OPINION: Van stolen from paralyzed woman again


How much lower can one go than to steal a wheelchair accessible van from a single mother of three? That heartless crime has happened twice to a Decatur woman. For the second time in five months, Sophia Powers’ van, donated in part by the Shepherd Center in Atlanta where she receives treatment, has been stolen. […]

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OPINION: Bad law, good picks


The 2011 state law that allows the governor to remove “non-functioning” boards is flawed, unconstitutional and sets a dangerous precedent when it comes to the sanctity of individual voting rights. The people elected the DeKalb school board. People should un-elect them. The law should be repealed or at the very least—as Gov. Nathan Deal himself […]

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OPINION: The name is Dave, Uncle Dave


“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” — George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright and founder of the London School of Economics, and the sole recipient of both a Nobel Prize and an Oscar.   In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I tip my hat to […]

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OPINION: Limit gun access? Provide better mental health services? Georgia won’t do either


In the wake of mass shootings at a movie theater, an elementary school and other public places there has been an understandable increase in public interest in gun control. It’s difficult to deny that random shootings of innocent people, including elementary school children, is a problem. Many who don’t want increased limitations on gun possession […]

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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 (www.academeatlanta.org), 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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