Letters to the Editor

  • 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…

  • M.L. McCorkle, Rome
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I was really looking forward to filing my taxes on a postcard the way the president promised during the campaign. I appreciated his repeated promises that the tax cuts he was planning would benefit the middle class and hurt people with high incomes like his. That didn't happen, though. The t…

  • Donna Posey, Rome
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To the man behind me and my husband at Walmart that took the $60 from the self-pay register that I walked off and forgot about, I have never done that before, so I choose to believe it was divine intervention.

  • Jesse L. Warmack, Piedmont, Alabama
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The informal Leftist tribunal has created a perpetual victimization tsunami while instituting a zealous and feral dereliction of duty to prosecute the misdeeds of its co-conspirators.

  • John Davis, Rome
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As expected, the good ole' boys of Shorter University have fired James Hall. Other than the victim, Paula Penson, Mr. Hall was the only other person to truthfully and courageously speak out against the cover up against Ms. Penson. Mr. Dowless didn't even have the courage to terminate Mr. Hal…

  • 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 …

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