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CEPEDA: The reason for dress codes

Rarely does a day go by that I’m not grateful I no longer have to deal with the pain of enforcing dress codes in public schools.

THOMAS: ISIS, Ebola — Americans can handle the truth

Sometimes it seems the priority of our elected officials and experts is self-protection rather than the protection of the public, which they are supposed to serve. We only know what they tell us. We presume they have access to accurate information, but we only get their version of the truth.

CLINE: Central High looking for community partners with move to Academy concept

Central Gwinnett High School is one of five schools — along with Lanier, Shiloh, South Gwinnett and Meadowcreek — in the county to adopt the College and Career Academy concept.

RAMPELL: The flat line on pay raises

Why haven’t you gotten a raise?

YARBROUGH: Dooley's players need to ensure stadium will carry coach's legacy

Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley’s first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more — much more — needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

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HUCKABY: Wake me up when the baseball playoffs are over

I hate to have to admit this, but I cannot watch playoff baseball anymore. Not a whole game. I just can’t. I hate to admit this — and this is coming from a person’s whose oldest sports memory is of Yogi Berra jumping astride Don Larson after the last strike in the only perfect game in World Series history — but I find the games terribly tedious and terribly boring.

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KRAUTHAMMER: The real reason winning the Senate matters

Memo to the GOP: Win the Senate, then enact an agenda and dare the president to veto it. Show the country what you stand for. Then take it to the nation in 2016.

MCCULLOUGH: White House security issue needs to be fixed soon

White House security issue needs to be fixed soon

MURPHY: Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta Strategic Leadership team visit greater Miami

For the ninth year, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce led a group of community leaders on an educational visit to learn successful methods and best practices from a community that resembles Gwinnett and the Metro Atlanta region. This year, we went to the Greater Miami area to study Miami-Dade, Broward County, and Greater Fort Lauderdale.

ROBINSON: Secure the people’s house

Put a taller fence around the White House complex and lock the doors. Then get rid of the dry rot in the Secret Service bureaucracy, restore staffing to reasonable levels, adopt the latest technology and develop new protocols to replace the ones that didn’t work. But don’t use the recent shocking lapses in presidential security as an excuse to further separate Americans from the symbols of their government.

PARKER: Whose war on women?

It isn’t possible to dissect the alleged war on women without mentioning abortion, since this is the entire content of the war as defined by savvy Democratic operatives. It was an effective strategy in 2012, aided quite a bit by some of the GOP’s lesser lights and looser tongues, not to mention good ol’ slut-talking Rush.

SOWELL: More random thoughts on random topics

The biggest issue in this fall’s election is whether the Obama administration will end when Barack Obama leaves the White House or whether it will continue on, by appointing federal judges with lifetime appointments who share President Obama’s contempt for the Constitution. Whether such judges will be confirmed by the Senate depends on whether the Senate continues to be controlled by Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.

CEPEDA: The token assessment

The inevitable result of affirmative action is contempt for those it is supposed to benefit.

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CLINE: That's the ticket; stubs provide look at past concerts (and costs)

As major acts go, the $71.50 ticket price for the Garth Brooks World Tour is a bargain. With that in mind, I wondered how much it cost the previous time I saw the country music star.

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THOMAS: Combating campus sexual assaults

College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, “The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. … One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker.”