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Mattison: Fireworks and freedom

Before long, we will fire up our grills, display our flag and celebrate Independence Day. This is a day off from work and the sun is hot. Family and friends are coming over…so let’s party. We have made our journey to another state to purchase fireworks and July the 4th is here…but how did we get here and most of all, where are we going?

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Terrell: Atlanta searching for new identity

It’s interesting to watch Atlanta’s attempt to politically try to be one of the “big boys”; i.e. New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston and so on.

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Evans: Appreciating Father’s Day

I was riding by the parking lot at Winder-Barrow High School the other afternoon and I saw a man standing outside of a truck.  There were orange cones formed in a rectangle and there was a young girl sitting in that truck with the window down.  My assumption was that her Daddy was the one outside of the truck and he was coaching her on parallel parking.  That brought back some memories.

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Mattison: Restoration from within

The United States Capitol Building Dome is receiving a face lift. If you have been to Washington D.C. lately or watched the news, you would have seen our capitol building has been encapsulated with scaffolding. The AOC (Architect of the Capitol) is in charge of this restoration project.

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Becoming an orphan later in life

No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan. It feels oddly like a ship that has been securely moored in a harbor but then is set free to drift without anchor. There is even a point when you feel you are without rudder.

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Terrell: Finally admitting I’m a hoarder

I won’t ever make TLC or the big time movie lights, but I have come to accept the fact I’m a hoarder.

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Mattison: The Uncivil War

The event that may occur tomorrow is known by no man. When the Mayflower set sail to the new world, the people on board had hope for a new life. Little did they know about the harsh challenges and battles that awaited. How could they have predicted that a little over 80 years after our Declaration of Independence people in this new world would turn on each other?

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Mattison: Let the be music

All of us probably have many favorite songs, some meaning more to us than others. Amazing Grace, written by a former slave ship captain, John Newton is at the top of my list. From Genesis to Revelations music is mentioned in the Bible. From Africa to Alabama, music plays an important role in our lives…it penetrates our soul.

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Power Evans: Finding my dream house ­— and belief

Do you remember where you were or how you figured out that there was no Santa Claus?  I do very vividly. I was a Barbie Doll junkie. So much that I even knew the other night on the show “500 Questions” that her middle name was Millicent. Anyway, I don’t specifically remember how old I was but I do remember that we were in the house on Broad Street. The Barbie Dream House had come out that season and I had to have it. Like, I’m sure that I would have died had I not gotten it.  Possession ...

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Smith: Pains of socialized medicine

It has long been fashionable to cuss the government, government programs and everybody and everything in Washington from pay raises to the bureaucracy to Supreme Court decisions.

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Rich: Hollywood gets it wrong ... yet again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman. She snored and I read, enjoying every delicious moment of a wonderful biography on Jackie Kennedy.

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Mattison: The ultimate transfer

One of my favorite poems, "God Moves in Mysterious Ways" was written in 1773 by William Cowper.

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Mattison: A Dolley Dollar

There have been discussions recently regarding a woman on our paper currency. It’s a great idea and I think it is about time. If it was not for a woman, I would not be here and come to think about it…you would not be here either. Women are the backbone and the soul of our nation. Most of all, they are the compass for the family unit. The role they have played in the building of our nation can never be measured.

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Mattison: Served with honor

Some stories we read are true and some are fictional. Then there are some that are a little of both. This is a story about a man that…’Served with Honor’

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Burgamy: Missing Mama

The ground lies fallow, undisturbed, a telling outward sign that she is gone. The hole in my heart is not visible.

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Mattison: Black and white

One morning a doctor examines a middle aged man with a serious heart condition. After the examination the doctor tells the patient’s wife that a delicate operation is needed. He assures her that he would use all of his skills to save her husband's life. The doctor then warns her that even with his medical knowledge, her husband could die…that medicine is not an exact science and everything in medicine, like life is not… ‘Black and White’.

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Taylor: In the age of complex questions

It takes you off guard when you realize that your child is truly comprehending pretty much everything they see and hear.

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