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An exhausting retirement

I have a friend who recently retired.

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Updated: sep. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The tech-inspired future of education

In 21st-century America, hope and change comes from tech-inspired entrepreneurs.

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Posted: sep. 20, 2014 5:46 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Kissinger’s support for Israel runs deep

At the age of 91, Henry Kissinger has published yet another book — his 17th in 60 years, according to his biographer Walter Isaacson. In that sense, “World Order” is something of a miracle, but it is also a swell read. So, I initially thought, was a review of it in The New York Times by John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of the admirable Economist magazine — and I praised it to him in an email. A bit later, I did a double-take. I still like the book, but Micklethwait’s review is a different matter.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:51 p.m. | Updated: sep. 16, 2014 9:58 p.m.

Trying to find the positives in this world can be a negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week’s column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. “Surely, you can find some positive things to write about,” she said, “and temporarily take people’s minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that.”

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:48 p.m. | Updated: sep. 16, 2014 9:55 p.m.

Favors and Loot for Sale

At a July fundraising event in Chicago, Mrs. Michelle Obama remarked, “So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s (sic) special interests that have too much influence.” Sen. John McCain has been complaining for years that “there is too much money washing around political campaigns today.” According to a 2012 Reuters poll, “Seventy-five percent of Americans feel there is too much money in politics.” Let’s think about money in politics, but first a few facts.

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 4:21 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Health Care Law is Obama’s Gift to GOP for 2016

President Obama’s health care law is the gift that keeps on giving to the GOP.

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 4:21 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

So long ago, and yet so near

According to a Gallup Poll released this week, “Americans’ trust in the federal government to handle international problems has fallen to a record-low 43 percent, ... Separately, 40 percent of Americans say they have a ‘great deal’ or ‘fair amount’ of trust in the federal government to handle domestic problems, also the lowest Gallup has measured to date.” (Poll conducted September 4-7, 2014, with 1,017 adults, 95 percent confidence level, +/- 4 points).

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 8:26 p.m.

Blacks should be angry with themselves

What is it that makes so many blacks so angry? What is it that makes so many of them blame the realities of life that beset everyone, e.g., debt, disappointment, etc., a result of their being black?

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 8:25 p.m.

Dalton State College a major player in area’s economic rebound

Remember the story of “The Little Engine That Could?” That could very well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of Northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 2:25 p.m.

Blind to the world’s broken windows

“All politics is local,” the late Speaker of the House Tip O’ Neill famously said. How right he was. The world today is suffering from the failure of President Obama to apply a school of law enforcement that happened to originate in O’Neill’s hometown, Boston, and goes by the moniker “broken windows.” The problem, simply stated, is that Obama was deaf to the sound of tinkling glass.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 2:22 p.m.

Robin Hood and the Digital Revolution

The lovable legend of Robin Hood with his band of Merry Men making life difficult for the Sheriff of Nottingham offers a great way to understand the politics of 21st century America.

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Posted: sep. 06, 2014 4:24 p.m. | Updated: sep. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Applying smart power vs. don’t do stupid stuff

What a difference a year makes. Last September, the Obama administration and the media were cheering happenstance as victory. A quick review of last year’s events: the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on civilians, tough talk by President Barack Obama, an administration push for a congressional vote for use of force, Secretary of State John Kerry’s off-the-cuff remark regarding Syria giving up chemical weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin leveraging the remark into action, the Obama administration claiming a great solution.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 6:45 p.m. | Updated: sep. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Vox explanation highlights gap between political world and everybody else

A recent column on Vox.com may have inadvertently highlighted the gap between the nation’s political elites and the rest of the nation. Vox is an “explanatory journalism” site founded by former Washington Post columnist and blogger Ezra Klein.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 6:47 p.m. | Updated: sep. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Pumpkins growing weary

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, “September Song,” was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called “Knickerbocker Holiday. The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia — “For it’s a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September.”

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 7:11 p.m. | Updated: sep. 02, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Try realism in the Middle East

America rarely does time capsules anymore, but the ones it does should include videos from February 2011 of American TV reporters exulting in the triumph of the Arab Spring. “This is the sound of a people rising,” ABC’s Terry Moran told us from Cairo. For Egyptians, it was a day “when a people rose and made themselves a new country, a new world, a new life.”

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 7:15 p.m.

Blacks must confront reality

Though racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can be explained by racial discrimination? This is an important question because if we conclude that racial discrimination is the major cause of black problems when it isn’t, then effective solutions will be elusive forever. To begin to get a handle on the answer, let’s pull up a few historical facts about black Americans.

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Posted: aug. 30, 2014 4:29 p.m. | Updated: aug. 30, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Time to call a spade a spade

As the character Cecily said to Miss Fairfax in a play written by Oscar Wilde entitled “The Importance of being Earnest”: “When I see a spade I call it a spade.”

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Posted: aug. 30, 2014 4:31 p.m. | Updated: aug. 30, 2014 10:00 p.m.

In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:09 p.m. | Updated: aug. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for “children” to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the “little old ladies” of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:11 p.m.

Family’s tragedy: text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn’t get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 6:10 p.m. | Updated: aug. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The new face of evil

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 6:12 p.m. | Updated: aug. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Decision Pending on Newton’s Government Structure

The structure of county government is once again on the agenda of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), which has scheduled a work session for Aug. 26, 2014. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion for several months and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the regional planning agency. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that the current “hybrid” system of having both a full time Commission needs to be changed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of county government.

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Posted: aug. 23, 2014 3:51 p.m. | Updated: aug. 23, 2014 10:00 p.m.

50 years in newspaper industry

The other day I found myself thinking on how long I have been a part of the newspaper industry — it turns out that this will be my 50th year, with one year of my life working with mentally challenged adults and two working with people going into their final sunset, through Hospice.

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Posted: aug. 23, 2014 3:41 p.m.

Tuition pays for this

According to College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in-state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out-of-state residents. Many schools, such as Columbia University and George Washington University, charge yearly tuition and fees close to $50,000. Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they’re getting for their money.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:54 p.m. | Updated: aug. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Political stereotyping

While we might like to think that voters research the issues, review the candidates, and then vote for the candidate that best reflects their views, the reality, based on political science research, is much different. A

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:55 p.m. | Updated: aug. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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