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Why one outstanding candidate won’t be running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for President of the United States in 2016.

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We all need to think about the planet

Many years ago, when I was raising my children, our family hosted an exchange student from Finland, named Marianne.

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Celebrate our Earth

Earth Day was first celebrated worldwide 45 years ago today. Now millions of people celebrate Earth Day around the world.

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Those doing good deserve recognition

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went.

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Things are not always what they seem

Although I have not seen the "Furious" film that features the late Paul Walker, I would guess that its box office success may be partially due to interest in how modern technology makes several stand-ins appear to be Walker himself.

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Columnist irked at being left off ‘Leaders’ list for second year

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World's Greatest Leaders for 2015 and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

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Wrapping up the 2015 Legislative Session

The Georgia General Assembly wrapped up another legislative session on April 2 ending a long week in which nearly 100 bills were heard on the Senate floor.

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UGA Class of 2019 will include some of state’s brightest students

If you are a high school senior hoping to attend The University of Georgia, the oldest-state chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, you have probably heard by now whether or not you have been accepted.

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Final week of session is upon us

We returned to the Gold Dome last week to resume business at the state Capitol.

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End of 2015 legislative session is near

Only two days remain in the 2015 legislative session.

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Education Reform Commission provides opportunity to improve public education

I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you.

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Some borrowed notes to make you smile

As I delete my forwarded emails, I often pick some to share in this column.

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Georgia’s transportation compromise

Addressing Georgia's critical transportation infrastructure need has been a priority for lawmakers under the Gold Dome throughout the 2015 legislative session.

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Thankful for a new line of Methodist ministers

I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it.

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Georgia’s children are top priority

The legislature reached day 30 of the legislative session on March 13.

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Deal’s Education Plan

Opportunity for every American is a value which we all hope for.

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Thanks to Speaker Ralston for service as lawyer/legislator

In these final weeks of the 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I would like to take this opportunity to offer appreciation, on behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, to Attorney and State House Speaker David Ralston, whose district reaches into Dawson, Fannin and Gilmer counties.

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Appreciating the value of ‘small’

As usual, there are many big news stories swirling around, many of which we can scarcely affect and many which do not affect us. So it really becomes the "little things" that determine our daily outlooks, attitudes and actions.

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Up against the Crossover deadline

The Georgia General Assembly will reach a significant deadline this week-Crossover Day.

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Will this be a better world because you and I were here?

Will this be a better world because you and I spent some time here? Can we really make a difference?

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Georgia capitol session at its half-way point

The 20th day, and half-way point, of the 2015 legislative session was Feb. 23.

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Lady Tigers should be proud

All of us in Dawson County are aware of the spectacular season the DCHS Lady Tigers' basketball team has had this year.

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You don’t know much about history? This test is for you

As you may have heard, some of our intrepid public servants under the Gold Dome are unhappy with the Advanced Placement U.S. History test and the College Board which administers the tests.

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Winter weather won’t slow the Senate down

Georgia was greeted on President's Day with frigid temperatures that lasted throughout the week.

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