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Our Views: Road tax detour ahead

Georgia’s ongoing transportation problems are a long and winding road, often clogged with ice, potholes, orange barrels and the nagging sense that it’s an issue that may never be fully resolved.

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Our Views: Two contrasting 'states' to recovery

In the last two weeks, we’ve seen two different “state of” speeches, from leaders with widely disparate views. Both offered a list of priorities amid a recovering economy, setting goals to better the lives of those they serve. Each was greeted with applause from supporters, grim faces and still hands from foes.

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Our Views: Freedom carries a cost

The idea of free speech embedded into the U.S. Constitution 225 years ago remains an elusive goal ever under attack and in need of a diligent defense. Even as we Americans often don’t fully grasp its scope and meaning, what we hold as a fundamental right isn’t always acknowledged everywhere.

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Our Views: Second term solutions for Gov. Deal

Second terms can be a dicey thing for executive officeholders. Though much desired — when was the last time we recall a president or governor who didn’t seek one? —­ ­they often slip into the dreaded “lame duck” limbo as heads start turning toward who’s next in line.

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Our Views: New year, fresh goals

Now that the holiday leftovers in the fridge are dwindling and many have put away the decorations, we prepare for the first work week of 2015 with high expectations.

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Our Views: Time to plug the foster gap

Broken families. Neglectful parents racked by poverty, addiction or poor personal decisions. Abused children denied a normal upbringing. Government agencies short on resources and personnel scrambling desperately to keep a bad situation from getting worse.

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