Opinion/Editorial

It is early on Monday morning, and I am sitting at my desk watching the rain fall from darkened skies. The ground is completely covered in gold leaves, and the last remnants of green are slowly turning to brown.

The holidays are upon us and we’re all excited/depressed/inspired/disgusted to see them arrive. Of course, they’ve been “arriving” since about July, it seems, so their true arrival feels a little anticlimactic but, here they are! I dearly despise the inundation of consumptive triggers that s…

Halloween is over! The midterm election is over! What do these two events have in common? They both gave a lot of attention to phony monsters. Whatever remnants of scariness now come with Halloween, they are largely replaced by fun costumes and way too much candy. At Halloween, even the smal…

Nov. 11 commemorates the national holiday of Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day. This holiday allows all Americans to take time to appreciate and respect those who so bravely put their lives in danger for the sake of our safety and freedoms. For some, Veterans Day is a day of than…

With over 28 countries involved in the Great War, a new enemy emerged in 1918: An epidemic of the flu that shortly became a pandemic. Researchers have been investigating the origins of the flu for almost 100 years. The results are still difficult to decipher. One thing is for sure: Somewhere…

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Most of us older members of the Rome/Floyd County community can remember the times when we would run to the house calling to our parents, saying, “She/he called me a bad name, and she also said some ugly things about you, Mom!” Believe me when I say these were the same playmates that we had …

This past week the bride and I drove from near Albuquerque to San Antonio, Texas. We broke our trip into two easy travel segments.

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When I lived in Atlanta I never missed a Veterans Day parade. Staged at the Atlanta Civic Center, every year the parade begins Nov. 11, precisely at 11:11 a.m. on West Peachtree Street. The best units in the parade are always the JROTC units. In every parade … on the back row … there was the…

Turning the corner, I steered the car into the parking lot. There, confronting me, the sign said, “Sudden Service.” I thought, “Wow! Not bad for a ‘fried in old grease, we’ll worry about the arteries later chicken joint.” Catchy slogans cannot overcome a “rust on the building, empty parking …

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By the time you read these words, the political races will be over, and those million signs that are protruding from the earth beside our roadways will be tossed in the trash. One side will declare victory, and the other will be huddled in the corner crumpled in defeat.

I grew up in Atlanta, the great melting pot of the South. It was really a suburb of Atlanta just outside of the perimeter to the northeast, a little town called Tucker, but we did spend a good bit of time in and out of the city as I was growing up. My mom grew up in southwest Virginia in the…

There’s a few things going on in Rome at the moment that I’m excited about. They’re pretty random so I apologize for jumping all over the place here. These are just things that are happening right now in our community that I think are pretty cool and you may agree. 

While record numbers of absentee and early votes have already been cast across the state, many more will head to the polls tomorrow on Election Day to vote for our next governor and a slate of constitutional officers, along with our members of Congress, state legislators and numerous local o…

In the Oct. 3 edition of Rome News-Tribune, Mrs. Beverly Woodward submitted a poem that she remembered having to memorize in high school, and I find the poem so impactful for us. With such trying times in front of us we are pulling things from our past that give us hope to help us to move fo…

When we left off last week, Rome City School system had moved into the Old Courthouse building on East Fifth Avenue. It was remodeled into four classrooms and an eighth grade was added. In 1902 they added the ninth grade, and still another grade in 1908.

All three of these words have so much in common with each other, but to sum up what those words demonstrate is this: it is our long- awaited fall season, which has finally graced us with her presence. It is that time of year once again to partake in the joys of homecomings and haunting, a tr…

Yesterday, I had the privilege of welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to the great state of Georgia as he arrived at the Dalton Convention Center for the first of his three stops on the campaign trail for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp. I spent the morning meeting thousands of…

Grandpa sat on the bank of her pond with a fishing pole in her hand, an apron around her waist, a bonnet on her head and a pail full of wiggly worms in black dirt by her side.

Back when I was growing up money was scarce. There was a few who had it but most didn't. Some kids didn't know what toys were at Christmas. Cowboys and Indians was played by boys carrying stick guns and wooden knives. Most of the boys learned how to make a stick gun.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Chattanooga on the eve of the upcoming election to campaign for Republican candidates.

Among the most memorable words spoken by Franklin Roosevelt during the crisis of the Great Depression were “we have nothing to fear but fear itself.” What a striking difference pervades the current culture and its political climate. The apparent terror of social change demonizes “others,” tr…

Citizens have been on a political roller coaster for the last two years as a parade of candidates have attempted to sway them in choosing the next leaders of the great State of Georgia. As Floyd County voters head to the polls between now and Election Day, Nov. 6, they have — depending on vo…

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On May 30, 1912, The Rome Courier announced that closing exercises for the Rome City School would take place at the Nevin Opera House.

As many of you know, I have written a book of my essays and thoughts. Several of you came to a book signing or two over the last month and, of course, I thank you. I have given speeches and traveled some unchartered territory with a new map that often makes no sense, but I just keep on drivi…

If you are part of any sort of group that gets together you will certainly understand what I’m talking about. It might be a book club or people getting together to play cards. It might be a coffee group that gathers every morning, or even a prayer group that meets every week. Or it could be …