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Growing up in the early years of Major League Baseball in Atlanta, the sport was so easy to love. Teams had pitchers who could go the whole nine innings, hitters who could bunt and steal bases, and managers who could fire up an entire stadium by getting in the umpire’s face.

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It was the worst of times, it was the most dangerous of times. Violent crime is at or approaching 50-year highs in large population centers all across the United States. What is, however, making a difference is how each of those cities chooses to respond to the crime surge. 

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There will be a time that the city of Atlanta stretches all the way from Blue Ridge to the Okefenokee. I’d give it a few years. All the farms will be gone. All the farmhouses demolished, replaced with stucco McMansions built over the course of a week.

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Strong opinions begat strong reactions. I recently begatted a strong opinion about Republican gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones and he begatted a strong reaction right back at me. Good for him. Many intrepid public servants poked by my stiletto do one of two things: They sulk or ignore me, hoping I will be abducted by space aliens and transported to some distant hostile planet or to Detroit City, whichever will be most unpleasant. (I’m guessing Detroit City.)

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From the moment that George Elliott stopped in for a bite at the Dawsonville Pool Room in the mid-1970s and told the joint’s owner, Gordon Pirkle, that the Elliott family was going to take a run at NASCAR, Pirkle was fully on board.

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By any standard, Zaila Avant-garde is a remarkable 14-year-old girl with a positive and compelling outlook on life.

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Each week the Associated Press publishes “Not Real News: A Look at What Didn’t Happen Last Week.” It is a collection of fake news, most of which has been shared online. The stories usually include quotes taken out of context, photoshopped images, and doctored audio.

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Retirement plans warn of a "penalty for early withdrawal." Might that also apply to the withdrawal of American and NATO forces from Afghanistan?

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The traditional signs of a toxic in-person culture are fairly obvious: long faces, snide remarks, groups of people huddled around the water cooler, who immediately stop speaking when the boss walks in.

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Twenty-five years ago this week, Bill Clinton was winding up his first term as president and trying to remember if he knew someone named Monica Lewinsky. Newt Gingrich was riding high as U.S. Speaker of the House. The Atlanta Braves were in the process of winning the National League Championship. (They would lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series.) Braveheart was the Picture of the Year. ER was the top-rated television series.

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I have declared this The Summer of Joy, even though I have no legal authority to do so. I am merely comparing this summer to the last one. We are smiling again. We are taking vacations, and we are going to church, ball games, and concerts. Optimism is in full bloom.

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An extended eviction and foreclosure moratorium, put in place by the CDC during this lengthy pandemic will expire on July 31. The scope of pending rental evictions and foreclosures for non-payment of lease/rent and mortgage payments is unprecedented.

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Most of us recall as children getting into a dispute with another kid and then blaming him for starting a fight. When Mom approached you said, "He hit me first." The other kid denies it and accuses you of hitting him first.

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Webster’s Dictionary defines a hero as, “A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.” With Noah Webster’s concurrence I would add, “and doesn’t talk about it.”

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Books and articles -- scientific as well as theological -- have been written on human nature. Still, most people don't understand it, or refuse to learn from it, or worse, play to its dark side.

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As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal. Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies are finally happening in person. Sporting events have fans in the stands, airports are busy, and we…

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All politicians tell lies, but the Biden-Harris administration is taking lies to a new level. They now want us to disbelieve what we can see.

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The number of U.S. national holidays tends to matter more to those of us who meet and make payrolls and citizens who routinely find it more and more difficult actually reaching a human being when dealing with a local, state or federal government agency or bureaucracy.

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I have declared war on rude people. Some may consider it an unwinnable war, but so far, I am pleased with the results. My world is small, making it easy to control.

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With the creation of June 19th ("Juneteenth") as a federal holiday, Democrats have one more claim to be the party of civil rights and equal opportunity for African Americans, though most Republicans also voted for the holiday. That claim has been promoted for decades by a compliant media, academia and high-profile politicians, but the facts say otherwise.

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There is a Kodak photo in an old scrapbook which I found buried in my office closet. It made me do some thinking.

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Need to learn how to unclog a shower drain, jump-start a car, shave your face without bleeding to death or successfully address dozens of other practical adult daily activities?

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A New Jersey school district has voted to eliminate "the names of all religious and secular holidays from the school calendar ... opting for the more generic description 'Day Off.'" You can guess the reason. They used those increasingly popular words -- "inclusive" and "equitable."

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On a rolling hillside, overlooking the Potomac River and in the distance the great Mall of Monuments, the U.S. Capitol, and even the White House lie more than 1,100 acres of some of the most hallowed and consecrated grounds in these United States, Arlington National Cemetery.

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Cover-ups of sexual misconduct, allegations of racism and intimidation of those who wish to speak their minds but can't for fear of losing their jobs. It sounds like the dysfunctional ways of the world, doesn't it?

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I must confess that as smart as I am, there are a few things in this world I do not understand, such as the unsolved problem in fundamental physics as to whether gravity and the quantum can be made to coexist within the same theory. Egyptian hieroglyphics are a bit challenging for me as are the rules for the Tajikistan sport of buzkashi, which is similar to polo but involves hitting a goat carcass instead of a ball.

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In an era of political correctness, virtue signaling and woke-ness, wisdom is in such short supply that when discovered it stands out like a beacon in a storm.

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Oh, how our lives have changed during the past thirty years. We’ve had great medical advances. Once-fatal diseases are being cured, and hope exists where once there was none.

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