Opinion/Editorial

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Each time a writer pens something, whether it is a letter, poem, book or just a short essay, the information is written from his or her point of view and hopefully supported by facts. Because of that point, the essay may be missing particular facts that the writer might have deemed unnecessa…

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The 2018 Coosa Valley Fair will open this year on Oct. 2 and run through Oct. 6. We’ve been taking a look back at the history of the fair since the Rome Exchange Club revived it in 1949. In last week’s column we carried the fair into the year 1962. One thing from last week, we mentioned Anne…

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My fondest memories of rotary phones are from my teenage years. I’m sure I caused my parents no end of frustration as I pulled the cord from our dining room to the hallway so I could close the door and have “private” conversations with my friends. It was easy for my folks to set limits — “be…

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My daughter, Christy, is a classically trained violinist. She still has the third of three violins that she played throughout her years in school. The other two violins are hanging on a wall at our house. More about that later.

What if I told you that you are richer than you think? There are approximately 7 ½ billions of people on the planet earth. Nearly half of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.

Bernard “Bernie” Sims was a friend of mine. He lived a few houses down from my family on Pruitt Drive. We were a year apart in age and shared an interest in golf. This meant we did not share any classes in school and that I could only observe him on the golf course. Bernie appeared more verb…

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Last week I was at a meeting in Gordon County. The speaker at the meeting was Gordon County’s Election Director Shea Hicks. During her presentation she discussed the ins and outs of the local election process from training poll workers to testing and certifying the voting machines to mailing…

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Who’s your tribe? Do you know? Before you prepare to check your DNA or track your ancestry to figure it out, let’s consider some things.

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I’m not a dancer but I’ve always enjoyed watching others dance. There is something about dancing — the flying feet in lockstep with another, the graceful arms, the bent of the head, and the whirling round and round. It makes my heart sing. Dancers — when in harmony with one another — produce…

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We all feel blessed to have a pioneer-warrior like Joyce P. Smith leading us and guiding us on this restoration journey. Those of us in this community should give thanks for having people who have been given missions and visions and are willing to go the distance to accomplish them.

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Read the headline of the Rome News-Tribune on Sunday, Oct. 16, 1949. The Fair was coming back, after over a decade of nonexistence.

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The new day ushered in sign-hanging, pricing, the arrangement of goods and a box of change. This particular morning was to be the launch of my first yard sale in over 20 years. With great reluctance, I decided to take a chance on cleaning out my storage room and turn my treasures into cash. …

It started as a family feud. Before it was over, it morphed into murder, an attempted coup d’etat and political assassination. Absalom’s anger was understandable. Amnon took a fancy to Absalom’s sister Tamar. When Tamar rejected him, Amnon forced the issue – then casually threw Tamar on the …

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When one travels by light rail or commuter rail a person encounters a different sort of traveler according to the time of day. As I type this on New Mexico’s Rail Runner, it is still early in the morning. I boarded the train at 6:30 a.m. in order to arrive in Santa Fe at 9 a.m. for a product…

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Fifteen years ago this week, we lost Johnny Cash. Many books have been written, movies have been made and songs have been sung about “The Man in Black.” Recently, I saw an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville depicting Cash’s late 1960s career revival. It was the time of “F…

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Each year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration designates September as National Recovery Month. During the month, we recognize the millions of individuals living in recovery with mental illness and substance use disorders, and equally important, the process of chang…

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When I was growing up, there was a house up the street that we were not allowed to visit.

The serene, unassuming city of Cave Spring continues to live up to its history of being able to grow and flow historically. It is much like the cool spring water that flows 24/7 through its river veins, causing people from across the region to be attracted to it. On any day, one might find i…

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Today’s world lacks imagination. The proliferation in today’s culture of video games and other technical wonders challenges native imagination.

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Sometimes I need a little fresh air. Certainly it’s good for my physical health, but it’s much more than that. When I walk away from my television or my computer, my faith in humanity is restored.

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In his 1989 farewell address to the nation Ronald Reagan said, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

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Many Americans forget that we are all immigrants, whether it applies to you, your parents or your ancestors, we are all immigrants. We all came from somewhere else in hope of a better life. We all fled from violence, poverty and corrupt governments, whether it was from Europe in the 1700s or…

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I know the last day of summer is somewhere around the 22nd of September, but nestled almost directly between the 4th of July and Thanksgiving is little old Labor Day. It has to be one of my favorite holidays. Think about it.

I am not intending this discussion to be morbid, but hopefully a thoughtful insight brought on by an exchange while at a funeral. I just recently attended the home-going services of a dear friend. Lately, as I have attended home-going services of friends who have been so dear and true, I hav…

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As we tearfully left Idaho and most of our family, we headed towards our next destination: home. We had been gone for 78 days total, averaged $9.58 per night and drove a total of 2,324 miles. Even though the summer was filled with family reunions and special times, I realized how glad I was …

The day arrived and along with my golf bag and clubs, I carried all the associated anticipation, excitement and butterflies I normally experienced before competition. It remains a highlight in my golf career. By virtue of a top ten finish in the South Carolina Junior Championship, I qualifie…

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In my opinion, a man is born neutral. I hesitate to say we are born good and thoroughly reject the idea we are born bad. Society and the conditions we are raised in corrupt our innocence for the worst. We adopt a vanity and amour-propre (a sense of self-esteem) among other characteristics th…

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Just before he died last year at the age of 75, my cousin Jack told me some stories about his life. He grew up in Bryant, Alabama, and was a star athlete at Pisgah High School.

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Is it too early in the year to quote my favorite Christmas movie? It won’t be any of the Christmas-y parts, so maybe we can pretend it comes from something else. I promise not to mention the snow, or heart-warming music, or glittery fabulousness. Promise.

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