Letters to the Editor

  • By Jeff Groux, Rome
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Good morning, I thank you for the opportunity to comment on Friday’s Sun Sentinel editorial regarding recent political activities along our Southern border.

  • S. Eastman, Rome
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The new parking meter proposal will cost $209,000 in monies to come out of the Rome City budget. The parking meters will be in operation from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The parking fine for staying over one hour will be $10. The parking fine for staying over two hours will be $1…

  • Robert Rakestraw, Rome
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In regard to the ever-growing problem of the misuse and overdosing of opioids to deal with pain, a quote from Shakespeare comes to mind, "What fools these mortals be!"

  • From Larry Gambrell of Silver Creek
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Although we have plenty of fast food, drive-thru restaurants in Rome, there is not always a great place to park and enjoy a lunch. One of my favorite spots with the grandchildren is to park at the back of the old Kmart lot and watch the trains go by as we eat. There are always several other …

  • From Susan B. Daniel of Rome
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Reading the front page of last Tuesday’s Rome News-Tribune concerning the future of neighborhood enhancement programs, I felt that city officials should be reminded that Summerville Park, the 30-day Neighborhood Enhancement Program, was a great success. You, the public, are invited to view t…

  • From Paul Petersen of Rome
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Decades ago most American cities, including Rome, enacted common sense Property Zoning Laws to assure home buyers that one of the most important purchases of their life would be protected against inappropriate activities by their neighbors.

  • From John Johnston of Rome
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After just four short months into 2018, here are some things that really need to be addressed. Restaurants with employees who handle food, you should not have a beard. Twice I’ve found beard hair in my food.

  • Angela Evans, Rome
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Our hiking group here in Rome recently had a history walk in downtown Rome. Sometimes we forget the rich history that our town holds. I am always fascinated by the fact we had a Gothic-style opera house here. The many buildings and statues, the homes there in downtown that was associated wit…

  • Richard Garrett, Rome
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I have been a Democrat for many years. Trump says many stupid things, but don’t we all? We do need to stop unlawful immigration, it does drain our taxes and is unfair. Mexico is using us and just laughing at us.

  • Randy Eidson, Rome
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In David Beall’s letter about gun rights he makes several statements I take issue with. He says the Second Amendment is the most important one of the Bill of Rights. This is not an opinion that everyone shares. Personally I think the First Amendment is the most important. But that’s my opini…

  • Barbara Dixon, Rome
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How can Harbin Clinic walk away from the concept of wellness? The recent decision to close the Vitality Center is diametrically in opposition with the mission statement of Harbin Wellness. We were shocked at the decision to drop this vital aspect of wellness for both the individual and the c…

  • Ben Arp, Rome
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I want to express my appreciation to the administration, faculty and staff at Cave Spring Elementary School for a most enjoyable Pinto Bean Luncheon on March 23. The smiles and warm greetings of Elizabeth, Danny, Allan and so many others made us feel more than welcome. In fact they made us t…

  • Dilshad Akrayee, Rome
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As I started writing this article, I was so unsure whether to finish it or submit it for publishing, but because I love Rome and its community, I decided to complete it and hoped that our local newspaper, the Rome News-Tribune, will publish it, so all the readers can follow my approach in th…

  • William Fricks, Rome
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The announcement that Harbin Clinic is going to close The Vitality Center sent negative shock waves through most of our communities! The reason? They are moving their Urology Department to the area now used by the Vitality Center. This is going to cause many people of all ages, and especiall…

  • Paul F. Culotta, LTC (U.S. Army, Retired)
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In response to David Beall’s letter on the Second Amendment, I am surprised that Mr. Beall does not realize that the National Guard is the militia of this country. It is well-regulated by Federal law as well as Army and Air Force regulations, with oversight by the National Guard Bureau. This…

  • Tony L. Pope, Kingston
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I write this letter to those who have met and decided this is the best way to gain more office space for Harbin Clinic. While a variety of other options were listed as ways to offer “fitness opportunities,” none of these will offer daily access for the over 900 current active members who uti…

  • David C. Beall, Lindale
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I always find it humorous when those who seek to ban classes of firearms they find scary make the argument that the Second Amendment was for muskets. Even if we ignore the fact that advanced weaponry other than muskets existed in the 1700s, it seems preposterous that a group of men intellige…

  • Karen Wetherington, Cave Spring
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How impressive was the “Driving Technology” spread in the Rome News-Tribune on March 21! How lucky we are in Floyd County to have advances in tracking our smart phones, increasing drones in our airspaces, industrialized pig farming, tracking garbage trucks and the end of free parking. Educat…

  • Ruthie Terry, Cave Spring
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Recently I took a heart patient to the Federal building on East First Street. She was unable to walk long distances or navigate steps. I pulled into the lower level and did not see any handicapped parking spaces. She has a parking permit. All spaces directly beside the building were designat…

  • Mike Colombo, Rome
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So 700 plus runners finish a race at the Town Green at the end of the Harbin Clinic Leprechaun-A-Thon last Saturday. There are public restrooms in the Third Avenue Parking deck. Were they open? Of course not. This just makes no sense. If you are not going to allow the public to use public re…

  • Ira Levy, Rome
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A sure way to drive business away from a presently busy Broad Street is to charge $1.25 per hour for parking. Think about the person who buys a $5.50 sandwich and overstays his parking hour by 10 minutes: that sandwich now costs $8! Why eat downtown when one can go to any other restaurant lo…

  • Patti Stephens, Rome
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The youth and youth leaders at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church would like to extend a huge thank you to all the businesses here and in Cave Spring that made donations to our annual Valentine dinner and silent auction. Proceeds for this event are used to help fund the youth group’s trip to Su…

  • Harvey James Palmer III, Rome
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Students often ask, “Why do I have to take this stuff? I’m never going to need this when I’m out of school.” There was a program at the Floyd County Education Center called “Service Learning” that makes sense of education. Public education is designed to help students develop a sense of deci…

  • Bob Harris, Rome
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I want to thank the Rome News-Tribune for the excellent article on Feb. 3 about the old paddle boat Myra H being moved to be carefully restored. This has taken quite a while, but now the work can begin. I would personally like to thank all the people who have contributed long hours and effor…

  • Janet White Morris, Rome
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I am a graduate of Shorter College, now Shorter University, and I also have a personal, family connection to that institution. I wish to address Mr. John Davis’s suggestion in the March 1 edition of the Rome News-Tribune that students attending Shorter University are perhaps in danger of sex…

  • Marge Smith, Rome
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In response to the article “Information about the Death with Dignity Act” in the Rome News-Tribune on Jan. 31 by Calvin W. Burell Jr. and “Addressing Death with Dignity Act” by Joseph B. Gesing on Feb. 22, Mr. Burrell wants allowing terminally-ill adults to receive a prescription lethal medi…

  • Linda Weaver, Rome
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For a few months my husband and I have been answering phone calls for Harbin Clinic, so much so I sometimes feel we should be on their answering service payroll. Also, there are numerous individuals as well as professionals and businesses trying to reach them. My concern is they have possibl…

  • Charles Graves, Rome
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I have been a hunter my entire adult life. In my gun cabinet are several hunting rifles and shotguns. I have had a concealed carry permit for many years and I own numerous handguns.

  • John Davis, Rome
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One of the things I hate most in life is a "bully!" In my lifetime I have seen all kinds of bullies from young students, to parents, to coaches and yes, even bosses. The recent fiasco at Shorter University involving the "sexual harassment" of their Director of Campus Safety Paula Penson is a…

  • Laurie Gerhard, Rome
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I felt this column (“I am a child of domestic violence” by Leonard Pitts published Feb. 18) was an insult to my intelligence. Mr. Pitts shows his ignorance of domestic violence. I believe calling someone names is bullying. That is the beginning of violence. His ignorance on domestic violence…

  • Joseph B. Gesing, Silver Creek
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Last month in the Rome News-Tribune a letter was printed promoting law called the Death with Dignity Act. It would provide for a terminally-ill adult to “voluntarily request and receive a prescription lethal medication so they can pass away in a peaceful, humane manner in a place and time of…

  • Mabel W. Myrick (a Rosie), Corresponding Secretary for Americas Rosie the Riveter Association
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American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women who worked on the home front during WWII. Thousands of women worked to support the war effort as riveters, welders, electricians, inspectors in plants, sewing clothing and parachutes for the military, ordnance workers, rolling …

  • Nina Barnes, Roswell, New Mexico, and Rome native
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I was a substitute teacher once for a Special Education high school class when alarms started going off. It meant someone dangerous was on campus. The other classroom aides and I got the kids into a little back room of the special ed class and turned all of the lights off.

  • Jeanne Cahill, Rome
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I have never heard a suggestion to repair/replace the broken arms of the Venus di Milo. A damaged statue makes a bold statement in the Louvre; why not in Myrtle Hill. 

  • Butch Cohenour, Life member, D.A.V. Chapter 95, Rome
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In the letters to the editor from Steven Watt on Jan. 24 and Beverly Harris on Feb. 2, they are not pleased with the V.A. Clinic in Rome. Thank you, Steven and Beverly, for your letters. There are a lot of veterans in North Georgia who are not happy as well.

  • Douglas A. Mather, Rome
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This week in our own Rome New-Tribune I have read, “Americans have stopped caring about gun violence.” To say no one cares is presumptuous to say the least. What a broad and sweeping statement.

  • Beverly Harris, Rome
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In response to Steven Watt’s letter printed Jan. 24, we, too, were disappointed in the lack of service offered by Rome’s VA clinic. My parents moved to Rome in August 2015. My dad, a WWII vet, had received excellent care at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, and we expected th…

  • Rome native Calvin W. Burrell Jr., Chattanooga, Tennessee
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The purpose of this letter is to further the general public’s awareness of a growing movement called the Death with Dignity Act. This law would allow mentally competent, terminally-ill adult patients to voluntarily request and receive a prescription lethal medication so they can pass away in…

  • Charles Hack, Rome
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Approximately 10 years ago my wife was diagnosed with severe memory loss. It is hard to pinpoint, but I can remember incidents that on reflection could have been the early signs of her memory loss. Over the years, the disease has been a slow but steady decline of normal abilities. I will not…

  • Mary Shotwell Smith, Rome
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People who love Shorter University want the beloved, historic school to return to a place of eminence in the community. The disdain and harsh criticism that appears in social media, in letters to the editor and guest columns cause damage to the University and hurt employees and students. I h…

  • Steven Watt, Rome
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We have recently relocated to Rome from South Florida, and chose Rome due to the beauty of the small historic town and the citizens. The down side is the VA system in Georgia and truly the clinic here in Rome.

  • Joe Engle, President LHP Management, LLC
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A Jan. 8 letter to the editor expressed concern about the wellbeing of Meadow Lane residents who have been temporarily relocated while their apartments are being renovated. After speaking directly to the concerned individual to explain our relocation program, we are happy to report that he a…

  • Jerry Rucker and Janet Byington, co-chairmen, Rome Christmas Parade committee
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We want to thank all of the people of Rome and Floyd County who came out Nov. 28 to put on a fabulous Christmas parade. It was one of the biggest ever! The floats this year were extraordinary and the many new entries added so much to the parade atmosphere. Where else could we find live camel…

  • Ira J. Espy, Rome
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The editorial “Christian Zionism and American Foreign Policy” by Ben Amis in the Jan. 1 edition equates politics with religion regarding Israel. While religious issues abound regarding Israel and Jerusalem in particular, to imply that religions should determine our policies toward Israel is …

  • Paul F. Culotta, Rome
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It was disheartening to read about the break-ins of several vehicles reported in the Dec. 28 issue of the Rome News-Tribune. What made it worse is that three of the break-ins resulted in criminals stealing three lawfully acquired guns.

  • Barry Colbaugh, Buford
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It is an outrage that vandalism was perpetrated to the (Confederate) veterans’ monument on Myrtle Hill. Now more than ever we need to protect and strengthen the laws in this state that protect our monuments and history. Allowing vandals and ANTIFA to get away with such violence with no penal…

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