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OPINION: In support of today’s and tomorrow’s Olympic and Paralympic dreamers

During recent weekends when Georgians’ hearts and minds were hinged on the outcome of national and college football competitions and the upcoming Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, my mind had shifted to focusing on sports I rarely think about, except every four years. I was learning the names, backgrounds, triumphant moments and heartbreak experiences […]

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OPINION: Button, button; who’s got the button?

“Will someone please inform him that I too have a nuclear button, but it is much bigger and more powerful one than his, and my button works!” Twitter response by President Donald Trump to the Supreme Leader of North Korea (yes, that is his title) Kim Jong Un. Though we understand the reference and the […]

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OPINION: Consolidation or complication?

Jacksonville/Duvall County, Fla. consolidated into one government, across the largest land mass of any county on the eastern seaboard in 1968. At that time, Brunswick and Glynn County also had a former Navy shipyard and port, as well as a manufacturing jobs base. By the census of 1970, the population of Jacksonville/Duvall was 528,865 and Brunswick/Glynn County […]

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OPINION: Gifts that keep giving

“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted,” Aesop (620-564 B.C.), Greek philosopher and author of Aesop’s Fables. As you gather with family and friends in the coming weeks to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and this holiday season, it is important to remember that not every hearth or belly is full and […]

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OPINION: The homeless provide unexpected lessons

A bunch of do-gooders from a Stone Mountain church recently traveled to Atlanta to feed and fellowship with the homeless. The church folk expected they would be the ones imparting meaningful experiences, but they were wrong. They brought food and served up a hot breakfast to dozens of men and women who had no permanent […]

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OPINION: Smack back that big hack attack

“No single company or industry can stop or be held responsible for protecting the security and vulnerabilities of the Internet,” former Equifax CEO, Rick Smith, from his prepared statement and testimony before Congress on October 3, 2017.  It is no longer a matter of if, more a matter of when, your personal identity, finances or […]

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OPINION: Giving wisely makes all the difference

With cooler temperatures upon us and the holiday season just weeks away, expect an uptick in the number of food drives and requests for donations from organizations that serve the needy. It’s wonderful to give, especially when the giving is from the heart. However, we should think twice about what we’re giving and why. I […]

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OPINION: Zoning arguments, gentrification and diversity

  Many who oppose another property owner’s plans for development will quickly throw out the term “gentrification,” which is defined by Merriam Webster as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.” Just as often, those who attempt to influence what […]

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