Opinion/Editorial

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The fuss over immigration reform always has been underlined by hypocrisy. Politicians, including the current president, talk about crime and drugs and portray huge groups of immigrants as a menace to American society. Trump’s pushing ahead for the southern border wall that was a centerpiece …

  • From the Akron Beacon Journal
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House Republican leaders heard criticism from right and left about their proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Now they have floated adjustments to the proposal, the American Health Care Act, that signal a first preference for addressing the concerns voiced from the right.

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If there were ever a cautionary tale about the perils of speeding immigrant deportations, it’s the case of Juan Manuel Montes, a 23-year-old Dreamer from the California border town of Calexico. Last week his attorneys filed a lawsuit arguing that U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Februar…

  • For The Baltimore Sun
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Accountability should be regarded as more than a buzz word. Our democracy is built on checks and balances so that those who are given extraordinary power are held accountable. But to do that requires more than an occasional press conference, it depends on public disclosure of useful informat…

  • Rita Bishop, Rome
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Alto Park was designed for softball, not T-ball or coach pitch. It is horrible for this. Burnett Ferry Road is under construction, so traffic both ways was stopped for at least 20 minutes. Players were late as well as spectators. Getting out was even worse. Traffic was at a standstill. Peopl…

If you had a big wad of money and you could spend it on something really neat, how would you use it? That’s a question Floyd County, the city of Rome and Cave Spring will be addressing over the next few months.

“Why don’t you write a weekly column?” he asked. “Of course!” I said, “Just tell me when you need them.” Sure, I thought, I can easily add writing 800 words a week to my list of things to do.

Last week was a time of celebration as the Christian community reflected upon the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Holy Week Services, the Passion Play, the Seven Last Words of Christ and early Easter sunrise services reminded and encouraged us that “Jesus Lives.”

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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America’s posture toward North Korea has changed, Trump administration officials insist. Vice President Mike Pence, visiting South Korea, declared that “era of strategic patience is over” and warned the north not to test President Donald Trump’s resolve or the strength of the U.S. military f…

  • Ken Martin, Ellijay
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If Hitler had not declared war on America we might not have entered the conflict far away across the ocean. Assuming we had not and word of Nazi atrocities against the Jews leaked out, should America have stood by while crimes were committed of such unspeakable horror and magnitude that the …

  • From the Los Angeles Times
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Across the globe, women and girls trapped by poverty and war struggle to get health care when they are pregnant and contraceptives when they don’t want to become pregnant. Many face violence in refugee camps, endure female genital mutilation, risk being married off as children or lack things…

  • From The Charlotte Observer
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Polls last fall suggested that Donald Trump was the least popular presidential nominee ever. They also showed Hillary Clinton was the second least popular.

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In a recent op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, naturalized U.S. citizen Lubana Adi detailed how Customs and Border Protection agents seized and searched her phone without a warrant when she returned from visiting her family in Turkey. “Does the 4th Amendment apply to Muslim citizens at LAX?” s…

I recently spent a week in my home state of Arkansas to celebrate my niece’s wedding. It was also a time to reconnect with old friends and values with which I was raised. In thinking about the trip I was reminded of the recent book “Hillbilly Elegy” in which J.D. Vance writes about the peopl…

The worst day and the best day the world ever experienced occurred three days apart. Not only did the sun rise that ensuing morning, so did the son. The rising of the son was equivalent to the sun rising in the west.

  • Jery Morris, Silver Creek
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April is Autism Awareness month. When my grandson, Matthew, was diagnosed with Autism we knew little or nothing about what to expect. We just knew this precious little boy was special. Through the years, with its ups and downs, there have been good times and bad times. Seventeen years later …

  • Jeanne Cahill, Rome
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A recent column reminded me of a decades old joke about the parishioner speaking to the pastor after the service when he said, “You got off to a real good start, Brother, but when you started on the sinnin’ of drinkin’ and runnin’ around, you quit preachin’ and started meddlin.’”

  • From The Sacramento Bee
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President Donald Trump’s path to the White House was paved in large measure by white working-class voters. But he isn’t exactly returning the favor to these Americans, who are dying in shockingly high numbers in middle age.

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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No matter what is accomplished by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s timely visit to Moscow this week, the somewhat press-shy former ExxonMobil CEO already scored a few points at home with a smart takedown of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Perhaps more important, he has already demon…

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