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By Josh Peterson, editor

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: City schools must remember to operate in the light

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Government agencies are designed to operate under the full microscope and inspection of the public. You would be hard pressed to find a better example than the recent news involving the Manchester City School Board and its decision to pursue a lawsuit against the Coffee County government for approximately $1.5 million. We reported last week that the school system had moved forward with the lawsuit and, in an editorial opinion,

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  • HART – Atlanta cheating trial begins – ‘my kid ain’t that smart’

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    “Swift” justice begins in the 2009 Atlanta Public School cheating scandal as the trial of the accused educators started last week. They allegedly changed their students’ test answers to make themselves look better and to get bonuses. Teachers cheating for the kids, you say? If teachers are doing the cheating for the kids now, how will the kids ever learn to cheat for themselves? In its Sunday op-ed, the uber-liberal

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  • TIMES EDITORIAL: Who really wins in lawsuit?

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 11:22 am

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    Coffee County is comprised of too many government entities. Three governments bodies, three police departments, three school systems – one big itch to sue somebody. With its decision to sue the Coffee County government for $1.5 million-plus, the Manchester City School Board of Education has voted to revisit an issue the board decided to drop over seven years ago. This decision is not only wrong for the financial direction of

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  • RON HART: Can we really ‘botch’ a murderer’s execution?

    Posted on August 5, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    By Ron Hart

    The recent “botched” execution in Arizona sparked more debate about the death penalty. But if the execution ended in the murderer’s death, then it was not botched. What did his victims endure? The New York Times inadvertently committed journalism when it reported that approximately 12 recent studies have determined that the death penalty saves lives and serves as a deterrent. Some concluded that, for every execution, up to 18 murders

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Pessimism no more

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    Without a shadow of doubt – I can confidently state that I am a pessimist. Not a proud pessimist. Just a pessimist. I am constantly moaning and groaning about something. My co-workers will agree. I tend to locate the negative in a pile full of positives (as if such a thing exists). Call it what you want. A moment of weakness perhaps. But I was thoroughly impressed with the turnout

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Politicians aren’t to blame – we are

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    The electorate in local elections is lazy. Sorry to be so blunt, but I feel honesty is needed now more than ever. I read a post on Facebook last week that left me with a deep feeling of disappointment in the approach some people take to the polls. After a lengthy rant, the post concluded with: “vote out all local incumbents.” The “author” went on to say that these incumbents

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  • TIMES EDITORIAL: Hospital merger would be a great step for Manchester

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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    While this space is generally reserved for less-fortunate politicians and governmental bodies caught between two bad decisions, we would be negligent if we failed to praise Manchester’s two local hospitals for setting aside pride for the betterment of the Manchester Community. Over the years, the community has been subjected to headlines and stories insinuating that these two hospitals – United Regional Medical Center and Medical Center of Manchester – might

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