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As I tossed my left leg over the dirt bike, and awaited further instructions, I was so ready to take my first ride in many years. Honestly it isn’t as fun as it used to be, or maybe I’ve lived long enough to know I am not invincible. Still it brought back many memories of my youth.

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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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Georgia is the peach state, and so naturally most folks assume that growing peaches is easy here. And fresh-picked peaches still warm from the sun is one of the most delicious things that you will ever put into your mouth. Who wouldn’t want a couple of trees laden with that drip-down-your-ch…

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to yank this year’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta — in response to the newly-passed election laws that Georgia Republicans rammed through during this year’s state legislative session — can be debated by reasonable minds. And it’s not a…

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Just past midnight on Thursday, April 1, the 2021 legislative session came to close as the Speaker and Lt. Governor declared, “Sine Die!” Sine die is a Latin term meaning “without assigning a day for further meeting.”  The final two days of session were action packed as we gave final passage…

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I recently remembered a nursery rhyme that I’d heard many years ago. I had not thought of it until I spent the week with my 18 month old granddaughter. She is one of a few girls in our family.

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A plastic yellow bracelet with FALL RISK on it dangles loosely on my right wrist. In the corner of this bright room on the high-rise floor I’m on I see a walker and a porta potty.

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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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Georgia leaders from both parties recognize that the supply chain for electric vehicles need to go through our state. However, one ruling, by a little-known federal agency, has put the country’s green-energy goals and nearly 6,000 Georgia jobs at risk. The good news is that President Biden, …

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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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Monday, March 15, brought us to the 10th week of this year’s legislative session as we concluded the week with legislative day 35. With only 5 legislative days until the conclusion of the 2021 session, we have been working until late in the evening reviewing bills within our respective commi…

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Gardening has a long standing as America’s most popular hobby, but even this common pastime saw a surge in popularity last year. As many of us were stuck at home looking for something, anything, to do, a lot of folks tried veggie gardening for the first time.

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It is accurate to admit that I have never been a fan of singer Bob Dylan or his music, which for me was too folksy and, admittedly, probably too intellectually deep for my feeble mind.

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In the 10th week of the 2021 legislative session, those of us in the Georgia House of Representatives took action on bills that originated in the Senate. We also were privileged to hear retiring Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton deliver his final State of the Judiciary address. 

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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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There is nothing better than a fresh slice of vine ripe tomato between two slices of bread on a summer day at lunchtime. Tomatoes are probably the most widely grown home garden addition in the state of Georgia.

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I know we all have been really thirsty at one time or the other. Once I was baked in the hot Florida sun, walking for what seemed like miles. Then I had to put on a life jacket and ride on a boat and to say the least, I was parched! I didn’t think I was ever going to get enough water.

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Monday, March 8, brought Legislative Day 28, “Crossover Day,” and the beginning of the ninth week of our legislative session. It was hectic under the Gold Dome as Crossover Day is a crucial deadline in that it is the last day for bills to pass out of the legislative chamber from which they o…

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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 world can be a cruel place and often doesn’t make much sense. And I’m sad to say that much of my middle Georgia hometown of Dublin and the city school system I was educated in are experiencing that reality in the worst, most excruciating of ways this week and will continue to do so in th…

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For almost nine months, I ran and worked the Rondarosa alone after Tink found himself locked behind closed borders in Canada, producing a new season of the Hallmark smash hit, “When Calls the Heart.”

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I was an extremely picky eater as a kid, as was my husband. Occasionally I give him grief if he turns his nose up at green things, and then he reminds me I’m probably the only millennial that doesn’t eat sushi. But for the most part we’ve expanded our culinary tastes.  

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Summer used to be my all-time favorite season. What’s not to love about summer? I’m sure it became my favorite season as a young person because school was out, Six Flags was open, and I knew our family vacation was just around the corner. Besides that, I didn’t have to go to bed early becaus…