Opinion/Editorial

I guess as a kid I fished in just about every river and creek around Rome. I did a few times in other places that I wasn't supposed to. Give most boys a fishing pole back when I was growing up, and they were in heaven. But I did a lot of fishing in other ways besides with a pole.

  • By Jeff Groux, Rome
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Good morning, I thank you for the opportunity to comment on Friday’s Sun Sentinel editorial regarding recent political activities along our Southern border.

  • S. Eastman, Rome
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The new parking meter proposal will cost $209,000 in monies to come out of the Rome City budget. The parking meters will be in operation from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The parking fine for staying over one hour will be $10. The parking fine for staying over two hours will be $1…

After forty years, I still remember my physiology test. It remains the hardest multiple-choice test I took in college. I’m sure the professor experienced a depressive episode at worst, and at least puzzlement.

Writing a birding column is like working in a welcome center on an interstate highway. People ask you questions. Only instead of asking where to eat lunch, where to buy cheap gas, what is the shortest route to the McIntosh Reserve, and where is the restroom, I am asked bird questions. How do…

  • Robert Rakestraw, Rome
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In regard to the ever-growing problem of the misuse and overdosing of opioids to deal with pain, a quote from Shakespeare comes to mind, "What fools these mortals be!"

Aging. I’ve long thought it’ll never happen to me. My husband has been teasing me, telling me I was getting old. I didn’t want to hear it. However, I’ve recently been dealing with an eye problem which has certainly gotten my attention.

Several months ago, when we were experiencing particularly frigid temperatures, Rome First United Methodist announced they would open up their recreation hall for temporary shelter for women and children to get out of the cold for the night. They had a limited number of cots available and kn…

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Now y'all know I generally like to keep my column pretty local. Occasionally I'll venture out to Esom Hill or to Rockmart when I talk about my family, but for the most part I like to talk about life in and around Rome and Floyd County.

  • From Larry Gambrell of Silver Creek
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Although we have plenty of fast food, drive-thru restaurants in Rome, there is not always a great place to park and enjoy a lunch. One of my favorite spots with the grandchildren is to park at the back of the old Kmart lot and watch the trains go by as we eat. There are always several other …

  • From Susan B. Daniel of Rome
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Reading the front page of last Tuesday’s Rome News-Tribune concerning the future of neighborhood enhancement programs, I felt that city officials should be reminded that Summerville Park, the 30-day Neighborhood Enhancement Program, was a great success. You, the public, are invited to view t…

  • From Paul Petersen of Rome
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Decades ago most American cities, including Rome, enacted common sense Property Zoning Laws to assure home buyers that one of the most important purchases of their life would be protected against inappropriate activities by their neighbors.

  • From John Johnston of Rome
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After just four short months into 2018, here are some things that really need to be addressed. Restaurants with employees who handle food, you should not have a beard. Twice I’ve found beard hair in my food.

I guess over the last year my wife and I have won at least five free vacations, and left several million in funds from folks we didn’t even know we were the next of kin. And thankfully when my bank account gets out of whack, there’s somebody calling us to straighten it out, whether we have a…

Mr. Trump will go to any length to erase the legacy of President Obama. He has not the faintest idea what is outlined in the Iran Deal. All he knows is that President Obama signed it and is in agreement with it. That was all he needed to know in order to be against it. Iran and the United St…

Don't let the charred remains of palm trees and pines, created by a controlled burn, in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park deceive you — this is the location of one of the best treasures to be found on the Emerald Coast. The term Emerald Coast was coined in 1983 by junior high student Andrew Di…

“… that mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.” James Allen

Previously, our investigation had entered the courts and the legal history of the Second Amendment. Its legislative history, its intentions and different modes of federalism in relation to the whole was pronounced. Now, I will end this short saga with a forceful reminder of the underapprecia…

  • Angela Evans, Rome
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Our hiking group here in Rome recently had a history walk in downtown Rome. Sometimes we forget the rich history that our town holds. I am always fascinated by the fact we had a Gothic-style opera house here. The many buildings and statues, the homes there in downtown that was associated wit…

I’ve always loved to use the phrase “You catch more flies with honey” for its spirit of kindness in dealing with people. Obviously, we are more appealing when we are pleasant, though many of us seem to have forgotten that these days. I’ll get back to you folks in a minute. But, there is no q…

Back in the days that I grew up in, it was quite different from today. Very few houses had electricity in them. Kerosene lamps furnished most of your light at night. Most of the radios were powered by batteries and they didn’t pick up many stations because there was so much interference at n…

  • Richard Garrett, Rome
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I have been a Democrat for many years. Trump says many stupid things, but don’t we all? We do need to stop unlawful immigration, it does drain our taxes and is unfair. Mexico is using us and just laughing at us.

How did the Border War in Kansas have an effect upon northwest Georgia? From 1855 till 1859, when Federal troops finally stopped the bloodshed along the Missouri-Kansas Border, it was a bloody place to be living. The Kansas-Nebraska Act had declared that by popular vote the residents of Kans…

With longing and anticipation, I stared at the likeness of his eyes and face, wondering if he was still alive and if it was our destiny to ever meet all these years later. The grainy Navy photograph came alive for me and my heart soared as I knew that I was staring at my biological father. A…

My daddy had a real enthusiasm for history. Georgia history. Rome, Georgia’s history. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of local history that was nothing short of fascinating. When our family went somewhere for the day, Daddy would tell us all about the area we were visiting, and we invariabl…

  • Randy Eidson, Rome
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In David Beall’s letter about gun rights he makes several statements I take issue with. He says the Second Amendment is the most important one of the Bill of Rights. This is not an opinion that everyone shares. Personally I think the First Amendment is the most important. But that’s my opini…

  • By Monica Sheppard, local columnist
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As I sat listening to Oshea Israel talk about what made it possible for him to take another young man’s life, I was struck by how simple, and yet complex, his answer was.

As the nation marks 50th year of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination that happened April 4, 1968, we still have much work to do to make his dream become a complete reality. Many of the icons that walked with him have passed away. Thanks for the work of his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King…

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