Letters to the Editor

  • Marie Carney, Deanne Hoffman and Gayle Knight, Bazaar Committee Chairmen, Rome
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On behalf of the Floyd County Homemakers Council, we would like to say a deeply sincere “thank you” for the publicity of our Christmas in November Bazaar. Again this year, the article and notifications of the upcoming events helped remind the community to come out and shop with us. We really…

  • Devon Davies, William S. Davies Homeless Shelter Inc.
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What a fantastic honor to have been blessed abundantly with socks this season. Our guests have been thrilled with the warmth shown by the community. Genuinely, we are grateful! I cannot imagine the shelter without everyone who gives selflessly to the guests. Grace and Peace.

  • Ira John Espy, Rome
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The Associated Press article by Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper in the Dec. 7 issue of the Rome News-Tribune begins “President Donald Trump shattered decades of unwavering U.S. neutrality on Jerusalem Wednesday, declaring the sorely divided holy city as Israel’s capital and sparking frustrat…

  • Greg Garrett, Rome
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The Rome High School football team isn’t the only product of excellence coming out of Rome High School. My wife and I attended the RHS drama department’s presentation of “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” last Saturday evening, and it was excellent. These neophyte actors and actresses may not ha…

  • William E. Carroll, Rome
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Members of the community have described the current condition as a school in free fall, with declining enrollment, financial deficiency, lacking leadership and an invisible Board of Trustees.

  • Brentz Turner, Rome
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During the sad removal of property from the Fifth Avenue Historic District, the subject was broached of taking the power away from the Rome Historic Preservation Commission. A city commissioner stated that the HPC would be monitored and then decisions would be made. This is nothing more than…

  • Dr. Joel Todino, Rome
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I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the RLT production of “Of Mice and Men” last weekend. It is a difficult piece with many deep and important issues and lessons. It could be done weakly and superficially, but under the superb direction of Virginia (McChesney), and with a truly…

  • Hal M. Storey, Rome
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The Rome Board of Education election last week was historic with two retirements and 10 challengers. For too long, this board has been a closed group without any fresh ideas and without the thought of change for the better. When new members have been added or chosen, they have been brought i…

  • Bill Shiflett, Chief of Floyd County Police Department
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In 2007, the Floyd County Police Department began a tradition of sponsoring golf tournaments on a yearly basis to assist individuals faced with financial hardships and specific organizations our department felt could have a positive impact on our community.

  • Larry G. Morrow Sr., Rome
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It will soon be 2018, and it's time for Rome and her citizens to embrace the fact that we now live in a different generation and that time brings about changes. I consider myself a senior citizen who came up with the “baby boom” generation, my children identify themselves as “Generation X,” …

  • Susan B. Daniel, Rome
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On Sunday, Nov. 5, an advertisement was placed in the Rome News-Tribune by the Floyd County Republican Party (two days before the election) criticizing a sitting City Commissioner for being a “partisan” Democrat. Am I missing something here? Who could possibly be more “partisan” than Rome’s …

  • Bob Branham, Cave Spring
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I'd like to thank the Rome News-Tribune for finally providing some balance in their editorial cartoons. During the Obama presidency the Rome News-Tribune ran the cartoons of Mike Lester, whose cartoons were consistently extremely disrespectful of the president. I too am concerned that the of…

  • Tim Burkhalter, Sheriff of Floyd County
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I have been blessed to be elected to 4 terms as your Sheriff. I realize that Rome and Floyd County has invested trust in me and I have tried to live up to that trust.

  • Concerned Citizens, Herb and Mary Lindsey, Rome
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We have been buying the Rome News-Tribune for the last three years. There has been continual left-wing rhetoric on the editorial page.

  • John Quinlivan, Chairman of the Board, Rome Floyd Chamber
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Thanks to Hal Storey for his insightful letter published recently by the RN-T. While I appreciate his point, and especially his active community volunteer service, I disagree with his conclusion. It is vital that we vote to pass the upcoming ELOST. Our schools, city and county, have tremendo…

  • Mac Eubanks, Rome
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I lend my voice as one willing to continue support for our kids, grandkids and maybe great-grandkids by voting for the ELOST.

  • Dale Herndon, Rome
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Greyson Oswalt-Smith is of the opinion that the $63.8 million SPLOST is a minuscule tax. He states the arguments for “vote no” are ill-founded and people should go before a special council.

  • John Holcombe, Rome
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 The current controversy over kneeling or standing for the National Anthem being played at sporting events has resulted in further division between good citizens of these United States of America.

  • Joe Cook, Rome
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For those who haven’t been paying attention, Rome’s rivers are now a destination. You can’t drive down Turner McCall or Shorter Avenue without seeing a canoe or kayak strapped to a car.

  • Harvey Shelley, Rome
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I must address your Oct. 20 guest editorial, "What is a dollar." I am not wealthy, nor am I destitute. However, I do know the value of a dollar.

  • Rome Area Heritage Foundation Board of Directors, Rome
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The Rome Area Heritage Foundation has been dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic sites in Rome and the surrounding area since 1973. A lasting debt of gratitude is owed to all those who have shown leadership in retaining Rome's heritage.

  • John Holcombe, Rome
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 The current controversy over kneeling or standing for the National Anthem being played at sporting events has resulted in further division between good citizens of these United States of America.

  • Ray Shepherd Jr., Rome
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 Looking for a little guidance in voting, I’ve been waiting for an article in the Rome News-Tribune that provides some specifics for the “centerpiece of the Proposed $63.8 million package,” a.k.a. the Ag Center component of the 2017 SPLOST. The headline inSunday’spaper announcing “Ag center …

  • Ouida Sams, Rome
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I am writing a letter to inform people about “Obamacare.” It is really the Affordable Care Act. I just experienced an ordeal that would have stopped a lot of people from even considering the coverage it provides. In fact, it happened to me. Let me tell you the entire story.

  • Dr. William Flanagan, Rome
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I was driving to Atlanta last week and began singing some songs I remember from my youth. About the same time I turned on my radio and the news of situations and conditions all around the world came blaring into my ears and heart. I turned the radio off and began singing a song I learned as …

  • Hal M. Storey, Rome
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 I believe in public education! I also believe sales taxes are the only fair taxes. I have supported every ELOST ever offered in Rome and Floyd County, raising money for the promotion of the first one, serving on the committee for others and serving as city co-chair of the Rome-Floyd Citizen…

  • Alton M. Owen, Armuchee
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We’ve heard so much about fake news and we have the responsibility of deciding whether it’s fake or true, but nothing is ever said about the biased lead-in or presentation of those news stories. Tonight, on Thursday, Oct. 12, I saw firsthand how the ABC Evening News is biased by David Muir.

  • Patricia Varley and family, Florida
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My daughter-in-law, four grandchildren and I would like to acknowledge and thank the citizens of Rome, Georgia, and Floyd County for their graciousness and generosity when we evacuated there from Florida to escape Hurricane Irma. What could have been a scary event for the children turned int…

  • Wallace A. Farmer, Rome
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I am a firm believer in standing up for the National Anthem. Also, I don’t thinks fans should be talking and pointing at the camera during the anthem. I am also a firm believer that players and other Americans have the right to peaceful protest under proper situations. I also believe that Pr…

  • Wallace A. Farmer, Rome
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I am a firm believer in standing up for the National Anthem. Also, I don’t think fans should be talking and pointing at the camera during the anthem. I am also a firm believer that players and other Americans have the right to peaceful protest under proper situations. I also believe that Pre…

  • Patricia Varley and family, Florida
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My daughter-in-law, four grandchildren and I would like to acknowledge and thank the citizens of Rome, Georgia, and Floyd County for their graciousness and generosity when we evacuated there from Florida to escape Hurricane Irma. What could have been a scary event for the children turned int…

  • Larry G. Morrow Sr., Rome
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I wonder how many other people are wondering why the Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce has not come out in the news media in support of the upcoming ELOST vote. At least, I have not heard or read of the Chamber doing so. I am just wondering if the Chamber will give its backing to what some say …

  • Wayne Niederhuth, Rome
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As a son and nephew of World War II veterans, and myself a veteran of the Vietnam War, I could hardly believe what General P.X. Kelley, 28th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, recently revealed:

  • Mac Eubanks, Rome
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I read with interest the article in the Sept. 17 edition about the Berry history professors’ work on understanding statues and monuments and maybe helping to chart “where do we go from here.”

  • Glenn Ferguson, Armuchee
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I read the recent letter to the editor regarding the lack of available parking at the courthouse with interest. I was not as observant as the gentleman that wrote the letter and when I went to renew my car tags I was hit with a $12 ticket for parking in a reserved space. I did not discern th…

  • Rosemary B. Sullivan and family, Florida
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I would very much like to thank all of the kind, gracious and generous people in the city of Rome. I am one of 14 family members who evacuated to Rome from the southwest coast of Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma. We boarded up three homes then drove for 17 hours with all our pets to get …

  • Rich Head, Lindale
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Five years ago when Mercy Housing at Etowah Terrace opened we moved my mother in. For the whole first year, the heating and cooling system never quit running, resulting in power bills over $200 monthly. I complained every month, called the home office several times and visited the office at …

  • Sharon Watkins, Rome
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I have lived at Etowah Terrace for 16 months and I agree with the value and mission statement of Etowah Terrace. However, in life things change! Since I have lived here, I do not see the problems that Miriam Cushard indicated that were in her letter (Aug. 21).

  • Brenda Gail Kinnebrew, Rome
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I would like to personally thank Rome Fire Department, Floyd County EMS, Rome Police Department, Ms. Sandy Dandy and Mr. Bill Williams for a job well done during my time here at Etowah Terrace Senior Residences. There has been so much unity shown between your staff and these agencies working…

  • Greyson Oswalt-Smith, Rome
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My current understanding is that my ancestry consists of Native American and European roots. If I can qualify for Native American benefits, can I identify as a Native American with my pale skin? What arbitrary percentage or skin tone allows me to socially identify as Native American? What ar…

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