A new flag of the United States of America in its grand beauty is flying high on top of Jackson Hill. This flag represents the veterans and citizens of our great nation who worked and fought for our freedom.
Race should not have anything to do with Timothy Tyrone Foster’s guilty verdict. He confessed to this horrible crime, and what makes him think a black serving on the jury might vote that it did not warrant the death penalty?
In response to your article regarding (the county being close to) full employment: I believe the headline should have read: “The last of Floyd County’s unemployed and under-employed have finally dropped from reporting statistics.”
When I went to vote in Lindale, I noticed the poll workers were giving me strange looks as I took out my ID. I was then told that I couldn’t vote due to the fact that I had a T-shirt on that said, “Hillary sucks” and was ordered to either take off the shirt, or turn it inside out.
I write as an advocate for local tennis players. While there is no doubt of the potential of the new Rome Tennis Center at Berry College to increase tax revenue, its advantage to local tennis players — the ones who funded it — has been questioned from the start.
As we prepare to begin the months of summer picnics, vacations, and easy living, we should remember a very special day, Memorial Day. May 30 is the day we honor and remember those who sacrificed their lives in battle to preserve freedom and our American heritage.
It has been almost 58 years since my older brother got accidentally shot and killed. That rifle loaded with 22 hollow point ammo did not kill my brother. No, it was the irresponsible young man playing with the rifle that killed my brother.
How people decide to use turn signals or not is beyond me. If they do use them, you cannot trust them. The other day I thought I was good to go. Not. The car went straight instead of turning but it had the signal on.
This year, my school is using a program called C.H.A.M.P.S. (Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety). Officer Matt Maddox of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office teaches this class. Some of the topics this class covered were drugs and alcohol, child abduction, internet safety, stress and bullying.
I wish someone from the Street Department would go out to John Davenport Drive coming off of Martha Berry, where the two lanes converge into one. The left lane is supposed to be the thru lane and the right lane ends.
A little further clarification is needed on the May 4 front page article that opens up with a splash of fed bashing. (“Feds cutting safety-net payments”) Reading the article about cuts to health care in Rome’s health programs, one would think “that nasty ol’ federal government again.”
Last month, the House passed a bill (H.R. 3016) that included a 50-percent cut in the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing provided to children who will have their parent’s earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit transferred to them. Now similar legislation is being considered in the Senate (S.425) that would put the hard-fought benefits of 2.8 million post-9/11 veterans at even greater risk.
Here’s the plan, Stan! Republican insiders and establishment are saying Donald Trump has to go and are lining up behind Ted Cruz. This is the Senator Cruz who has said that his first day in office as president he will repeal and tear apart the Affordable Care Act and put an end to Roe v. Wade. Ted Cruz is going to be a busy boy his first day in office dashing the hopes of tens of millions of Americans.
I am a lifelong resident of Rome and Floyd County, having grown up on Gibbons Street from the 1930s to the late 1960s “urban renewal.” It has been the home of black families that produced educators, pastors, doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers and many more professionals. The street was a catalyst for black-owned businesses, a vibrant community overcoming the daily challenges of the times with a positive, can-do spirit.
I would like to thank Doug Walker, Kristina Wilder, Blake Doss and Sarah Lane for the excellent foster care articles in the April 17 Rome News-Tribune. This is an area of community need that is, obviously, close and dear to me and the Juvenile Court of Floyd County, as well as to DFCS, CASA and the Family Resource Center and other agencies.
This is a response to columnist Rex Hussmann’s April 25 call for everyone to face the “uncomfortable truth that racism is embedded in American history and in the fabric of American life.” He calls for Caucasians to stop pretending that what he is saying is not true. I say to black people as well to stop pretending because it makes you feel so uncomfortable.
Histories use the term “lack of perspective” when an insufficient span of time has elapsed between a particular event and a creditable person’s writing about it. Severo Avila could most certainly use a good dose of “perspective” when it comes to penning his weekly column. The man comes across as a certifiable idiot.
My sincerest apology goes out to all of Cave Spring and the Historical Society for frolicking on the beaches of South Georgia while my fellow citizens are left to debate the fate of that debacle known as the Vann Cabin.
There are careless drivers around Rome who are causing substantial risk to others: 1) Those that are staring at mobile devices while driving through intersections, and 2) Those who honk their horns in greeting while driving, especially at intersections. That can startle other drivers nearby and cause wrecks. Just my two cents worth.
The Bernie Sanders campaign has touted itself as a campaign that gives a voice to the ordinary people. They have claimed to be passionate advocates of more democracy and democratic control of government. And yet their explicitly stated strategy now is to attempt to manipulate the system to get delegates in places where people did not vote for them.
For anyone who has read the controversial House Bill 757 and the transcript of Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto remarks and still feels the need to call him “Satan,” “Judas” or “fascist,” there’s simply no reasoning with you.
Regarding Severo Avila’s March 8 column “Did the Welsh really build Rockmart, Georgia?” — Does this young man receive a paycheck from the Rome News-Tribune to sarcastically bash the Heritage Days/WELSHfest held in Rockmart? In our phone conversation, he did say that his sarcasm was done with humor, but I did not find it funny. I am the president of Euharlee Valley Historical Society, which is one of the founding organizations that created this festival. Our purpose is to help preserve the history and heritage of all of Polk County.
The terror attack in Brussels is another disturbing reminder of the fecklessness of the political leadership in Western Europe and the U.S. Only fools or cowards choose to aggressively fight a war against a non-imminent non-combatant (climate change) and take minimal action against an imminent fanatical combatant (militant Islam).
The noun “minority” should be re-examined for its common usage. Its broadest meaning is some lesser part, or smaller number, that is less than half of a total. But since both quantities may undergo increases or decreases, it is not as simple as it first appears.
It was good to read that our city commissioners are looking for ways to strengthen the local economy and bring more jobs to Rome. This is a critical issue for every family and business. As Commissioner Craig McDaniel said, “We’re celebrating the fact that we’re retaining jobs, but we’ve got to create some new jobs.”
For the last seven years we’ve heard the constant refrain, there is gridlock and partisanship and dysfunction in Washington. If our system of government implodes, it’ll be the fault of the Republican-led Congress.
Lt. Col. Oliver North gave a fine boost to facilitate funding for Unity Christian School on March 21 at the Forum. The attendees were stirred as we heard a student group recite the Preamble to the Constitution. Find yourself moved by its simple grandeur:
During this election year we have been hearing a great deal of hate and underhanded politics toward Donald Trump. Do the politicians in Washington dislike him that much? Or is the real fear that an ordinary American citizen may become President of the United States? That would give notice to the people that anyone can become president. Oh, the horror of people finding that out!
I would like to thank whoever in the city of Rome is responsible for planting and maintaining the beautiful Bradford pears along some of our streets. They are nice in every season but especially in the springtime. Every time I see them in bloom my spirit is lifted.
I want to comment on the presidential race. If America wants four more years of Barack Obama — who never kept any of his promises — it needs to vote for Hillary Clinton, who has jeopardized our national security with her emails.
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 Dinner and Silent Auction. Proceeds are used to help fund their way to Superwow, a weeklong intensive worship for youth from 7th grade to graduating seniors.
When I went to the courthouse on March 4, I knew firearms, knives, cellphones and recording devices are not allowed. But the lady deputy also told me to take my belt off and put it in the tray. I told her my belt helps to hold my pants up. It doesn’t matter, she said, you still have to take belt off and put in tray.