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RICH: Memories of hope and Easter

Celebrate Easter for the promise of hope it brings.

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MCLEOD: Why I taught my daughters how to be ambassadors in the fifth grade

World travel enlarges people. It’s a big wide world, the more you see of it, the more you appreciate it.

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JENKINS: Why complain about taxes when they’re put to such good use?

I’ve always believed that, if we ever want to reform Washington, we have to end automatic withholding. If every family in America had to write a check to the federal government every April, 90 percent of the nonsense going on in the nation’s capital would end overnight.

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LARSON: Every day is Earth Day at Hamilton Mill Library

When my friend Nancy Rowland insisted I see the Hamilton Mill Library, I had no idea what would make this library any nicer than the rest. It took only seconds to realize that not only was this place a work of esthetics, but a work of environmental genius as well.

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JENKINS: Teacher evaluations and the law of unintended consequences

Recently, in a move welcomed by Republican legislators, the Republican-dominated State Board of Education instituted a new, “tougher” teacher evaluation linked to “student performance” (read: scores on standardized tests) that they imagine will “create better schools.”

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LARSON: Gwinnett Library finds time to rhyme

In recognition of National Poetry Month, I thought I’d ask our Gwinnett librarians about which poetry books particularly touched them.

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RICH: A lifetime of bad decisions

When I have a decision to make that I am not well equipped for, I call someone who is smarter and has more experience. When someone wiser than I makes a recommendation, I take it. If it goes against what I want to do, I get a second opinion.

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MCLEOD: Why we trust strangers, but not people we know

We humans have cast our lot together. Trusting each other is the only way we’re going to get anything done.

LARSON: Guiding adolescents away from alcohol

To help educate the public on this issue, Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash has proclaimed April Alcohol Awareness Month.

MCLEOD: Why we wish away happiness

Your life is a series of moments. You can enjoy them, or you can wish them away. It’s your choice.

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JENKINS: Trying to put grandparenthood into words

I have to say, even based on my limited experience, being a grandparent is at least as good: all the joy and wonder of parenthood, without some of the hassles. And if that explanation doesn’t help you understand — well, it’s the best I can do with the words I have.

RICH: A salute to all homemakers

In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with being called homemaker. In fact, I think it’s one of the most beautiful words in the America language.

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LARSON: Using column to calculate what counts

I’ve written about a lot of worthwhile things over the years, but highlighting Gwinnett volunteers is always at the top of my list.

JENKINS: Debunking some common myths about Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is one of those things that sounds almost too good to be true — except, of course, that it is true. And yet it might just be the best-kept secret in America.

JENKINS: Going to college is still worth it, if you play it smart

Going to university is still worth it, if you play it smart

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