Congratulations to the Class 5A state champions Rome High Wolves — champions that our entire Rome community are very proud of. Special congratulations goes to my great nephew, Marcus Scott, who is a member of the first-ever Rome High football state champions.
Who would have guessed the Rev. Gary Batchelor is a registered Democrat, as he said in his Dec. 5 column. But instead of voters for Donald Trump explaining to you why we voted for Trump, you should explain how you could vote for Hillary. Did you hold your nose?
Many thanks to Mrs. Murphy and students at West End Elementary School for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Mrs. Studdard and I were welcomed on the school’s TV Good Morning Program. Mrs. Murphy presented us with flowers and thank you cards that the students had made.
Thanks to the community! Veterans Day, Nov. 11, our program this year at Myrtle Hill and the meal we furnished to veterans, their families and community leaders were great successes. Your donations of food items, your time, even monetary support were greatly appreciated.
For those on Medicare, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and President-Elect Donald Trump are promising major changes to this federal program. Tom Price, currently a U.S. representative from Georgia, has been chosen by the president-elect to head the department overseeing Medicare. He also strongly advocates these changes.
And there it was, the one sentence. “FBI Director James Comey is a long-time Republican.” It all came together. Hillary Clinton was spot on when she said Comey shaped and altered the presidential election with his last-minute interference. Hillary Clinton was comfortably ahead in the polls when Comey used the bogus claim of scandal where there was none.
The election is finally over and Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States. Half of the country is rejoicing in victory, while the other half of the country is relishing in defeat. These are common emotions felt with every presidential election. It’s OK. We, as a country, will survive just as we have through every presidency up to this point.
Dear God: On Nov. 8 you enabled another miracle in America. The first was when you populated this land with a people of extraordinary vision and a commitment to freedom based on natural law (your law). On Nov. 8 you reignited hope in tens of millions that their nation may stop its movement away from you.
I am a Marine who served in the 1960s. I was very young and dumb as dirt but the Marine Corps accepted me and took a boy and made a man out of me. I would not change a thing in my life. The Marines taught me the values of being a man.
In all the sturm und drang of this election, amidst the anger and frustration I have personally felt and witnessed on the faces on those around me, my one overriding emotion has been grief at the inexplicable embrace of Donald Trump by those professing a Christian faith.
As a resident of Floyd County for the past 22 years I have come to learn a few things about my community. One of the most pressing and frightening things I have learned is the dangerousness of the intersection at Armuchee High School. While dropping my children off at school in the mornings I have noticed numerous people running the southbound red light on U.S. 27. Not to mention how many people do not heed the 45 mph school zone signs, flashing lights and all.
Churches today have gotten the idea that contemporary music and services are a quick fix to declining membership rolls. When the pastor starts dressing, talking, and acting like the congregation, who is the leader?
The current immigration system in the United States is broken, plain and simple, and I think that everyone on both sides of the aisle can agree upon that. And, whether we know it or not, this failed system affects many of us day to day. According to many economic studies, increased immigration benefits the economy and, consequently, each and every one of us in the United States. More important to realize is the morality of the situation — that these people are trying to better their lives and the lives of their children. Indeed, many are escaping the violence and economic despair that is plaguing Central America.
Let it be known that I think the rain delay in the World Series was due to Ernie Banks and Harry Caray putting their heads together, with the assistance of a higher power, to give Jason Heyward a time to talk to all of the players and thus win the Fall Classic. One of the best World Series I have ever witnessed.
Mark Berry’s talk at the Rome Rotary Club Oct. 21 makes it clear Georgia Power and the rest of the nation’s utilities are moving away from coal to other sources of energy. Floyd County must be prepared for that transition and plan proactively for a future that does not depend on Plant Hammond.
I am concerned about our nation and what is happening, and none of it good. I would so much like to see it return to the way it was when I was a child. People could trust each other. You could go to bed at night, with the windows open; the doors unlocked and know that you would be safe.
The fires that were deliberately set at the DIGS home recently were despicable acts, and hopefully the arsonists will be brought to justice. In the meantime, the residents are without their own safe home.
This is in response to guest columnist Michael Reynolds’ criticism of the Rev. Nelson Price’s column on Donald Trump. First, Mr. Reynolds should stick to his civic club duties and not write about something he knows little about. Second, the Rev. Price was right on target, “as a Christian,” to write about something a liberal Democrat would know nothing about.
What is the most precious thing in the world? Human life. Why? Because God created it. He loves us so much, he gave us the commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.” Then why do we kill his precious unborn babies that are so innocent? It’s not their fault that they came to be (even in incest and rape).
The first woman president of the United States of America should be a representative of all the women of America. She should be a woman of good character and integrity. She will make history for all time.
The Oct. 13 column by Rev. Nelson Price was the first time I have experienced an ordained minister admonishing the faithful to ignore morality and decent conduct in making an important decision. It is also the first time that I have experienced an ordained minister writing something that proves to be false.
I found the Oct. 13 column by the Rev. Nelson Price both disturbing and endemic of the current candidate’s and right wing talking heads’ appeal to fears and insecurities. That this fascist, Banana Republic banter is targeted to a segment unlikely to research validity is particularly repugnant. From a person presented as an academician and man of the cloth, it is particularly disturbing.
I spent some of my early years as a child in London during World War II. I well remember nights in the backyard bomb shelter listening to the antiaircraft guns and the sounds of explosions. I remember the destruction we found in the mornings after the nighttime bombing raids. I also remember news documentaries showing the huge gatherings in Germany where Hitler roused the crowds to frenzy with his hateful bombastic and totally self-serving rhetoric, and in Italy where the fascist dictator Mussolini used the same hate-filled approach. I fear that we are seeing a repeat of this hour in the presidential race this year.
My brother, who went on to become a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army told me he still didn’t trust Hillary Clinton and was undecided whom to vote for, because Mr. Trump is no prize. I know it’s partly the emails and he probably cannot picture a female for commander-in-chief. So I asked him to try to do this for me: forgive Hillary Clinton for using a private email account and I will share with you what I have to forgive:
Rome is a lovely place. The hills and rivers around us, the history on display in older buildings, our adorable downtown, Myrtle Hill, Berry College campus. When the ballot measure to fund the tennis center to increase tourism came up, I voted for it because tourism is a logical industry for the city to promote.
It seems very strange that, of all the creatures on the earth, it is only the rational creature who kills its young in the womb. All the irrational creatures, driven by instinct, protect and care for their young before and after birth. We, the rational ones, make it lawful to kill the human person in the womb, never to be born.