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"Why can American taxpayer money be used to secure the borders in other parts of the world but cannot be used for our citizens' safety and the sovereignty of America? Pelosi's refusal to provide the president with funds to secure our border is not about the wall, it is pure politics, and the…

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When the college re-opened Jan. 2 after winter break, my email contained a donation request for our Career Closet at Dalton State College. It made me think about the new year. As we are all reflecting on ways to improve our community and bring meaning to our lives in 2019, I thought this is …

The partial shutdown of the federal government wrapped up its fourth week just as the Georgia General Assembly completed its first week of action in 2019. One imagines the shutdown will end before state legislators finish their annual work sometime in early spring, but one never knows.

It may have been the first gathering of the 2019 edition of the Georgia General Assembly last week, but all eyes and ears were turned to Gov. Brian Kemp when he made his inaugural State of the State address on Thursday.

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"We lost a Christmas ornament bin when it fell off of our trailer. A young man from Murray County, Chris Harton, who is a photographer, found it. He researched our name and location and delivered the bin to our home. The bin contained 54 years of precious memories for our family. We are so t…

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"Trump has ordered furloughed government employees back to work without pay. While working they're not eligible to file for unemployment even though they have no income. Forced labor under threat from the government doesn't sound like something conservatives ought to support, but I'm sure th…

Last summer, members of the Chatsworth Church of God set a goal of sending 2,000 pairs of shoes to those in need in Haiti.

Here are a couple of easy immigration questions -- answerable with a simple "yes" or "no" -- we might ask any American of any political stripe: Does everyone in the world have a right to live in the U.S.? Do the American people have a right, through their elected representatives, to decide w…

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"Thank you to everyone in our community who donated items for our Homeless Care Kit project. We were able to make 80 adult kits, 23 girl and 23 boy kits, plus we had several boxes of clothing and blankets that wouldn't fit in the kits! The City of Refuge is distributing them for us. Sincerel…

Communities across the country this month are celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister who in the 1950s and 1960s became a driving force in the civil rights movement.

We'll celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and legacy next week. In these angry and divisive times, we all could benefit by reminding ourselves of his words' truth, civility and wisdom.

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"Gillette insults men then expects them to buy their razors and blades. They are crazy."

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"We know he's doing the best job he can. That's the problem."

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"Folks, let's compare apples to apples. The Great Wall of China was built more than 1,000 years ago. Its purpose was to protect China from marauding nomadic hordes and was manned by an army with authority to shoot to kill. It was also built across mountaintops to increase its effectiveness. …

When the Georgia General Assembly convenes today in Atlanta under the Gold Dome there will be a lot of greetings and handshakings, introductions and swearing-ins as the members get the first-day preliminaries out of the way.

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"I've said all year for the whole football season that if Alabama ever had any competition in their conference they wouldn't look so good. I guess last Monday night proved it. They got wiped out by the ACC."

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"Ever since Trump got elected he has exhibited unpresidential and even possibly impeachable behavior. That’s why people have been clamoring for his removal from office. Republicans weren’t 'steadfast' on getting Obama impeached because his terms were scandal-free. Almost the same as Friday’s…

A few weeks ago United Way of Northwest Georgia President Amanda Burt asked if I would write a January guest column in place of her monthly “Amanda column” for our local newspaper. My answer was of course yes — I rarely say no — so here goes.

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"My son and I want to thank the young man and lady who paid for our meal at Steak 'n Shake this past Saturday evening. May God bless them and may the kindness come back to them."

In reference to efforts to teach black children, the president of the St. Petersburg, Florida, chapter of the NAACP, Maria Scruggs, said: "The (school) district has shown they just can't do it. ... Now it's time for the community to step in." That's a recognition that politicians and the edu…

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"I think Thomas Jefferson would be all for the government shutdown. He would want it shut down and the government restarted in the way our Founding Fathers designed. Limited, restricted in power and controlled by the individual."

On New Year's Eve, The Washington Post published a shockingly biased (even as measured in the current shoddy journalism era) op-ed piece. Titled "The Demographic Time Bomb that Could Hit America," the commentary reflects columnist Catherine Rampell's opinion that declining population would r…

"Georgia is a winner again — not. Along with six other Southern states it’s in the top 10 worst states to raise a family. I wish conservative Republicans would move away and stop ruining our state.

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"To the person that had to pay 30 cents for the cup of ice water at the McDonald's on Walnut Avenue, well for another 30 cents you could have gotten a pack of ketchup and made yourself some tomato soup."

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"To the caller who asked about the pianist/organist at Church on the Hill, that's Dr. Lynn Murphy. He's a retired professor from Dalton State College and also a phenomenal musician."

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"I was at a funeral at Church on the Hill (previously Evangelical Methodist) Friday. The pianist/organist who played was terrific. Does anyone know who he is?"

I am not very good at prognostications. But I am always full of hope. There are a number of events I would love to see happen in 2019; so much so that I have already written a short release on each should they occur. That way, I will look very smart and since I will already have told you abo…

The federal government’s recent shutdown had many people wondering if Washington can ever return to functioning properly. In fact, this is a feature of our system, not a bug: Congress holds the power of the purse, and it’s well within its rights to withhold funding when at loggerheads with t…