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GUEST COLUMN: Uncivil discourse and the limits of free speech

This column will discuss what is now called Fox News but will not again refer to the word “news.” It will hereinafter be referred to as “Fox TV” or simply “Fox.” That commercial network is in no way a representation of what Webster’s, or any other dictionary, defines as “news.” It is, however, the epitome of what popular culture defines as “TV” — fantasy, written and presented for entertainment value only.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
GUEST COLUMN: The story of Peppermint Sally
Posted: October 15, 2014

This story started way back in the forties. There may be a few people who still remember the times I write about. They opened a place for young people to go and enjoy themselves, called Teen Canteen, in a building behind the City Auditorium. I worked during the week, but when they opened the door on Saturday night, I was there.

Monday 10/13/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Points of Light attack ad an example of despicable politics
Posted: October 13, 2014

The loss of civil discourse and debate in this country is shameful and sadly shows we have lost all respect for the honesty and integrity previously the hallmark of an educated, honorable society. Political attack ads by both parties and by private partisan groups are perhaps the worst example of this.

Friday 10/10/2014
COLUMN: Voters wise to pay attention to local elections
Posted: October 10, 2014

State lawmakers expand places where people can carry guns. The Floyd County Commission announces plans to develop a well that will bring water to thousands. A neighborhood group goes to the Rome City Commission in hopes of stopping a local development.

GUEST COLUMN: Walt Garrison - A Dallas Cowboys original
Posted: October 10, 2014

You may remember Walt Garrison, the Dallas Cowboys running back who was a smokeless tobacco advocate. He is one funny guy. If you hire him to speak for you, you will get your money’s worth.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
GUEST COLUMN: We’re not getting the federal government we deserve
Posted: October 08, 2014

Whatever happened to good old American know-how?

Tuesday 10/07/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Lower unemployment, no thanks to Democrats
Posted: October 07, 2014

President Obama and his Democratic allies are claiming credit for the latest in a string of positive jobs reports, but if they had their way it wouldn’t have happened.

GUEST COLUMN: India proves that space exploration can be a low-budget affair
Posted: October 07, 2014

The sum of $74 million doesn’t go as far as it used to: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earned that amount in just the past two years.

Monday 10/06/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Do Republicans disrespect women?
Posted: October 06, 2014

Since all of us, of all political persuasions and dispositions, owe our beginnings to the work of a woman, the above question appears to be a stupid one.

Sunday 10/05/2014
GUEST COLUMNIST: She wasn’t as impressed with me as I was
Posted: October 05, 2014

“WAS IT WRONG FOR ME TO FUSS at Mrs. Gotrocks when she spouted off at me?” one of our employees once asked me.

GUEST COLUMN: Job creation key to economic comeback
Posted: October 05, 2014

On the whole, I’m upbeat about our economy’s current prospects. Growth has kicked into higher gear since the start of 2014, as job creation has picked up, particularly for middle- and higher-paying positions.

Saturday 10/04/2014
COLUMN: Rome’s in need of love today
Posted: October 04, 2014

I am writing this column as a concerned citizen of Rome, Georgia. Gun violence has become a disturbing new trend in our community and I am honestly afraid of what the future may hold if it continues. How many more sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins do we have to bury before we finally say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH?

Friday 10/03/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Doc Holliday lies here
Posted: October 03, 2014

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Col. — Doc Holliday, the notorious gunslinger, gambler and dentist — not in any particular order — was born in Griffin, Georgia, grew up in Valdosta and died here from consumption at the age of 36.

COLUMN: How do they keep from going crazy?
Posted: October 03, 2014

We have been watching “Alaska: The Last Frontier” at the Robin Hood Road Drive-in. It was so good my wife watched the whole first season by herself, convinced me to watch it and then she watched it again with me.

Thursday 10/02/2014
COLUMN: You’re not too good for the Coosa Valley Fair
Posted: October 02, 2014

The Coosa Valley Fair has worn me down. I used to be vehemently opposed to the fair. Years ago I attended and it seemed at the time like every rough-cut from across the county came out of the woodwork to go to the fair.

Tuesday 09/30/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Ghosts - Are they fact or fiction?
Posted: September 30, 2014

I’ve had several stories in the paper about ghosts. I met people who had read them and one of the questions I asked was “Do you believe in ghosts?” I had some who said they did, and some who said they didn’t. I find more people that believe in them than those who don’t.

GUEST COLUMN: Georgia finishes dead last
Updated: October 05, 2014 - 11:59 pm

What has caused our great state to lose more jobs than all other states to the result we now trail all other states in jobgrowth?

Sunday 09/28/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Trust an oil firm to report news?
Posted: September 28, 2014

If you happened to click this week on the Richmond Standard, a community news site for Californian Bay Area locality, you would have come upon a fairly snarky piece about 170 activists (“some from Richmond”) who took a train cross-country to participate in the People’s Climate March in New York on Sunday.

Friday 09/26/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Way down upon the Yampa River
Posted: September 26, 2014

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Col. – Big-time skiing began here in one of the most fascinating of states. I am intrigued by Colorado’s history, a state that has a hardscrabble past but that offers inspiration for those who have an affection for history and the Great Outdoors.

COLUMN: Twins, amnesia and infidelity
Posted: September 26, 2014

The phone rings and a well-coiffed man quickly picks it up and answers with the simple word: “Wildwind.”

Thursday 09/25/2014
COLUMN: Fan profiles show subtle differences in team affiliation
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 11:09 am

Fall means many things to many people. And for most folks around here it means college football. Of course in Rome and Floyd County there’s no one single school that everyone cheers for. And that’s part of the fun. I love the fact that there could be two or three different college teams represented in the same home.

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