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Show your 'recycle heart' at fair

I am fascinated by how other countries approach recycling. I recently visited a website called Recycle More from Ireland. Their approach, like so many European countries, is detailed. They expect their citizens to make the effort to recycle as many items as possible. And they certainly don’t limit their recycling to plastic bottles and aluminum cans. There is no one-stop drop-off for many items. If you are Irish, you take electronics back to electronic shops, batteries to shops that sell them, etc.

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Updated: aug. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Learn from those who've gone before us

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away — or rather, frosting its way into autumn — I took to noticing signs that our mountain people always have used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

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Updated: aug. 26, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Let children choose own interests

Football season is upon us. I’m sure some of you are thrilled about its arrival. I am not.

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Updated: aug. 26, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Journalist also face dangerous world

We are constantly reminded that the world is a very deadly place — not just for our military personnel — but also for members of the Fourth Estate. Some journalists working in dangerous regions in a globe full of conflict will not return home. The latest: 40-year-old James Foley. His gruesome death at the hands of ISIS has been available for all to see.

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Updated: aug. 25, 2014 11:30 p.m.

State must get transportation in order

The regional transportation sales-tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia. So it’s encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the legislative session.

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Updated: aug. 21, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Most recent Long Co. audit is a joke

Editor, I would like to respond to the Long County audit for the year ending June 30, 2013, which is — needless to say — a joke.

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Updated: aug. 20, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Not even the liberals want him

Rap! Rap! Rap: “The special called meeting of the Loyal Order of Liberals will come to order. Let’s begin the meeting as we always do — with the Liberal Pledge of Allegiance:

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Updated: aug. 20, 2014 4:00 p.m.

County employee was trailblazer, good guy

Editor, I lost a friend last week. I lost a longtime coworker. I lost an Army comrade, though we never served together nor did we share “war stories.” And Liberty County lost someone who was a loyal, extremely dedicated and tireless worker until his “untriumphant” retirement last year.

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Updated: aug. 19, 2014 8:30 p.m.

Grab uncomfortable situations by horns

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don’t like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is “whenever possible, step out of the way.”

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Updated: aug. 19, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Some things are tough to explain

My 2-year-old daughter, Reese, adores the Disney movie, “Frozen.” I admit, it’s a cute flick with plenty of catchy tunes and even a few good one-liners. There’s one part, however, that I’m having trouble explaining to Reese, and I fear I’ll have even more difficulty with it as she gets older.

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Updated: aug. 19, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Recycling by the numbers

If you still are not convinced about the benefits of recycling, let me share these facts provided by the Georgia Recycling Coalition.  

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Updated: aug. 18, 2014 9:00 p.m.

TV food commercials remembered

As a general rule, I don’t care much for TV commercials, except as an excuse to grab a snack or run to the bathroom.

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Updated: aug. 14, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Thanks for supporting Seven Ministries’ back-to-school rally

Editor, The board of directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. would like to thank the community for coming out in support of our back-to-school rally. The event was held Saturday, Aug. 2, at Rebecca’s Place on Rebecca Street in Hinesville, and a crowd of more than 300 showed up. School supplies were given out, and food and fun were the orders of the day.

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Updated: aug. 13, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Health emergency is making Ga. famous

Last week, the second of two Americans infected with the Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

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Updated: aug. 13, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Gosh dang, what is wrong with a Southern accent?

I just learned of a book called, “Say Goodbye to Your Southern Accent.”

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Updated: aug. 13, 2014 12:00 p.m.

'Trash talk' includes harrowing statistics

It’s time to talk trash for a few minutes.

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Updated: aug. 12, 2014 8:30 p.m.

Don't go along with government, be the solution

This is the end, my friends. After writing this column for more than three years, it is time for me to move on. I also write for three magazines and the commitment to the magazines is starting to demand a lot of my time. I have enjoyed bringing you the latest information on Midway and hope that you will attend the monthly meetings to keep the mayor and city-council members on their toes.

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Updated: aug. 12, 2014 6:30 p.m.

Hanging onto pride is not how to live

It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others, as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.

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Updated: aug. 12, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Vacation takes toll on routines

I recently enjoyed a week in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, with my family. Usually, when I visit the best city in the country (my own personal opinion there), I only have a few days in which to squeeze in trips to my favorite restaurants, a little rest and relaxation, outings with relatives and an evening or two with old friends. So it was wonderful to have a little more time.

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Updated: aug. 12, 2014 2:00 p.m.

21-day diet for Congress? No, never mind

MOULTRIE — The first item in my emails today was: “How to get thin quickly.”

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Updated: aug. 12, 2014 11:30 a.m.

Veterans deserve better care

Our veterans shouldn’t need an act of Congress and a presidential signature to get the Veterans Affairs healthcare system up to speed. But that’s just what it took.

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Updated: aug. 11, 2014 11:00 p.m.

Litmus test for Pres. Obama on whistleblowers

Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail — whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.

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Updated: aug. 11, 2014 9:30 p.m.

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