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“The Georgia Department of Corrections should not end its investigation of the state’s Youth Detention Center in DeKalb County simply with the dismissal of the juvenile facility’s night staff. Three resigned as soon as the state investigation got underway and four others were terminated during or after the process.”
Source: Brunswick News 

The opposite of what we need

“U.S. Rep. John Barrow’s office didn’t like our editorial cartoon Sunday, which depicted his recent “furlough exemption” bill as largely an attempt to just make him look good.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Jim Thompson: Attorney General Olens makes right call on Jekyll Island
“First, a word of explanation as to why today’s installment of The Editor’s Desk concerns itself with an island 300 or so miles from Athens: For large numbers of native Georgians, and for many longtime residents, Jekyll Island likely is tied to memories of family vacations, Georgia-Florida football weekends and other pleasant experiences. In short, Jekyll Island is woven deeply into the fabric of the state, and as such, there is statewide interest in its fate.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Leon Galis: Disagreement need not be ‘search-and-destroy’ proposition
“In my last outing on this page, I quoted from an open letter to Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commission whose author forcefully and eloquently urged on them an alternative to Selig Enterprises’ plan for its mixed-use development on the eastern edge of downtown Athens.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Kenneth Fernandez: Don’t let a sensational trial convict our whole justice system
“It’s nearly impossible to find someone who doesn’t have a strong opinion on the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman, the white Florida neighborhood watch volunteer just acquitted in the 2012 death of a Skittles-packing black teenager.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

Has time run out?
“When it comes to any discussion of parking problems downtown city leaders are not operating with a full deck. By which is only meant that they can’t keep the several public parking decks filled because shoppers and visitors prefer to play musical parking spaces in an effort to rest their chariots at the free spaces along Broad Street in front of the specific enterprise they wish to enter.”
Source: Rome News-Tribune

T. Gamble: ER’s a bad place to make a pitch
“It seems the news is full of professional athletes acting bad, even some killing folks. Drug arrests, failed drug tests, beating their wives, DUIs … you know, acting like folks in my neighborhood.”
Source: Albany Herald

Julia Dyar: Why I love community newspapers
“I’d really rather make that — “Why I Love Newspapers!” After all, every newspaper has its own community of readers — urban or rural folks, or both.”
Source: Albany Herald

Tom Connelly: Bowling a strong advocate for disabled
“On May 8, at the Cobb Renaissance Hotel in Atlanta, Annette Bowling, the executive director of Albany ARC, received the Governor’s Award from Nobis Works. This organization, an Atlanta-based nonprofit created in 1977, is named for Tommy Nobis, former Atlanta Falcons All-Pro linebacker, with the purpose of vocationally training people with disabilities.”
Source: Albany Herald


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