GOA is silent about the Michael Brown shooting

On Aug. 9, unarmed citizen Michael Brown was gunned down by the police. You would think that conservative gun groups like the NRA or the GOA would be rallying around the Brown family, and demand justice.But they haven’t even mentioned such an event.The shooting, which took place in a St. Louis suburb known as Ferguson, has received plenty of media attention, as Brown was gunned down. There are so many angles that gun groups could take. They could condemn the police...

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LaGrange not that safe

I have some issues with the article published on August 02 in the LaGrange Daily News entitled “A Safe Place to Live.”First of all, LaGrange did not rank as the 50th safest city in Georgia out of 622 cities as the article and LaGrange’s Public Safety Director, Lou Dekmar, would have you believe. I cannot tell where LaGrange actually ranked; I can only say that based upon the info on the Movoto website, LaGrange ranked somewhere between 51st and 73rd, if at all.

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Depression is a serious health concern

Life brings with it a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It is expected there are times when we will be happy or sad, angry or giddy, worried or carefree.There will even be times we feel down.Imagine being unable to shake that feeling of despair and hopelessness.For someone suffering from depression — and one in every six people will at some point — that veil of darkness can last days or weeks. It can be so consuming as to affect daily activities suc...

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‘Fur Ball’ to benefit Humane Society

On Saturday, the LaGrange / Troup Humane Society is holding our annual City Kitties and Dapper Dogs “Fur Ball.” It is our only fund raiser for the year,and we are strictly a “volunteer” organization,and have never asked our local governments for financial assistance. We are thankful for so many folks in Troup County who have given so generously over the years.It is going to be held at the Highland Country Club at 6 p.m. The Mr. Terrific’s, who are a gr...

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End stigma of suicide, mental illness

Robin Williams killed himself.Hearing that Monday brought back a white hot pain in my heart and sent me back to June 17, 2010, my little brother’s 22nd birthday – the morning that I found out he had shot himself the night before.The first call came from a friend and fellow reporter who broke the news to me that my brother was dead, but he didn’t want to be the one to tell me how. He told me to call my mother, and when she told me, it was like the world ...

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Visiting England and people you meet traveling

BRIDGE, England – Summer plans over the years usually mean that there is a need to pass through London which leads to a homecoming to this village which is roughly 65 miles east of one of the most lively and diverse cities in the world.

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Evidence that God’s not dead, thanks to the Ebola crisis

Earlier this year, the Christian film “God’s Not Dead,” was released. It was an indictment of academia, liberalism, and some business people, but as the Ebola crisis unfolded in West Africa and in nearby Atlanta, maybe those who attack Christianity aren’t who we think they are.In the film “God’s Not Dead,” a Philosophy professor debates a Christian student on whether or not God exists. That’s probably not an unrealistic event on colle...

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Maintain our sovereignty

Sovereignty means being in control of your own destiny. Said another way it is freedom from external control. The United States of America is a sovereign nation. This obviously means that we make our own decisions and that we are in charge of our own destiny. Why then would we even consider yielding control of any portion of our sovereignty to some global super-government?We may be the only nation in the world with a constitution that guarantees our individual rights. Freedom of sp...

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Under my skin

Chris, getting up from the couch ran her hand across my shoulder - she leaned into me and while gently kissing my lips pushed me backwards. Leaning back into my recliner I closed my eyes and once again, seemingly every day while falling into the arms of sleep - returned to the haunting memories that fill my life with love and a sense of deep loss.

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How the U.S. Senate became a hotbed of plagiarism

Senator John Walsh, a Montana Democrat, was exposed as a plagiarizer, just as his chances of reelection were improving. But he’s hardly the only one of his brethren to steal the words of someone else. Is there something about the U.S. Senate that makes this more likely?Senator Walsh was running behind in a red state in 2014, but he was experiencing a boost in political fortunes. He narrowed a wide gap against his opponent, Congressman Stephen Daines, to hold the seat of Senat...

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How Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox made a Braves fan out of me

It was a bittersweet weekend toward the end of the Spring semester in 1991. A good friend, Scott, was about to leave college. Several of us who knew him were trying to think of a proper way to have a farewell fitting for him.Scott was from the South, and a big time Atlanta Braves fan. That was pretty funny, because the team hadn’t made the playoffs in almost a decade at that point, and was rarely in the hunt for the playoffs after May. I think they had the worst record in bas...

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Alphabet Soup: K is for Klutz

Klutz (noun) – an awkward, clumsy personYesterday a friend posted a picture on Facebook that is a perfect illustration of today’s word. It shows one of those stick figures (often used on signs) in mid slip/fall with nothing but a horizontal line below him, and it reads “It takes skill to trip over flat surfaces.” That is a “skill” that I – more frequently than I’d like to admit – can claim.

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When men walked as blind men

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. On July 28, 1914, the assassination of the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, a comparatively minor event, led to what some believe to be the most terrible and disastrous war of the 20th century.Terrible and disastrous in so many ways. For years wise men had speculated why such a European war would not come. Money trumped politics, some said; bankers and men who comprised the financial and industrial elite w...

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Be thankful for religious freedom

Too often we take our religious liberty for granted. We attend religious services without fear. Whether it is at a church, synagogue or mosque, we attend openly. We recognize that a basic tenet of our American way of life stipulated in our Constitution is that we are free to practice whatever religion we want. In fact, witches, warlocks and Satan worshippers are free to practice their brands of religion provided they do not infringe on the rights or liberties of other citizens. This is not tr...

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The aroma of death

I don’t often write on the insanity of hate - most often surrounded by the stench of death, but there comes a time to speak out clearly without political, religious, and non-literate bias.This column brings with it no solutions, no superior thought, and obviously no hint of ending humanity’s embrace of hate. I want you to read this not once with a quick review - I want you to read this twice with the love of family, especially our children.

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