• Nina Barnes, Roswell, New Mexico, and Rome native
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I was a substitute teacher once for a Special Education high school class when alarms started going off. It meant someone dangerous was on campus. The other classroom aides and I got the kids into a little back room of the special ed class and turned all of the lights off.

A lot of time is spent in the police department looking for missing persons. Some of the people go off on their own and don't want to be found. Some will get mad and run away from home. Then there is the young couple who left home to get away from Mom and Pop. Regardless, a lot of hours are …

  • By Otis Raybon
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As I sit and write this column I am, like you, heartbroken for the families of the children, coaches and teachers killed in the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting this week.

With Atlanta in the running for the new Amazon “HQ2” there is a lot of talk about the pitch being offered to the company to lure them to Georgia. The discussions on the topic have the value of all the incentives well above $1 billion. The discussions are also heavy with the topics of infrast…

  • Jeanne Cahill, Rome
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I have never heard a suggestion to repair/replace the broken arms of the Venus di Milo. A damaged statue makes a bold statement in the Louvre; why not in Myrtle Hill. 

  • By Erinde Mesquita, Hospitality House for Women
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What constitutes an epidemic? When something is widespread, when a disease or issue is extremely prevalent, when one in three teenagers experiences dating abuse — that is an epidemic. As Floyd County’s only domestic violence shelter and agency, Hospitality House for Women works everyday with…

I haven’t had a good garden of my own in many years, but I always get obsessed with seeds in February. The catalogs promise such gorgeous results for a relatively small investment. How can you resist?

 “I know just how you feel” … during my years as a hospital chaplain I often heard that well-intended effort to identify with a person in crisis. More than once, the angry reply came back, “you have no idea how I feel.” The fact is that, no matter how much we may want to enter another person…

  • Butch Cohenour, Life member, D.A.V. Chapter 95, Rome
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In the letters to the editor from Steven Watt on Jan. 24 and Beverly Harris on Feb. 2, they are not pleased with the V.A. Clinic in Rome. Thank you, Steven and Beverly, for your letters. There are a lot of veterans in North Georgia who are not happy as well.

February is now known as Black History Month since many young intellects used their influence to institutionalize the shifts from a week to a month and from Negro history to black history, so as we celebrate a people who have said — and will continue to say — “YES WE CAN,” let us remember th…

I’m still thinking about coal being dug in Floyd County during World War I. I doubt without the war we would have never known about coal in Floyd County. As it was, we heard about it but as soon as the shortage was over, we put it out of our memories and went back to sleep. I guess that’s wh…

More than a decade ago, I was severely wounded by the church, nearly to the point of abandoning her altogether. It seems that too often hardly a week goes by that I don’t encounter a friend or colleague who has been profoundly wounded by the church.

A liar, a thief, and an addict. Those are some of the words I could use to describe my brother Matt. Sad, but true. He’s stolen and lied to me too many times for me to stay oblivious to those facts. But what I’ve finally figured out, is that he isn’t lying and stealing from me to hurt, or an…

Tough winter, isn’t it? Seems to me they are all tough nowadays, but it may be that I’m just getting tender. Anyway, most of the things I like to do aren’t done in the winter.

Life expectancy in the USA has reached an all time record high. There are lots of reasons for this increase in longevity, such as technology and better health care, but I don’t want these later years to just be “okay,” I want them to be the best ever. These are the ‘encore’ years.

  • Douglas A. Mather, Rome
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This week in our own Rome New-Tribune I have read, “Americans have stopped caring about gun violence.” To say no one cares is presumptuous to say the least. What a broad and sweeping statement.

I don’t have kids. The Good Lord knows why he has kept that from happening — most likely because I’m the most immature and irresponsible person on the planet and my children would eat takeout buffalo wings and pork rinds for dinner every night. They’d also be sent home from school for cussing.

  • By Ben Amis
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Two weeks ago, in my home state of Kentucky, two students were killed and 18 wounded in a school shooting at Marshall County High School. It was the nation’s 11th school shooting of 2018. 11 school shootings in 23 days. That’s one school shooting every other day in this country. And no one c…

I love history. It doesn’t matter if it’s U.S., world or local. You see, I think history is about to be eliminated from our schools. I’m afraid it will follow shorthand and cursive writing to the old folk’s graveyard. Everything these days is for the NOW, folks are focused in on the present …

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4: 7-9).

  • Beverly Harris, Rome
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In response to Steven Watt’s letter printed Jan. 24, we, too, were disappointed in the lack of service offered by Rome’s VA clinic. My parents moved to Rome in August 2015. My dad, a WWII vet, had received excellent care at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, and we expected th…

We share a log house in the woods with a pair of Eastern Phoebes. It was theirs before it was ours. The house was little more than a shell when the female built her cup-shaped nest on a beam in the basement. That year they shared the cabin with a Carolina Wren family that occupied a box of n…

February is Black History month. The Tuskegee Airmen. George Washington Carver. Jesse Owens. Rosa Parks. Mary McLeod Bethune. Iconic figures in the African-American community. However, I’d like to give some attention to the contributions of African-Americans to Rome, Georgia.

  • Rome native Calvin W. Burrell Jr., Chattanooga, Tennessee
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The purpose of this letter is to further the general public’s awareness of a growing movement called the Death with Dignity Act. This law would allow mentally competent, terminally-ill adult patients to voluntarily request and receive a prescription lethal medication so they can pass away in…

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