Columns/Letters to the Editor

  • By Kenny Dodd, Polk County Police Chief
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Editor's note: Chief Kenny Dodd asked to publish this letter as his official response to the letter from Sheriff Johnny Moats and the audit of the Polk County Police Department. We have agreed to publish this letter, and additional comments he made are also included in this week's coverage o…

  • State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-Cedartown
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Birthdays are magical events that not only bring about celebrations with family and friends, but they also offer a time of reflection on the past year. This time of reflection is often amplified on milestone birthdays even more so.

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I’ve been wanting to find a topic I can go on a rant about that would at least allow me to say something positive about our new President Donald Trump, who after his first 100 days in office hasn’t been getting all that great of press.

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This past week, I found myself thinking about issues of home and hearth much more than I have in the past with an interesting evening spent at a special called Aragon City Council meeting.

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Early last week I arrived in the office one morning to find a letter to the editor sitting on my desk which I found to be problematic.

  • State Sen. Bill Heath, R-31st
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The Senate was in session for Legislative Days 36, 37 and 38 this week. Predictably, the amount of legislation on the calendar for consideration has increased significantly from the first few weeks of the session.

  • State Sen. Bill Heath
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The deadline pressure is being clearly felt all throughout the Capitol. The General Assembly has now completed 35 of our 40 Legislative Days. This week included some long days in Senate committees as we reviewed the many House Bills that had crossed over to our chamber.

  • State Sen. Bill Heath, R-31st District
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We have passed Crossover Day, signifying that the legislative session is more than 75 percent complete. On Monday, Feb. 29, we moved very quickly to get through our lengthy calendar of 22 bills.

  • State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-16th District
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This past Monday on Feb. 22, we kicked off the seventh week of the 2016 legislative session. With only 11 days left in the 2016 session and the Crossover Day deadline approaching, the days are longer and the workload heavier; however, we are committed to passing meaningful legislation that w…

  • State Sen. Bill Heath, R-31st District
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In standard fashion, the Senate had 20 bills on the calendar on Friday, Legislative Day 29. After five more legislative days last week, session is more than 70 percent complete. Monday will be the final day this session for a Senate bill to receive its first passage in the Senate in order fo…

  • State Sen. Bill Heath, R-31st District
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The Senate convened for four more legislative days last week moving through Legislative Day 24. With 60 percent of the session now complete, Legislative Day 30, or Crossover Day, is only six legislative days away. This week, the General Assembly will meet for five Legislative Days with a sen…

  • State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-16th District
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State Rep. Trey Kelley (16th District) and State Sen. Bill Heath (37th District) provide the following columns on a weekly basis for media outlets. We have elected to publish them weekly through the legislative session as part of the Standard Journal’s coverage of state house issues. - KM

  • State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-16th District
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We began our fifth week of session on Monday, Feb. 8 of last week and by the end of the week we were halfway through the legislative session. This week we focused our efforts on protecting your religious freedoms, bringing more transparency to education, and making life easier for our active…

  • State Sen. Bill Heath, R-31st District
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The 2016 legislative session is officially halfway done. The Senate completed Legislative Day 20 on Thursday. In 10 legislative days, it will be Crossover Day. In 20 more days, it will be Sine Die. Both days are big hurdles in the legislative process. Even with the Senate passing several bil…

  • State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-16th District
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State Rep. Trey Kelley (16th District) and State Sen. Bill Heath (37th District) provide the following columns on a weekly basis for media outlets. We have elected to publish them weekly through the legislative session as part of the Standard Journal’s coverage of state house issues. - KM 

  • State Sen. Bill Heath, R-31st District
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State Rep. Trey Kelley (16th District) and State Sen. Bill Heath (37th District) provide the following columns on a weekly basis for media outlets. We have elected to publish them weekly through the legislative session as part of the Standard Journal’s coverage of state house issues. - KM 

  • State Rep. Trey Kelley (R-16th District)
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State Rep. Trey Kelley (16th District) and State Sen. Bill Heath (37th District) provide the following columns on a weekly basis for media outlets. We have elected to publish them weekly through the legislative session as part of the Standard Journal’s coverage of state house issues. - Stand…

  • State Sen. Bill Heath (R-31st District)
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The pace of session is slowly picking up. In the third week of this year’s legislative business, the Senate passed 2 bills with little opposition while consuming another 4 legislative days. The 2016 legislative session is now 30% complete.

  • State Sen. Bill Heath, R-31st
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State Sen. Bill Heath (37th District) provide a column on a weekly basis for media outlets. We have elected to publish them weekly through the legislative session as part of the Standard Journal’s coverage of state house issues.

  • State Sen. Bill Heath, R-31st District
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Columbus Day commemorates the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the “New World” in 1492. It was first celebrated as a federal holiday in 1937 but has been observed and remembered as a significant moment in the history of our country tracing all the way back to colonial times.

  • Ken Suffridge, Mayor of Aragon
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Editor’s note: The final edition of the Aragonian read in such a way, we decided to include it as a column from Mayor Ken Suffridge on the Commentary page instead of an item by itself. -KM

  • State Sen. Bill Heath
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This weekend, countless Americans will pack their bags full of hiking gear, or load up their cars with fishing line, and head into the over 1 million square miles of protected wilderness to enjoy the great outdoors with friends and loved ones. However, this weekend will be especially unique,…

On Monday, September 7th, our nation will observe Labor Day and we can enjoy a long weekend without our usual labors. What began as a state holiday in Oregon in 1887, Labor Day has been celebrated as a national work holiday since 1894. Georgia has a rich history of recognizing hard work and …

  • John Burkart
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The veterans of Cedartown have been extremely fortunate to have had a tremendous veteran’s advocate for the past dozen years in Mr. Marvin C. Hampton, who with his wife Jean, has dedicated hours of effort and sacrifice in the construction and operation of Cedartown’s Veterans Memorial Park. …

  • Dr. William Hunter, Polk School District Superintendent
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Editor’s Note: Polk School District superintendent William Hunter wrote this letter to the Standard Journal in response to a letter published on this page in the Aug. 5 edition.

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More than a decade back, I lived in a townhouse with my aunt and uncle on the outskirts of Huntsville, Ala. It was during my final two years of high school, and the three-bedroom place sat in a small complex with five others and a small, under construction, neighborhood behind.

  • State Sen. Bill Heath, R-37th District
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Every year, on July 1st, a number of new laws passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed by the Governor actually go into effect. Some are greeted with thunderous applause and others draw little attention. The following bills range all across that spectrum and are now in place in our state.

  • By Kenny Dodd, Polk County Police Chief
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Editor's note: Chief Kenny Dodd asked to publish this letter as his official response to the letter from Sheriff Johnny Moats and the audit of the Polk County Police Department. We have agreed to publish this letter, and additional comments he made are also included in this week's coverage o…

  • State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-Cedartown
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Birthdays are magical events that not only bring about celebrations with family and friends, but they also offer a time of reflection on the past year. This time of reflection is often amplified on milestone birthdays even more so.

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I’ve been wanting to find a topic I can go on a rant about that would at least allow me to say something positive about our new President Donald Trump, who after his first 100 days in office hasn’t been getting all that great of press.

  • ()

This past week, I found myself thinking about issues of home and hearth much more than I have in the past with an interesting evening spent at a special called Aragon City Council meeting.

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Early last week I arrived in the office one morning to find a letter to the editor sitting on my desk which I found to be problematic.

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