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Community policing, or community-oriented policing, is a strategy of policing that focuses on building ties and working closely with members of the communities. The main idea is to create trust and partnership between police and the public.

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As I write this, it has been 113 days since the first COVID-19 case was identified in my home county. Within an hour, the school system announced schools would be closed for two weeks in order to give classrooms a thorough scrubbing. Little did we know.

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I’m getting a whole-house attic fan installed this week – just like the one my father had installed in my childhood home – and I cannot wait to cool my house using his old-time methods.

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From time to time I like to play golf. I play golf badly, most of the time. Even though Mark Twain once called golf “a good walk spoiled,” I still like to play. And I ride in a cart. I don’t walk.

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Of all the fraught topics I’ve tackled over the years, this is the one most likely to make enemies. People in the South don’t get as upset about politics as they do when they think you’re criticizing their college football team.

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As the economy starts to reopen, companies face a delicate question: how can they sell — which is essential to their survival — but do it in a way that isn’t perceived as desperate or off-putting?

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While doing some research on an upcoming book project, I was looking through some 1930s era newspapers. One theater proudly advertised, Coming Distractions! I don’t know if that was a typo, or if they were indeed offering people distractions from the Great Depression.

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President Trump's speech Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a toxic stream of consciousness that ignored a great opportunity to speak words of healing and unity to a divided nation.

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Here’s a good starting point: Why don’t we work harder to fully understand each other’s unique experiences and difficulties – so we may finally solve America’s 400-year racial dilemma.

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Of all the annoying things I’ve encountered during this pan-panic — and there have been many — the most annoying are those notices on the doors of businesses and other establishments proclaiming piously, “Your safety is our first priority!”

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Here’s a good starting point: Why don’t we work harder to fully understand each other’s unique experiences and difficulties – so we may finally solve America’s 400-year racial dilemma.

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There has been a national conversation stirring the hearts of Americans these past few weeks. Recent violent acts upon black citizens have created a national conversation impacting communities across the country.

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These thoughts on the current upheaval in our country come courtesy of an unusual array of sources: The late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy; Larry Savage, a candidate for chairman of the Cobb County Commission; and Hayden, Cayden and Jamaya (more on them later).

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Like many of you, I have worked from home for the past three months, and it has given me a chance to familiarize myself with my new surroundings. It turns out that this place I’ve slept and watched ballgames on weekends for 30 years needed a few repairs.

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My column last week on a radio commentary by the late Paul Harvey drew a lot of reader response from across the state, all of it positive. As you will recall if you saw the column, some 55 years ago Harvey penned a piece entitled, “If I Were the Devil,’ that was frighteningly prescient.

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“Late at night when it’s hard to rest/I hold your picture to my chest/and I feel fine, I feel fine/But it’s a rainy night in Georgia …” – written by Tony Joe White and performed by Brook Benton.

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