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GUEST EDITORIAL: Call it what you will, ‘culture of rape’ must end

There are so many disturbing elements to the recent Rolling Stone story about a fraternity gang rape at the University of Virginia and the subsequent admission by the publication’s managing editor that huge pieces of the article — including details of the alleged assault itself — were inaccurate or could not be verified. It’s hard to know where to begin.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: See what you can learn by taking the ‘implicit bias’ test
Posted: December 17, 2014

We’re all guilty of implicit bias.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Life isn’t perfect. Deal with it
Posted: December 17, 2014

Life is full of unpleasant events and lousy surprises, and many of them are beyond remedy.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: It’s time to put Nelson Mandela under history’s microscope
Posted: December 16, 2014

Nelson Mandela’s selfless brand of leadership surprised the world and won him universal accolades during his lifetime. After being confined to Robben Island for most of his 27 years in prison, Mandela became South Africa’s first black president, and his goal was always reconciliation rather than revenge.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Post-Gadhafi era fraught with chaos
Posted: December 16, 2014

Growing violence and destruction have marked Libya’s collapse as a nation since the United States intervened alongside the resistance to the rule of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Monday 12/15/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Taxpayers deserve a trade-off for City Center
Posted: December 15, 2014

It took six years, more than 1,000 signatures on a petition, multiple meetings with state and federal environmental regulators, untold phone calls and emails and considerable time and money, but in the end it appears the Coosa River Basin Initiative and citizen advocates have finally secured some measure of protection for wetlands threatened by the proposed City Center shopping center along Riverside Parkway.

GUEST COLUMN: Retrain police, abolish the grand juries
Posted: December 15, 2014

There was a day in my youth when my favorite uncle, Amos Pledger, was a Rome City cop. He was a great man and I called him “Unc.” He and one or two of his police officer friends were often present at his home when I would visit during the summer break from school.

Clay Bennett Cartoon
Posted: December 15, 2014

By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

GUEST EDITORIAL: Affordable Care Act is helping control health-care spending increases
Posted: December 15, 2014

As Republicans in Congress gear up in January for their most aggressive attack yet on President Barack Obama’s health-care reforms, here’s something they probably won’t mention: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced this month that U.S. health-care spending grew just 3.6 percent in 2013.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Official courtesy used to be automatic
Posted: December 15, 2014

The sad thing about President Barack Obama’s visit Tuesday to Nashville was the complete politicization of the occasion.

GUEST EDITORIAL: The million dollar question on Ebola
Posted: December 15, 2014

The World Health Organization admits that it has not been able to stem its rapid spread and the continent of Africa is a major victim of the epidemic.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Keep economic liberty in mind
Posted: December 15, 2014

The Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of North America Report is out, and once again, West Virginia ranks among the “least free” states, at 45th.

Sunday 12/14/2014
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Who needs a gift for Christmas? Everyone!
Posted: December 14, 2014

I have heard so many people comment on how they didn’t want to buy gifts this year, because no one needed anything. Giving a gift is an act of LOVE. Everyone needs love! We all have made such a big deal over the gift item. It is not important. The act of love is. Whether it be a $1 box of candy or an expensive piece of jewelry, it should be given in love. The wise men gave Jesus their gifts with love and honor. Jesus gave the greatest gift of love for all.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The art of a child
Posted: December 14, 2014

In the Dec. 4 Rome News-Tribune issue, you printed under “Today’s Young Artist” a drawing by Ross Edwards who attends Model Elementary School. This is one of the best pieces of art I can remember seeing printed in your paper. Ross has reminded us of how we should live our lives. Through love and peace, which will bring joy. Thank you, Ross, for reminding us of this. Take a look America. Think, from the mouth of a child.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Memories of the mall
Posted: December 14, 2014

In Mount Berry Mall, there is silence. You can no longer hear the joyful music of the carousel as you walk in. You can no longer hear the laughter of the children at the playground, nor the roar of the fountain or the plink of the coins being tossed in. Instead there is a big black cube with televisions glaring back at you.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Eyewitness to Pearl Harbor attack
Posted: December 14, 2014

Regarding the “Memories of the Pearl Harbor attack” article from Jackson, Wyoming, in the Rome News-Tribune Sunday, Dec. 7, edition — You should not need to go so far afield for such.

Mike Lester Cartoon
Posted: December 14, 2014

By Mike Lester, Washington Post Writers Group

Friday 12/12/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Spread joy this season instead of the flu
Posted: December 12, 2014

Give the gift of good health during this holiday season. Get your flu shot now, during National Influenza Vaccination Week.

GUEST COLUMN: Never asking for help, only opportunity
Posted: December 12, 2014

NEW YORK — Throughout this energized and electrifying city, there are countless neighborhood restaurants where you will find good food with a flair for the Old Country — which allows for adventure in the menu alone. Sometimes there is even more when you come to know the proprietor.

Mike Lester Cartoon
Posted: December 12, 2014

By Mike Lester, Washington Post Writers Group

GUEST EDITORIAL: China opens up to Western capitalism
Posted: December 12, 2014

On a train from Xi’an to Beijing, traveling 180 miles an hour as it cuts through air so polluted you can’t see the tops of city skyscrapers, a female attendant mops the speeding car’s floors between stops to keep the compartment tidy. Clean floors, dirty air. This is China in the 21st century.

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