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"I pass by Haig Mill Lake Park every day and have watched the construction. The workers are doing an amazing job and the end result will be something we can be proud of. The opening is a bit delayed because of the huge amount of rain during the summer."

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"With all of the things that make Dalton unique both past and present, a statue of Gen. Johnston in the middle of our downtown is really out of place. Ask yourself what you want your city to be known for. I say it is time to move him to the Confederate cemetery rather than the central busine…

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"Apologies for the confusion! The people carved on Stone Mountain took part in an open rebellion and made war on the United States of America, of which they were citizens before joining the illegitimate Confederacy. They killed thousands upon thousands of their countrymen before their rebell…

The refugee resettlement industry is in full panic mode. Some may question whether "industry" is the correct word. But the multi-million dollar budgets voluntary agencies (volags) have at their disposal and the lofty salaries the directors earn reveal that resettlement is a big and lucrative…

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"Trump haters are like Alabama football haters. They just can't stand a winner, especially the one that beat you. Think about it!"

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"Let me explain this in language that modern leftists understand: removing Confederate monuments is erasure and further disenfranchises an economically disadvantaged region of the country. And that's the tea."

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"The drudgery of baseball season will finally be stemmed — football season is almost here and I couldn't be happier!

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The golf clubs in the laundry room at the rear of Dwight Eisenhower's farmhouse here are perched and ready, as if the 34th president of the United States might come and fetch them at any moment.

Growing up in a household where I saw both parents frequently giving back, I really never questioned why they were compelled to do so much for others. Whether it was a pair of shoes secretly given to a school principal for a kid in need by my Pop or Mom organizing a monthly “Special Persons”…

Good grief, here we are slap-dab in the middle of the dog days of summer and you are already back in the classroom. I remember as a child that my family didn’t even take vacation until August because school didn’t start until after Labor Day.

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"The folks calling Confederate generals traitors obviously did not read a history book or benefit from what they read."

Many of the nation's colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values. The threat to our future lies in the fact that today's college students are tomorrow's teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators and policymakers. A rec…

The lies rain down on us so relentlessly that we're often benumbed. Shortly after Donald Trump tweeted recently that the Russians would help the Democrats win the midterms, we learned that the Russians have tried to hack the 2018 campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill — a Democrat. And minutes af…

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"Why do you want to spend money taking down statues when you can be using that taxpayer money to fix the roads?"

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"As a community member, I joined Morris Innovative High School for their first day back to school. I watched as each teacher greeted students with smiles, hugs and assistance. The principal was hands-on, at the door loving on children, extending breakfast opportunities and challenging kids t…

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"Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. It was a very good day. The Braves beat the Mets in extra innings. Chase Elliott won his first race at the Watkins Glen road course beating all the best racers of NASCAR. Yes, a very good day."

It’s tournament time. The alarm meets its four ante meridiem appointment. I wake with the same thoughts I took to sleep with me as though I did not sleep at all. There is no time but to focus on the day’s tasks and preparations. Normal life is suspended for the tournament’s duration. Details…

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"After watching the news today I realize that if you can't get your way, create a riot. That seems to get people together so they can all get out of control. Doesn't solve anything!"

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"I'm calling about all the comments about the noise from all of these trains. As a young black man who lived on Railroad Street most of his young life, those trains remind me of my childhood. If you lived there long enough as most black folks did, you got used to the trains and that noise. N…

This week we begin another school year. This is always an exciting time in the lives of students, teachers and parents. Most students are anxious to get back to their friends and their activities. Most teachers can’t believe the summer is already over and many, if not most parents, have been…

WILKES-BARRE TWP, Pa. — In a test of his election year clout, President Donald Trump returned a familiar electoral battleground this week to try to put one of his biggest supporters over the top in a key U.S. Senate race.

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"I for one am against erasing any history. It is very important. Yes, it reminds us of sad, sorrowful times and teaches us not to repeat the things that were horrific. Removing the bad things in history is only going to raise generations of people to think only bad things happening in their …

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"I do not care what your political affiliations are or ethnicity is, I just want to point out that in the governor's race, a vote for Stacey Abrams is a vote to destroy the carvings on Stone Mountain. She has been quoted as saying she would like to see the carvings gone. I sure hate to see h…

"A big shout-out to Tim Cruse and Dalton Public Works. During the night, a huge tree branch fell onto our neighborhood street. They came at 7:30 a.m. to clean it up in the pouring rain. Thank you."

Aug. 1 marks Earth Overshoot Day, the day that worldwide humanity will, in only seven months, have taken more resources from the Earth than can be replenished within a single year. During a calendar year, the globe's 7.6 billion residents consume through overfishing and overharvesting forest…

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"Here’s a thought. How about if bakers bake whatever cake they’re asked to bake; soccer players play all games, regardless of the color of their team numbers; restaurant servers serve everyone, regardless of their political persuasion; kneelers take a knee and standers stand. People are bein…

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"I am a former railroad employee and worked on territories that had quiet zones along them. Train crews are still permitted to use the horn in unusual or emergency situations in quiet zones. There is no study or data that suggests quiet zones are less safe than conventional crossings where t…

Editor's note: You've asked for it. This week, the Forum will be Trump-free. No comments about Trump will be printed. So let's talk about other topics we're interested in on a local, state, national and global level.

"To the person that said Robert Mueller sure has been finding a whole bunch of witches, let me remind that person that the Mueller investigation was created to find collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians. So far, that hasn't happened."

Spoiler alert: A non-negotiable and finite deadline doesn’t allow me the opportunity to discuss the primary runoff results this week. That’s OK. We can talk about it next week. Besides, Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Co., located in Greater G…

The pollsters at Pew recently reported that 68 percent of Americans are suffering from news exhaustion, and that jibes with what I witness on an anecdotal basis. I don't presume to know everyone, but many of you probably agree that conversations with friends these days are sometimes strained…

While self-proclaimed "democratic socialists" win Democratic primaries in America, actual socialists in Cuba are finally backing away from some of the ideas that kept Cubans poor.

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"Don't the spendthrift county commissioners know what the term SPLOST means? You must have a need. It's not a candy jar for them to spend on anything at their whim, almost always to the detriment of the working taxpayer."

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers predicted that if Donald Trump were elected, there would be a protracted recession within 18 months. Heeding its experts, a month before the election, The Washington Post ran an editorial with the headline "A President Trump could destroy the world eco…

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"Beware the pro-SPLOST crowd that is promoting the SPLOST as a 'penny tax' or a 'one cent tax.' It is not a penny tax. It is a 1 percent tax charged on most everything you buy. They want to fool the public into thinking 'It's only a penny!' This is disingenuous propaganda that needs to stop …

There's no softer or more polite way to say it: President Trump groveled before Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. His display — and the conduct of his administration in the days since — sent a dangerous message to our intelligence communities here at home and audiences watching around the…

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"Well, that was a disappointing election. It does show us that, when we have to pick from the lesser of two evils, voters will vote emotion and not intellect."

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"For all you liberal Democrats, let’s all try the ‘Open Door Challenge.’ Just simply remove the front door to your home to protest President Trump’s border policies. Also, then include a sign that welcomes anyone and everyone to come on in and just take anything they want."

Every time Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens his mouth he somehow manages to stick his foot in it. It's not so much what he says that is harmful to both himself and his company, it's how he says it.