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“Spin doesn’t work. Spin is less than honest. Spinning in one direction usually causes things to turn in the opposite direction. Spin is what you call it when elected officials, public relations professionals and newsmakers try to control what the public reads.”
Source: Henry Daily Herald

County uses ‘we’ve always done it this way’ to justify action
“Chatham County commissioners and other officials have a unique way of justifying the fact they didn’t tell anyone — other than themselves — that they were going to vote on members of the Chatham Area Transit Board of Directors on June 28. It boils down to ‘we’ve always done it this way.’”
Source: Savannah Morning News

Cartoon: Mark Streeter — Rub-a-dub-dub
Source: Savannah Morning News

• Clay Bennett: Freedom of choice
Source: Rome News-Tribune 

• Mike Luckovich: The results are in
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Slow down and get it right
“Something about the local solicitor’s comments on the River Watch Parkway speeding ticket debacle didn’t sit well with us. But we weren’t sure what it was.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Richard Hyatt: Muscogee County schools superintendent finalist Lewis was ‘looking for THE job – not A job’
“When David and Karen Lewis visited the school district headquarters in June they told people in the building they were thinking about moving here and wanted to learn as much as they could about local schools.”
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Charlie Harper: Matters of life and death
“On Monday, July 15, Warren Hill is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic State Prison in Jackson. Mr. Hill has seen execution dates come and go as is often the custom in death penalty cases. Such appeals and stays of execution are part of the system of checks and balances required if the state is to use the ultimate punishment it can offer — the taking of a life.”
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Jim Thompson: Help us identify ‘franchise issue’
“Next month, Athens Banner-Herald Managing Editor Donnie Fetter and I will be in Jacksonville, Fla., (I’ll be interested in seeing what the city is like outside the Georgia-Florida college football weekend) for a meeting with other news and opinion editors from Morris Publishing Group newspapers.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Ed Grisamore: A wedding anniversary like no other
“More than 100 family members will gather this weekend to celebrate the anniversary of James Edwin Augustus and Amelia Arlena Darsey. The honorees will attend in spirit only.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

Seeking a judge to approve date smart move by board
“‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Bibb County residents (taking some liberties with Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland.’) But even Alice at the bottom of her Rabbit Hole would find Bibb County elections confusing as well as curious.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

Lee Ballard: MATS dysfunction necessitates rules, structure change
“The Telegraph’s June 25 Forest Hill Road report is yet another upsetting reminder of Macon-Bibb County’s transportation planning folly, the Macon Area Transportation Study’s autocratic record. The sordid funding history for Forest Hill Road and its courtroom drama aftermath caps a long-standing citizen versus officialdom battle that quite possibly could have been avoided had better decisions been made.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

Sonny Harmon: This old house
“I usually don’t watch infomercials, but the Debbie Boone Lifestyle Lift has definitely gotten my attention. If I thought we could do to the inside of this house what she does to the outside of peoples’ faces, I’d try it.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

The Franklin Road bond vote: Council should send strong signal 
“The Marietta City Council did the right thing last month when it voted to schedule a $35 million bond referendum for November, with the proceeds to be used to jumpstart redevelopment along the problem-plagued Franklin Road corridor.”
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Don McKee: Majority of Americans say government lacks ‘consent of governed’
“How ironic that even as Egyptians are in revolt against their government, only one fourth of Americans believe the federal government has “the consent of the governed” as the Declaration of Independence puts it.”
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Todd Cline: Wrestling buddies on the road again
“It all starts Wednesday morning with a coin flip. After that, all bets are off. Just two guys on the road, going wherever the day takes them.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

‘Zero option’ deserves serious consideration
“Whether this is a high-stakes game of political chicken remains to be seen, but it appears U.S. officials are at least considering pulling all American troops out of Afghanistan by the end of next year.”
Source: Albany Herald

Carlton Fletcher: Proselytizing via a Downward-Facing Dog
“I laughed first when I read the story last week about the parents in Encinitas, Calif., who would not let their kids participate in physical education classes in which yoga was being taught.”
Source: Albany Herald

Loaded guns and children a dangerous mix
“The accidental shooting of a 10-year-old girl Sunday in the parking lot of a business in the city is a stark reminder why loaded guns and children are a dangerous combination.”
Source: Brunswick News

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