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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.

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Editor’s note: Final installment in a series about half-truths and how numbers and statistics can often be deceiving.

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I’ve got a newsflash for the naive among us: your mom didn’t tell you everything. This comes with the territory of motherhood. I’m talking about real lies about important things. Listed here are some of the things your mom probably never told you (and probably never will, but you didn’t hear…

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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 for our weekly Faith page. Those who would like to submit a column, story or photo should email submissions to adam@athe…

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Editor’s note: Second in a three-part series about half-truths and how numbers and statistics can often be deceiving.

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Many Americans are outraged by the college admissions scandal revealed by the FBI Tuesday. The scandal involves celebrities and wealthy investors who allegedly bought their children’s way onto college sports teams and cheated to improve their children’s SAT and ACT scores.

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Editor’s note: Sunshine Week 2019 runs March 10-16. An annual event, Sunshine Week calls on journalists to shed light on issues of open government and have conversations with their readers about the importance of open and transparent government, whether that government body is a municipality…

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After spending the last three decades with my husband, I’ve learned marriage isn’t what I thought it would be. In some ways, it is harder. In myriad ways, it exceeds my expectations. And like a fine wine, it really does get better with age. Take heed, newlyweds!

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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 church leaders in our community. Those who would like to submit a column, story or photo should email submissions to adam@athensnews-courier…

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We all wake up in the morning – unless we work the night shift. Then we go to bed in the morning and wake in the evening.

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There's a dirty little secret of the student debt crisis. One that affects millions of borrowers, but isn't talked about at dinner tables, on social media or in think pieces about student loans.

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My husband and I did it. Many of us did. We jumped into the deep end and never looked back.

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It must be tough to be a meteorologist. It’s tough enough to be a lowly newspaper editor, but on Tuesday, I was darn glad I wasn’t a meteorologist in the Huntsville, Alabama, market.

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The English language is a formidable beast, even for those of us who learned it as our first language. Language is all about meaning – communication. And sometimes context and inflection can completely change the meaning of a word or phrase. Add to this the overall goofiness of English. Why …

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Barely three weeks into the New Year — a time that is supposed to be full of optimism for the future — Alabama has already reached a somber milestone. Our state is tied with Texas for the highest number of law enforcement line-of-duty deaths in the country for 2019.

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There’s a saying: “Everything’s better with bacon.” And it’s true. Bacon is greasy and crunchy. It’s chewy and salty. It’s delectable and balanced. Bacon is akin to nature’s perfect food.

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It was a simple spot on the carpet. Well, if we are being honest, it was three spots on the carpet, but who’s counting?

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Mitt Romney's declaration of independence from Donald Trump as he takes his seat in the U.S. Senate has been illuminating — more for the responses than the op-ed itself. Professional speculators are asking whether it's the opening gambit of a 2020 primary challenge (his denials notwithstandi…

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In discussions about the so-called “digital divide” between the haves and the have nots, the common wisdom is that we need to get more computers and internet access into the hands of minority and rural children.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Funeral for Antonio Derelle Parker, 30, will be noon Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home. Burial in Thatch-Mann Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Friday and one hour before the service at the funeral home.

David Larry Newton, 72, of Athens, died Monday, July 15, 2019 at Athens-Limestone Hospital. Mr. Newton was born June 21, 1947, in Limestone County. He was a member of First Independent Methodist Church of Athens, a retired welder, and a member of Athens Masonic Loge No. 16. Funeral will be 2…

Funeral for Marilyn Dean Holt, 64, is noon Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home. Visitation is 6-7 p.m. Saturday. The body will be in the church one hour before the funeral. Burial in Thatch-Mann Cemetery.

Funeral service for Pearline Ratliff, 89, will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home, Athens. The Rev. Jeremiah Gardner officiating. Peoples FH directing. Visitation noon-12:30 p.m. Thursday at Peoples FH. Burial in Thatch-Mann Cemetery.