Editorials

Citizens have been on a political roller coaster for the last two years as a parade of candidates have attempted to sway them in choosing the next leaders of the great State of Georgia. As Floyd County voters head to the polls between now and Election Day, Nov. 6, they have — depending on vo…

Republicans in Rome and Floyd County and across the state have some critical decisions to make in the July 24 runoff. Voters will decide who will challenge increasingly charged Georgia Democrats this fall for the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and secretary of state.

The tariffs on Canadian newsprint have wreaked terrible unintended consequences on America’s community newspapers, the source of local news for millions of people in every town and hamlet across the country, and the jobs of more than half a million reporters, editors, advertising and product…

Floyd County voters are indeed fortunate to have two very highly qualified candidates seeking to fill the judgeship being vacated by retiring Senior Judge Tambra Colston. It’s not often that voters get to elect a judge since most leave office before their term expires and the governor makes …

This is a day of great religious significance for the Christian community. There is no reason to comment upon its importance in this space; the ministers will perform that task much better.

When state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler became chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in January 2017, he immediately spoke of the need to look at Georgia’s outdated revenue and tax structure “to see if it’s the best for taxpayers and the state.”

WITH SLEIGH BELLS ringing and Rudolph's red nose casting a warm glow, it becomes easy to forget what this time of year is really all about.

In the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, America pursued two wars. One was a major military campaign to rout al-Qaida from Afghanistan and kill terrorists everywhere. The other was covert: a dramatically ramped-up electronic surveillance program to ferret out extremists and thwart thei…

President Donald Trump recently declared a public-health emergency for the opioid epidemic. The announcement was mostly meaningless to opioid addicts and the people trying to help them because it did not include any useful new ideas or dollars to fight the epidemic, which killed nearly 700 p…

Registered voters in Floyd County, Rome, and Cave Spring may think there is not a lot to vote for on Tuesday’s ballot, however we encourage them to look again.

Downtown Rome has become a family friendly destination for dining and entertainment, offering a wide variety of community interests — the Robert Redden Foot Bridge and Town Green with its fountain, Barron Stadium, tennis courts, unique retail establishments and restaurants, government office…

Protest for the sake of protest certainly helps angry people vent. But beyond that, it’s hard to decipher what are the specific goals of those occupying St. Louis’ streets and disrupting the city in response to Friday’s Jason Stockley verdict. There are indications that protest organizers do…

President Donald Trump has hurled plenty of harsh words at North Korea before, but nothing approaches his promise at the United Nations today that if forced to defend itself or its allies, the United States would “totally destroy” the country. He did not promise a military response of unprec…

President Donald Trump made a daring move on Wednesday, mapping out the beginnings of a deal with Democratic minority leaders to save “Dreamers,” the young immigrants who were given temporary protections from DACA, the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals. That is a positive, compassionate …

Twenty years ago, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began its 4.9 billion-mile odyssey to Saturn with a picture-perfect liftoff. The $3.9 billion mission — a three-way collaboration among NASA, the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency — was ambitious by the standards of any age. S…

Never mind what President Donald Trump said on the campaign trail. His administration and GOP leaders appear determined to eliminate protections for medical marijuana growers, sellers and users.

Earlier this summer, a woman named Candice Jackson remarked to a New York Times reporter that she believed that 90 percent of accusations of sexual assault on campus were the result of a “we were both drunk” scenario. She later apologized at this appalling remark and said she was being flipp…

President Donald Trump may not realize how he’s been played by the two most powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill. During a White House meeting last week, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California convinced the president to take their side in a debate over raising the d…

Washington is currently embroiled in one of its “gotcha” controversies, which often arise when minor missteps are blown into major crimes. It’s a game both parties and a variety of activists play whenever they see political advantage in it. The latest one is unfortunate not because it arose …

By the reaction among conservatives, you would think President Donald Trump had just renounced his ties to the Republican Party instead of agreeing to a three-month deal to fund the federal government and extend the debt ceiling. House Speaker Paul Ryan called the Democrats’ proposal that wo…

Moderate Republicans aren’t the only ones facing difficult options now that President Donald Trump has handed Congress the responsibility of addressing the legal status of 800,000 immigrant youths previously protected by executive order. For Democrats, the cost of passing a proposed Dream Ac…

It doesn’t get much more blatantly offensive than a white police officer saying cops “only kill black people,” no matter the context. That’s probably why Lt. Greg Abbott’s supervisor in the Cobb County police department was so quick to announce that Abbott would be fired shortly after video …

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s hit on Texas, and with Hurricane Irma threatening Florida, let’s all acknowledge one reason for the vulnerability of Americans who live in low-lying coastal regions of the Sunbelt: The federal government has been paying people to locate there.

President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after a six-month delay is a transparent attempt to pass the buck. Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested that in announcing the policy shift when he argued that the Obama administration executive o…

More people are dying of drug overdoses in Connecticut than from homicides, suicides and motor vehicle crashes combined. What will it take before the state and nation finally confront the problem with the urgency it requires?

Did you know that a Chinese company owns Armour hot dogs? As China’s economy grows, investors there have climbed the food chain to acquire valuable American brands such as AMC Theatres, New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel and Smithfield Foods, parent of Armour, which was founded in Chicago in 1867.

None of North Korea’s neighbors want to see the collapse of its repressive regime, whatever they say in public. That’s the dirty secret behind all the diplomacy surrounding the current crisis. The last thing China wants is a unified, pro-western Korean nation on its doorstep — with US troops…

Twelve years ago this week, the city of Houston responded with heroic life-saving actions to the near drowning of New Orleans. This as-big-as-Texas effort earned Houston this newspaper’s Texan of the Year designation for 2005.

In 1965, narcotics agents burst into the home of Webster Bivens without a warrant, manacled him in front of his family, threatened to arrest his wife and children and marched him off to the Brooklyn courthouse. Six years later, the lawsuit Bivens brought reached the Supreme Court, which rule…

In his 2010 book “I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works,” the technology writer Nick Bilton relayed anecdotes about early 19th-century anxieties in Britain at the dawn of train travel. It was thought that “people would asphyxiate if carried at speeds of more than 20 mph” and reputab…