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I read with mixed emotions the front-page article in the July 4 issue of the Catoosa County News reporting the protest by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) against a prayer as part of the recent Ringgold High School graduation ceremony.

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It should be obvious to anyone concerned with our Republic’s long-term sustainability that we need to completely rewrite our laws governing immigrants seeking admission to our country. And this is no recent problem.

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Is McLemore Cove Preservation Society the villain as described recently by the Walker County Commissioner or is it a group of people trying to do good for the County? This article takes a closer look at this organization and its impact on the community.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently defended the separation of illegal immigrant children from their parents at the border by invoking a statement from the 13th Chapter of the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Here Paul declares all government authority is appointed by God and should…

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In anticipation of the passage of Lyndon Johnson’s civil and voting rights acts in 1964, South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond defected to the Republican Party. He was soon followed by the other Southern senators and the formerly Democratic “Solid South” quickly became solidly Republican.

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A while back I suggested a third party might unclog our gridlocked political machinery. But on second thought that would probably take too long and probably wouldn’t work anyway.

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Impeach Trump? Who’s kidding whom? That’s the last thing in the world we should want to do. Donald Trump is merely a superficial symptom of what’s gone wrong with this country. He's an effect, not a cause. Impeachment would only give Mike Spence and the Tea Party conspiracy a blank check to …

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Many in the conservative community today still contend that World War II, not Roosevelt’s New Deal, brought us out of the Great Depression. But like so much other right-wing mythology, this has little basis in fact.

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We are attaching far more importance to Vladimir Putin and Russia’s supposed military potential than the facts warrant. Example: Putin recently threatened to shoot down any U.S./NATO missiles launched against Syria’s chemical warfare installations and research facilities. But we recently lau…

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In my almost 87 years, by the math I have been to the grocery store at least 6,550 times. Yet I have never witnessed the proverbial "welfare mom" whom everybody else claims to see with her two baskets of groceries, mostly junk food, for which she pays with food stamps. She then tips the carr…

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Ever wonder why no matter whom we send to Washington we get the same results consistently favoring large corporations and the wealthy elite to the detriment of the public interest? The power of corporate lobbyists has become so pervasive that it overwhelms all countervailing forces. How did …

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For those who remember, George W. Bush attempted to scare us into agreeing to privatize a portion of Social Security by telling us the trust fund was "going busted." But imagine that you were retired in 2006 when the Bush Recession was in full swing and you had to rely mainly on the securiti…

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Many Americans are probably still wondering how Donald Trump was elected when most polls showed his approval rating on election day was less than 50 percent. This must mean that some people voted for a candidate of whom they disapproved. I guess they must have disapproved of Hillary even more.

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Many in the post-Civil War North attributed the Confederacy’s early victories to the Southerners’ greater experience in shooting, riding and living off the land. For this reason, in 1871 two Union Civil War veterans organized the National Rifle Association to improve the marksmanship and gun…

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I’ve written on this subject before, but I think it bears restating. Many Americans today think we have somehow replaced the Children of Israel as God’s chosen people and occupy a special place in the human community. This is called "the Myth of American Exceptionalism." But when viewed hist…

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If there is anything the American conservative establishment can’t stand it is comparison of our own results with those of other developed nations. The reason? Because in many areas such as standard of living, quality of life, world happiness scale, medical care quality, cost and availabilit…

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In his latest budget harangue President Trump insisted on increased military spending to "catch us up with our adversaries," insinuating we are falling behind China and Russia militarily. As in his other rants and misinformation binges, where is he getting this stuff? Talk about fake news? Wow!

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Many things have occurred over the past few decades that have disturbed me to no end, including the current disarrayed situation in the executive branch of our federal government. But I have faith that our institutions are basically sound, will eventually prevail, and we will overcome the pr…

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When viewed in the context of our history, the beautiful heart-felt words of poet Emma Lazarus engraved by the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses," say more about our surface idealism than our real feelings as a nation.

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Some time back I wrote a column lamenting the fact that many Christian denominations were losing members, at least in North America and Europe. These losses, while not yet of alarming proportions, are nevertheless real and growing. Some comfort can be derived from growth of Mormon and variou…

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One of the most incisive commentaries on Donald Trump's personal style involves his rather loose association with reality. In other words, our president often neither knows where he is going nor from where he is coming.

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With all of the noise coming out of Washington about health care policy these days, it is understandable if you missed another health care-related fight going on right now that impacts more than 40 million Americans. It is the fight to protect contact lens consumer rights – and Georgia Congr…

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Since the beginning of the Reagan era the Republicans have been telling us their unbalanced tax cuts biased toward corporations and high-income individuals will eventually wind up paying for themselves by stimulating more economic activity and thereby increasing taxable income. Sound plausib…

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Almost without it being realized, American religious thought, belief and commitment have undergone significant changes in the past half century. This trend is paralleled by an increasing unwillingness to share in our nation’s burdens and benefits, such as serving in the military, paying one’…

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Muslims and Jews have always fought and always will, right? As with so much other "common knowledge," this is simply not true. Jews, along with Christians, are considered members of the Abrahamic faith by the Quran and Muslims are instructed to treat them with respect. Muslims, of course, co…

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During the 1968 presidential campaign over 2000 mental health professionals (many with thinly-disguised political motives, I might add) declared Senator Barry Goldwater to be psychologically unfit to serve as president. Goldwater sued and won.

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Tax reform? Absolutely! I’m all for it, especially business and corporate taxes. Our corporate tax structure is by far the worlds most complex, confusing, easily evaded and unfair of any system on the globe.

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The religious landscape of the Northwest Georgia area in which we live can best be described as predominantly evangelical fundamentalist Protestant. While there is a small number of atheists, agnostics and those expressing non-specific spiritual beliefs living here, we have relatively few re…

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Needless to say I was both shocked and appalled by the results of the 2016 presidential election. Could this be the American version of a trend in European politics based on the compelling urge to "throw the rascals out?" And was Donald Trump’s election a one-time deviation or the beginning …

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For better or for worse, America is today, and has been throughout most of its history, the world’s melting pot. But there is now some indication that without realizing it we are fast becoming an unmanageable polyglot nation of multiple ethnic backgrounds and cultures, starting with language.

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Activists on one side of the Confederate statue controversy have suggested that if memorials to Confederate Generals Lee, Jackson and Forrest should come down, those to Washington, Jefferson, Madison and other national heroes should also be removed. After all, didn’t they own slaves too? Yes…

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The largest single bloc of American voters today is the "League of Non Voters." In the 2016 presidential election over ninety million eligible voters failed to show up at the polls.

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Although the First Amendment of our constitution clearly states that Congress shall pass no laws recognizing the establishment of religion, certain individuals still insist that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. I would like to know from where they get this idea; certainly…

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A nation originally founded on a tax revolt, if there is anything that defines the American political psyche today it is the fact that we do not like to pay taxes, any taxes. Instead of "No taxation without representation" in 1776, the Colonists probably meant "no taxation, damn it!" And whi…

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We continually hear warnings from the conservative community to the effect that our potential enemies, namely China, Russia and the Muslim Middle East, are getting ahead of us militarily while we have been sitting here doing nothing under Democratic administrations. From where do they get th…

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In 1860 there was no threat by Abraham Lincoln to interfere with the institution of slavery in states where it already existed. But the southern plantation aristocracy saw his opposition to the spread of slavery into the territories as a threat to their historic domination of all three branc…

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Right-wing ideologues love to call government- run programs such as Social Security, Medicare and sometimes even public education "creeping socialism." And they often go unchallenged because few people bother to find out what socialism actually is. Socialism is government ownership and contr…

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The old science-vs-religion argument continues. If viewed rationally by both sides there should be little conflict. Most differences are largely emotion-based and neither side is really interested in what the other has to say anyway. But there is one overriding belief that explains the creat…

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India’s political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. led unprecedented non-violent movements to gain freedom for their people. But non-violence was not their only strategy and may not have been their most effective one. Both leaders were riding tides of poli…

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Poet Emma Lazarus’s heartfelt words inscribed near the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses . . ." rather inaccurately and hypocritically portrays American attitudes toward immigrants throughout most of our history. We have welcomed foreigners to our shores …

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As have previously noted, the United States has the highest medical costs in the world, almost twice as high as the next highest developed nation, France. But conservatives tell us we get the world’s best health service for those high dollars. But do we? The World Health Organization, measur…

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