Opinion/Editorial

  • From The Dallas Morning News
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“I think there is blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it,” President Donald Trump said about the violence at the Unite the Right rally last week in Charlottesville, Va. The statement has been roundly denounced by Democrats and Republicans alike.

  • From The Dallas Morning News
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President Donald Trump’s top adviser, Steve Bannon, is out of the White House. The departure is welcome; his corrosive influence and association with white nationalists represents some of the worst elements in politics.

  • From the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune
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Once again, there are flickering candles and flowers left on the streets of one of the world’s great cities to mourn terror attack victims. This time, blood has been shed in and near the breathtaking Spanish city of Barcelona, a global tourism magnet known for its striking modernist basilica…

  • Jim Doyle, Armuchee
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In my humble opinion, the proper place for all Civil War monuments should be the battlefields of that terrible conflict. It was on those hallowed grounds that real sacrifices were made by both sides. You cannot visit places like the Chickamauga or Kennesaw Battlefields without being overwhel…

  • Yvonne Brock Beard, Rome
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I am writing in regards to the City of Rome & the Historic Preservation Commission’s decision on the Hoyt family’s property at 603 W. First St. I worked for almost the entire Hoyt family for years including Mrs. Eleanor Hoyt, who lived in the house her entire marriage to Wade C. Hoyt Jr.…

  • Ed Burnley, Rockmart
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Why do you print editorials from newspapers in California? California is part of Mexico and they do not like our duly-elected president. Does the Rome News-Tribune have any writers? I am so tired of this Trump bashing and thinking about canceling the Rome News-Tribune. I do not watch any TV …

  • Miriam Cushard, Rome
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Mercy Housing is a management company whose values are respect, justice and mercy. Their vision is to have safe, healthy communities where all have stable lives and allowing people to develop their full potential by providing supportive programs for seniors, the disabled and veterans. Sounds…

It seems Rome was tailor made to be a foundry town. From the arrival and subsequent moving of the Noble Brothers pre-Civil War foundry to the closing of the Southern Cooperative Foundry Co. in May of 1970, Rome produced all forms of iron ware, and several stove designs. Roger Aycock, a frequ…

The level of hypocrisy facing this country is devastating to this country and all of the freedom-loving people who live here. I find myself laughing a lot about the absurdity of the hypocrisy, even though it is not laughable. Langston Hughes wrote an essay that many times we have to laugh to…

After reading last Saturday’s news coverage about the hate-filled tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, I wanted to write this column. Sunday morning the Rev. Matt DuVall, pastor of Rome First Baptist Church, gave a sermon that clearly instructed the congregation, television and online audie…

  • By Daniel J. Levitin, Los Angeles Times
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One morning last December, while working at my desk at home, I saw an intruder peering into my house, trying windows and doors. I didn’t know his intentions, or whether he was armed, but he seemed intent on breaking in. My first instinct was to grab a loaded handgun and brace myself for a co…

Have you ever asked yourself any of the following questions: Why is it that God allows people to suffer from sickness and disease? Why are there wars, poverty and people who feel hopeless? Why do we have earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes? Why are there disasters somewhere every day?

  • From the Chicago Tribune
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Last year, mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus spread from South America into the U.S. Pregnant women, or those trying, lived in fear of a bite that could result in a baby with birth defects. This year, so far, the buzz is better: Reported Zika cases have dropped in the U.S. and other parts o…

  • From The San Diego Union-Tribune
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The North Korean crisis appears to have de-escalated in recent days, thanks to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s steady, stern response to the rogue nation’s provocations. Pyongyang’s decision to drop a plan to shoot ballistic missiles near Guam, a U.S. te…

  • From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Kenya appears to have worked its way through elections more or less in one piece this time, in spite of some fairly dire history of sometimes violent confrontations in the past on these occasions. Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, an Amherst graduate and the son of the father of Kenya’s in…

Mama’s house was the happiest place on Earth. My children said so. It was true. In 2016 the happiest place on earth … the house where I grew up ... a home which housed a Christ-centered family ... a home with a zillion great memories ... sold. The new home owner does not know about our first…

  • M.L. McCorkle, Rome
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President Trump predicts that the entire 2,000 miles of wall he envisions separating our nation from Mexico will cost $10 billion. Senator McConnell estimates the wall will cost between $12 and $15 billion. Homeland Security estimates $21.6 billion.

  • Mark M.J. Webb, Rome
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Don Rusaw is an acquaintance and generally reasonable; however, he is wrong about the SPLOST. He says he won’t support another SPLOST until it has funding for road work to eliminate traffic snarls. If Don wants to see traffic snarls he should go to Atlanta, not quibble about petty traffic in Rome.

  • Cathy and David Dohrmann, Rome
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The recent letter regarding the Hoyt Property presents a rational and reasonable explanation why the Hoyt family should not be prevented from converting this site into an attractive, taxable residence of which all Romans could be proud. We would urge the HPC to reconsider in favor of the Hoy…

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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With a Republican president and a Republican Congress, raising the debt ceiling should be no big deal. But what about this Republican president and this Republican Congress? In a battle of dysfunction, America’s economy stands on the brink.

  • From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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America lost troubadour songster and movie and TV figure Glen Campbell Tuesday in Nashville at 81. Some of the songs that made Campbell famous constituted part of the soundtrack of Americans’ lives during his performance years, and long afterward. A number of them were in the category of mus…

I miss living in the home of the brave; we Americans have become a fearful people. The news media on both sides of the political spectrum floods us with sensational scary stories so they can grow an audience to view ads for medicines. Politicians play to fears to win votes. It seems that a s…

  • From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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The combination of North Korea’s augmenting nuclear weapons capacity and threats against United States and the region, plus America’s own unclear policy toward what is happening — including President Donald Trump’s threats of an unprecedented level of “fire and fury” — is becoming disturbing…

I love local history. We recently wrote a piece on Mary Noble. It seems we get a lot more information from the ladies that stayed home, and suffered, than from soldiers in the field. This is some bits and pieces from Edith France Simmons diary during our Civil War, from Cave Spring. You can …

Much has been written and said about the importance of first impressions. My mother taught her nine children to always be aware of how we presented ourselves when meeting someone for the first time. I can remember her saying, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”

  • From the Los Angeles Times
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A draft federal report on climate change that went public Monday contains little in the way of new science, and although its language is unequivocal, it merely confirms what has been obvious to so many scientists for so long: Human activity is increasing global temperatures, leading to poten…

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