Letters to the Editor

  • M.L. McCorkle, Rome
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President Trump predicts that the entire 2,000 miles of wall he envisions separating our nation from Mexico will cost $10 billion. Senator McConnell estimates the wall will cost between $12 and $15 billion. Homeland Security estimates $21.6 billion.

  • Mark M.J. Webb, Rome
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Don Rusaw is an acquaintance and generally reasonable; however, he is wrong about the SPLOST. He says he won’t support another SPLOST until it has funding for road work to eliminate traffic snarls. If Don wants to see traffic snarls he should go to Atlanta, not quibble about petty traffic in Rome.

  • Cathy and David Dohrmann, Rome
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The recent letter regarding the Hoyt Property presents a rational and reasonable explanation why the Hoyt family should not be prevented from converting this site into an attractive, taxable residence of which all Romans could be proud. We would urge the HPC to reconsider in favor of the Hoy…

  • Don Rusaw, Rome
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I guess I waited too long for my SPLOST suggestions, but it wasn’t totally my fault. You see, I thought the committee would have come up with this idea on their own. Surely, they have to drive around Rome at one time or another and see for themselves what this town needs before an Ag Center,…

  • HEROES, Great & Small Inc., Board of Directors, Armuchee
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A shout out and tremendous “thank you” to Dani Cochran, server extraordinaire, and Schroeder’s New Deli at 406 Broad St. in Rome, for creating the July 22 Led Zeppelin tribute night to benefit HEROES, Great & Small Inc.

  • H. James Clay, Armuchee
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I seldom have a need to go to the Rome courthouse, usually once a year for auto tags. On my yearly visit last week I was totally amazed to see so many parking spots changed to “reserved.” With no customer (read here “taxpayer”) spots available, after circling twice, I was forced to the parki…

It is near the end of July, and we are entering the part of the summer when ozone pollution is highest. Very soon, the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on H.R. 806, which has the misleading title of “The Ozone Standards Implementation Act.” It would be more accurate if it were ca…

  • William Steiner, Rome
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Republicans control 32 states, the President’s office, the U.S. House, Senate and Supreme Court. Democrats control 13 states and five states are equally divided. Most large cities (urban areas) like Atlanta are primarily controlled by Democrats, while most rural areas — such as Rome — are co…

  • Bill McCleskey, Silver Creek
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I would like to thank the honest gentleman who found my wife’s credit card at the E-Z Stop store at the Rockmart Road and Wax Road intersection and turned it in at the store, then called the Georgia Power Northwest Federal Credit Union and reported it to the ladies there and told them where …

  • Brenda Bishop, Rome
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I would like to make you aware of the problems with the Division of Family and Children Service office in Rome. We the poor, disabled, and elderly should not have to sit at the office for three or more hours just to pick up an application or to drop an application off.

  • Brad Aycock, Rome
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The photograph in the Jan. 22 edition of the Rome News-Tribune showed Charles J. “Banty” Jones receiving an award for 35 years service with Shell Oil Co. It brought back memories of the past as a young boy growing up in East Rome on Noble Street. Several boys and I had bikes and we had to re…

  • James Kempt, Rome
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You guys need to learn to use your signals. They are there for a purpose. It’s too bad that the law needs to be enforced. You guys should be able to figure it out without being told. Just because you have a nice vehicle doesn’t mean you know how to drive. When they do use their signals, you …

  • Aidan Watson, (age 8), Lindale
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When people litter it pollutes the air and when the air is polluted it kills trees and when the trees are killed, you cannot breathe. People litter at the bottom of my grandparents’ hill and my grandmother goes down there and picks up all the litter. When she goes down there an hour later to…

  • Don Rusaw of Rome
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Welcome to Rome, where the Historic Preservation Commission has more authority than the City Commission over our economic well being. Since when are aluminum clad windows more historic than better, more energy-efficient vinyl replacement windows? (They are not!) Since when is stacked stone t…

  • Jeff Ploussard, Newnan
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On May 24 the University System of Georgia issued guidelines for implementing House Bill 280, the so-called “campus carry” bill that was signed into law on May 4 by Governor Nathan Deal. Under the new gun law — for the first time ever — Georgia weapons license holders will be allowed to carr…

  • Jim Doyle, Armuchee
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While all the media attention has focused on the Trump-Russia controversy, a little-noticed event took place in Kansas. The Republican dominated legislature passed a significant tax increase over the veto of GOP governor Sam Brownback. In 2011 Brownback and the state legislature passed a hug…

  • Charles Collins, MD, Portsmouth, Rhode Island and The George T. Archer descendants who gathered here Memorial Day
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I wanted to extend some words of appreciation regarding one of your fine citizens, Mrs. Anne Culpepper, historian of the Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Anne was kind enough to come out on short notice this Memorial Day holiday weekend to greet and inform an interested group of Rome descendants who we…

  • H. James Clay, Armuchee
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I had a horrifying experience happen today at the traffic light at Redmond Road and Redmond Circle while turning toward Wal-Mart. The two left lanes are designated as left turn lanes, but the only indicators are faded arrows on the road and the arrows on the light, though most people only pa…

  • William Steiner, Rome
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On this past Tuesday, the Rome News-Tribune printed a guest editorial from the Baltimore Sun that posed the question “How Does the US Health Care System Measure Up?” According to the editorial, the answer to that question is, “Not very well!” The editorial states that our country ranks 34th …

  • Jesse L. Warmack, Piedmont, Alabama
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No nation or combination thereof can provide universal education and comprehensive healthcare for a slothful, sedentary, rotund and fecund population of anti-social parasites addicted to unearned entitlements gained through block-voting, addicted to fast food, soft drinks, electronic devices…

  • Donna Chambers , Rome
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To Craig McDaniel, I have sent numerous emails about various issues to your City of Rome email address. They have been returned for quite awhile because the mailbox is full. As a citizen of Rome, I believe I should have the ability to contact you in an easily accessible manner. I believe mos…

  • Johnnyne Sharp, Rome
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This correspondence is in reference to a letter posted in the Rome News-Tribune concerning the shortage of nurses experienced by health care facilities. Nothing could be further from the truth. Students are continuously graduating from accredited nursing schools and awarded their well-earned…

  • Charles R. Shiflett, Rome
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America is a great country. When Barack Obama was elected President in 2008, America became greater. When Hillary Clinton won the direct popular vote by approximately 2.9 million votes in last year’s presidential election, America became much greater. America can become much greater in the f…

  • Steve D. Davis, Rome
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For the past five months I have been the girls’ soccer coach at Pepperell High School. On two occasions following a game I was interviewed by the Rome News-Tribune sports reporter, during which I praised my team for their efforts even though we lost the games. None of my positive comments we…

  • Rita Bishop, Rome
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Alto Park was designed for softball, not T-ball or coach pitch. It is horrible for this. Burnett Ferry Road is under construction, so traffic both ways was stopped for at least 20 minutes. Players were late as well as spectators. Getting out was even worse. Traffic was at a standstill. Peopl…

  • Ken Martin, Ellijay
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If Hitler had not declared war on America we might not have entered the conflict far away across the ocean. Assuming we had not and word of Nazi atrocities against the Jews leaked out, should America have stood by while crimes were committed of such unspeakable horror and magnitude that the …

  • Jery Morris, Silver Creek
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April is Autism Awareness month. When my grandson, Matthew, was diagnosed with Autism we knew little or nothing about what to expect. We just knew this precious little boy was special. Through the years, with its ups and downs, there have been good times and bad times. Seventeen years later …

  • Jeanne Cahill, Rome
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A recent column reminded me of a decades old joke about the parishioner speaking to the pastor after the service when he said, “You got off to a real good start, Brother, but when you started on the sinnin’ of drinkin’ and runnin’ around, you quit preachin’ and started meddlin.’”

  • 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 that made donations to our annual Valentine’s dinner and silent auction. Proceeds from this event are used to help fund the SUPERWOW trip. Superwow is a weeklong intensi…

  • DeMarcus R. Daniel, Rome Youth Football Organization, Board of Directors and RYFO coach
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Coach John Reid has taken an unfair bashing as the “originator” of this move (to the Rome Youth Football Organization) — he is not. Some of the coaches of the city districts decided the RFPRD Unified Football league is not enough for the kids. The football coordinator, Rick Haase, from a Dec…

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