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Friday 08/08/2014
Letter to the Editor: Chuck Morris thanks voters, volunteers
Posted: August 08, 2014

I am writing to thank the citizens of Polk and Haralson counties for their participation in our election and to congratulate the Honorable Meng Lim, our next Superior Court Judge, on his hard-earned victory. I look forward to trying cases before Judge Lim. He has demonstrated a tremendous work ethic throughout the campaign, and I am certain that this will be reflected in his service and devotion to his judicial office.

Thursday 08/07/2014
Column: Why is the government so afraid of the internet?
Posted: August 07, 2014

It is the right and the responsibility of American citizens to keep our government in check. The constitution and the bill of rights were written to limit the power of a centralized government, to keep it from becoming a distant, power-hungry, authoritarian regime like the one the colonists fought against in 1776.

Wednesday 08/06/2014
Column: A century-old war that changed the world
Posted: August 06, 2014

I love to read about history. Whether it be Shelby Foote’s three-volume doorstop on the history of the Civil War, or Charles C. Mann’s two books on North America and the world prior to and after Columbus sailed blindly onto the shores of Hispanola (“1491” and “1493”,) I soak up every topic. My brain is a dry sponge being held under the faucet.

Wednesday 07/30/2014
Column: Want to reduce stress? Find a purpose in life
Posted: July 30, 2014

On the way to work this past Monday morning, I was listening to NPR for lack of an audiobook I haven’t heard a million times, and listened to an interesting story.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
Column: Marketing matters for Polk’s future
Posted: July 23, 2014

When I was still young, probably around five or six years old, my dad decided to get the family a pot bellied pig. So after some brief searching, my dad came across a lady that had a brand new litter of piglets looking for owners.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
Let’s tackle the blight, together
Posted: July 16, 2014

I’ve been working in Polk County long enough to learn one thing: everything happens here at a much slower pace than I’ve become accustomed.

Wednesday 07/09/2014
Column: How I write
Posted: July 09, 2014

It’s summertime, and with a long week of events having come and gone, I find myself staring at a computer screen and wondering “Well, Kevin, what are we going to write about in the paper this week?”

Thursday 07/03/2014
Letter to the Editor: Remembering Sun Valley
Posted: July 03, 2014

Editor’s note: The following letter came attached with a brief and interesting note from the author, which I have also chosen to share.

Wednesday 07/02/2014
Column: An ode to fireworks
Posted: July 02, 2014

I love a good fireworks show.

Friday 06/27/2014
Column: All Americans are responsible for situation in Iraq
Posted: June 27, 2014

“The fault, Dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” – Cassius, Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

Thursday 06/19/2014
Deal calls Carter opportunist on education budget
Posted: June 19, 2014

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal denied Thursday he boosted education spending in the new state budget to win votes in his re-election as Sen. Jason Carter charges.

Friday 06/13/2014
Column: Great phone, but at what costst?
Posted: June 13, 2014

I have two dogs, E.B. and Writer. E.B., a dachshund-chihuahua mix, is the snuggle-friendly, calm pup of the duo. Writer, well… his puppy stage will last for some time to come. He chews, knocks over and breaks something routinely.

Thursday 06/12/2014
Column: Cops should reconsider use of no-knock warrants on drug raids
Posted: June 12, 2014

It’s 3 a.m. and a family is asleep when an intruder breaks through a door and throws an explosive device into a portable play-pen where a baby is sleeping. The terrified and disoriented family have guns pointed in their faces. A child screams in pain from the burns on his face and the wound that left him gasping for air. The family is unable to call police for help, because the police are the ones who smashed in their door and threw the flash-bang grenade that injured the child.

Thursday 06/05/2014
Column: The importance of summer vacation
Posted: June 05, 2014

Remember in school when teachers asked us what we did over summer vacations? I always had great stories, because I was born with a sense of wanderlust.

Wednesday 05/21/2014
Column: Advice for Polk's younger voters
Posted: May 21, 2014

Graduation season is upon us, Polk County, and I’m reminded of it at almost every turn.

Sunday 05/18/2014
Column: If I had $1 million dollars
Posted: May 18, 2014

I have a song stuck in my head as I sit down to write my weekly column here before deadline. It’s a Barenaked Ladies song titled “If I had a Million Dollars,” and I have it stuck in my head for a good reason: I wish I did.

Friday 05/16/2014
Letter to the Editor: Consider SPLOST before voting
Updated: May 16, 2014 - 12:36 pm

UPDATE: A paragraph of this editorial was corrected at 12:35 p.m.

Wednesday 03/19/2014
Residents celebrating Red Cross Month with blood drive
Posted: March 19, 2014

March is American Red Cross Month and Tuesday was an example of the reason donors are often called everyday heroes.

Tuesday 03/18/2014
Washington Post Editorial: Gun-happy Ga. lawmakers put public safety at risk
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 12:11 pm

THE NATIONAL Rifle Association calls it “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation in recent state history.” That’s true, sad to say.

Monday 06/17/2013
Are more laws the solution?
Posted: June 17, 2013

The pendulum of power that governs American politics continues to teeter towards an unhealthy balance of power that, if left unchecked, could result in the mistaken belief that an enormous amount of bureaucratic power is the answer to society’s ills.

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