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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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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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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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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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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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The Democratic Party is in trouble. Not only did it have difficulty organizing what used to be simple caucuses in Iowa, the party risks repeating that debacle in Nevada on Saturday.

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The media attach labels to politicians who reflect their political and social views. Those labels have included "right-wing," "extreme right-wing" "far-right," "out of the mainstream," and when reporting on religion, "fundamentalist."

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Recently, a columnist opining about the hijinks in our nation’s capital, made a reference to the Three Stooges. He wrote, “Watching Congress try to get anything done makes me think Moe, Larry, and Curly are in charge.”

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I recently interviewed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who claimed the president's proposed $4.8 trillion budget includes "a significant step toward returning flexibility to the states through a proposal to block grant all of the elementary and secondary education funds ... and let (states) prioritize where those funds are going to be best utilized."

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For 68 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis, a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for each other and the nation.

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Just because the Senate is about to acquit President Trump of charges Republicans believed never rose to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors," don't think Democrats will raise the white flag of surrender. They (and their media allies) have only just begun.

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Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO leader Yasser Arafat met at Camp David where Barak offered almost all of what Arafat asked for in exchange for making peace with the Jewish state. Arafat rejected the offer.

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