Letters to the Editor

  • Russ Gates, Thad Watters, Unified Football Committee and Boys & Girls Club Board Members
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Coach John Reid and the Rome City School Systems decision to begin participation and play in the Northwest Georgia Youth Football League will have many negative impacts to the Rome and Floyd County community. As members of the Unified Football Committee and the Boys & Girls Club board of…

  • William Steiner, Rome
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I was hoping Donald Trump was going to be an agent for positive change in our government. My hopes are quickly diminishing and he has only been in power for less than three months.

  • Cheryl C. Garner, Rome
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My son was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor at 25. It reoccurs and currently has no cure. Brain tumors are more prevalent than many might think. He was working and covered by insurance at his diagnosis, but now he is dependent upon Obamacare. Therefore, we are quite familiar with…

  • Charles Dickerson, Cave Spring
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Nationalism is defined as: 1) devotion to one’s nation, i.e. patriotism, 2) the doctrine that national interest, security, etc. are more important than international consideration, 3) the desire for or advocacy of national independence. 

  • Jim Doyle, Armuchee
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Lately there have been several attempts to compare Donald Trump with our seventh president, Andrew Jackson. While there are similarities, it is their differences that are most revealing. This is particularly true in the realm of economics. Jackson was a “hard money” man who absolutely despis…

  • Jesse L. Warmack, Piedmont, Alabama
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Corporate Globalism has unleashed a pandemic of social irresponsibility and counterfeit journalism. Progressive ideology demands a compulsory unification of opinion that exists only in a graveyard and will have a National Corpse at any price.

  • Dorraine Vines, Rome
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Severo Avila’s editorial disturbed me because of his lack of seriousness concerning Heaven and Hell. Someone does not go to Hell because of a misunderstanding. They go because of not asking the Lord, Jesus Christ into their heart.

  • William Morris, Cedartown
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Apparently Rep. Tom Graves will only meet via telephone conference with his constituents. He has yet to meet in person with constituents where he is forced to answer follow-up questions. If you want a news story ask Mr. Graves to disclose the names of his major donors. Ask Mr. Graves who he …

  • M.L. McCorkle, Rome
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On Monday, this paper ran an article about Rep. Eddie Lumsden’s support of the campus carry bill which would permit concealed firearms on public college campuses except in sports facilities, student housing and on-campus preschools. He stated, “Just because you have a gun-free zone doesn’t m…

  • Jane and Pete McDonald, Rome
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Thanks to the City Commissioners and County Commissioners for considering our letter proposing a solution to the multi-year disagreement between Mr. Ira Levy and our neighborhood of Oakdene Place. We especially appreciate County Commissioner Wright Bagby, City Commissioners Evie McNiece, Wen…

  • Laurie Craw, Cave Spring
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Republicans in Congress and President Trump are trying to come up with something better than the Affordable Care Act. I expect them to keep their election campaign promises. Now, it is all in the hands of Republicans and they must deliver. Lives depend on them. Working people need medical ca…

  • Linda W. Parrish, Rome
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As a new resident of Rome, I appreciated your update on pending legislation in the general assembly. I did contact my state representative and state senator by email. I looked up their contact info online. It might be helpful if you would include contact info at the end of an article which u…

  • Nena Dake, Avenue A Historic District and National Register of Historic Places
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Now that February is upon us, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is encouraging people all over the United States to join in the movement of love and send “Heart Bombs” as love let­ters to historic places in their hometown or anywhere. “Heart Bombs” is a term used for love letters …

  • Kenneth Snead, Armuchee
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It appears that our new president and many members of Congress have now taken the position of many from the past regarding evidence with which they disagree. That is to eliminate references to the evidence or to gag those in opposition.

For the second year in a row, the ML5K race (held Jan. 14) has honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of doing good in the world as we raised awareness and funds for the historic African-American school, Fairview-E.S. Brown, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

  • Norman Skidmore, Rome
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It was saddening to observe that the Rome News-Tribune thought it newsworthy to report a new beverage offering at the Brewhouse in honor of Peggy Snead, Peggy’s Pale Ale.

  • Sam Fuller, Rome
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Misinformation in this election in general and specifically about undocumented immigrants and their role in American society has been rampant. From fake news sources manufacturing lies to politicians harping on incorrect statistics, the true impact of immigrants has be obscured from much of …

  • Susan Carlson, Rome
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In regard to Susan Stamper Brown’s Feb. 3 guest column on (President Donald) Trump’s keeping America safe, I wonder why the immigration ban does not include Saudi Arabians and Egyptians — especially considering that the attack on the World Trade Center, the one in which over 2,600 American l…

  • Jeanne Cahill, Rome
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Jay Ambrose’s Dec. 23, 2016, guest column “Get ready for a 2-president nation” must have been a breeze to write. All that he had to do was cut and paste some of the standard-issue conservative Republican rhetorical devices: cherry-picking quotes, blaming the victim, and minimizing bad behavi…

  • Barbara Meyer, Rome
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I am writing this in regard to a problem with our society which is very close to my heart. That problem being when mentally challenged people’s rights are violated, when the mentally ill do not have many folks working on their side. 

  • Jesse L. Warmack, Piedmont, Alabama
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Re: Leonard Pitts’ commentary in the Jan. 8 edition (“Media must take a moral stand”). The fanatical leftist press has sickened many with their hypocritical pretensions to a patent on intellect and compassion. Liberal pretense is relentless and will have a national corpse: R.I.P. western culture. 

  • Sam Fuller, Rome
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With the end of this election still looming over the US, many throughout the country, and specifically the state of Georgia, are worried about the future. Many of my good friends have been exasperated, and those who are part of marginalized groups are even more concerned and fearful about wh…

  • Buddy Childers, Rome
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When we visit another town or community, we support their projects any time we spend our money. If we stay in a hotel we pay to help the local folks in that community. When we have a local option sales tax we are able to recoup some of our money when we have visitors coming here.

  • Jim Doyle, Armuchee
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According to President-Elect Donald Trump, in order to “Make America Great Again” we must rejuvenate our economy’s manufacturing sector by clamping down on free trade, immigration, and off-shoring our industries. He argues that these globalization factors have destroyed good-paying jobs for …

  • Dr. James S Payne Jr., Rome
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The Empire State Building, which has 103 stories and is 1,250 feet tall, was built in 410 days! As far as I can tell, we broke ground on the five-story Marriott in Rome three years ago and it’s still barely out of the ground. Just an observation from an ole country boy from Coosa.

  • Jimmy M. Wright, Rome
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Every year I think about those that don’t get to gather with their families for the holidays. There are soldiers that cannot make it home. There are homeless people that are too embarrassed or proud to tell their families of their plight. There are nurses and pilots and retail workers and po…

  • Larry G. Morrow Sr., Rome
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Congratulations to the Class 5A state champions Rome High Wolves — champions that our entire Rome community are very proud of. Special congratulations goes to my great nephew, Marcus Scott, who is a member of the first-ever Rome High football state champions.

  • D.J. Milam, Rome
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Who would have guessed the Rev. Gary Batchelor is a registered Democrat, as he said in his Dec. 5 column. But instead of voters for Donald Trump explaining to you why we voted for Trump, you should explain how you could vote for Hillary. Did you hold your nose? 

  • American Legion Post 5 Commander Steve Rood and Finance Officer Richard Bigham
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Thanks to the community! Veterans Day, Nov. 11, our program this year at Myrtle Hill and the meal we furnished to veterans, their families and community leaders were great successes. Your donations of food items, your time, even monetary support were greatly appreciated. 

  • M L McCorkle, Rome
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For those on Medicare, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and President-Elect Donald Trump are promising major changes to this federal program. Tom Price, currently a U.S. representative from Georgia, has been chosen by the president-elect to head the department overseeing Medicare. He also stro…

  • Ron Lowe, Nevada City, Calif.
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And there it was, the one sentence. “FBI Director James Comey is a long-time Republican.” It all came together. Hillary Clinton was spot on when she said Comey shaped and altered the presidential election with his last-minute interference. Hillary Clinton was comfortably ahead in the polls w…

  • Nicolas Casey, Rome
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The election is finally over and Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States. Half of the country is rejoicing in victory, while the other half of the country is relishing in defeat. These are common emotions felt with every presidential election. It’s OK. We, as a…

  • Diana Lynn Davis West, Rome
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Most people remember the name of a favorite teacher, a coach, that special lunchroom worker who gave out a few fries or even the custodian who taught them the value of not sticking gum under a desk. 

  • Willie Mae Samuel, Rome
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I truly want all black people who supported Donald Trump to tell me — what did you think he meant when he and his followers said that he planned to “Make America Great Again”?

  • Bill McCleskey, Silver Creek
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I am a Marine who served in the 1960s. I was very young and dumb as dirt but the Marine Corps accepted me and took a boy and made a man out of me. I would not change a thing in my life. The Marines taught me the values of being a man.

  • Pamela Terry, Smyrna
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In all the sturm und drang of this election, amidst the anger and frustration I have personally felt and witnessed on the faces on those around me, my one overriding emotion has been grief at the inexplicable embrace of Donald Trump by those professing a Christian faith. 

I read Severo Avila’s column about contemporary church services this morning and it is still generating real and spontaneous LOLs to the bewilderment of my coworkers. 

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