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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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The power of positive beliefs

My mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer in the mid-1970s, when I was in grammar school. Her goal, at that time, was to stay alive to see my older sister Kathy and me graduate from high school. She neither dwelled on the disease, nor on why she was stricken with it, but instead focused on getting rid of the cancer and living for her two daughters.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 11:52 a.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Dirty Politics

Throughout the generations, whenever there has been an election, there has been some form of dirty politics used to sway the voters mind.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 11:54 a.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Ben Bradlee was a leader and a friend

Ben Bradlee would not have liked me to say so, but he was the living refutation of the Declaration of Independence: All men are not created equal. Certainly, he was not. He was born rich and well-connected, a member of the WASP tribe that once ran much of America and nearly all of its prestigious institutions. He was compellingly handsome and so smart that no crossword puzzle could really challenge him. It’s not that he didn’t have a weakness. He did. He was a sucker for the underdog.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 11:56 a.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Embarrassing economists

So as to give some perspective, I’m going to ask readers for their guesses about human behavior before explaining my embarrassment by some of my fellow economists.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 11:58 a.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Gov. Deal pledges 'everything on the table' public education reform

Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Americans love community, hate politics

To understand the lack of enthusiasm most Americans feel about the midterm elections, it’s important to recognize a vital distinction between government and community.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 11:53 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Teacher of the year

Congratulations Kenneth Hanson. It’s a great honor and great testament to your hard work that you were named Newton County School System’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 3:54 p.m. | Updated: oct. 18, 2014 11:03 p.m.

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

Dear Editor,

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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.

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