Trump property.

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Dear Editor: I have a farm in Madison County near the “power plant.” Upon learning about the plant, I was excited that waste from timber operations and other clean wood could be used for energy recovery. Having dealt with highly acidic soil like many in the south, I was also excited that the…

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Dear Editor: I was denied a burn permit by this county to burn cardboard moving boxes because the printing on the boxes might be toxic if burned and entered into the air. People around could be impacted negatively. So I had to break them all down with my arthritic hands, load them up, transp…