For over a decade I have maintained a blog site where I invite readers to add their funny anecdotes about Rome’s once internationally known madam, Peggy Sneed, which were to be collected for the book I eventually intend to write.
You might say I have a problem with food, but it’s not totally my fault. I come from a big Italian family whose love of food is off the charts. When I was growing up we were either cooking food, eating food, buying food, talking about food or talking about buying food.
Imagine you had to take an art class in which you were taught how to paint a fence or a wall, but you were never shown the paintings of the great masters, and you weren’t even told that such paintings existed. Pretty soon you’d be asking, why study art?
By Mike Lester, Washington Post Writers Group
ENTERING another political silly season it is probably safe to say most voters, of any persuasion, would agree that there is much amiss around the state in government activities ... and that it doesn’t have much to do with this or that party allegiance. And if they are turned off, resulting in low participation, it may be that so many sense there’s nothing they or those elected can do about it.
We know nothing compared to what there is to learn. I would suggest that if we were allowed to know what God’s thoughts were for just one second, it would be more knowledge than the human race has acquired from the time of Adam and Eve or from time immemorial.
They say that there was more technological change during the 20th century than there was during the entire previous span of human history. That’s a pretty amazing thought, and I suspect we are on pace this century to beat our 20th century record.
Thank you Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis for your vote and explanation of your vote concerning the appointment of Mr. (Sammy) Rich. He is certainly a well-qualified candidate for city manager, however, it is extraordinarily important to advertise vacancies.
By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press
President Obama rarely refers to his race and has gotten some criticism from minority groups for not doing enough to help African-Americans during his time in the White House. But the president has wisely been reticent about personal racial issues, saying he is every American’s president.
President Obama unveiled a budget proposal last week that’s more of a Democratic Party wish list than a realistic spending blueprint for a divided government.
CONSOLIDATING the two major local governments, Floyd County and Rome, is near impossible according to those who should know the turf best — the city and county managers — and they say it is not a topic worth discussing for the next 50 to 100 years.
By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press
SUNDAY would seem a particularly good day to address House Bill 702, passed overwhelmingly in the Georgia House, that seems to prove many state legislators are fools that eagerly rush into places where even angels fear to tread. One hopes at least a few community ministers will sermonize on the difference between true religious intent and the false god of political posturing.
Purpose of school sports is to teach teamwork
A dear friend of mine died recently and I inquired as to why no obituary was in our local newspaper. I was told it was price-prohibitive and, with no insurance, it was no way-no how.
With the colder temperatures of late, it has been a good time for hot soup. Soup in the winter months must be accompanied by saltine crackers, which happen to be good during any time of the year, in any setting, on any occasion.
AS OF SHORTLY AFTER NOON today two things will be known about the upcoming local elections.
THE ROME BRAVES need no “shot in the arm” from this sector for selling tickets, beginning tomorrow, for the big hometown baseball event of this season. They know what’s coming ... having already announced plans to add 1,000 bleacher seats on Homerun Hill to add capacity to 5,000-plus State Mutual Stadium.
IT MAY BE TOO EARLY for Greater Romans who believe the whole is greater than its parts to be drumming fingers nervously and furrowing brows regarding area government finances. However, when the City of Rome reported that its belt-tightening stance had lead to yet another increase in its fund balance — the reserves — of $335,613 to nearly $13 million it made for a sharp contrast to what has been going on with the Floyd County government’s separate budget.
LET’S AGREE WITH IRWIN BAGWELL, chairman of the Floyd County Commission, that closing Coosa and Armuchee parks due to the Recreation Authority’s budget woes is a troubling selection. Those are green spaces serving specific neighborhood areas — what most deserves protecting here, there and everywhere in the county even if not bringing revenues.