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COLUMN: What a long strange trip it’s been

Fifty years ago last June, I received my first paycheck from the Rome News-Tribune. Today I receive my last paycheck. Wow, has it really been that long? It’s been a long, strange trip.

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Thursday 01/29/2015
GUEST EDITORIAL: A proven value
Posted: January 29, 2015

Imagine most of your friends and family living with a chronic disease that is rarely life-threatening, but it’s painful and sometimes interferes with eating, sleeping and even speaking. Researchers who discovered how to reduce the rate of this disease by 25 percent would be honored as heroes, right?

COLUMN: Impending babysitting appointment a disaster waiting to happen
Posted: January 29, 2015

I’m a little nervous. On Thursday night, a friend of mine has this fancy-schmancy banquet to attend at The Forum and I’m supposed to babysit her two little girls.

Clay Bennett's cartoon
Posted: January 29, 2015

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

GUEST EDITORIAL: Cancer and bad luck
Posted: January 29, 2015

Albert Einstein famously said that “God doesn’t play dice” with the universe: Everything is by design.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
GUEST EDITORIAL: A forgotten witness in the fight against anti-Semitism
Posted: January 28, 2015

Seventy years ago Allied troops arrived at the concentration camp of Auschwitz, greeting what survivors remained and seeing for the first time an industrial killing machine of unprecedented scale and brutality.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
GUEST COLUMN: Orent dead wrong on preparedness importance
Posted: January 27, 2015

As a public health risk communication professional, I hated Wendy Orent’s op-ed advising the public to ignore pandemic warnings. After it was recently published in the Rome News-Tribune and other papers around the country, I wrote to risk communication expert Peter Sandman to ask what he thought. He responded on his website. Readers can read the entire response at

GUEST EDITORIAL: Google Glass is the creepy innovation we didn’t want
Posted: January 27, 2015

Hard to believe it was just a few years ago when we first heard about Google Glass, the breakthrough in augmented-reality eyeglasses. And today — what a marvel! — millions of us wear this futuristic headgear to surf the Web, video-chat with mom and take hands-free photos.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Make same-sex marriage law of the land
Posted: January 27, 2015

The debate over same-sex marriage begins and ends with the question of whether it is a matter of equal rights and therefore protected under the Constitution.

Monday 01/26/2015
GUEST EDITORIAL: Comedian ventures where Obama won’t on race
Posted: January 26, 2015

President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address turned out to be pretty much as previewed in a series of strategic spoilers doled out over the past few days: an interesting but doomed populist manifesto of tax cuts for the middle class, tax increases for those who collect much of their income from investments, paid sick leave and community college for all.

GUEST COLUMN: Look out, Republicans are coming for your Social Security
Posted: January 26, 2015

While I do not like writing about the same topic twice in a row, I cannot resist today. Since last week’s edition the Republicans have stepped up the assault on Social Security. U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, told an audience of Big Time Washington Lobbyists that he was focused on cutting what he called “big-ticket entitlement programs,” which include Social Security.

Clay Bennett Cartoon
Posted: January 26, 2015

By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Sunday 01/25/2015
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration misses the boat
Posted: January 25, 2015

Jan. 19 as MLK Day has come and gone, and while I accept that such a day was long overdue, we should also recognize that the “celebration” missed the mark in what Martin Luther King, Jr. was attempting to achieve.

GUEST COLUMN: Rep. Graves fights to save Social Security
Posted: January 25, 2015

I’m writing in response to Kenneth Fuller’s guest column last week, in which he attacked U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, based on a clear misunderstanding of Rep. Graves’ efforts to save Social Security and preserve it for future generations.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The transforming power of peace
Posted: January 25, 2015

We have often asked what peace is, how we can get it and how we can maintain it. The truth is that we all have the ability to have peace. We must unleash it within ourselves and then it will come outward.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A caring ‘extended family’
Posted: January 25, 2015

In March 2006 my mother, “Mama Bea” Hardin, had to seek help because of declining health. We were directed to Winthrop Manor, and this proved to be a God-sent decision.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More than the nation can give
Posted: January 25, 2015

Regarding Islamic terrorism in France, counterfeit “Progressives” need victims like an addict needs heroin.

Mike Lester Cartoon
Posted: January 25, 2015

By Mike Lester, Washington Post Writers Group

Friday 01/23/2015
GUEST COLUMN: Winter woes lead to libations, books
Posted: January 23, 2015

The wintertime is not so bad for most of us, but there are always feelings of empathy for those who work outdoors in the cold. They are the same guys who are also out there in the elements when you could crack an egg on the sidewalk and see it sizzle until it is well done.

COLUMN: Measure twice, cut once
Posted: January 23, 2015

Life at the palatial homestead on Robin Hood Road is never dull and keeping up the “vintage” ranch house at the Colombo Compound is a full-time job that is never done well by me.

GUEST EDITORIAL: On the Keystone XL pipeline
Posted: January 23, 2015

Given the passion of the rhetoric, one would think the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is either a potential catastrophe for the environment or a great boon for the economy. Both contentions are overblown.

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