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Dear Annie: My daughter recently passed away from complications of myasthenia gravis. She died unexpectedly one evening after she stopped breathing during an MG crisis. Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles, which are res…

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Dear Annie: My wife does not work outside the home. We have hired help to take care of the house cleaning and yard work. She cooks sometimes but more often she buys prepared food. She does not do my laundry. She does not pay our bills. There are not many demands on her time.

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Nearly a decade ago, my 80-year-old dad sensed quiet and a lack of activity upstairs and felt a worried edginess creep under his skin.

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When my kids were very young, each of them had a favorite movie that we viewed over and over (and over).

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Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.

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WASHINGTON — “I am a classically trained engineer,” says Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, “and I firmly believe in regression to the mean.” Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today’s politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the regression of …

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Life has not always worked out like I planned. And here’s the thing, the more unplanned it becomes, the more I learn, the more I grow and trust, and the better everything becomes.

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The Limestone County Commission, without warning or proper consultation, reduced its funding to the Athens-Limestone Public Library from $80,000 per year to $50,000 per year.

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Alabama’s workforce programs have undergone several changes in the past couple years and to say that this has caused some confusion would be a huge understatement! I liken it to the 1956 Federal-Aid Highway Act which created the beginnings of the Interstate system that focused on building a …

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It’s that time of year. School is in session. Backpacks line the back doorway. Yellow buses line the streets. Bedtimes and wake-times are earlier than in the previous months. Mornings are resoundingly announced by alarm clocks — something unheard of during June, July and August.

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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.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

James Solomon Cifers, 69, of Athens, died November 19, 2019. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Branding Iron Cowboy Church. Bro. Chris Simmons will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Mr. Cifers was born May 7, 1950, in Savannah, …

Francisco Frank Cepeda, 71, of Athens died Friday, November 15, 2019, at Floyd E. "Tut" Fann Veterans Home. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2019, at Spry Funeral Home, Athens. Visitation one hour prior.

Service for Roy Lee Davis Sr., 82, will be noon Friday, November 22, 2019, at Round Island Creek Mission Center, Athens. Visitation 6-7 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home. Burial in Thatch-Mann Cemetery.