News for Saturday, November 19, 2005

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Unhappy holidays again - Ed Brock

I could almost boycott Wal-Mart now.

Jessie Davis Ball

Jessie Davis Ball, 84, passed away Thursday at the home of her daughter, Jewell McKinney, following an extended illness.

James Rayford “Jim” Amos

Mr. James Rayford “Jim” Amos, age 54, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005 at Piedmont Hospital. Jim was born Sept. 5, 1951 in Futon County to the late William Ford and Annie Lee Walker Amos.

Bad service is the customer's fault - Rob Felt

Have you received any bad customer service lately? Yes? It's your own fault.

Jeannette Harper

Mrs. Jeannette Harper, 76, of Jonesboro, passed away Nov. 18, 2005. She was a homemaker.

Firefighter alleges physical hazing

From staff reports

Charities may face 'giving fatigue'

By Justin Boron

Travelers hope for less traffic with their turkey

By Michael Davis

Walt Stephens Bridge opens following repairs

By Paul Frysh

On technology and shopping malls - Michael Davis

It used to be that I could answer many of my dad's technical questions – on computers, anyway.

On being all grown up - Heather Middleton

Sometimes it can be difficult to remember your little sister and brother have grown up just as you have and they don't need 'mothering' anymore.

Lady Lakers poised to defend PBC title

By Brian Howard

Where is winter? - Justin Boron

A couple of weeks ago, I shut my windows tight, threw an extra blanket on the bed, and even went a few days where the temperature held me under the covers or in the shower for a little longer than usual.

Ida Calhoun McDermid Ozburn

Ida Calhoun McDermid Ozburn, age 77, of Newnan, formerly of Riverdale, passed away, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005.

Letters to the Editor

No legitimate reason to go to war

It is becoming clearer and clearer to Americans that President Bush and his group manipulated intelligence and misled us on the Iraqi invasion.

When any agency or expert would doubt certain claims of WMD that Iraq had, Bush and Vice President Cheney would disregard it and even sent then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to the U.N. with pictures of trucks that could have been some kind of lab that made secret chemicals for warheads. What a bunch of baloney.

We had inspectors on the ground in Iraq at that time looking, and they couldn't find anything. We had spy satellites parked overhead that can read a license plate from space and we could fly spy planes at will 24 hours a day and none of these picked up any WMD.

Yet Bush used this as his reason to invade Iraq. When the troops couldn't find anything, he tried to tie Hussein to the terrorist of 9/11, and when that was disproved, he said Hussein was a bad man and that is why we invaded them.

If our intelligence is that bad, a drunk staggering down the street knows more about what the other guys have than the CIA, and I can't believe that. Why wouldn't people suspect Bush of going to war knowing Iraq was no threat? Americans gave him the benefit of the doubt and thousands have been killed and injured because of it.

Congress gave him the benefit of the doubt and gave him authority without the long process of going over all intelligence piece by piece because Bush was in a hurry. Bush and Cheney even had a group of top advisers set up to sell this war to the public. Why do you need to sell an invasion of another country if you have a legitimate reason? If you look back at the evidence for this war, there was no good reason for it, just a lot of hype from Bush and his guys trying to sell it to us.

- Terry Gilbreath

Suwanee

Let's finish the job we've started

George Morin's letter ("Government should be held accountable for actions in Iraq," To the Editor, Nov. 15) is more regurgitation of the Democratic Party line.

Democrats love to use the word "quagmire" whenever possible to denigrate the Republicans and particularly President Bush. The definition of a quagmire is "a difficult or inextricable position" and that doesn't fit, by any stretch of the imagination, of our position in Iraq.

We can cut and run, as some advocate in this country, or we can support our troops and finish the job we've committed to. The Democrats on the Hill have lost not only their memory but also their backbone. They would like to rewrite history concerning their initial involvement in the months preceding the invasion of Iraq. They saw the same information from the intelligence community as the president and they came to the same conclusion. With the 2006 election looming in their future, they are scrambling to save their behinds. If this isn't a good case for term limits, then I don't know what would be.

Letter to the Editor

November 14, 2005

Two more pleas expected in 4-year-old's killing

By Ed Brock

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Slating awards for less than deserving drivers - Jeffery Whitfield

Nothing creeps up faster than headlights bearing down upon the rear bumper of your car in the nighttime air.

Candy from strangers - Paul Frysh

Midnight Berry, Warm Winter Toffee, Twista Lime, Mintrigue, Mocha Taboo, Mandarin Mint.

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Police raid nets drugs, vehicles

By Ed Brock

A redneck listens to a little classical music - Bob Paslay

Ho-Ho-Ho. Fooled you. You probably thought with the holidays so close I was going to write one of those sappy Walton family Thanksgiving or Christmas stories about how we went out and stalked the turkey and sat around the dining room table singing Thanksgiving songs.