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Charles E. Richardson is a Knight Fellow at Duke University and the University of Maryland. He's taken courses in journalism and not-for-profit governance at Harvard. He has served on several civic boards and is the past state chairman for Kids Voting - Georgia and former chairman of the board for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation.

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  • CHARLES E. RICHARDSON

    RICHARDSON: The invisible men

    For the past few months our attention has been focused on Ferguson, Missouri, and the aftermath of other cop-kills-black-man scenarios around the country. As it is with police officers and every other occupation, we’ve focused on the few bad actors rather than the majority of law enforcement...

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    RICHARDSON: Feed my sheep

    When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

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    RICHARDSON: A new day dawning?

    When you look at the face of Ferguson, Missouri, it would be easy to become morose and figure that the racial divide all should see is a Sisyphean task beyond resolution. That view would be reinforced by the non-indictment of New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner in Staten...

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    RICHARDSON: Déjà vu all over again

    The year was 1965. I was all of 14 years old living in Stockton, California. I sat in wonderment watching the Watts Riots on our old black and white TV that made the scenes look even more dreary.

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    RICHARDSON: Giving thanks

    I guess this week is the official kickoff to the 2014 holiday season -- even though we’ve been seeing Christmas ads for weeks. I’m amazed at how quickly Christmas 2013 turned to 2014, both with hardly a mention of Thanksgiving. Why? We’ve lost the Thanksgiving spirit. When we...

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    RICHARDSON: Sleeping electorate may wise up

    It has been an interesting couple of weeks since the midterm elections. I’ve enjoyed the Republican revelry and the Democrats’ disappointment. Republicans, wrongly assuming I’m a Democrat, have taken their shots. Democrats, assuming the same, want to commiserate.

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    RICHARDSON: What’s really important

    Just about every pastor I’ve heard, usually when they open the doors to the church near the end of Sunday services, emphasizes that the unknown awaits each of us and that joining the church and getting saved is something we should not postpone. Truer words have never been spoken.

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    RICHARDSON: Voters more informed today? No way

    If someone had said Georgia could have not one, but two runoff elections, I would have thought that person was looney-tunes. How could that be? I could see it in the Senate race with two people without elected experience, but the governor’s race?

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    RICHARDSON: Hidden racism — or something else

    I was really having trouble dealing with a few events earlier in the week. As much as I try to give the benefit of the doubt to those accused of racism, there are times when it seems too obvious, and I have to call it what it is.

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    RICHARDSON: No one can suppress the vote

    Last Tuesday, as I was leaving the Georgia National Fair in Perry after attending the Senate and gubernatorial debates, there was an elderly woman at the gate. She asked me, “Who should I vote for?” I told her I couldn’t tell her who to vote for, only that she had to vote.

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