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Column: Georgia’s juvenile justice system going to the dogs
The state of Georgia’s Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that’s a good thing. This is just one of the lessons I have learned during my short time as a member of the board of the Dep...
January 29, 2015 10:52 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Tough love is sometimes the best medicine
Q: My mother-in-law is an obsession I cannot get past. I find myself blaming her for where I am because of the way she raised my husband. She has spent his whole life making him “perfect,” holding ...
January 29, 2015 10:44 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest column: A healthy economy for all
President [Barack] Obama calls higher taxes, more bureaucracy and Washington spending “middle-class economics.” Yet it’s those economic policies that have created a recovery that’s been particularl...
January 29, 2015 10:27 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: The state of this column has never been stronger
My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message...
January 22, 2015 06:41 PM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Finding light in the midst of darkness
Q: A lot of tough things have happened in my life over many years and they’ve worn me down. I just don’t see the point anymore. I don’t know why so much darkness has descended on me. Sometimes I be...
January 22, 2015 06:35 PM | 4 4 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Is Georgia about to go to pot?
Well, I was going to write something about religious extremism this week, but was advised that might not be such a good idea. I’m not sure why the Crusades in the Middle Ages are off limits, but, h...
January 22, 2015 06:27 PM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Peake on mission to legalize medical marijuana in Ga.
Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed...
January 15, 2015 03:06 PM | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Why some parents allow consumption of ‘garbage’
Q: Why do people buy their children video games such as Grand Theft Auto? Do they know that it’s full of cursing, violence and women being mistreated? My son thinks I am the weirdest mom for not le...
January 15, 2015 03:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Editorial: Charlie Hebdo stood for free speech. So do we.
As 2014 drew near its close, the city of Kennesaw was deeply embroiled in an ugly fight over whether to rezone a strip center to allow for a storefront mosque. This newspaper group editorialized th...
January 15, 2015 02:57 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Well-armed citizenry could make difference
EDITOR: I’ve grown tired of hearing how two terrorists moved tactically down the street after executing nearly a dozen cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters in Paris. I would not s...
January 15, 2015 02:52 PM | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: To Cameron Yarbrough: Some advice from an old man
Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: For the past 15 years, I have taken the opportunity at the beginning of the New Year to share some advice – first with your dad and his cousins and now with you, my ...
January 08, 2015 06:32 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Chewing the cud on gum-smacking in the workplace
Q: I married someone who has been an OK dad — he was kind, loving, rarely drank and was always home. The problem is he never participated in parental decisions, support or discipline, sporting acti...
January 08, 2015 06:23 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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  • Column: Karma knows where you live
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    12.04.14 - 02:40 pm
  • Column: Home-cooked meals
    by Loran Smith
    Columnist
    12.04.14 - 02:27 pm
  • Column: On learning lessons at the Waffle House
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    11.27.14 - 12:03 am
  • Column: An appreciation of art
    In the land of the Ozarks, where Sam Walton developed an empire with neighborhood discount stores, art appreciation in the past was something that required means and travel. The University of Arkan...
    January 08, 2015 06:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Potato bowl already looking like high mark for 2015
    I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal — don’t ask — when I heard a kno...
    December 31, 2014 11:03 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: An invocation for the New Year
    On This Day, Day One… o Remind me that it all boils down to love and service to others. Period. o That it is all about You and nothing about me. o That no matter what happens, I have something to g...
    December 31, 2014 10:57 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Fondly recalling Georgia bowls past
    While watching a Georgia practice session for the Belk Bowl last week with Mike Bobo directing the offense (before he accepted the Colorado State head coaching job), there were several flashbacks t...
    December 31, 2014 10:33 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: I wish I had been there in Bethlehem
    These words are dedicated to the memory of my friend, the late Otis Brumby Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal and Neighbor Newspapers, who encouraged me to run this column each Christmas ...
    December 25, 2014 04:44 PM | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Readers reminisce about Christmas
    o When my oldest son was 3 years old, we began the Christmas season by reading “The Night Before Christmas” each evening at bedtime. We started Thanksgiving weekend and within a couple of weeks he ...
    December 25, 2014 04:38 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Why don’t I come here more?
    After every trip to Blue Ridge, I leave with feelings of guilt. Why don’t  I land here more often? No town has a more pleasant atmosphere. No town is cozier, and no town has more “come hither” appe...
    December 25, 2014 04:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Friendships are truly the gift that keeps on giving
    Maybe it’s the fact that I have more days in the rear-view mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are alw...
    December 18, 2014 03:04 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: TMI on Facebook and Christmas letters?
    Q: My boss has just “unfriended” me on Facebook for no apparent reason. I haven’t posted anything offensive. In fact, I restrict his and co-workers’ access to only public posts, just to be safe. Sh...
    December 18, 2014 02:54 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Finding Christmas
    Glittering lights, evenings in front of a crackling fire, steam curling from a cup of hot chocolate and the distant sound of caroling ... sounds like a perfect Christmas doesn’t it? While the image...
    December 18, 2014 02:44 PM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Georgia legal community mourns loss of Kathryn Sarzen
    EDITOR: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of attorney Kathryn R. Sarzen of Brookhaven on her recent and very untime...
    December 18, 2014 01:37 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Progress being made in state’s charter school efforts
    You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools...
    December 11, 2014 05:24 PM | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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  • Column: Time on the Chattahoochee River
    by Loran Smith
    Columnist
    11.20.14 - 09:56 am
  • Column: All veterans part of ‘greatest generation’
    by Nelson Price
    Neighbor Newspapers Guest Columnist
    11.13.14 - 04:23 pm
  • Column: Best friend has a really bad boyfriend
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    11.06.14 - 06:01 pm
  • Column: Humor lies in wit, not bawd
    by Loran Smith
    Columnist
    11.06.14 - 05:52 pm
  • Column: What are you afraid of?
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    10.30.14 - 11:53 am
  • Column: Altruism is donating to food banks
    by Loran Smith
    Columnist
    10.30.14 - 11:41 am