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"I think that it should have been noted by reporter Chris Whitfield that the pastor pictured on the front page of Tuesday’s paper is Raphael Allen. He is the senior pastor of the oldest black church in Dalton, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has been leading this 150-year-old c…

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Georgian Henry Benning, in February 1861, wrote that "a separation from the North, was the only thing that could prevent the abolition of her slavery."

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"Being the leader of the free world is a very demanding and thankless job, so I don't care if any president swears a lot. People swear at their jobs all the time, big deal. That's how things get done. Getting your feelings hurt isn't a crime or even news."

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As we dive into 2018 and another election year, your humble scribe feels even less inclined to comment about politics and political campaigns. We have political commentary in these editorial pages each week, and if that’s not enough to suffice, there are other media outlets including magazin…

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Peanuts harvested in Georgia supported a farm gate value of $685 million in 2015, clearly one of the state’s most important agricultural commodities. Last year, Georgia peanut farmers produced more peanuts than it has in 20 years, exceeding 828,000 acres. Based on early estimates the average…

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"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word, I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning ..." (Psalm 130: 5,6).

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"If the people on the south end complain loud enough, maybe they’ll open a new supermarket in one of the abandon anchor stores in the mall."

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The Dalton Public Safety Commission (PSC) is sending a clear message: "We don't want you here." That's the takeaway for anyone that is well qualified to take the reins of the Dalton Police Department, but not currently known by the PSC as the group recently said only internal candidates will…

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"Now that church news is in Friday’s paper instead of Saturday’s, what is the new submission deadline?"

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Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

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"Without Toyota, Honda, et al., you would still be driving that breakdown boat that will last less than 100,000 miles and gets eight miles per gallon. Foreign automakers have invested more in the USA and hired more American workers. GM, Ford, Chrysler continue to expand into Canada and Mexic…

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"One more time, drivers of Dalton: A blinking yellow arrow on a traffic light means that you can make your turn if no oncoming traffic is coming. I’m getting tired of honking at you!

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If you ask a state legislator, particularly one who's been around for a few terms, what their priorities are for the upcoming session, they'll solemnly say something along the lines of, "pass a balanced state budget."

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"I just picked up my paper and am reading Today's Forum. I see the comment 'To be realistic, the reason there are no grocery stores on the south end is lack of customers.' I just wonder why someone would think that the south end would have a lack of customers. We have people going all over D…

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Charlie Carpenter doesn’t do computers, and the only reason he has a cellphone is to stay in touch with his wife. He’s big on family — they have four boys — and that includes a passion to hunt for raccoons. It’s sort of a philosophy of life for him.

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On the heels of a bout with “real winter,” thoughts may not be turning immediately to the growth of plants that support all food production. Producers providing meat, milk and eggs by tending livestock continue their husbandry even through the coldest weather. While crop producers may not be…

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"As for being old, if you haven’t been paying attention it doesn’t count for anything when you make wrongful comments."

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WASHINGTON — It is almost a law of our political physics: Those who choose to leave Congress thereby demonstrate qualities that make one wish they would linger here longer. After seven terms in the House of Representatives, which followed eight years in Pennsylvania's House of Representative…

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"Georgia is on my mind like it hasn’t been for over 35 years. Thanks, Kirby Smart, for the chance to be great again."

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Legislative sessions have a particular rhythm. They start slowly, then pick up the pace as more bills are filed and vetted by committees. There's a rush to the first deadline, Crossover Day. Then a short breather, and an even more furious sprint to the Day 40 finish.

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One of my favorite holiday stories is "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. The main theme of the story shows the importance of showing charity toward those less fortunate. The most meaningful part to me is when Ebenezer Scrooge gets a glimpse into his future. He gets an opportunity to mak…

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"The other day I watched an amazing football game. There were no outlandish end zone celebrations and no one took a knee on the sidelines. It’s always great to watch an Army-Navy game."

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"As usual, Deck Cheatham's column in this week's Daily Citizen-News was excellent. This time it was insightful, thought-provoking, religious — without being preachy. I hope the column continues for a long time to come!"

We are a nation of 325 million people. We have a bit of control over the behavior of our 535 elected representatives in Congress, the president and the vice president. But there are seven unelected people who have life-and-death control over our economy and hence our lives -- the seven gover…

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"Let's see, a Forum commenter stated that most of the national debt incurred while Obama was in office was caused by the actions of his predecessor, Bush. Using his logic, all increases to our national debt while Trump is president will all be caused by Obama. Makes a lot of sense, doesn't i…

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New Year is the time when many people make resolutions to get healthier — perhaps by eating better, exercising more, losing weight or quitting smoking or other unhealthy habits. For some, the New Year may mean trying to quit drinking alcohol or using drugs. I use the word "try" because quitt…

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"Something’s wrong when a city spends over two-thirds of their budget on administration and the police department. Playing big city is expensive."

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Extremely cold weather is here to stay for the next few days, with the low temperatures expected to be in the teens. So it is important to be aware of the dangers such cold weather can bring to people, cars and pets and take appropriate action.

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“’Tis the season” for reflection and resolution. Most often the new year greets us with the opportunity to consider what transpired in the year that has passed and puzzle about what might be done differently. Our intentions generally reflect a desire to improve our own lives and those around…

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There are two reasons FBI agent Clarice Starling went to serial killer Hannibal Lecter in an attempt to learn more about serial killer “Buffalo Bill” in the 1991 romantic comedy “Silence of the Lambs.”

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