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MARK SHIELDS: Recognizing heroes in our midst

The current Ebola scare in the U.S. is not 9/11. But once again, we need to recognize American heroes whom we see every day and whom we have too often taken for granted.

THOMAS: Houston pastors fight censorship challenge

For a government official to try to intimidate or censor speech from the pulpit, or any other form of communication, is clearly unconstitutional and this effort by Houston’s mayor should not survive a single court challenge.

KRAUTHAMMER: Ebola vs. civil liberties

Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation. It will stop the epidemic “in its tracks.” And yet nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who developed Ebola, were not even among the 48 contacts that the CDC was initially following.

DARRELL HUCKABY: No Longer Bound regenerates men's lives

As I learned Thursday night, No Longer Bound is not a drug rehab facility. If you rehabilitate someone you simply return them to their original state. No Longer Bound is about rescuing addicts and helping them escape the enslavement of addiction.

JACK SIMPSON: Be wary of uninvited guests of the stinging variety

Having an allergy to the sting of wasps, which include yellow jackets, I am constantly reminded to be careful around these winged critters.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Weighing in on the hot topics of the day

Todd Gurley and the Ebola virus are the two topics most heavily trending today. I am nothing if I am not trendy, but I like to write light-hearted and whimsical columns when I can. It is hard to be whimsical about a killer virus that is threatening to explode in epidemic proportions.

ROBINSON: On Ebola in US, candor needed

Let’s make a deal: We’ll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts — especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — agree to get their stories straight.

THOMAS: Rebuilding Gaza for the next attack

Last weekend at a conference of donor nations held in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss rebuilding Gaza, following the latest exchange of rockets between Hamas and Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged an additional $212 million in U.S. aid for the project, nearly doubling the total U.S. commitment (so far). The Palestinian Authority claims rebuilding could cost $4 billion.

KRAUTHAMMER: The double game our allies play

Guerrilla war is a test of wills. Obama’s actual objectives — rollback in Iraq, containment in Syria — are not unreasonable. But they require commitment and determination.

LETTER: Consider cumulative effects of water supply reservoirs

Others in our community have effectively pointed out many of the problems with construction of the Bear Creek Reservoir. However, not much mention has been made of the cumulative environmental impacts such projects can have on our river systems.

LETTER: Writer should take her own advice

It’s October and we’re approaching Halloween. Across Rockdale County, scores of children of all ages will dress in costume and pretend to be someone/something that they are not. Most will be dressed as comic book characters or princesses and will be crying out “Trick or Treat.”

LETTER: Questions remain about BOE integrity

Sam Smiley, letter, Lexicon, Travis Collins, Rose Collins, Rockdale County Board of Education, rockdale public schools, RCPS Foundation

I would like to address comments made in a letter to the editor from Richard Sparkmon published on Oct. 1 that were directed at me and my remarks at a recent Rockdale Board of Education meeting.

JACK SIMPSON: Boogie-Woogie Tom

In a recent column, we opted to talk about gambling rather than talking turkey. I guess now is the time to go back and discuss the wild turkeys hanging out in the back yard.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Here's a tip — reward those who deserve it most

Is it just me, or is the practice of tipping getting way out of hand?

ROBINSON: We are all Liberians now

The Obama administration needs to be much better at communicating a simple fact: Right now, you and I are essentially in no danger of contracting Ebola. But if we don’t act, there will be a danger — and it won’t go away.

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