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Both blind and deaf to our mutual dependency

In the land of Mythiopia, each day an artist painted a colorful rainbow on a new canvas delivered that morning. The artist sold each painting at day’s end, donating part of the proceeds for the purchase of tickets so that Mythiopians might attend that night’s concert. In turn, their talented musician used part of the ticket sales to buy a fresh canvas for the artist to use the next day.

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Celebrating National Manufacturing Week —why Georgia is ahead of the curve

What if I told you there is a job right here in our community that could pay you, on average, $20,000 more than similar professions? What if I told you this same job market experienced 35 percent growth in new employment opportunities over the past five years? Would you believe me if I told you these jobs are found right here in the manufacturing sector of Georgia’s economy?

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The ‘Vietnam War’ documentary

Thank you, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, for this fine documentary. Like Burns’ other work, “The Vietnam War” is thorough, balanced, personal, “true.” Ten episodes, 10 hours in all. It required a commitment. It wasn’t easy, but it was important. No glib explanations here, no cheap interpretations; just the human experience in all its complexity and ambiguity. At some point, one realizes how different an experience this is from most of our consuming habits today.

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Firearms and assault weapons during natural catastrophes

In 2005, at the time of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans police used the excuse of enforcing compliance with the mandatory evacuation order to confiscate firearms. They went door-to-door seizing guns from the people who stayed behind hoping to ride out the storm. These were the same firearms the citizens expected to have available to protect their lives and property in the aftermath of the disaster.

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Loss of a community icon

Recently, I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend of 30 years, William Penn Thompson Jr., “Bill,” as he preferred to be called, was one of the most inspiring, interesting and compassionate people I have met during my lifetime thus far.

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Support Macon cancer care by ending abuse of hospital program

Years ago Congress constructed a well-intentioned program to help hospitals and select community and disease-specific health clinics, specifically those that treat high numbers of uninsured, poor or vulnerable patients, control their prescription drugs costs. Unfortunately, good ideas sometimes go awry, and that’s the case with this program, called 340B. It’s having a negative impact on cancer care provided in Macon, across Georgia, and across the country.

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An appeal to the GOP: Get the Republican house in order

When Barack Obama was elected and re-elected president in 2008 and 2012, the GOP went out of its way to reach across the aisle to the Democrats and extend to President Obama two sequential honeymoon periods. Conservatives waited and hoped for the political pendulum to swing their way. But the future did not look bright.

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Same-sex marriage in Macon, Georgia – August 2017

On Sunday afternoon, August 27, members of First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, voted to all the performance of same-sex wedding ceremonies in the same way they do of couples of different sexes. Virtually every other church in Macon and in the country faces the same divisive issue. It is vital to every church and denomination to not only have a policy but also to articulate a polite and proper defense for whatever position they hold.

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What should we do, learn from our past or secret it away?

The debate and controversy surrounding monuments to the past — like what is going here and elsewhere in the aftermath of the Charlottesville, Virginia violence — justifies keeping those monuments around. Each generation should contemplate, even peacefully argue about what they represent. For the point of having the memorial is to pique the curiosity of the onlooker, make him/her think about previous eras, how the old times have shaped the present and what it all may look like on down the road. Macon’s own reminders of slavery, the Civil War and the “Jim Crow” era could generate healthy introspection and debate. And an improvement in race relations. Reminders of our past should not be destroyed nor secreted away.

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Do black fathers’ lives matter in Dublin, Georgia?

I have had the misfortune of being in Judge Donald Gillis’ court to witness the injustices fathers face on a regular basis in Dublin. You see, my daughter’s mother also resides there; and because of her residential status, her community influence and my desire to get to see my daughter more than just a few hours on the weekend (making the two hour ride to Dublin two weekends a month, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., while my daughter spends four hours in the car a day), I have had to make more court appearances in Judge Gillis’ courtroom than any well-intentioned father, paying over $800 in child support a month and thousands of dollars in lawyer’s fees to my attorney and her attorney.

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Health Care Debate — Part 2: Debunking propaganda and more phony claims

In a related column, Part 1 of this series, we discussed the content and tone of the political rhetoric used by leftist propagandists in criticizing the proposed GOP health care plans vis-à-vis Obamacare. We will now describe the propaganda efforts used by progressives to cite dubious statistics, tar, and misrepresent the U.S. health care system. A recent commentary illustrates this propaganda, claiming, “the British Medical Journal revealed the overall danger of American medical care in an editorial, “Medical error — the third leading cause of death in the U.S.” The writer goes on to compare our “broken system” to those of other industrialized nations that purportedly are cheaper and better.

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Cummings, Christianity and women

As familiarity with Bill Cummings’ column sets in, a watchful eye can begin detecting patterns. One of his oft repeated moves is implying that historical Christianity is anti-women. History, however, shows that with Christianity’s geographical spread came also an elevated status of women in society. Promoting, not oppressing, is the recurring theme regarding women with the gospel’s influence on a culture. Just as Cummings, made in his creator’s image, has inherent dignity equal to my own – so too are women created in that same image and possess an inherent value equal to men.

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U.S. health care debate — Part 1: Debunking leftist rhetoric

The GOP health care plan to repeal and replace Obamacare hangs in the balance, and now with Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., surgery, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., once again will postpone the vote. You can imagine the gloating clamor by the media, and for once they have a cover, while cheering for the Democrats.

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A different take on Wesleyan’s early 1900s association with the Ku Klux Klan

The Telegraph editorial about Wesleyan College, stemming from an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the college’s response to it, stated that a century ago, “The school and its students . . . was (sic) aligned with the Ku Klux Klan.” The editorial went on to describe that era of the early 1900s as a period when “it was deemed not unnatural for college students — women no less — to pattern themselves after a group of marauding terrorists.”

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Disinformation — Part 3: Fomenting hatred, manipulating the media, and inciting Islamic terrorism

In Part 2 of this series we discussed the sham liberation theology campaign created by the KGB to deceive the pious Catholic Christians of Latin America. We also described the various communist front organizations used by progressives in the West to advance the interest of Soviet communism at the expense of freedom in the West. We conclude here with Part 3, describing further disinformation campaigns that began late as the Soviet Union itself began to crack, and yet fomenting more hatred and violence that continues to this day, years after the fall of the USSR.