OPINION: It’s time–a mandatory minimum salary for law enforcement

Bill Crane's Opinion Piece for Champion newspaper

“During 2016 there were 140 law enforcement officers who lost lives in the line of duty across the country.  Of those deaths,106 were men and women in local city/county police and deputy sheriffs, 19 were state officers, six were federal officers and the remaining nine were college, territory or transit system officers,” Putnam County Sheriff Howard […]

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OPINION: Childish behavior sets bad examples

John Hewitt's Opinion Piece for Champion Newspaper

The recent riff between Donald Trump and Congressman John Lewis is just plain wrong at so many levels and sets bad examples of acceptable behavior by those who are in leadership positions. Lewis had every right to boycott the inauguration and to believe that the Russians played a part in the election of the president. […]

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OPINION: Governors can’t deal

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    “Governors can’t deal with the national debt. They can’t deal with Social Security. We’re at peace with Alabama right now. Education is the primary duty of every governor, though we may have different views on what needs to be done,” former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes. Since passage of Georgia’s Quality Basic Education Act (QBE) […]

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OPINION: ‘I feel like’ it’s a generational thing

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I am intrigued by words, phrases and slogans and often catch myself paying more attention to the words and phrases one may be using than to the actual message they are attempting to convey. Those who have read my columns in the past may recall that the often-used phrase “reach out”—unless referring to extending arms […]

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OPINION: Ashamed of our wasteful ways

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I don’t often think about how much I’m consuming, how wasteful I am or how much I contribute to polluting the planet. However, during a recent trip to Cuba that’s just what I spent time contemplating. In Cuba where there are no chain restaurants or expensive coffee shops on every corner, I watched in amazement […]

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OPINION: I can see clearly now–$86,000 worth

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Within the last several months my wife and I both have had cataract surgery and both have been thrilled with the results. It truly is comparable to going from a standard television to an ultra-high definition television. We both had our procedures done at a highly acclaimed metro-area vision care clinic. My wife had her […]

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OPINION: Celebrating the non-traditional traditions

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“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store,” from ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ by Dr. Seuss. Though for many the holiday season is their favorite time of the year, for others it brings challenges, questions and a feeling of not quite measuring up to one’s own memories, or Lifetime and Hallmark Channel […]

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OPINION: Being a sore loser is never attractive

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“I will do a recount in any state where the deadline has not passed. Help my staff find state deadline.” –Tweet by Green Party nominee Jill Stein, Nov. 26, 2016. Then GOP nominee Donald Trump rightfully received heaps of criticism from his own party, campaign opponents and the public following his third presidential debate comments […]

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