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SMITH: The sad disappearance of America’s small farms

We are losing farms in this country, which essentially means that the small farmer will soon be extinct. As the little farms disappear, the big farms get bigger. Georgia, like many states these days, has fewer farmers but bigger farms.

SOWELL: Remembering a great journalist, Chuck Stone

Black journalist Chuck Stone was one of those people whose passing makes us think, “We shall not see his like again.” He was passionately interested in racial issues but he was never a race hustler. He followed nobody’s party line but called the issues as he saw them.

MILBANK: Republicans kiss votes from women goodbye

This was not the way Republican leaders had planned to observe Equal Pay Day.

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PARKER: No offense meant to my Southern friends

After writing close to 3,000 columns, I’ve learned that people sometimes read what they’re looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote.

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SOWELL: A halo for selfishness

It is fascinating to see how some people — in both politics and the media — can depict their own narrow self-interest as a holy crusade for the greater good of society. The ability of the human mind to rationalize is one of the wonders of the world.

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CEPEDA: The business of black America

It’s time to flip the script. We need to stop seeing the African-American community strictly as one in need of recuperative social services and begin to understand that it could reach its full potential if we invested in its inherent ability to be enterprising.

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CLINE: A volunteer job with lots of baggage

As chairwoman of the caddie committee, Julie Coupland’s job is to make a home at TPC Sugarloaf for the men (and women) who carry those bags on the Champions Tour. The tour comes to the county for the second time next week for the Greater Gwinnett Championship, which will play rounds Friday through Sunday.

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MAROSEK: Raising kids to our standards and values

Our children need us to teach them our values and standards, not everyone else’s. And we need to believe in them enough to carry on.

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THOMAS: Time to focus on things that work

Most businesses conduct audits or internal reviews to make sure they are operating efficiently. Not the federal government.

KRAUTHAMMER: Kerry’s folly, Chapter 3

The Obama administration keeps trying to restore funding for UNESCO, which in 2011 defied the U.S. in recognizing Palestine. What kind of signal is this to the rest of the world?

OUR VIEW: Gwinnett Place Mall area still vital to county

Growth and changes in the county have altered the literal and figurative landscape of the Gwinnett Place area and the opening of the Mall of Georgia in Buford shifted shopping habits. Despite those changes, the Duluth-based mall remains an important part of the county’s economy and interest in its revitalization was evident by the large group — a standing room only crowd of more than 200 — that attended a breakfast discussion about the area put on by Partnership Gwinnett on Friday.

HUCKABY: Trying to reason with pollen season

I went to bed Thursday night with a nice and shiny black SUV in my driveway. I woke up with a sickening yellow SUV in my driveway. Like a sneak attack from above the pollen season is upon us.

YARBROUGH: Irritating liberals and conservatives in same week isn’t easy

I wish I had more time to expound on this subject with you but I must get back to the serious responsibilities with which you have entrusted me — providing you with in-depth analyses on current issues. For future reference, please know that I am currently compiling a comprehensive list of parallels between Obamacare and a turkey.

CEPEDA: Continuing education — on the job

Not everyone can afford college — or is cut out for it. Once we realize this, our country can start pumping out the workers our future economy needs instead of outsourcing skilled manufacturing jobs to places such as Germany or Poland, with their world-renowned apprentice programs.

SOWELL: How foreign is our policy?

Like those who are disappointed with Barack Obama’s domestic policies, critics of his foreign policy may be ignoring the fact that you cannot know whether someone is failing or succeeding without knowing what he is trying to do.

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