Editorials

Editorials

Another landmark mass shooting elicits predictable thoughts, prayers, surrender

In divided America, the aftermath of a mass shooting follows an all-too-predictable pattern. So it was Monday as the nation awoke to the horror that a domestic terrorist identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, had opened fire Sunday night from a 32nd floor Las Vegas hotel room, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500 others. It was among the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

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Should we be testing kindergartners?

The education establishment in Georgia is about to enter what appears to be an annual battle with the governor of Georgia. For the last three years the ebb and flow of the fight has gone from outright war — the Opportunity School District that required a constitutional amendment — to a semi-truce with the passage of House Bill 338. That bill has many of the characteristics of the failed Amendment 1, including the appointment of a chief turnaround officer for the state’s failing schools instead of an Opportunity School District superintendent.

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How did we weather the storm? You decide

Hurricane Irma will not be soon forgotten, nor will Middle Georgians response to its devastation. Due to advanced planning, the storm’s fury was contained as much as humanly possible, and while some in Macon are just getting their electricity service restored, the Herculean job by Georgia Power and its partners, Macon-Bibb County personnel, first responders and everyone who played a part in the preparation and execution of the disaster plan has to be recognized.

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Georgia and Florida didn’t play wait and see with Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Harvey turned most of south Texas into an adjunct of the Gulf of Mexico that expanded for almost 30,000 square miles covered by, according to the National Weather Service, 20 inches of rain. Included were 11,492 square miles covered with 30 inches of rain and 3,643 square miles from Houston to Beaumont where 40 inches of rain were dumped. This from a storm that hit Rockport, Texas as a Category 4 hurricane packing 130 mph winds. Harvey was a record breaker.

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When it comes to water, Georgians understand Texas

The hearts of Middle Georgians go out to those impacted in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey. The devastation is unimaginable — for most people — but not for many Georgians who lived through Tropical Storm Alberto that sat over this area as a tropical depression in the summer of 1994.

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Lady Justice depends on citizens to keep the scales of justice balanced

Lady Justice is depicted wearing a blindfold, holding a set of scales in one hand and a sword in the other. The scales, depending on the depiction, are rarely balanced and there are some versions of her that omit the blindfold, but there is no doubt that justice can cut deeply, even through the bone. While we know our form of justice is far from perfect, it is one of the best systems we have come to know. And that’s why, no matter the situation, we should let it work.

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With constitutional rights come responsibility and consequences

One again we are slapped in the face with the reality of statistics. Last week in Warner Robins a 4-year-old boy found a gun, we don’t know exactly where, but it was somewhere inside the car where he and three other children were riding. We don’t know if it was in the glove compartment or the handbag of the woman who had left the children unattended in the car while she went into a restaurant to pick up food.

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Developing a road map for educational excellence.

The Georgia Milestones Assessment Test results were released last week and you’ll, no doubt be hearing a lot about the results. Some schools will have a lot to crow about, with good reason, because the tests are an indication of the level of education being delivered at the respective areas elementary, middle and high public schools. However, as the numbers point out, some schools have a lot of work to do.

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An untenable situation where no one wants to sit

The altercation between Chris Cashell and Houston County Sheriff Deputy Jonathan Lewis that led to Cashell’s death didn’t have to happen, but it is an example of the sort of situations deputies, police officers and others in law enforcement are called in to intervene when domestic situations get out of hand.