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To: Democrats, Independents, Republicans, or people with no party affiliation — All Americans should respect and give honor to Senator John McCain. No one can say that McCain is not a hero after hearing his speech to all Americans on Monday when he was given the Liberty Award by former Vice …

 The train thundered through the night. The lightening was ferocious and rain was falling by the bucketfuls. The young man who was crouched between two boxcars was cold, wet and miserable. As he tried to work his way under one of the cars to ride the rails and escape the fury of the storm, h…

Often, the church you grow up in creates memories that move deep into your heart and soul. These memories are never forgotten. Life changes cause our families to another city, change jobs, or simply move to another church. Whatever the reason, we never seem to forget that church and continue…

 The race for Georgia governor is taking shape with a year to go before the election. At this early stage, a poll of likely Republican primary voters conducted for Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s campaign showed him leading with 41 percent, trailed by Secretary of State Brian Kemp with 12 percent, Hu…

My home deserves the best. My fellow residents deserve the best. The growth and renovation of Floyd County is what is best for us. Georgia has a four percent sales tax, Floyd County collects a two percent sales tax. What is one more percent? A temporary and minuscule tax that, collectively, …

Our cultural enrichment, when we were growing up, came in the form of piano lessons. My brother, Steve, took piano lessons for many years. His teacher was the late Miss Helen Dean Rhodes, longtime conductor of the Rome Symphony Orchestra. Eight years older than I, through the years I listene…

There’s growing bipartisan support in Congress for legislation banning or regulating bump stocks, the devices used by madman Stephen Paddock to slaughter 58 concertgoers and wound nearly 500 others. Paddock had no less than 12 rifles equipped with the devices that essentially turn semi-autom…

 Sometimes when we are in the forest, we concentrate on just one old fallen tree, and we forget about the beautiful trees that are still standing. We may even think that the one tree represents all trees. We look around, and we see newly growing trees of all kind, and it is at that point in …

 In this second part of the story, Zero, a not so bright fellow, has just enlisted his buddy Red for a day of debauchery after they make a quick stop at one of Zero’s acquaintance’s  house.

In 1993, Pope John Paul II released his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, or The Gospel of Life. In this letter to the Church, he laments, “We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life.’”

 The hawk crashing through our magnolia inches behind a terrified dove reminded me of the first time I saw a Cooper’s hawk. I was 14 and doing what I did every summer, rambling the woods and fields on my grandfather’s farm. Before then I thought that all hawks were big birds that perched abo…

 Growing up in the Fourth Ward back in the 40s was different from growing up today. There was not too many ways a young boy could make his show fare. I would go though the neighborhood picking up bottles to sell. Some of the other boys got wise as to what I was doing, bottles got scarce.

Addison Crider was in the third grade when he took the test. As his teacher gave the test papers back to the students, she told Addison, “Son, that’s the lowest grade I can give you. If I could give you a lower one I would! You’ve missed every question on the test and even misspelled your na…

This may come under the heading of home cooking but this is National Newspaper Week, something we should both be celebrating. Me, because I get a chance every week to tell you what’s on my mind and you, because you can tell me whether or not you agree. It is the newspaper that makes it possi…

Paul Simon’s 1973 single "Kodachrome" includes the lines “when I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all,” and reminds us that it is sometimes fun to think about all that we learned. Some things we thought of then as useless, but as adults we hav…

  • Greyson Oswalt-Smith
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 Mr. President, why must you concern yourself with the petty passion of the people? This disturbs me more than anything else in the NFL controversy. As the President of the United States, you must focus on issues that are endangering the lives of others with deliberate speed and dispatch. Am…

  • By Cal Thomas
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“The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.” — Sen. George McGovern (D-SD)

  • Gary Batchelor
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 I sat in a parking lot watching an auto transfer truck unload its cargo. The cars were either black or white — perhaps a dark charcoal mixed in. Having recently bought a new white car, I was especially tuned to the issue of color, and the very limited options for choosing between shades of …

President Trump recklessly threw gasoline on a small fire and turned it into a firestorm with his verbal assault on pro football players for kneeling or sitting during the national anthem as a form of protest over social justice issues.

  • Willie Mae Samuel
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For months now I have been sharing many thoughts and ideas with you for you to ponder. In some instances the words I wrote may make one think that I was in a comfortable mental, emotional spiritual place when I wrote them. I, too, was thinking the same when I put the pen down after closing o…

  • Otis Raybon, Publisher

My mother was raised on a farm in rural Pike County, Ga. She and her family survived the Great Depression, WWI, WWII and Vietnam. She raised her nine children and countless other neighborhood kids with respect, strength, wisdom and wit.

  • Stanley Tate
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I was waiting for the light to change at the Old Newnan Road intersection at the Bypass when something moved across the windshield just below the wipers. It was about the size of a mouse. In fact, it looked very much like a mouse. It was about six inches long, it had a mouse’s whiskers and a…

  • Mike Ragland
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The majority of Georgians pull for the underdog in today’s world. And it’s the same way with historical characters. The aristocrats and bluebloods have their place, no doubt about it. But, we admire the struggles of guys like Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone and Jim Bridger.

  • Willie Mae Samuel
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There are a few readers who expect others to lower their standards of what they as American citizens should expect the president of this great country to be, because we have a president in the White House who has no standards. Trump has proven to America since 2008, along with these nine plu…

  • Dick Yarbrough
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It is hard to know what to write about when you have been through the likes of Irma. Maybe it was “only” a tropical storm when it hit Georgia and not the powerful hurricane that ripped through Florida, but it was bad enough as many of you can attest. I will return to my acerbic roots soon, I…

“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, …

Republicans are struggling to pass what is being labeled a last-ditch attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. Its chance of success looks iffy, depending once again on a few Republican senators who couldn’t be depended on in the last repeal vote. They are still looking for a better plan ins…

As an invisible passenger in the car of an African-American family driving through rural Alabama, you look upon the hill to your left and see an old Confederate monument. The little girl beside you asks her mother who that man on the horse is on the hill. Her mother responds by telling her t…

Margaret Mitchell wrote the ultimate Civil War epic “Gone With The Wind” in a Tudor Revival house, built in 1899, on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Here she lived in an apartment with husband, John Marsh. She hated that apartment and referred to it as “The Dump.” Their apartment is the only in…

As a country we’ve always been diversified. We’re a country of strong opinions, or at least some of us are. Even in our Revolutionary War, we had Patriots, Loyalists, and about a third that just didn’t care one way or another. And until the British started burning that third out in the backw…

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