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The shot reported around the world

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Some preliminary thoughts in the aftermath of the accidental shooting New Year’s Day in Peachtree City that received global news coverage.

First, the good news. Margaret McCollum, 58, of 103 Autumn Leaf, is recovering from a gunshot wound to her back, her medical condition having been raised to “good” as of Tuesday.

The other good news — after initial sketchy reports fueled ominous speculations — is that the shooting of Peachtree City Police Chief Will McCollom’s wife in their bed at 4 a.m. Jan. 1 was an accident, a terrible accident. Read More»

There’s good news tonight!

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On this last day of 2014, I’m reminded of the opening line of Mutual Network broadcaster Gabriel Heatter in his nightly radio newscasts from the 1940s and early ’50s: “There’s good news tonight!”

A few minutes later, by dialing the Crosley radio console to a clear-channel CBS station, one could hear Lowell Thomas in his dulcet baritone at the end of his newscast sign off cheerily with, “So long until tomorrow!” Read More»

15 years later, another Christmas

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The opinion reprinted below first appeared in The Citizen Christmas week, 1999.

In the year of our Lord 19 hundred and 99...

Many cultural commentators argue that the United States has entered the post-Christian era, and many applaud that transition as a desirable change in an increasingly multicultural society with diverse religious viewpoints. Read More»

A Thanksgiving story

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A Thanksgiving story

By Cal Beverly

I have a Thanksgiving story. It happened two years ago.

A few days after receiving a new lens in my eye to correct a clouding condition called cataracts, I awoke on a Saturday morning just before Thanksgiving to find my newfound sharp vision in that eye had gone blurry.

There was no pain, just blurry where there had been sharpness. I panicked. Why do emergencies mostly happen after hours or on weekends, when your regular doctor is nowhere to be found? Read More»

Before the count, what pundits say

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This is written before the polls close, so I’m talking to a mass of folks who know a whole lot more than I know right now.

Just for fun, here are some quotes from pundits in the same boat, before the final counts.

First, assuming the Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate, “Dems have nothing to fear,” according to Veronique de Rugy, TheDailyBeast.com. Read More»

On the eve of the vote count . . .

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Here we are again: One nation, divided, with varying degrees of liberty and justice. And we get to vote on what — and who — comes next.

A check with the Elections Board office reveals that more than 9,000 Fayette residents have already cast their ballots, making them immune to whatever attack ads and vile campaign tricks are spewed in the coming week.

Immune because they’ve already voted, and can’t ask for a do-over. Read More»

Government Party wins, taxpayers lose

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I come today to praise two office holders that I have strongly criticized in the past. After Thursday night’s 3-to-2 Peachtree City Council vote to impose a new pay system — with some big raises — for city employees, I applaud council members Eric Imker and Kim Learnard for standing against the emotional tide that swept the other three members to their unthinking vote.

Imker and Learnard asked the simple question, “How are we going to pay for this million-dollar raise in the years to come?” Read More»

Studdard campaign whizzes on the truth, commits political fraud

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OPINION — I’m disappointed in David Studdard. He’s running a truth-challenged runoff race against Marty Harbin for the Republican nomination to the Georgia Senate, District 16 (Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Lamar counties).

His robo-calls have been misleading at best, calling himself the “only real” conservative in the race. He’s about as real as watermelon Kool-Aid, having the flavor but none of the substance.

But Studdard represents the old guard of the GOP, desperately clinging to fading power against upstarts like Harbin, Read More»

The winner? The Government Party

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The Bible teaches that God, our maker, prefers a humble person over a haughty person. The process of our growing older advances His goal. There are fewer haughty old folks than there are haughty young ones. Age generally introduces one to one’s advancing limitations.

Gray hair in times past has symbolized the hard-won wisdom of experience. A glance in the mirror assures me I should be wiser than I feel.

That’s the background for a confession about choosing and voting for political candidates. Read More»

Left-lane laggards & voting wrongs

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Once upon a time in Atlanta, a newspaper columnist cried in print, “Lock up your silver and your women and children — the Georgia legislature is in town.”

I generally hold with those who give thanks that our lawmaking politicians are limited to 40 days of official mischief each year — but they are high-performing mischief-makers. Read More»

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