Columns/Letters to the Editor

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The Civil War should’ve been named the “Boys’ War”. During the conflict, there were between 250,000 and 500,000 soldiers under the age of 18 enlisted in both armies. There were 100,000 boys under the age of 15 marching off to war in the Union Army alone. After the fall of Fort Sumter, Presid…

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Over the past year, as the impacts of the pandemic accumulated, I wrote several columns about how children might be particularly vulnerable to emotional and mental health problems. The disruption of a sense of normalcy, feelings of isolation and loss, and for many families, grief, all increa…

If making resolutions is a typical part of the New Year, people’s resolutions may be a little different this year, especially after everything that happened in 2020. While many will likely resolve to quit smoking, drink less, lose weight or be more active (or all those things), others might …

The arrival of Thanksgiving means we have officially entered the holiday season. And with the holiday of gratitude (and eating) now behind us, we look ahead to the season of giving — followed closely by the time of self-reflection and renewal that comes with the arrival of the new year.

At the end of September, National Recovery Month, Highland Rivers Health hosted a special event for our veterans. Called Operation Gratitude, the virtual celebration — held like so many things these days on Zoom — allowed veterans who receive services from our agency to interact, learn about…

The wanton, September 13, 2020, firing on two uniformed Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies while they sat in their marked police vehicle was an outrage. Other affronts emanated from that disgraceful attack: A witness to the assault is recorded cackling with delight after the gunfire. Outside the hospital where the deputies fought for their lives, a group of malefactors sought to block entrances, profanely beckoning for death. 

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The Polk County Standard Journal’s parent company Times-Journal, Inc. published the following column written by TJI Vice President of Content J.K. Murphy, who has spent 40 years in the newspaper business. It explains the challenges all newspapers face in the digital age. The Polk County Stan…

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Maintaining a sense of sanity during a prolonged crisis is becoming a bit of a game amid the guidelines of Shelter in Place. For about a month now, I have been working mostly from the house, which itself is a distraction with my dogs underfoot and various streaming services at my disposal fo…

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Spring Break didn’t feel all that much like a vacation this year. This COVID craziness has me experiencing an acute case of cabin fever like everyone else, what with the complete lack of human contact I’ve had in recent weeks.

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I have said it to individuals over the past few weeks, and I will say it here and continue to do so until people listen: everyone needs to calm down. Myself included.

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Recently on Facebook reading about a disagreement over whether a national chain restaurant was turned away from building a location within the City of Cedartown, I saw something that gave me real pause.

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