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OPINION: The wrong way to go


“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.  To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”— Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British aristocrat, philosopher, historian and social critics. I was born in DeKalb County, educated in our public schools, and graduated from Lakeside High School. I’m among thousands who graduated from […]

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OPINION: Helping the village through internships


When Gov. Nathan Deal announced the suspension of six DeKalb school board members Feb. 25, Kerry King, a senior at Academe of the Oaks (, was there. Kerry was also present the next day when the DeKalb Board of Commissioners passed the 2013 county budget with no tax increase. The senior’s experiences were part of […]

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OPINION: Tea anyone?


One of the basic tenets of the Tea Party movement is a strict adherence to the constitution. Research also indicates they believe in less government intrusion and spending. That being the case, DeKalb County could use their help. By the time you read this, a Fulton Superior Court judge will have held a hearing on […]

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OPINION: Sometimes a tear is shed even for those we didn’t know personally


Sometimes the death of someone you never met can reverberate with you as much as the death of an acquaintance. I remember many years ago when a 9-year-old girl was struck and killed as she was crossing Buford Highway to catch her school bus. I was shaken by the event even though I did not […]

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OPINION: School Board Six€™ haven€™t hit rock bottom


“It’s a very sad day.” That’s what Sen. Fran Millar said moments after Gov. Nathan Deal announced that he was following the “compelling” unanimous recommendation of the state education board to remove six members of the DeKalb school board. DeKalb County was on display at the capitol that day in a very bad way. It […]

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OPINION: Amos ‘n’ Andy—a second look


When people look back—as they often do in February—on media portrayals of Black people in less enlightened days, inescapably, the much maligned 1950s television program The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show enters the conversation. Over the years, The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show has become the oft-cited example of all that was wrong in early depictions of […]

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OPINION: And ZIP code moves the mail


“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed, rounds.—the unofficial motto of our U.S. Postal Service as inscribed on the James Farley Post Office in New York City.   Our United States Postal Service, (USPS), a quasi-public/private entity, with all the benefits and […]

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OPINION: Maybe it’s time to think about home schooling


In the wake of the departure of DeKalb County’s school superintendent, the district’s current accreditation probation and possible loss of accreditation, the possible dismissal of the school board, and the poor graduation rates, home schooling is an option worth considering for some. For their entire school years, my wife Deanna has homeschooled our four children—ages […]

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