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As the nation learns more about the salacious life and mysterious death of billionaire and serial sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, it’s important to remember his crimes are far from uncommon.

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WASHINGTON — Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious — meaning, of course, impeccably progressive — Coloradans. Then in slithered a serpent in the form of a proposal for a …

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At my house, we are entering another senior year. As senior years go, I consider myself fairly experienced. I’ve relished in and endured a handful so far (if we’re counting my own and my husband’s). And that’s only high school. College is another story.

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Recently, my wife and I voted by absentee ballot, proudly in favor of the property tax increase for Madison City Schools. As property owners in Madison City, our vote will cost us money.

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It's a fact that President Donald Trump has a remarkably large number of supporters among the voters and pundits who label themselves as "free market." They usually say something like, "Sure, I don't like his trade and immigration policies, but the rest are good." I disagree.

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Editor’s note: The following commentary does not necessarily reflect the views of The News Courier and its staff. We welcome editorial submissions from area church leaders. Those who would like to submit a column, story or photo should email submissions to adam@athensnews-courier.com. Submis…

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Time and again over the past few years, we have witnessed a disturbing trend among liberals, namely that if you don’t agree with their positions that you are to be silenced, boycotted or removed.

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I never used to consider myself a birdwatcher. But this summer, I’ve had various species of birds cross my path. And while they all fly (I haven’t seen any ostriches or penguins) the manner in which they fly differs greatly from bird-type to bird-type.

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During the summer months, I enjoy going barefoot and dipping my feet into the lake. My husband and I experience our own version of a pedicure when we wade in a shallow sandbar and the minnows swimming there nibble on our toes.

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My grand baby has started talking. One of her first words was “water.” It’s a multi-tasking multi-purpose word in her life. When she’s in the bath she’s surrounded by water. When she’s in the lake she swims in water. When it rains, water falls down on her from the sky to create puddles for s…

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In 2002, a friend’s eight-year-old daughter, Brianna Caddell, while sleeping in her bed, was fatally shot with an AK-47 assault rifle. The shooter, a drug dealer who had beef with another drug dealer, fired on the wrong house in Detroit, spraying it with two dozen rounds.

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On behalf of the Athens City School Board, it is my pleasure to welcome students, families and teachers to the 2019-2020 school year.

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It’s hard to believe school is about to start. It seems like just yesterday we celebrated graduation with the class of 2019.

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WASHINGTON — Watching Democratic presidential aspirants is like watching, a century ago, the 1919 World Series, when discerning spectators thought: Some of the White Sox are trying to lose. Michael Boskin, chairman of President George H.W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers and currently at…

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Most of life isn’t cut and dried — unless you are an herb. The bulk of our days operate on a continuum, with each of us finding our own way forward in our own way. There’s lots of room for middle ground. You may give a book or movie three or four out of five stars. You might kind of sort of …

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WASHINGTON — Acting on the principle “Why put it off until tomorrow when you can do the wrong thing today?” the House of Representatives last week voted to repeal a tax that is not scheduled to take effect until 2022. The vote against the “Cadillac tax” was 419-6, a reminder that “bipartisan…

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The media has us fired up. About lots of things. And that’s good. We should be fired up. Fired up equals interested and engaged. We should all be interested and engaged.

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I’d forgotten what it was like to have a toddler in the house. We recently spent a few grand days with our granddaughter, who is 14 months old. She’s a tiny package but full of content.

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WASHINGTON — With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40% of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on “continuing resolutions.” Congress passes these in order to spare itself the torture of performing its primary function, w…

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There aren’t many weeks of the year that can rival a summer vacation. Except maybe a winter vacation, but hey, it’s summer, so let’s stay in the here and now.

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Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, liberal or conservative, you have a right to have your voice heard in the halls of Congress.

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By the end of the 2017 U.S. Senate race in Alabama, Senate Republicans made clear they would rather have a Democrat with them in the Senate than Roy Moore, who was accused by more than half a dozen women of predatory behavior when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Senate Republicans…

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My kids grew up as part of the “Toy Story” generation. We watched “Toy Story” 1 and 2 on our VCR over and over and over. They were favorites, but they weren’t the only animated Disney show we watched. We had a large collection of VHS tapes. They’re still stored in our basement. Not sure ther…

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Regular readers of this column know that subject matter varies from week to week. Nearly any topic that has to do with everyday life is fair game. Quite simply, it’s often about whatever strikes a chord in any given week.

I look forward to getting out into the garden each spring. I’ve never been able to define why or where the pull comes between Mother Earth and me – until this year. And it’s about more than dirtying my hands in her soil.

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The legend of Bigfoot lives on in American folklore, and although I don’t know for sure if the big and hairy creature actually exists in the wild, I do believe in big foot, or at least big feet.

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WASHINGTON — Three days before Joe Biden dove back into the deep end of the political pool, a rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the terrorist who bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon, and everyone else in America’s prisons, should be allowed to vote, lest the “chipping away” of voting right…

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Editor’s note: The following commentary does not necessarily reflect the views of The News Courier and its staff. We welcome editorial submissions from area church leaders. Those who would like to submit a column, story or photo should email submissions to adam@athensnews-courier.com. Submis…

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It was in the wee morning hours; I was summoned from sleep by a grinding and screeching sort of noise that is universally recognized as the sound of a garbage truck doing its business.

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My husband has the most exciting dreams. They are action adventures, like something out of a James Bond or Tarzan movie – oftentimes both. They involve race cars, roller coasters and swinging on vines throughout a rainforest. He’ll often describe them in detail the next morning.

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"The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia ... to influence the 2016 US presidential campaign."

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Now that we've all had a good airing of grievances about elite colleges and their attendant injustices, let's get some perspective.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Ron Harville, of Killen, passed away July 6, 2019. He was born Jan. 10, 1936, to Jewel and Verna Harville and was a 1954 graduate of Athens Bible School. Ron is survived by daughter, Cindy Radtke (Jeff); sons, Keith (Becky) and Greg (Tammy); sisters, Jan Harville and Gwen Moran (Alton); brot…

Funeral for Jewel Dean Amerson, 74, of Athens, will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at McConnell Funeral Home. Burial in Limestone Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the funeral home.

Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday at McConnell Funeral Home in Athens, Alabama. Visitation and funeral Sunday, September 22, at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Visitation in Kentucky will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and funeral at 2 p.m.

73, died Sept. 16, 2019, at her residence in Elkmont, Alabama. Visitation will be Sept. 19, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama, with funeral service immediately following. Burial in Gatlin Cemetery.

Funeral service for Eunice Louise Benford Collier, 97, will be noon Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home. Visitation is 6-7 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019, at Peoples. Burial in Thatch-Mann Cemetery.