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Clemency ruling was wrong

In response to the Tommy Lee Waldrip story, I tried to call Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. All I got was “Birdy.” She didn’t know or care. Kept asking how to spell Waldrip and what was his first name. How many on death row have been commuted?

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‘Adult swim’ always made waves with kids

We recently were on a mini-vacation and found some time to hang out at a swimming pool.

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Those times when you think you’re out of control

One of my friends called the other day. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.

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Seeds of freedom

Any holiday weekend finds me catching up around home. July Fourth found me not at parades or fireworks but mowing the lawn and plowing my small garden filled with tomato plants, peppers and other summer treats.

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Citizens must join together

For years, America has been a country of hope. It has been a country of freedom: freedom of speech and freedom to worship as we please.

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Fourth special for those with military ties

The recent holiday weekend had a special meaning for us.

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Doing public relations when it’s too late

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn’t know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical and quite a bully.

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Summer memories then and now

I’ve always loved summer. Of course, most all of us have fond summer memories.

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Keeping torn-out recipes from over the years

My husband was out of town, working on location, when he called one night and discovered that I was still working though the hour had grown late.

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Ashway: Braves first half reveals a mystery team

"Roll up! Roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour! Step right this way!"

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Replace IRS with Fair Tax

Why aren’t taxpayers and our senators and representatives sending out news bytes calling for the immediate replacement of the current IRS system with the Fair Tax, or flat tax that would remove the ability of IRS officials to harass and intimidate groups and individuals?

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Resident asks body shop owners to reconsider

Don’t you love the scenery along Stoney Point Road? I wish the speed limit was 15 mph just so I could soak up more of it.

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A salute to all single mothers

I recently had lunch with a good friend, who happens to be a single mother. As we caught up and shared updates on our children, jobs, etc., I was once again struck at her resilience.

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I suppose I can’t call him ‘my’ Grant

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday. There was no pomp or circumstance involved. He abhors that.

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Ashway: 50 years ago, Phillies' phab summer phaded

Fifty years ago, the Phillies gave their fans a glorious summer of baseball.

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Thank you Forsyth County Fire Department

I’d like to express my gratitude to the Forsyth County Fire Department.  It is truly a secure feeling to know that they are there any time and only minutes away.  On the morning of June 11, a group of children in our neighborhood found Dusty (my horse) stuck in a creek bed in a pasture. 

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Concerned about development

Are you concerned about responsible development?

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Grateful to law enforcement for quick actions

The events that took place on June 6 at the Forsyth County Courthouse should give us all reason to reflect upon the many heroes of that day. The events of that day could have turned out so differently had the first responders not been properly trained or executed their job performance to perfection. 

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Support ban on e-cigarettes

Forsyth County News reported on the June 5 commissioners’ meeting where they discussed a possible ordinance prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in county buildings, parks and recreation facilities except in designated areas.

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Body shop could cause health concerns

As a resident of Forsyth County, I am extremely concerned about proposed zoning amendment AZ140021. If approved, it would allow a large auto body shop/collision repair center to be constructed adjacent to several residential neighborhoods. 

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Thank you for generous gift

The Bob Bowling Sunday School class from the First United Methodist Church goes out for lunch the first Sunday of each month. This past Sunday, 11 members of the class went to O’Charleys. We all ordered our meals and had a great time of fellowship. As the server was clearing the table, he told us that the bill for our meals had been taken care of, and when we proceeded to present him our tips, he said that the tips had also been taken care of.

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Ashway: Don Zimmer had a baseball life well-lived

Ashway: Don Zimmer had a baseball life well-lived

Don Zimmer’s death at age 83 last week ended his 66-year relationship with professional baseball. As Commissioner Bud Selig noted, "Don was the kind of person you could only find in the National Pastime."

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Can’t trust the Obama administration

I am writing regarding the editorial Wednesday, May 21, by Tom Crawford “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.”

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Zoning request needs to be denied

There is a zoning admendment request #AZ140021 all citizens, especially along Hwy. 141, of Forsyth County need to be aware of. The present site, approximately 4 acres, was approved in 2008 for a car wash, but not built.

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Kudos to Forsyth County News for election coverage

I would like to thank the Forsyth County News for delivering my paper later on May 21, so I could get all the totals on the primary election. The editorial staff at the newspaper is the very best.

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Don’t knock Chicago Cubs

There have been at least two sports opinion articles in recent years, including one on May 28, (column by Denton Ashway), that were offensive to Cubs fans. I’m not sure why they are chosen for the Forsyth County News, when I believe they can concentrate on the Braves. 

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Solar-powered stadium would save money

Yesterday marked the groundbreaking phase of the new Atlanta Falcons football stadium. Expected to cost an estimated $1.2 billion dollars, Georgia solar energy enthusiasts (and taxpayers) wonder if some of that cost will include energy and money-saving solar panel technology?

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Civitan Club appreciates support

On behalf of the Cumming Civitan Club, Gene and I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Vidalia onion sales fundraiser. As a result of your generosity, we sold close to 5,000 pounds.

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Automated phone calls need to stop

I just got back in town yesterday evening, picked up my newspaper and cringed when I saw that there will be three races in runoff.  Why you may ask? It was evident when I walked in the house and looked at my answering machine to see that there were 12 messages waiting for me since I had left town on Tuesday after voting. Every one of the messages received were from automated calls requesting me to vote for their husband, wife, friend, brother, co-worker, etc.  

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Senior Follies continues to entertain

Would like to thank all the cast, crew, behind the scenes workers and the Cumming Playhouse itself for another wonderful success on Senior Follies. My wife and I have been fortunate enough to have seen all of them over the years, and we certainly appreciate the tremendous amount of work these folks put into giving us a wonderful nearly three hours of entertainment. We are blessed to have the Cumming Playhouse in our community. Although the Follies may be their overall most successful event each year they have it, they provide wonderful and economical entertainment many times a year with ...

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