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Given the robust election that has dominated the nation's news, it might seem like both the Democratic and Republican parties are unstoppable forces of political culture.

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Dear Editor: If this past election has taught us anything, it’s that each of our votes truly matters and must be counted. To make sure that a fair election process happens every time, we must have fair electoral maps and end the practice of gerrymandering. We all need to play an active role …

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Dear Editor: We, Georgians, find ourselves in the unique situation of having to elect two US senators. This position has the entire country looking to us to save Democracy. But before Georgia can save America, we have to recognize some truths.

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I work at Foothills Education Charter High School a few nights a week. I recently called the mother of a student to tell her that we had selected her son to give the welcome and introduction at a virtual graduation ceremony coming up in December. She was silent for a few minutes and, when sh…

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Dear Editor: In response to Mike Buffington’s rant in the Nov. 12 Madison County Journal, what hate coming out of your pen. I really think you should make an appointment with a medical therapist.

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Dear Editor: Thank you to Margie Richards for your Nov. 12 column, “Moving on after a divisive, hurtful election.” As she so clearly stated, "If our democracy is to survive, we have to respect the process."

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In a year that has seemed so out of the ordinary, the coming holidays have many longing for old traditions. During Thanksgiving, we think about all of the things that we are thankful for and all of the things that have brought us through the past year. But how many of us think to thank the f…

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Dear Editor: This weekend the Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) plant was producing more than electricity. Come to think of it GRP has been producing more than electricity ever since their started operations. In fact with the number of shut downs and startups at the plant, we assume to fix conti…

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The news that the U.S. could have at least two coronavirus vaccines available by the end of the year, even on a limited basis to our highest-risk populations, is a more-than-welcome development in what has been a rough and tremendously-straining year on the nation’s psyche.

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A pilot drops his empty, glass Coke bottle from a plane window into the inhospitable Kalahari Desert where almost no one lives. A hunter-gatherer finds it and takes it back to his tribe. They make music with the glass and find multiple uses for it, but there is only one and it becomes a sour…

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It's been a year like we have never experienced before. A time of wearing masks in public, working from home, attending zoom meetings and worrying about whether we are going to get sick or not. Some people stayed at home for months. Some are still staying at home. It's been a time of fear an…

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A pilot drops his empty, glass Coke bottle from a plane window into the inhospitable Kalahari desert where almost no one lives. A hunter-gatherer finds it and takes it back to his tribe. They make music with the glass and find multiple uses for it, but there is only one and it becomes a sour…

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SAVANNAH — The first trip off the farm where I grew up in middle Georgia came when I was of pre-school age and joined a group of rural folks in Johnson County for a day trip to Tybee Island “to see the ocean.”

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Several years ago, when Tink and I were still somewhat newly-wed, we hosted a relative of his from Los Angeles.

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Dear Editor: There is a very old saying: "Just as a person lights one candle from another and the original flame is not diminished, so too, we are never lessened when we pass our internal flame to another person." 

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Dear Editor: Despite non-stop personal attacks and strong efforts from our local Democratic candidates, Jackson County saw massive Republican victories last week. With voter turnout in the county up almost 36% from 2016, both Representatives Tommy Benton and Houston Gaines won easy re-electi…

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A Presidential election seems less a policy battle these days than a from-the-gut tribal identity statement.

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Dear Editor: (To the citizens of Madison County) If you haven’t noticed Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) has found a replacement for the creosote treated cross ties they can no longer burn as fuel.

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Dear Editor: Recent changes by the Madison County Board of Education regarding mask and COVID-19 procedures have become quite the uproar for the past weeks with many students, parents and teachers being divided on the subject.

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Dear Editor: I am writing to you in regards to biomass energy production. In July of 2019, Georgia Renewable Power began operations in my town. Their main stack is seven tenths of a mile from my home. The dream of quiet country living has been shattered by this "beast" in my backyard.

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It's time for our annual winter weather outlook. The biggest player in our winter weather is the ENSO, or El Nino Southern Oscillation Index. This is a measure of the surface water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, especially from the International Dateline to the coast of South America.

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“To every thing there is a season.” And fall is the season to soil test. Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Fall is a preferred time to take soil tests if one suspects a soil pH problem and wants to avoid the spring rush. Fall soil testing will allow you am…

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Until Tink, a well-enunciating Yankee came along, I didn’t realize how badly, or at least differently, I pronounce words.

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As I write this, the outcome of the General Election for president isn't yet known. Given the size of the turnout and flood of absentee ballot voting, it may be some time before all the votes are counted across the country.

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There is a melancholy to this season for me, always. I think it makes me think of my own mortality and I always remember the cold November night, 40 years ago this year, that I lost my precious mother when I was only 21 years old.

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Dear Editor: (To the taxpayers of Madison County). I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some statements and issues regarding the local homestead exemption initiative on the ballot Nov. 3. This exemption will give an additional $8,000 of the assessed value of any qualified propert…

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Dear Editor: Unlike the primary elections in our county, the Nov. 3 general election allows each one of us to vote for the person running for a particular office, not the political party he or she is affiliated with. I daydream of the day when this is possible for all our elections in Madiso…

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Dear Editor: In these volatile political times, I must immediately establish that I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I have voted for candidates from both parties over the years. I thought, and always have, that we are supposed to vote for the candidates who are best qualified and most lik…

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Dear Editor: Unlike the primary elections in our county, the Nov. 3 general election allows each one of us to vote for the person running for a particular office, not the political party he or she is affiliated with. I daydream of the day when this is possible for all our elections in Madiso…

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Dear Editor: Is the current administration out of step with most American citizens? Numerous pieces of environmental legislation have been overturned by executive order in the past three years. At the same time, most Americans say the government is not doing enough to mitigate the effects of…

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There is a melancholy to this season for me, always. I think it makes me think of my own mortality and I always remember the cold November night, 40 years ago this year, that I lost my precious mother when I was only 21 years old.