AS OF SHORTLY AFTER NOON today two things will be known about the upcoming local elections.
In America you’re innocent until proven guilty. But the federal government can seize your assets before trial and prevent you from using them to hire the lawyer of your choice, even though the right to counsel is protected by the Sixth Amendment. That’s an injustice, and it was compounded last month by the Supreme Court.
The Food and Drug Administration has known for years that people who read nutrition labels eat healthier than those who don’t. But the FDA only last year discovered this: One of the main reasons people don’t read labels on food packaging is that they’re confusing — and many of those consumers are the ones fighting weight problems.
The presidential campaign in Afghanistan and the unsuccessful supplications of President Barack Obama to have the Afghans let U.S. troops stay after the scheduled year-end withdrawal support the case for Americans’ desire to finish the 13-year war in 2014.
IT’S BEEN GOOD to see the obvious boomlet lately in Greater Rome of empty storefronts filling up and even entirely new business places appearing. However, perhaps most cheering of all should be watching the new home for the Rome-Floyd County Community Soup Kitchen Inc. starting to go up at the corner of North Broad Street and Calhoun Avenue.
It came as no surprise to hear that certain U.S. Supreme Court justices hold misgivings about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants — and potentially other stationary sources.
In crafting a military budget for a nation not at war for the first time in 13 years, the challenge is to transform U.S. forces to meet changing security demands while slashing spending.
GREATER ROMANS, not generally being aware of some of the brightest positive events in their history, probably just thought — as many Georgians appear to — that Gov. Nathan Deal’s latest cure for what ails health care is just plain weird.
OF THE MANY ILLUSTRIOUS VISITORS to the Berry College campus, one wonders if even Henry Ford and Theodore Roosevelt gained the school as much attention and free publicity as have Mr. and Mrs. Bald Eagle and their offspring.
IF THERE IS GOOD NEWS somehow attached to the recent snow and ice storms in the area, it seems to be that taxpayers won’t wind up shoveling extra tax dollars to governments and schools for the costs incurred in making roads passable and so forth.
THE ABILITY of the City of Rome to pull infrastructure improvements out of some magic hat that somehow avoids tax funding is a skill little recognized or appreciated by citizens. It has been going on for years and years and is based on knowing — apparently very, very well — where state and federal dollars are to be found, plus the ability to navigate the extensive paperwork required to get to them.
SOON THERE WILL BE two box-office windows leading to entertainment pleasures positioned right on Broad Street. Can hope be expressed for the appearance of a third?
A COUPLE MORE toes having been amputated from the Rome-Floyd County Library, one assumes it will be left to limp along until next the County Commission needs to saw off more of its budget.
The Internal Revenue Service is used to being universally disliked every April 15. But this year, the widespread denunciations have started early, and for good reason.
It’s one thing to know that third-generation strongman Kim Jong Un maintains an iron grip on North Korea’s 25 million people. It’s another thing to read the horrifying particulars of how his regime wields its control — through starvation, torture, rape, summary executions and the disappearance of tens of thousands of citizens into an extralegal prison labor-camp system.
IF YOU DON’T know about something then you can’t care about it. Even more dangerous is that if you don’t start caring about something then pretty soon you won’t know nothin’.
The entertainment options were fabulous at the Chicago Auto Show this year — and that was just inside the cars.
Secretary of State John Kerry, during a recent visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, addressed the increasingly pressing issue of climate change.
A SAD SIGN of the times in Georgia is the need to make it clear, before using the current gun-carrying legislation in the General Assembly for target practice, that this newspaper has forever supported Second Amendment rights. Supporting badly written — or deliberately sloppily constructed — legislation is quite another matter. Everybody should do it. It is a right.
ON SATURDAY EVENING Cave Spring will again enter a time warp even more obvious than the one many folks believe the quaint little community is already in.
IT’S NOT HARD TO SPOT a good idea for downtown ... even when not sure what that involves.