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For the second year in a row, the Good Samaritan Clinic has had to cancel its annual fundraiser due to the coronavirus.

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America's covid-19  vaccination rate  is around 60% for ages 12 and up. That's not enough to reach so-called herd immunity, and in states like Missouri — where a number of counties have vaccination rates under  25%  — hospitals are overwhelmed by  serious outbreaks  of the more contagious delta variant.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main,” wrote English poet John Donne. Never is that more true than when a society is faced with a unseen, quickly spreading virus that has killed over 600,000 Americans.

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The standard treatment for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been pharmaceuticals and therapy, but in good news for veterans and other sufferers of PTSD, there is a push now to consider other forms of treatments that don’t require a monthly prescription.

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Welcome back to normal - or “normalish.” This summer, we’ve gotten back to enjoying all the things we missed last summer: the festivals, the community events, the small and larger gatherings.

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Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.

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Throughout the pandemic, we have heard from family members of nursing home residents who were upset that they were not able to get in to see their loved ones.

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On Monday, the U.S. Census Bureau delivered the United States population numbers for reapportionment and, to Alabama’s collective relief, Alabama did not lose one of its seven seats in the United States House of Representatives. 

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On Tuesday, it will have been 10 years since an outbreak of tornadoes hit Cullman County and other areas of Alabama. The scars - evident in still-vacant lots where buildings and homes once stood - are still with us. But it was also a day of miracles, hope and rebirth.

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A bill that would have lifted the decades-old ban on teaching yoga in Alabama’s k-12 schools stalled in committee this week. Despite the documented benefits of yoga, and overwhelming passage by the House, the bill stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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It’s been a year since we last published our Profile section, in which we look back at the progress being made in our community and the heroes who touch the lives of the people who live here. And what a year it’s been.

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“Every citizen has a right to inspect and take a copy of any public writing of this state, except as otherwise expressly provided by statute.” Alabama public records law.

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I have to admit: When I saw the news that Major Biden, the three-year-old German shepherd the President and Dr. Biden rescued, had a “biting incident” and was sent back to Delaware with their other shepherd, Champ, I was, well, a bit relieved.

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Colony residents are right to expect better of their elected officials. The discord among the council is not moving the town forward on solving problems, nor is it showing the community in its best light.

A year ago, we were on the cusp of this new reality. Little did we know all the ways in which a global pandemic would change our everyday lives and cost us the lives of so many. 

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A bill before the Alabama legislature proposes creating a website where the voters lists for each county can reside, taking that information out of the state’s community newspapers and putting it online.

Recently several news outlets, including Alabama Political Reporter and Seth Abramson, have reported that Alabama’s freshman Senator Tommy Tuberville met with President Trump’s family, administration officials, campaign advisers and others on the eve of the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Can someone get some paper and a pen or pencil and start taking some notes? We need a checklist of what to do when rolling out a new vaccine to an entire country.

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What we saw at the United States Capitol on Wednesday - a mob ransacking the seat of American democracy - was shameful. It was seditious. It was anti-American in every way possible.

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If you’re a last-minute gift giver or unsure of what to give to that hard-to-buy-for person, we’ve got some suggestions for you that will help you and your community.

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The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine has begun and while this is great news, we still have to maintain our vigilance against this virus by following healthcare guidelines to control the spread of the disease.

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As I have quietly performed my job as a physician over the last few months, trying to bring healing to my patients, I have witnessed my community slowly fall into the grip of this terrible virus that has been unleashed on my colleagues, patients, and friends.

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We live in a very generous community. Today is recognized across the nation as Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is recognized as the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is showcased at #GivingTuesday.

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Alabama finds itself in a situation: The state has about six weeks left to use approximately $400 million or send the money back to the U.S. government. 

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Tuesday’s election did not bring the decisive victory either party would have liked, as a large swath of voters turned out to cast their votes or mailed in ballots this year to avoid exposure to the coronavirus. 

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the nation, including in Alabama and Cullman County.

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If you plan on having your voice heard in the upcoming election and have not yet registered to vote, Monday is your last chance to register for the Nov. 3 election.

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Last week was National Small Business Week, and we want to recognize the achievements of small businesses.

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The Cullman County Library launched its “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” reading program last week, and it’s a program every parent of a pre-k should be participating in.