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THOMAS: A 'Duck Dynasty' checklist

Outrage is the primary ingredient for political fundraising and political power. One must always have an enemy.

Happy New Year Clayton County

Editorial

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ROBINSON: A different choice for Person of the Year

I can’t think of any individual who had more influence in 2013. Edward Snowden is person of the year.

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THOMAS: 2013 marked the year of Big Brother

Freedom and security should not be contradictory, but complimentary. In an age of terrorism, this “devil” is really in the details.

Responding to Robinson

Letter to the Editor

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The first rule of events is to market yourself

It’s the first rule for any county, whether it’s Clayton County, Henry County or whatever county.

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ERICKSON: Speaker Boehner's crocodile tears

While conservatives and much of the rest of the country are scratching their heads over Speaker John Boehner’s temper tantrums this week, the Speaker is laying the ground work for his legacy — he will be the man who gets immigration reform through the House of Representatives.

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THOMAS: Culture of death continues

This is the problem when humanity does not accept an Authority higher than itself, an Authority that holds life, all life, however inconvenient, however tiresome, infinitely valuable. But if we consider ourselves nothing more than evolutionary accidents in an impersonal universe, then we are all potentially vulnerable, depending on the value assigned to us by the state.

Schools should be place for innocence, not guns

Editorial

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ROBINSON: The Republican mainstream strikes back

If the Republican Party really intends to get back in the game, voters will be presented with two competing visions of how to move the nation forward — instead of one vision and one cartoon. If the progressive vision is to prevail, it needs to be fresh, vivid and clearly relevant to the moment. Same-old, same-old used to be good enough. It’s not anymore.

Timing of Morrow bonuses suspect

Editorial

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The pressure of being a world traveler

There is one question I get asked a lot when I’m out covering and events, and it’s not what you suspect for a government reporter.

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SOWELL: Good books for Christmas

As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One of the ways of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps handle it, before you part with your hard-earned cash for it.

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THOMAS: Two Mandelas

Many violent revolutionaries became peacemakers once their oppressors were removed from power. Whether Mandela experienced a “conversion” after we met him, or simply adapted a more pragmatic path to his goals, I cannot say. Let us charitably assume the best about a man revered by many who ended an evil and gave his country an opportunity to build something better.

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ROBINSON: Drones morally questionable go-to weapon

In Afghanistan, it is hard to attempt a count because there is an actual war going on, with no agreement on who qualifies as a civilian. The Los Angeles Times wrote recently about a Sept. 7 drone strike in Kunar Province. U.S. officials told the paper that 11 people died, most of them Taliban fighters; grieving local residents, however, insisted that 14 civilians had been killed. When does a village cease being a village and become a “Taliban stronghold”? When we say so, apparently.