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That didn't last long. The optimism surrounding New York City's new mayor, Eric Adams, seems to be quickly eroding due to several self-inflicted political wounds.

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Have you ever noticed that when famous people issue statements, or answer difficult interview questions, that they often say the same things? It’s almost as if they share a rule book, filled with excuses. And it’s not just famous people. Even in our everyday lives, people don’t say what they really mean. As a public service, I would like to list a few of the more common falsehoods, followed by the truth.

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For the third straight day last week, the Chicago Teachers Union canceled classes, choosing to return to virtual learning and citing dangers from the Omicron variant as their excuse.

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Hypocrisy and lies from politicians are so rampant in Washington that hardly anyone pays them much attention anymore. Perhaps that is why our cynicism about so many things political deepens and distrust of our institutions is pervasive.

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Another new year is here and time to hope for a happier future.

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The conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell on five of six charges of recruiting and grooming teenage girls for sexual encounters with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein is not and should not be the end of the story.

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Vice President Kamala Harris denies people within the White House are trying to undermine her. Appearing on CBS's Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan asked Harris about gossip that she is being set up to fail. 

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Though 2021 has been a vast improvement over 2020, we continue to lose too many friends, family, and those we care about to COVID19, cancer, this latest round of the flu, and all too many lights and luminaries are having their lights dimmed all too soon.

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Peace on Earth and goodwill to men this time of year seem increasingly absent in diverse places. In America the noble objective seems to have long ago left the U.S. Capitol where too many members of Congress are as divided and angry at each other as ever.

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“Our country is crying out for leadership. Mr. Johnson, you’re no leader.”

Helen Morgan of the victorious Liberal Democrats made that statement following stunning victory, and defeat for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party, in the North Shropshire by-election held on Dec. 16.

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During a debate with George H.W. Bush in New Hampshire in 1980, the moderator asked that Ronald Reagan's microphone be "turned off for the moment." Reagan was angry and said something that might be applied to the failure of the Biden administration to use materials lying unused in Texas paid for during the Trump administration for the purpose of constructing the border wall. Said Reagan, "I paid for this microphone." The clear implication was that since he paid for it, he ought to be able to use it.

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Genuine humility, good humor, civility and kindness can all serve you well in public life. Johnny Isakson lived those attributes, and then some.

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As a card carrying member of the “evil news media,” I can testify that my profession is not widely admired. We rank near the bottom, between “Guy with leaky bucket who will pave your driveway for a thousand bucks if you pay in advance” and “TV preacher who will mail you a vial of holy water if you send $273 to help buy a new jet.”

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Americans have witnessed the passing of two particularly significant leaders during the final months of this year. Former Senator Bob Dole has died this month, retired General and former Secretary of State Colin Powell in late October.

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Some politicians and government officials can't let a crisis go to waste. In the matter of the tornadoes that devastated parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri, restraint was called for, but went unanswered.

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Georgia has well over 500 municipalities. My own home county of DeKalb has 13 cities. In part due to the pandemic, many of these cities in rural areas are struggling for their continuing existence, while dozens are not only surviving, they are thriving. When I see promise in my ongoing trave…

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President Biden's virtual meeting Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin might be thought of as a final check-up before Russian troops invade Ukraine. Biden has displayed nothing but weakness since taking office.

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It has been the honor of my life to serve you these passed eight years as your state representative. However, as a person who believes in term limits, and our Founding Father’s vision of a citizen-legislator who serves for a short time and then returns to his former life, I will not be seeking another term of office.

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An Atlanta resident, recently returning from travels to South Africa, has become the first Georgian officially diagnosed with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, following recent similar diagnoses in several other states across the country, most with recent travel to South Africa.

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No doubt you’ve noticed that some newspaper columnists occasionally do a “From the Mailbag” column, serving up readers’ comments, questions, and corrections. I am one of those columnists.

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As has been the case with so many other school shootings over several years, last week's murder spree at Oakland High School in suburban Detroit might have been avoided if actions had been taken in the face of several obvious warning signs.

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Good news can easily get lost.

That was true even during the heyday of serious professional journalism, back in the 20th century. Today’s media are flooded with nonstop electronic nonsense and noise.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments for and against a Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks. The arguments -- pro and con -- are familiar, but there is a greater argument to be made for upholding the law and, should a majority of justices decide to do so, overturn Roe v. Wade.

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If you would like to see Georgia's GOP days as the dominant or majority party come to an end, you should cheer Perdue's entry into this contest. The party and its grassroots activists would become only further divided, internally adversarial and no matter who the nominee is, the GOP standard-bearer would have depleted funds and a reputation covered with political bruises.

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The other day, I ran into someone who was too discouraged to give thanks for much of anything. He’s convinced the world is going to end and the USA — led by what the politicians running California are doing to ruin this once great state — is going to hell in a handbasket.

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When my sons were teenagers, my wife worked an early morning shift for a period of time, so I was responsible for getting them ready for school. This included breakfast duty, so I prepared a nutritious daily feast of Graham crackers, covered with peanut butter and chocolate chips. (That’s me, Mr. Health Food.)

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While a disbelieving nation is focused on the endless border crisis, more immigration sleight of hand is ongoing in Washington. Cloaked in Congress-speak, the troubling details of the Build Back Better Act are being hidden from a bad-news weary public.

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Before the right to keep and bear arms is stated in the Second Amendment, the Founders wrote why they believed it necessary for people to arm themselves as part of a "militia." They said it is a "necessity to the security of a free state." The Founders knew that liberty is not the natural state of humanity and must be defended against government authorities and lawbreakers who try to limit or abolish it.

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I have never purposefully littered. I pick up trash frequently along sidewalks, roads and trails. We’ve switched out all light bulbs at homes for LEDs, conserve water and energy whenever practically possible, and generally try to live a life of reducing, reusing and recycling.

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Remember those "shovel-ready jobs" promised by the Obama-Biden administration in 2011? When many failed to appear after passage of this spending boondoggle, President Obama joked, "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected."

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After two weeks of negotiations, leaders from around the globe gathered in Glasgow for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change announced an agreement. Critics immediately pounced, complaining the accord amounts to diplomatic good intentions, not guaranteed action.

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