Opinion/Editorial

  • From the Chicago Tribune
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A memorable moment of calm enveloped Donald Trump’s chaotic, confrontational presidency on Jan. 31 when he introduced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee. Gorsuch appeared so learned and earnest compared to the peripatetic Trump that you had to wonder if someone had mixed up the …

  • From The Marietta Daily Journal
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A majority of state senators are handing Georgians a grenade to lob at our local school systems, blowing up how they are presently run. These elected officials believe voters should have the option of returning to the good ol’ days when superintendents were elected and school boards were app…

  • Russ Gates, Thad Watters, Unified Football Committee and Boys & Girls Club Board Members
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Coach John Reid and the Rome City School Systems decision to begin participation and play in the Northwest Georgia Youth Football League will have many negative impacts to the Rome and Floyd County community. As members of the Unified Football Committee and the Boys & Girls Club board of…

  • William Steiner, Rome
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I was hoping Donald Trump was going to be an agent for positive change in our government. My hopes are quickly diminishing and he has only been in power for less than three months.

  • From The Charlotte Observer
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Monday’s extraordinary House Intelligence Committee hearing confirmed for Americans something that’s real and something that’s not. The difference between the two is a distinction President Donald Trump seems incapable or unwilling to understand, but the rest of us should.

During this Lenten Season, many of the stories in Scripture emphasize the power of sight. The story of the man born blind in the Gospel passage from John is well-known to many of us.

  • From the Chicago Tribune
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When the White House put out its blueprint for the federal budget, which is notable for outlining $54 billion in cuts for domestic programs, shrieks of outrage went up on Capitol Hill. “Draconian” and “counterproductive” were some of the words used to describe the plan. “Not realistic” and “…

  • From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Even when they were “friends,” on the Comedy Central circuit, Donald Trump and Snoop Dogg had a relationship characterized by a crude and ribald humor. Years before Trump became president of the United States, one of his highest aspirations was to be the subject of a Comedy Central roast. He…

  • From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Just as there are lots of things that are debatable in life, rock ‘n’ roll has been known to pit even best friends against each other when it comes to arguing the fine points of the music that changed America in the middle of the last century.

  • Cheryl C. Garner, Rome
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My son was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor at 25. It reoccurs and currently has no cure. Brain tumors are more prevalent than many might think. He was working and covered by insurance at his diagnosis, but now he is dependent upon Obamacare. Therefore, we are quite familiar with…

My opposition to the Republicans’ proposed plan to “repeal and replace” Obamacare is deeply personal. I am one of the 24 million Americans who stand to lose health coverage if the new plan is enacted. This is my fourth year with insurance through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. I beca…

I recently finished re-watching the old Western movie “How the West Was Won.” The movie, like so many old Westerns, was a story of brave and hardy pioneers who moved west in the face of uncertainty and danger. My generation grew up on such movies. Cowboys, fearless lawmen, tough women, and a…

  • Charles Dickerson, Cave Spring
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Nationalism is defined as: 1) devotion to one’s nation, i.e. patriotism, 2) the doctrine that national interest, security, etc. are more important than international consideration, 3) the desire for or advocacy of national independence. 

  • Jim Doyle, Armuchee
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Lately there have been several attempts to compare Donald Trump with our seventh president, Andrew Jackson. While there are similarities, it is their differences that are most revealing. This is particularly true in the realm of economics. Jackson was a “hard money” man who absolutely despis…

I want to begin by sharing that it is, without a doubt, the most awesome privilege of my life to have been called by our Heavenly Father to be a preacher and then a pastor.

  • From The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer
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Republicans have been focused in these early days of the Trump administration on that big campaign promise to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” And so now Republicans, unwilling to admit the promise was harder to keep than they figured — and that the Affordable Care Act was working better than…

April 6 is the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I. Let’s take a look at how Georgia and Floyd County was involved, and how it might have repercussions still rippling now. But first, a little background on what has been called the ‘Forgotten War.’

Down through the years I have found out that there are some things that happen to you that money can’t buy. Someone does something for you out of their heart, money is not in the question. Someone holds the door open for you. You got your hands full and drop something, some one picks it up f…

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