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“All the rain that has poured down on us in the Atlanta area this year may produce something besides greenery. We may see one of the worst mosquito seasons in years.”
Source: GwinnettForum.com Keeping racism alive
“There is an adage among crusty old journalists to never let the facts get in the way of a good story. It’s what they say when others, based solely on perception, insist their position is correct. Damn the facts.”
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

James Williams: Love letter to South Georgia
“We often speak of two Georgias — metro Atlanta and everything else. People that live in the first Georgia know the second Georgia has the mountains and the coast. But beyond these tourist destinations, the rest of our state is limited to what they see from the interstates.”
Source: Creative Loafing Atlanta

Mark Murphy: Dear son: Pardon my worrying
“It’s 3 a.m., and I can’t sleep. I told myself that it was because I was sleeping funny and my neck hurt. I took a couple of Tylenol, flipped through yesterday’s paper, and ate some leftover key lime pie.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

Downtown zoning: Keeping the peace
“It’s often said that good fences make good neighbors. In the case of downtown Savannah, the city probably should add a special zoning requirement.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

Cartoon: Mark Streeter — Mandiba
Source: Savannah Morning News

 

• Mike Luckovich: How can we spin this?
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For good or ill
“The Republican-controlled House Wednesday approved a one-year delay in the implementation of both the employer and individual insurance mandates under Obamacare.”
Source: Augusta ChronicleCollege loan deal ties rates to economy
“So even in the Washington of 2013, it really is still possible to reach meaningful consensus after all. A few million college and graduate students are no doubt delighted at that pleasant surprise.”
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Jim Thompson: A quick trip in the digital world
“One of the things I’ve grown to enjoy about social media is that it routinely steers me toward news stories, commentaries, research reports and a host of other things that I’d never otherwise read or hear or see. Through Facebook, Twitter, the comments appended to editorial page and news content at OnlineAthens.com, and my email inbox, I have a host of eclectic connections through which I’m regularly linked to some of the most interesting, the most offbeat, the most humorous and the most surprising content on the Interwebs — not all of it involving cats.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Millard Grimes: As always, supply-side economics flawed
“I’m straightening up my office, an ongoing task now for 12 years. Indeed, it is the work of a lifetime, because I find so many items to reread. Most of the rereading is both revealing and distressing.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Smile, your license plate is on candid camera
“One of the last venues offering any kind of privacy in this country is — or was — your car. No longer.”
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Erick Erickson: Only tragedy here
“There is only tragedy in the Zimmerman trial. There are no sides but justice to root for, but a justice that will leave one side unsatisfied and still empty.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

No animal control problem in Bibb County
“What does it take? What kind of community do we have here? Earlier this month, one of our sterling citizens was charged with 13 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and received 26 citations for failing to have his dogs and cats inoculated. He was an equal opportunity abuser — from horses to donkeys to dogs and kittens — even rabbits. He was also charged with two counts of felony cruelty to animals.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

Bishop Gregory Hartmayer: Will the state do the ‘right thing’?
“I am writing in opposition to the planned execution of Warren Hill. On Monday, July 15. A Fulton County judge issued a temporary stay of execution for Hill, just hours before he was scheduled to die. That stay is based on determining whether it would be cruel and unusual punishment to execute Hill using the drug pentobarbital, as manufactured in an anonymous compounding pharmacy.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

Nate McCullough: Fla. jury did its job in Zimmerman case
“George Zimmerman is probably guilty of something — but not murder, at least according to a Florida jury.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Giving our vets a fighting chance
“Veterans are coming home from their nation’s wars. They are civilians again. They need education opportunities. They need jobs.”
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

 

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