OPINION: Olympic memories

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Twenty years ago, Atlanta was the focus of the world stage as the Centennial Olympic Games brought the world to our doorsteps.Atlanta and many individuals benefited greatly from the games; myself included. I had the pleasure of being very involved in the planning and day-to-day coverage of the games as a publishing coordinator. I was […]

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“I’ve rarely seen a leader that’s been able to lead by consensus. A leader is someone who goes oftentimes against everybody. That’s what a leader is.”  entrepreneur and soon to be GOP Presidential nominee, Donald Trump from his long-running NBC program, The Apprentice. With apologies to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland has not been this hot since […]

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OPINION: Are winds of change coming?


Writer is doubtful that America is ready to end divisiveness On Wednesday July 6, I was several paragraphs into an opinion piece attempting to express my anger and frustration yet again about two tragic deaths of Black men in two different states after what appeared to be routine encounters with police. I was having a […]

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OPINION: Appropriation or appreciation?

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It is often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In our daily lives, as has been the case for thousands of years, we all consume, use or enjoy things that most likely did not originate within what we define as our own culture. Most of us can not accurately claim that we […]

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OPINION: Journey brings out contrasts and similarities in culture


Fresh off a 10-day trip traveling throughout the African nation of Zimbabwe, I returned home with an invigorated spirit and fresh eyes. As I drove down the same streets I routinely traverse from my home in Stone Mountain through Clarkston, Avondale Estates and into Decatur; from Tucker to Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody and Brookhaven; from Lithonia […]

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OPINION: This isn’t goodbye


OK, DeKalb County, I will get to the point quickly as I usually do: this is my final column for The Champion Newspaper and my final issue with the paper. Incidentally, this is the second “final column” I have written for a newspaper. The first time was in 1990, weeks before graduating from Clemson University. […]

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OPINION: Thankfully, some very good choices

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“We don’t tell you what to think. We tell you what to think about”–veteran broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur, during remarks to the now-defunct Georgia Association of Newscasters in Savannah. Vanocur was an NBC White House and political correspondent for most of the 1960s and ‘70s, and later a correspondent for ABC and PBS. I have lived most […]

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OPINION: Robotics team inspires others in STEM


It’s the Super Bowl for robotics geeks. More than 20,000 students and 600 robotics teams from the United States and 42 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, China, Australia and Brazil traveled to St. Louis, Mo., for the four-day FIRST world robotics championship event April 30-May 1. When the Fernbank LINKS (Linking Ideas and Networking […]

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