Opinion

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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Poet Emma Lazarus’s heartfelt words inscribed near the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses . . ." rather inaccurately and hypocritically portrays American attitudes toward immigrants throughout most of our history. We have welcomed foreigners to our shores …

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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As have previously noted, the United States has the highest medical costs in the world, almost twice as high as the next highest developed nation, France. But conservatives tell us we get the world’s best health service for those high dollars. But do we? The World Health Organization, measur…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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Over my lifetime I have had four opportunities to vote for Jimmy Carter -- twice for governor and twice for president -- none of which I exercised. As the present White House occupant, I felt Carter lacked the political experience and knowhow to handle the job of chief executive. But later l…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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Well into my eighties, I decided long ago that free-market capitalism was the best system to provide the most and best goods and services to the most people at the best prices. And I’ve never wavered from that belief. The free market is unsurpassed in providing cars, shoes, toasters, dwellin…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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Have you ever wondered why the Germans and Scandinavians welcome immigrants from the war-ravaged Middle East? It isn’t from the goodness of their hearts, I assure you. It’s because of Europe’s declining birth rates. Most European countries are not even reproducing at a replacement level. Thu…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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Any time a congressional bill is introduced for anything other than tax cuts or military spending, conservatives immediately trot out the "welfare mom" scenario. But today welfare spending consumes only about nine percent of our total budget, slightly more than what we pay annually in intere…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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The Republicans have traditionally supported our fee-for-service health care system that is dependent on the free market to mediate both quality and costs. This is a function at which it has failed miserably.

  • James Fry
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I went along on a ride along with an officer of the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department on a night in April. The first call we went on was a case of stolen keys. Someone broke out a window of a truck. The second instance we had was a belligerent person call. The officer did a very good job b…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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Ronald Reagan, the "Teflon President" for whom, incidentally, I voted twice, shrewdly deceived us on taxes, fiscal realities and other things. And we swallowed it, hook, line and sinker. But to his everlasting credit Reagan hastened the Soviet Union’s demise by increasing U.S. defense spendi…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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Of the recent election, journalist P.J. O’Rourke observes, "America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem Witch Trials of 1692." O’Rourke, a die-hard Republican, supported Hillary Clinton.

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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A nation founded on a tax revolt, Americans simply do not like to pay taxes, any taxes of any kind. We see all taxes as confiscatory and oppressive. And it seems the wealthier we become the stingier we get.

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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First George W. Bush and now Donald Trump has used the term "tax relief" to mask their tax cuts slanted toward the wealthiest Americans. Tax relief infers that we are suffering under an onerous, confiscatory tax burden.

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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From reading some of my recent columns someone might get the idea that I believe Christianity and religion in general might be on their way out. Although there is some evidence to that effect in the U.S. and Europe, worldwide, Christianity is changing and expanding in dramatic ways.

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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Donald Trump tried to scare us with his exaggerated rhetoric about the dangers from illegal immigrants, Muslim travelers to the U.S. and other strawman issues. But neither he nor Hillary ever mentioned what I believe to be the No. 1 threat to our very survival: out-of-control drug abuse of e…

  • Anna Headrick, Ringgold
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I am a student at Dalton State College in the Social Work Program. I am writing to ask that your readers help make school campuses safer for students in Georgia by opposing House Bill 280. According to a study reported by Defilippis and Hughes (2015), there have been numerous fatal accidents…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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The cultural differences between Yankees and Southerners at the time of the civil War, and to a great extent even today, can be largely attributed to differences between the Celtic people of Scottish and Irish extraction who settled the southeast and the Anglo-Saxon and German settlers of th…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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The old bluegrass/country song, "I’m Crying My Heart Out Over You," contains these plaintive words: "I was blind, I could not see that you meant the world to me; and like a fool I stood and watched you go." Are we likewise blind today to the slipping away of our religious heritage and traditions?

  • By George B. Reed Jr.
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My credentials as a southerner are impeccable. My family, originally Scottish, migrated from Ireland to South Carolina and Virginia in the early 1700s. My fraternal grandmother’s family owned fifteen slaves and, as far as I can determine, every male in our family of fighting age voluntarily …

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