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At the top of today’s Rant and Rave column is a comment asking for more space for those comments.

On April 26, The Observer received a comment criticizing us for running a series of negative rants about the school system. It’s the third one down in today's Rant and Rave column if you haven’t seen it yet.

Sometimes it seems our lawmakers spend a lot of time majoring in minors. A case in point: Some of our lawmakers are once again pushing the idea that most state communications be published only in English.

On recent days in our Rants and Raves column, the issue of “street people” has been batted around relative to the very cold weather we have experienced.

We should be adequately warned by now that there are myriad shysters and con-artists out there who would like to take away some of our hard-earned money. Yet some will fall prey.

Many years back there was a movie in which motorized vehicles took on human characteristics and began attacking people.

As we go about our daily lives here in sunny South Georgia, driving through our beautiful countryside of cotton fields, grazing cattle, big oaks and pine forests, we probably don’t dwell too much on the issue of pollution.

Over the past two weeks, The Moultrie Observer’s “Sunlight Project” has focused on the opioid epidemic in our nation — a tragedy that expresses itself very loudly right here in our own community.

For centuries most people have thought of churches as being places where they could feel safe, even claim asylum if necessary. And some of the worst elements in society even honored (if we might stretch the definition of that word in this regard) those holy zones.

   There was a place in Poland called the Sobibor Death Camp. Probably few of us have heard of it or remember it. It’s an element of that great horror known as the Holocaust.

A few nights ago, some 100 or more people gathered for a candlelight vigil in the courthouse annex here in Moultrie, honoring the memory of those who have died as a result of domestic violence.

The good news is we have an incredible amount of information at our fingertips via computers. The bad news is we have an incredible amount of information at our fingertips via computers.

So what the heck is a bump  stock? Simply put, it’s a device that can be attached to a semi-automatic weapon to make it a rapid fire, fully-automatic device capable of the kind of horror that unfolded in Las Vegas last Sunday where some 58 people were killed and hundreds more wounded.

We add our applause and our appreciation to the comment in today’s Rants and Raves, relative to the emergency crews responding to the damage dealt by Hurricane Irma Sunday night and Monday morning.

Countywide garbage pickup has worked well for our community. Anyone who disagrees should visit counties that still have the dumpsters at crossroads that often are abused with all sorts of scattered debris, attracting stray dogs, cats and other critters.

In a recent page-one story in The Moultrie Observer, City Manager Pete Dillard detailed the new management of the Moultrie Police Department.

Slowly but surely our society is uncuffing itself from stigmas of the past in the venues of mental illness and addictions.

Almost daily we are hearing of breakthroughs in medical research.  Just this week, a Food and Drug Administration panel approved gene therapy in the treatment of some leukemia cases. As well, a report recently showed that researchers are looking at the implications of stem cell transplants i…

Columnist Jill Richardson makes a good point on this page today. She confronts the myth that it’s guaranteed if you work hard you will be a success.

Probably no one but the North Koreans know what happened to cause an American student, Otto Warmbier, to fall into a coma and die after being released from prison.

The issue of climate change has long involved a contest between science and politics. But perhaps never before has the anti-science stance been more blatant than this week when Energy Secretary Rick Perry said he did not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.

MOULTRIE — Perhaps you’ve noticed farm trucks pulling as many as four trailers of produce at one time. This is indicative of the spring vegetable and fruit harvests.

To find great examples of hypocrisy, irony and paradox sometimes one has to go no further than our halls of government.

The  Georgia Department of Transportation is proposing a third roundabout for Moultrie. It would be at the intersection of the Adel Highway and Coolsprings Road.

Like any innovation that comes to fruition with the intent of helping humankind, there is always that under-belly of our society that will figure out how to use it for ill gain or deviant designs.

In many circles, the idea of “term limits” for congressmen is posed as a remedy to many of our national leadership issues.

Public schools have long been in the crosshairs of public scrutiny. Some of the shots fired are justified and others might be linked to personal and political agendas which may not be exactly linked to the future of our children. Either way, it causes analyses and metaphorically taking inven…

A contributor to today’s Rants and Raves makes a good point about our local farm production. There are no combines that can harvest tomatoes and other such perishable crops. They are labor intensive.

A few days ago, someone writing in the Rants and Raves chastised The Moultrie Observer for not having a story about a youngster who had earned accolades in a particular venue.

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