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The Miracle of Mary

For those of us of the baby boomer age, the truth is that we’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of positive changes in this world. I am sure that most of us can look back and say that we have really enjoyed our lives.

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Updated: jun. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Ramsey: Power of the press to do good

Dear editor,

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Davis-Viniard: Thanks to Partners in Education

Dear editor,

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:56 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It’s time for a change on the 2050 Plan — both to the document itself and officials’ approach in presenting it to the public.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:50 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Johnson: Getting on the same page of the 2050 Plan

Last week I attended two informal meetings of citizens and two Chamber of Commerce moderated meetings on the 2050 Plan and a meeting on the Highway 278 Community Improvement District. I came away with an appreciation of just how similar is the end result most of us want for Newton County and yet how distant are the means that we would employ to accomplish that end.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:52 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Dream home to house from hell

I wrote this some time ago. With so many folks in the same boat as I was in those early days of my adulthood, I thought you might get a chuckle from my young eager mistakes:

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 4:37 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: The Mansfield 2050 meeting: Confusion, conflict

Yes, I am a rocket scientist specializing in deep space propulsion. However that is no asset when it comes to understanding the reason for the extreme “Plan.” I would like to point out that the sessions are unlike anything I have ever experienced due to the fact there are no objective points made by the presenters. It is like, “Hey, it’s all good!” And we know better than that.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 4:58 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: What I Like About The 2050 Plan…..So far

The 2050 Plan gives us, the citizens of Newton County, a chance to control our own destiny, rather than leaving future growth and development up to those whose primary interest is lining their own pockets. It gives us a chance, as a community, to unite behind a shared vision of what our county should be in the future. Over the past decade, our local governments, school system and water and sewage department have struggled to deal with the adverse effects of accelerated growth and poor development practices. Our residents have been subjected to the undue stress resulting from overburdened services ...

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 4:48 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 4:41 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cushman: Virtues require underlying framework

This summer has served as a reminder to me about the virtue of virtues, specifically hard work and perseverance. Last winter, our 12-year-old son, Robert, was accepted into an honors performance group as a string bass player, based on his teacher’s recommendation and an MP3 submission of his playing. In May, he was sent four pieces of music to master by late June, when he was to perform them in New York.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:13 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:14 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams: Spending and morality

During last year’s budget negotiation meetings, President Barack Obama told House Speaker John Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” When Boehner responded with “But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem,” Obama replied, “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.” In one sense, the president is right. What’s being called a spending problem is really a symptom of an unappreciated deep-seated national moral rot. Let’s examine it with a few questions.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:14 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter to the editor: A wildlifer’s look at the 2050 Plan

While Newton County has an identity, Oak Hill, Oxford, Porterdale, Covington and Mansfield all have their own unique personalities. The people from these communities and the rural lands in between are from somewhere – somewhere with its own identity. Have you ever asked yourself where places like Clarkston, Lithonia, Doraville and other such “towns” start and stop? Folks of my vintage will remember a song from 1974 by the Atlanta Rhythm Section with the lyrics, “Doraville, Touch of country in the city.” Really? Exactly where is that “touch?”

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:15 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Initial 2050 Plan meeting crash and burn

Not a single person, citizen, taxpayer, landowner who spoke or asked questions during the meeting sounded positive in any way, shape, form or fashion about any part of this proposal. With little to go on, these local people shot holes in the plan from almost every angle anyway.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:57 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Yarbrough: The job of waxing poetic can be quite frenetic

“I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Locals speak out at 2050 hearing

The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: Conservatives will buy anything

They had a term for her, but I’ve forgotten it. It was a name applied to a person who could not say no to a door-to-door salesman. The one I remember from my brief career selling magazines was totally upfront about her intentions. “I’ll buy whatever you’re selling,” she said. I sold her Esquire and two other subscriptions. Salesmen back then had a name for such people. Today, I would call them conservatives. They, too, will buy anything.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Rasmussen: Political language, not Watergate, to blame for public distrust of government

In his weekly column for CNN.com, Julian Zelizer makes a reasonable case that “Distrustful Americans still live in age of Watergate.” In his eyes, this helps explain why the president’s health care law and other initiatives have encountered so much resistance.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 6:38 p.m. | Updated: jul. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Adventures in Elizabeth City

One of the advantages of being an older baby boomer is that your mind can easily wander back to days of your youth and every detail of those experiences can be seen as clearly as if you were still that age.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 6:40 p.m. | Updated: jul. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Show up for the 2050 Plan

Here’s some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 6:40 p.m. | Updated: jul. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cushman: President Obama should go down to the border

Based on this fiscal year’s eight-and-a-half months of activity so far, the number of unaccompanied alien children from Honduras apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol will increase 22 times from what it was in 2009.

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 5:09 p.m. | Updated: jul. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Massie: What if terrorists used infectious diseases?

In a piece titled, “They’re Not Telling Us The Truth,” I wrote: “Clinton, Bush and Obama, et al, have positioned us in harm’s way by providing an accommodating environment for these illegal disease carriers. It is not my contention that everyone who crosses the border illegally is diseased or a disease carrier. I am saying, the fact that we do not know which ones are and which ones are not puts us in peril...I confess that when I walk into an uptown restaurant and see illegals in the kitchen or busing tables, I am concerned.” (mychal-massie.com ...

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 5:10 p.m. | Updated: jul. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on passion

There is one person in town that we doubt that anyone who knows him could ever question his passion for the things he believes in.

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 5:10 p.m. | Updated: jul. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter from Harry L. Long

I have known Phil Johnson and Sam (Martin) Hay III for most of my life, and I totally agree with their opposition to the county’s “so called” 2050 Plan. I view this plan as a direct attack on an individual’s freedom and liberty. I have raised my right hand twice, and each time I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Immigrants started pouring into the U.S. (colonies) in the 1600s through today mainly for two purposes: I. To be free and II. To own property in “fee simple.” In America ...

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Posted: jul. 08, 2014 6:48 p.m. | Updated: jul. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on the Fourth of July

We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.

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Posted: jul. 08, 2014 6:49 p.m. | Updated: jul. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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