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Great game indeed, Mike Ritter

He told us loved us all the time, and I never once doubted it. As they were taking him back to the operating room, we held hands and I told him I loved him. He said it back. Then he said, “Timmy!” and reache...

Editorial: We are all responsible for each other

Last year about this time, I was plotting to kidnap a cat. This cat was not my cat, but she had slipped in through the open cat door to my Candler Park apartment one evening, plopped down on the floor and pr...
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When Pride Changes Fear

In my home town of Bossier City, Louisiana, I was the first teenager on my block to have enormous platform shoes in the disco year of 1977.  I was so excited about my overtly gay purchase that I wore them to Youth Night at my church, where the sight of my festive feet was met with horrified looks from my fellow Methodists.  

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Opinion: Budget cuts could kill people with HIV

Former Congressman Nathan Deal is vying to become Georiga's next Governor

We are all tired of hearing about sequestration. The focus on numbers allows us to forget that these budget cuts are a real life or death issue for people with HIV.

They hurt people like M., an unemployed 45-year-old African-American mother of three, who learned that she had HIV when her ex-husband admitted to her that he was infected before they divorced. She waited six months and experienced suicidal thoughts before seeking medical and mental health care. Her life now depends on federally funded services that may soon be in short supply. 

The 5 percent budget cut resulting from the federal sequester process translates into more people infected with HIV, more people whose health will deteriorate from HIV to AIDS, and more who will die from AIDS.

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Atlanta Bicycle Coalition responds to Melissa Carter’s latest ‘That’s What She Said’ column

At the heart of Melissa Carter’s commentary, “Cars aren’t the problem with ‘Share the Road'” is a tired, culture war approach that pits drivers against cyclists as if we were different species. The outpouring of comments on her piece shows most of us - whether driving or biking - are beyond all that.

In the past, drivers in Atlanta viewed sharing the road much like Melissa does - I’m driving a faster, heavier vehicle, so get out of my way.

What Melissa and other old-school drivers fail to consider is that when I’m riding my bike somewhere, I'm not trying to get in drivers' way, any more than small cars are trying to delay tractor trailers on the highway. I'm just trying to get where I'm going - mostly work or my kids’ school -  safely and in a reasonable amount of time. When I was a newbie and tried courteously share the lane with cas, drivers routinely “buzzed” me, coming within inches at high speeds - a recipe we all recognize as poisonous. I learned to take the lane to protect my own skin.