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Sign up to be an organ donor

Editor, Have you ever received a gift that stands out in your mind more than others? Last year, 829 people in Georgia received gifts that will always have a great impact on their lives. It was the greatest gift of all — the gift of life. Will you help others receive this great gift?

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Updated: apr. 16, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Where is Midway's balance of power?

It appears that Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington really believes Midway is hers to rule. Midway’s charter calls for a weak-mayor/strong-council system, which means the mayor should have no formal authority outside of the council.

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Updated: apr. 15, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Item's story is important

For years, I blamed it on those royal-blue suede high-heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.

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Updated: apr. 15, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Hats off to single parents

I don’t believe in illness. OK, perhaps I should rephrase that — I don’t believe in a minor illness’ ability to keep me down. Unless I’m dragging a limb, hospitalized or totally unable to keep food down at all, I refuse to disrupt my ultra-busy daily routine to do silly things like “rest” or “recuperate.”

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Updated: apr. 15, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Earth Day is educational fun

I am not sure that I would make a good spy. I really like to be up-front about things, so I probably would blow my cover.  

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Updated: apr. 15, 2014 10:30 a.m.

Fighting child abuse, neglect should be priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don’t like to think about, let alone write about, and you probably would just as soon not read about. But it is there, and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

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Updated: apr. 10, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Lawmakers want guns in more places

In the Georgia Legislature, even a relatively simple bill can turn into one of the most important pieces of legislation that is considered.

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Updated: apr. 09, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Swarm of gnat nation has arrived

Just a wisp of time elapsed, and the almighty sand-gnat is back with a vengeance. Like a swallow returning to Capistrano or a martin to a gourd, the little varmints are back just in time for the Blessing of the Fleet. They just refuse to give up.

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Updated: apr. 09, 2014 1:00 p.m.

No point fighting desire to help others

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment, but still, Rodney keeps trying.

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Updated: apr. 08, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Don't be at kid's beck and call

Call me an old-timer, but moms and dads just did things differently when I was a child. The overall approach to parenting seems to have changed so much. My parents fostered independence in my siblings and me. They wanted us to learn early on that we needed to be able to speak and do things for ourselves, and the sooner we understood that, the better off we’d be.

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Updated: apr. 08, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Effort to eradicate blight won't work

Editor, Hmm. I read in the Coastal Courier that Liberty County’s government and various cities’ political leaders have declared a war on blight. You know — yada, yada, yada.

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Updated: apr. 07, 2014 11:30 p.m.

Time to fix government is overdue

In 1965, Wilbur Mills, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House.

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Updated: apr. 07, 2014 10:30 p.m.

Elected leaders need backbrones

Editor,

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Updated: apr. 03, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Irritating, you got to love it

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in South Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.

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Updated: apr. 02, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Legislative session was an embarrassment

Having had time to reflect on the recently completed 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, it is with great regret that I have to say it was the most embarrassing performance by your state legislature that I can remember.

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Congratulations to HomeProud winners

Sometimes, I think I focus too much on the litter. But it is the nature of what I do.

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Updated: apr. 01, 2014 11:30 p.m.

Long County, let us have our guns

Editor, I travel a lot and have written on the subject of gun rights before. Recently in Atlanta, they locked down a school because a neighbor was squirrel hunting nearby. Those people in Sandy Hook, Conn., are getting a new school because one of their own citizens committed murder there. Pretty soon, local commissioners are going to be sending drones through the community to look for zoning violations.

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Updated: apr. 01, 2014 11:30 p.m.

April is Month of the Military Child

Editor, April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child” — a time to honor youth and their service to our country. On Tuesday, April 15, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices, the public is invited to “Purple Up! For Military Kids.” Everyone in the community is encouraged to wear purple shirts, scarves, shoes, buttons and pants. If it’s purple, or can be turned purple, make it happen.

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Updated: apr. 01, 2014 10:30 p.m.

Losing friends hurts; laughter will return

It happened recently — the 20th anniversary of stock-car racer Davey Allison’s death. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don’t. But I shall never forget him.

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Updated: apr. 01, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Put kids' safety above all else

There is nothing more important than the safety and protection of innocent children. Not constitutional rights, not animal rights, not thoughts, opinions, feelings or political beliefs. The lives of children must be given top priority.

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Updated: apr. 01, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Carter flip-flopping should raise flags

Editor, Call me what you want for changing my mind on who I want to support in the upcoming 1st Congressional District primary, but I can no longer say I will be voting for state Sen. Buddy Carter.

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Updated: mar. 27, 2014 7:30 p.m.

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