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People are dying faster than a columnist can cite the number of deaths, that is to be sure. Whatever number I might cite today will be obsolete by the time you read the paper, but I will give you a few numbers, anyway

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It is not cognitive dissonance -- the impossibility of holding two or more contradictory beliefs simultaneously -- to favor the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump while at the same time worrying about what the increasing national debt (nearing $24 trillion and counting) will do to the country.

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I guess it is completely appropriate that I pen this column on Friday the 13th, although you might not be reading it until the 14th or 15th, or never if the internet is shut down indefinitely to combat the deadly coronavirus.

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In the 17 years that this column has existed, I have never written a special one to address a current situation that was either tumultuous or triumphant.

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The number of coronavirus cases is constantly in flux. On March 21st there were 275,000 people infected and 11,000 had died from the disease. On March 23rd, in the United States alone, there were 35,000 confirmed cases and the death toll in the U.S. from the virus had reached 471. By the time this column is published, these numbers will change again and again.

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I don’t think I’ve seen the world, or my little corner of it, in such widespread panic my entire life — not even during the Cuban Missile Crisis when we were crawling under our school desks every day in fear of the “Big One” being launched from Havana, apparently right toward the Osprey Mill in Porterdale.

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He was the 44th vice president of the United States in the George H.W. Bush administration, but for the last 20 years, Dan Quayle has stayed mostly away from the unfriendly glare of political life.

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Just a few days ago, we were complaining about life’s little annoyances. The pastor’s sermon was too long. Standing in line for more than five minutes at the checkout line, or the fast food place.

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If anything good can come from the coronavirus pandemic, it is the revelation of America's overreliance on China, especially when it comes to drugs.

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In the days that I was a young girl working in the upper reaches of stock car racing, I had the joyous pleasure of knowing a true, courtly Southern gentleman named Junie Donlavey.

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I have a special affinity for underdogs. Maybe that’s because I have been one myself. So my interest was piqued when I heard that a political novice from Baxley (pop. 4,400) by the name of Dr. Kandiss Taylor is running for the United States Senate seat vacated by Johnny Isakson.

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The Osage is one of America’s Indian tribes. As one who knows very little about their history, I recently found it interesting to be confronted by one of their current newspapers.

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The other day I made cornbread and as I did, I spent time with Mama. She was there by my side as clearly as the times that, as a child, I watched her make it

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Mrs. Wilshire lived by herself. But, she wasn’t lonely. You see, she couldn’t wait for the arrival of her daily newspaper so she could read the obituaries.

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Just when you may have thought that the low quality of political rhetoric in Washington could not get any worse, along comes Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to prove otherwise.

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President Trump was rightly critical of the deal struck with Cuba during the Obama administration when he said the communist Cuban government got everything they wanted, and the U.S. got nothing in exchange. He has thankfully been reversing some of those unilateral concessions.

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Perhaps it is because I was raised as a storyteller then trained, through both education and career, as a journalist, that I have a deep-seated belief that a person is built through generations of kinfolks, then painted and decorated through personal experiences.

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Our fledgling nation was in a real crisis in 1776. We were about to lose our war for independence before it really got started. The number of people who even supported independence was far south of 50%. The majority preferred living under British tyranny to actually fighting for liberty and freedom.

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The only thing that can be said about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s first appearance with his fellow Democratic presidential candidates in Las Vegas Wednesday night was that Mike did not get it done, as his campaign ads promise he will if he becomes president.

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