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Our thoughts: Virginia O'Hanlon

In 1897, a young girl named Virginia O’Hanlon got into an argument with her classmate over whether Santa Claus was real. Her classmates teased her and called her names because she believed in him.

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

Holidays and a mother's love

This is my second Christmas season without my mother, and so far it’s been harder than the first. I had known that the first year would be hard, and all I really cared about was surviving it. Activity was my friend: My sister Kathy and I spent the fall wrapping up her estate, selling her house, and sharing her prized possessions with family and friends. We talked every day. Much of our connection was activity-based: Was her account closed? Were the papers signed? It was hard, but I had known that it was going to be hard -- so I ...

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Posted: dec. 20, 2014 2:46 p.m. | Updated: dec. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Virginia O'Hanlon

In 1897, a young girl named Virginia O’Hanlon got into an argument with her classmate over whether Santa Claus was real. Her classmates teased her and called her names because she believed in him.

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Posted: dec. 20, 2014 2:52 p.m. | Updated: dec. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Japan looks back

Japan is working hard at forgetting. Its prime minister, Shinzo Abe, suggests in code-talk that Japan was the victim of World War II — no war criminals at all, thank you — and its influential conservative press, with a wink from the government, is determined to whitewash the country’s use of sex slaves during the war. This sort of thing can be catching. Maybe others will forget why they consider Japan a friend.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 3:13 p.m.

Our thoughts: The spirit

It’s hard to believe that we have less than two weeks left until Christmas day … after all we been reminded that it was coming since August at many places.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 3:08 p.m. | Updated: dec. 13, 2014 3:10 p.m.

Commission director says progress being made in state’s charter school efforts

You may recall that 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 in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 3:12 p.m.

The joys of Christmas traditions

I have always loved Christmas and its traditions; even as I have grown older, I find that really deep in my heart I still believe in Santa Claus and the spirit of the whole season, and I just can’t wait until I see the “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” re-runs at this time of year with the grandchildren.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 3:09 p.m.

Our thoughts: Water questions

Last week the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.

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Posted: dec. 06, 2014 5:40 p.m. | Updated: dec. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

If Bora-Bora doesn't care about the game, why should we?

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper. (I have no idea how the editors got it from bottle to print. I assumed that if editors can figure out where commas go, they ought to be able to figure out how to print a column in a bottle.)

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Posted: dec. 06, 2014 5:42 p.m. | Updated: dec. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The wrong route to reform

Last month, the police commissioner of New York, Bill Bratton, was quizzed at a conference by Jeffrey Toobin, a writer for The New Yorker. Bratton had been the police chief in Boston and Los Angeles, as well as New York’s once before, and he is a well-known champion of what is known as the “broken windows” school of policing. Toobin asked him what could account for the precipitous drop in crime in New York City. Bratton responded in a flash: The cops.

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Posted: dec. 06, 2014 5:47 p.m. | Updated: dec. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Can racial discrimination explain much?

In the medical profession, there is the admonition primum non nocere, the Latin expression for “first, do no harm.” In order not to do harm, at the minimum, requires accurate diagnostics. Suppose a patient presents with abdominal pains, and the physician diagnoses it as caused by the patient’s ingrown toenails. If that isn’t the cause, the physician can spend all the resources he wants treating the patient’s ingrown toenails and not remedy the patient’s abdominal pains.

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Posted: dec. 06, 2014 5:54 p.m. | Updated: dec. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Bear Creek Reservoir cost doubles?

The cost of the Bear Creek Project has started the inevitable “price creep”, or “price jump” in this case.

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Posted: dec. 06, 2014 5:56 p.m. | Updated: dec. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Carl Sanders: A great man who did great things for Georgia

On my “To Do” list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA’s former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

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Posted: nov. 29, 2014 4:50 p.m. | Updated: nov. 29, 2014 4:51 p.m.

Our thoughts: Disgust

The way we see it there is plenty of blame to go around in regards to the Ferguson issue.

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Posted: nov. 29, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Real men don’t

Where are the men?

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Posted: nov. 29, 2014 4:51 p.m.

Elite contempt for ordinary Americans

Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and paid architect of Obamacare, has shocked and disgusted many Americans. In 2013, he explained to a University of Pennsylvania audience: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.” He added that the “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” Most insulting were his previous statements that “the American voter is too stupid to understand” and his boast of Obamacare’s “exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American ...

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Posted: nov. 29, 2014 4:48 p.m.

A reason to be thankful

I love the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as much as anyone. It’s great to have family visit and take some time to talk and visit and just be together. There’s the added bonus that comes from a warm glow of nostalgia lingering from long-ago Thanksgiving dinners at Nana and Grampa’s.

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Posted: nov. 29, 2014 4:47 p.m.

A reason to be thankful

This is the time of year that should be devoted to peace and joy but is really a time of major stress for many people. It is a time, unfortunately, when folks suffer major heart problems.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 5:12 p.m. | Updated: nov. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Questions of character

Beverly Gage, a Yale historian, was researching a biography of J. Edgar Hoover in the National Archives when she came across the infamous letter the FBI had written to Martin Luther King Jr., outlining in the crudest form his extramarital escapades and suggesting, King concluded, that he kill himself: “There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is.” King did nothing, but the FBI acted. It leaked its dirt to the press.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 5:19 p.m. | Updated: nov. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Thanks and giving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A chance to be grateful instead of focusing on gift-giving and gift-receiving. Family, friends, bountiful feasts and football are at the forefront of our minds rather than cocktail parties and gifts. Think of it as a time to pause and give thanks before the whirlwind of December.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 5:20 p.m. | Updated: nov. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Congratulations Rams

We are taking the advice of Newton football announcer Bill Dolan when he says “Ram fans get on your feet,” and we urge the rest of Newton County to do the same.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 5:22 p.m.

Ferguson verdict

Dear editor,

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 5:14 p.m. | Updated: nov. 22, 2014 5:14 p.m.

Obama's immigration case

Dear Newton citizens,

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 5:16 p.m.

Citizens comments

Those who follow and attend BOC meetings deplore the vote of Nov. 18th to move citizen comments to the end of each meeting. That means the commissioners won’t hear from the public until after votes are taken on agenda items. This clearly says the majority of the BOC doesn’t care what citizens have to say or think. But wait until the next election. Listen now or listen then.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 5:13 p.m.

Our thoughts: Bear Creek

Some good decisions by Newton County in the past have led to a current situation where we have a reliable water supply. The supply is such that if the theoretical doors of the county were to be shut right now, we probably would have plenty of water for the use of our children and grandchildren.

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Posted: nov. 15, 2014 6:13 p.m. | Updated: nov. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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