Opinion/Editorial

For years we taught the destruction of Rome by Federal forces in 1864, based almost solely on the diary of businessman Reuben Norton, who did keep an impeccable journal. Then, in 2002, Russell McClanahan found a number of hand written letters by Mary Noble that had been filed at the Universi…

Our heritage offers us beliefs and traditions that have been handed down from the past such as our American heritage, pride, honor and Christian heritage. Maybe we have emotional and personal feelings that our parents or grandparents instilled in us at an early age. We cling to that heritage…

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Insurance companies currently are evaluating whether to participate next year in the federal health exchange. That is where millions purchase health coverage on their own. The marketplace already faces turmoil, largely due to the uncertainty about what the Republican Congress will do with it…

The osprey is a cosmopolitan species with worldwide distribution. It can be found just about everywhere there are fish. The only places you won’t find ospreys are Antarctica and certain neighborhoods in Detroit and Chicago.

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There is a growing feeling in Washington, underlined by the character of the forces that have nearly brought about the fall of Mosul, that America bought Iraq, with blood and dollars, and Iran has ended up the dominant nation there.

  • William Steiner, Rome
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Republicans control 32 states, the President’s office, the U.S. House, Senate and Supreme Court. Democrats control 13 states and five states are equally divided. Most large cities (urban areas) like Atlanta are primarily controlled by Democrats, while most rural areas — such as Rome — are co…

I thoroughly enjoy riding my bike on the campus of Berry College after work every afternoon. Weather permitting, I complete a 15-mile workout ride. I park my car at Hermann Hall and ride across campus to the Hoge Building, to the gym and the chapel and then to the Viking Trail which takes me…

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The last thing Republicans on Capitol Hill apparently want the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to do is actually protect financial consumers. That would explain the angry GOP reaction whenever the bureau announces new rules, such as one this week to stop big financial institutions from …

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A group of economists released a paper recently suggesting young men are working fewer hours because they are spending so much time playing video games. Video games might also help explain a study last month from Johns Hopkins University researchers who said today’s 19-year-old is as sedenta…

I remember that a church was on North Broad at the corner of the street that ran down from North Broad to the railroad tracks by Jennings Funeral home. I am not sure of the name of the street. I grew up in North Rome on Reece Street. I used to walk to town down North Broad. I remember that o…

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Until Donald Trump’s election as president, the Office of Government Ethics had been a fairly obscure agency that supervised conflict of interest standards within the federal government. It is no longer fairly obscure, and when its director resigns, as Walter M. Shaub Jr., did last week, it …

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The altercation between Chris Cashell and Houston County Sheriff Deputy Jonathan Lewis that led to Cashell’s death didn’t have to happen, but it is an example of the sort of situations deputies, police officers and others in law enforcement are called in to intervene when domestic situations…

  • Bill McCleskey, Silver Creek
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I would like to thank the honest gentleman who found my wife’s credit card at the E-Z Stop store at the Rockmart Road and Wax Road intersection and turned it in at the store, then called the Georgia Power Northwest Federal Credit Union and reported it to the ladies there and told them where …

Before Rome and Northwest Georgia became a Mecca for textiles, they had a thriving foundry industry. And after the cotton mills began building, it actually increased the productivity of our foundries. I’ve enjoyed researching them over the years, and thought I might share some of it with you…

I remember the day I became old, at least the day “old” entered my mind. I had taken an airplane back to my beginnings, back to Columbus, Ohio. The plane landed in that oversized cow town where I lived when my days were upward and endless. I looked forward to this trip, remembering days spen…

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In the month after the start of World War II, Winston Churchill said he couldn’t determine what Russia was going to do: “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Nearly eight decades later, the same can be said about the Trump administration’s relationships with Russia.

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It may have sounded like a simple undertaking that wouldn’t attract much attention and might advance a worthy purpose: Set up a presidential commission on election integrity, ask for relevant data from the states, identify specific problems and offer solutions. But when President Donald Trum…

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A few years ago, Illinois lost a notable — some would say notorious — attribute. It was the last state that banned any carrying of concealed firearms in public. In 2012, a federal appeals court struck down the ban, forcing the state Legislature to pass a measure allowing citizens to obtain c…

  • Brenda Bishop, Rome
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I would like to make you aware of the problems with the Division of Family and Children Service office in Rome. We the poor, disabled, and elderly should not have to sit at the office for three or more hours just to pick up an application or to drop an application off.

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Given Donald Trump’s campaign promises to wipe out “job killing” regulations on Day One, no one should be surprised that the Trump administration is going after federal safeguards that protect consumers at the expense of corporate profits.

Growing up I remember that the old folks had a lot of superstitions. I know as a kid we listened and were very careful not to break any of the rules. There were things that you just didn’t do. I will try to give you some of the things that will get you in trouble if you do. Remember to obey …

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