Opinion/Editorial

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Today, we live in a world of our own making. While man remains the sole proprietor and determiner of his identity, while he unties God’s claim upon him by his own choosing, until he reclaims God as essential to life and freedom, then mercy, God’s transcendent love, evades him. If fear is gon…

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. — Frederick Douglass

It wasn’t to many years ago, or at least it doesn’t seem like that long ago, when I ran across a video of a Red Skelton skit related to the Pledge of Allegiance. OK, OK, so as soon as I mentioned Red Skelton I realized that it probably was a long, long time ago.

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William Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even the past.” He meant that events from the past can still affect us now or in the future. He might have been referring to COVID-19 infections, for there is growing concern that the pandemic could have its own set of health consequences years or even decades from now, so-called long COVID-19, and this may ultimately exact a huge ...

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It was a beautiful Tuesday morning. I remember how blue the sky was as I made my way to our local college to begin another day with my Adult Education students. I was in a good mood. My job brought me joy. My students were special people, people who had pulled themselves up by the bootstraps…

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Last weekend was such a pleasant weekend. First, the weather was so delightful — early fall weather, which, unfortunately, could be an anomaly. A burdensome hot spell has often been linked to past Septembers. Maybe we will get a break this year.

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I have written in these pages before of the agrarian nature of the Rio Grande Valley where I live. Alfalfa fields are in full bloom all around Ranchero Musselwhite, and the two lane roads are busy with huge reapers and baling machines.

My brother got married in Vermont, which is a long ways away from Georgia. We were very excited about the event and also for the opportunity to travel to Vermont.

Mississippians are hardworking and constantly seeking opportunities to better themselves, their families, and their communities. That’s why on the day I was sworn in as the 65th Governor of Mississippi, I made a commitment to increase economic development, improve infrastructure, and invest …

Curtis is walking toward his first day of middle school this year with his buds. Curtis will notoriously spend a good bit of his time in the principal’s office for the comical excuses he invents for not doing his homework.

“Little Miss Phillips” was fingering a round wooden object that looked like a bowl with a plunger in the middle. She turned it over and tried to reason it out before asking, “What’s this?”

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I was only a couple of minutes into my morning exercise bike ride when the phone rang. I had volunteered to be on call for FMC chaplains for the weekend. They and the rest of the hospital staff were weary beyond words from the stress of caring for COVID patients. The call came 5 minutes befo…

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There have been seasons of my life when it felt like death was ever present. Like the three-year period when we grieved the death of two of my sister’s children and when death seemed ready to pounce on my brother who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and my mother with lung cancer.

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Master MacDonald looked upon his young apprentice expressionless, knowing he mustn’t give any hint to the lad. Silence filled the air while the teacher waited for his student’s response. The tactic had worked before. His student had made quite the progress because the old master would often …

I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind … What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted. I said to myself, “Behold, I have magnifie…

I am grateful to Rome News-Tribune Editor John Bailey for allowing me to continue my weekly column since leaving the full-time employ of the newspaper. In my new role as a publicist for the city of Rome, I want to emphasize that I will not attempt to use this column to promote the city — and…

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We lost my dad this week to a fast growing cancer that was found too late. To the very end, he was planning and making lists for us to tackle, so I thought this column from last year was the perfect tribute to his personality. We will miss him terribly, you can make a note of it.

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The vase is small, white and squatty, rounded at the bottom with a clear glass rim that has a kind of ribbon effect. I got it from my Aunt Dorothy when she and her husband, Uncle Tullos, were moving to Atlanta to live with their son and daughter-in-law. They were my aunt and uncle through ma…

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I was thinking about a person who lived in Rome back when I went on the police department. This was back in the 1960s. I saw him on Broad Street when I was walking a beat. I didn’t know what his name was, only that he carried a guitar. I am sure that some of the older people remember him; he…

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This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. This is truly a somber day where we remember the more than 3,000 people who were murdered on that tragic day. We also honor the fearless and selfless first responders who risked their lives on that day, and in its aftermath, to sa…

I realized I was slow early in childhood. I started noticing it when playing tag in the first or second grade. I felt like I was trying to move through mud while everyone else cut swiftly through the air. It bothered me for a while, but I came to accept it.

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Often in these columns I write about a particular topic in the context of recognizing a national health observance relevant to the work of Highland Rivers Health – for example, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Alcohol Awareness Month, or Children’s Mental Health Week. I say that w…

What is the cost when we buy doses of “meanness?” What is the price we pay when we fall prey to con artists and the contemptible? Well, if we don’t know the price by now, it is hard to imagine we ever will.

Last week Elizabeth wrote about an oddly branded gelding she came across on a trip to try out a horse she was interested in buying. Here’s more:

Recently, I read this quote that is attributed to longtime Pastor, A.W. Tozer, “Christians don’t tell lies they just go to church and sing them.”

When I first heard about a solar technician opening at the Southern Oak Energy Center near my hometown of Camilla, I knew there would be a learning curve. Still, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get into the growing field of renewable energy.

Cut taxes for the rich and refuse to help the hopeless, hungry and homeless. Give to them and the economy will be stimulated.

Outdoor enthusiasts have waited 10 years for the start of the Redmond Trail, from the end of the levee at Avenue A to behind the post office. I guess we can wait a little longer.

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New York City ... what does it conjure up in your mind? Tall buildings that cause your neck to ache as you look up at them. Lavish shows on Broadway. Streets teeming with all manner of people dressed from straight-laced to bizarre — and they could be walking side by side carrying on an anima…

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In the 32 years that I served on the Rome Police Department I answered a lot of calls from people, some that was forgotten as soon as I got back into the patrol car. There were some that I will never forget.