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Thoughts of a baby boomer

This past summer I travelled back home to attend the 50th year reunion of the class of 1964 of St Mary’s High in Annapolis Md.

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Letter: BOC continues to lack vision and leadership

Dear editor

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 4:04 p.m. | Updated: oct. 18, 2014 11:01 p.m.

Cushman: Exercise, routine and life

While new and novel might be exciting, routine and habit can help create a structure and framework for success. From eating breakfast, brushing our teeth or exercising every day, much of our lives are driven by routine. This reliance on routine behavior can startle us when we are driving and find ourselves not at our planned destination, but at our routine destination.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 3:53 p.m. | Updated: oct. 18, 2014 10:52 p.m.

Cohen: A president lacking menace

Tell me something: What do you think would happen if the United States concludes that Iran has been cheating and delaying and is about to pop a fully functional nuclear weapons program? Would President Obama respond by joining Israel to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities to smithereens — or would he stall and equivocate? My bet is the latter and so, just to double down, is what I bet the Iranians are betting. They have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 3:51 p.m. | Updated: oct. 18, 2014 10:49 p.m.

Williams: Officially killing Americans

The Food and Drug Administration can make two types of errors. It can approve a drug that has dangerous unanticipated side effects, or it can reject or delay approval of a drug that is safe and effective. Let’s look at these errors, because to err on the side of under- or over-caution is costly.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 3:48 p.m. | Updated: oct. 18, 2014 10:47 p.m.

Rasmussen: Lottery lies fuel distrust of government

It’s a little thing, but it bugs me a lot.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 3:47 p.m. | Updated: oct. 18, 2014 10:46 p.m.

Random thoughts on some random subjects

If I die anytime soon — and I have no plans to do so at the moment — please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, “He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association.” You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don’t belong.

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 3:22 p.m.

Our thoughts: Motion denied

At Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners public meeting, Commissioner John Douglas made a motion to defund The Center for Community Preservation and Planning. Thank goodness there was no second, and this ill-conceived motion died.

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 3:19 p.m. | Updated: oct. 11, 2014 3:20 p.m.

Get Out and Vote

Ever since the 1976 election, I’ve understood the importance of voter turnout. My father was running for United States Congress in rural Georgia, having lost in 1974. He realized in early 1976 that running as a republican in Georgia, while Jimmy Carter was topping the democratic ticket, was going to be a hard feat to pull off, but confident of his ability to work hard, he trudged forward.

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 3:23 p.m.

From Annapolis with love

This past summer I travelled back home to attend the 50th year reunion of the class of 1964 of St Mary’s High in Annapolis Maryland.

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 3:19 p.m.

Health needs as much attention

Dear Editor,

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 3:17 p.m.

Bear Creek Reservoir- A costly history of mismanagement

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 3:15 p.m.

Things will get worse before they get better

In 1913, an entrepreneur “said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years.” For that accurate assessment of reality, he was prosecuted for stock fraud. A U.S. District Attorney claimed that, “based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public ... has been persuaded to buy stock in his company.”

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 3:15 p.m.

Thoughts of a baby boomer

This past summer I travelled back home to attend the 50th year reunion of the class of 1964 of St Mary’s High in Annapolis Md.

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Posted: oct. 06, 2014 2:49 p.m.

The do-over

The game’s on the line and the crowd noise is deafening. Snapper and holder do their part, as a lonely placekicker steps forward, into, and through the ball. Amid cheers and groans, defenders leap with joy and the kicker hangs his head. The football falls harmlessly left of target. The victors storm the field.

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Posted: oct. 04, 2014 5:38 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Health care predictions from 1983

In 1983, I was the pharmacy director at a 124 bed hospital in Gainesville, GA. The for-profit hospital was owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and they assigned me to be the pharmacy representative on a national committee to predict what the hospital of 2000 would look like. The group was composed of members from hospitals across the United States and had one representative from each department in the typical hospital. With the recent news of Newton Medical Center looking for an equity partner, I thought back to some of the predictions from thirty-one years ago. I can only ...

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Posted: oct. 04, 2014 5:40 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The culture of passing the buck

The director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, was questioned this past Tuesday by members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding lapses in Secret Service Performance. The hearing focused primarily on an incident that took place on September 19. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, allegedly jumped the White House fence, ran across the White House lawn, ran up a flight of stairs and through the North Portico door. He then allegedly entered the entrance hall, turned left and headed into the East Room, where he was tackled and subdued. A knife was allegedly found in his possession.

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Posted: oct. 04, 2014 5:41 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Will the West defend itself?

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), sometimes called ISIS or IS, is a Sunni extremist group that follows al-Qaida’s anti-West ideology and sees a holy war against the West as a religious duty. With regard to nonbelievers, the Quran commands, “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out.” The Quran contains many other verses that call for Muslim violence against nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.

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Posted: oct. 04, 2014 5:43 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Political correctness

It seems that over the last six years, we as a country have had to endure one scandal after another; distrust in any government entity is at the highest it has been in most of our lifetimes.

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Posted: oct. 04, 2014 5:43 p.m. | Updated: oct. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Dooley's players need to ensure legacy

Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley’s first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more — much more — needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 7:37 p.m. | Updated: sep. 30, 2014 7:38 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Thanks

Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 7:36 p.m. | Updated: sep. 30, 2014 7:36 p.m.

Missing the story on Patton

It’s a fortunate thing that Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, “Killing Patton,” was written by him and not someone else. In that case, O’Reilly would have taken the poor person apart, criticizing the book for its chaotic structure, for its considerable padding and for its repellent admiration of a war-loving martinet who fought the Nazis and really never understood why. George S. Patton stood almost shoulder to shoulder with them in his anti-Semitism -- not that O’Reilly seems to have noticed or, for that matter, mentioned in his book.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 7:36 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Honor

Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 7:35 p.m.

America Is poised for collapse

America stands on the very brink of collapse and I believe the indications are such that if she doesn’t collapse in my lifetime, she will in my son’s. If that scares you, it should. America is in trouble such as she has never experienced in her history and it is trouble of our own making.

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Posted: sep. 27, 2014 6:15 p.m. | Updated: sep. 27, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The ability to walk away is key to empowerment

Politicians like to talk about empowering the middle class or other segments of the voting population, but they’re typically a little fuzzy on what empowerment really means. That makes sense when you consider that elections are essentially about politicians asking to get power rather than share it.

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Posted: sep. 27, 2014 6:16 p.m. | Updated: sep. 27, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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