With nearly 40 years in mental health services in Whitfield County, I found John Stossel's column under "Viewpoints" in your Oct. 6 edition remarkable. He assessed quite well the national lack of services calamity affecting thousands of mentally ill. His account of the history was well-resea…

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The League of Women Voters of the Dalton Area recently presented a program and conducted a discussion of the Georgia state constitutional amendments, state wide referendums and local legislation that will appear on the ballot in the general election in November.

Whether one believes that Judge Brett Kavanaugh should ultimately be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, most everyone agrees that the recent hearings conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee are, in the words of Judge Kavanaugh, "a national disgrace."

The sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh that have emerged this week are extremely serious and must be investigated fully. An attempted rapist cannot be allowed to sit on the highest court in the land.

It's been a while since we lived in Dalton, but both our families have a long history in this beautiful community. In the early 1900s, when Ted's mother was just a kid having fun with her friends in the "city pool" close to her home on North Thornton Avenue, her elder neighbor, poet Robert L…

I want to thank all the many people who made Burr Park a "place to be" on Friday nights this summer. The Dalton police were excellent in their traffic control and their laid-back presence for the concerts. The maintenance crew had the park looking pristine hours after the events, and the peo…

Still basking in the glow of Saturday's festival fun, the Friendship House Board and volunteers of Friendship House express heartfelt gratitude for the support for our third annual Music Festival on the Dalton Green this past Saturday. The event was a huge success, raising more than $110,000…

I don't agree with President Trump. There have been times I didn't agree with President Obama, either, or with presidents Bush, Clinton, etc. What I have cherished is my right to outwardly express my opinions and/or criticisms of our governments, all the way up the chain of command to the pr…

Thank you for publishing the recent article about the arrest of Martha Al-Bishara by Josh Etheridge, Chatsworth chief of police. I was appalled to hear about the Tasering, handcuffing and arrest of 87-year-old Martha Al-Bishara by Chief Etheridge and his so-called "law enforcement agency."

For a number of years, I was the associate pastor of Dalton's First Presbyterian Church. I enjoyed living near Dalton High School. Since the beginning of 2013 I have been in ministry at Petersburg-Bethel Presbyterian Church in Petersburg, Pennsylvania.

The recent front page story about the liberal Georgia Budget and Policy Institute’s (GBPI) most recent report on the supposed financial evils of local law enforcement helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) locate and hold illegal aliens didn’t touch on the human costs of criminal …

Unless you've been living under a rock lately, you've probably noticed a sparring match going on between persons on both sides of the gun debate. I am one of those persons. Thirty years ago, I was a victim of a heinous crime in which the perpetrators were never caught and actually I don't th…

The French government has decided to ban all cellphone possession in the schools for children up to age 15 or, below high school level. The presence of cellphones is generally seen as a distraction from school work. The only exceptions being made are for children with a physical or mental handicap.

Stacey Abrams' quote on immigration in the Daily Citizen-News story “Abrams: 'Those who share Democratic values have not lifted their voice sufficiently in recent years" is indicative of the misdirection anti-enforcement liberals — including some Republicans — offer up on the issue.

The Downtown Dalton Development Authority was formed by the Downtown Merchants Association (DMA) in 1981. In the mid-'70s, Randall Maret was president of the association. Maret’s Rx was owned by Randall and his brother, Charles, and was downtown.

With another crisis at hand, I wonder how much more America can take. We are the biggest melting pot in the world. You can put only so much water into a pot before it spills over. Then when you are left with nothing but runoff you realize you have made a mistake. You overfilled the pot, set …

The separation of families at the border is heartbreaking. Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration, believes it is necessary now as he did in 2014. A few days ago there were scores of protestors protesting with many signs such as "Families should stay together…

As a state representative and small business owner, I am asking you to vote for Casey Cagle for governor in the July 24 runoff election. Casey has a proven, consistent record of conservatism and has already led our state with Gov. Nathan Deal.

The murders of five people who worked for the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., has caused me to think about the importance of community newspapers, and realize our own Daily Citizen-News belongs in a list of key community institutions — alongside the floorcovering industry, Hamilton Medica…

While my view and “Our View” share similar feelings about being thankful that children’s cries are heard, is there a whiff of another agenda in the Daily Citizen-News' June 21 editorial? When the lead sentence is clearly political, and similar threads run throughout the writing, is it unreas…

It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer's disease. Too often, Alzheimer's is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 65 seconds. Two-thirds of its annual costs are being borne by Medicare and Medicaid. It …

When you cannot remember the life you have lived, who are you? That is the question faced by Alzheimer's patients on a daily basis as the disease progresses. My mom was one of those who experienced this journey. Today, an estimated 5.7 million folks in our country suffer from this terrible d…

Traffic signals are very expensive to install. They all have those shiny, stainless steel control boxes with elaborate electronic controls inside.

First, the tragedy of school shootings is not primarily a result of the lack of gun control, but is substantially a security issue. The Second Amendment guarantees that guns will be available; however, it is essential that the requirements to purchase be stricter and ruthlessly enforced. The…

As a 62-year-old, middle-class male I've experienced most of the spectrum of human behavior. It is a privilege to inform the good citizens of Dalton that there is a shining example of the fruits of the spirit in your midst.

Conservatives thought Obama was the presage of the Antichrist. The irony is the president they voted for has unequivocally lied over 2,400 fact-checked times to date, not the, "you can keep your doctor", by which Obama ran the risk of people misunderstanding his ban on cheap, worthless healt…

I had heard that a memorial to those killed by lynch mobs had opened in Montgomery, Ala. Reading the Daily Citizen-News, I learned our county is represented there as the site of five lynchings. The dead men’s names are inscribed on a large metal column, and another column like it is set asid…

It would be a disgrace if I did not comment on the 50-year anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and what it means to me. His message continues to live on into this present day. I grew up during the civil rights movement, although the movement did not come to Whitfie…

On a recent trip to Dalton to visit my mother, I was reading the Daily Citizen-News as usual and encountered an interesting comment in the Forum. Apparently, someone opined that there would be a problem of vagrants hanging around the new Dalton Brewing Company. Although I have not visited th…

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At our house, we're following the state Senate primary election in Dalton with great interest because of the issue of Sen. Chuck Payne voting against the illegal alien driver's license bill in last session. You see, our son Dustin was killed by an illegal alien who crashed into the rear end …

Proving that Republican does not always mean conservative, state Sen. Chuck Payne has voted three times to stop the effort to change the drivers license Georgia issues to illegal aliens so that it is different from real, legal immigrant's drivers licenses and cannot be used as federal ID to …

This letter is in response to the invitation for feedback from the readers regarding the new series of articles titled "Pulse of the Voters." This may end up being a first in a series of letters in response to the series of articles, but I would like to share my take on the present political…

The latest school shooting has again divided our country on the issue of gun control and the violence that's sweeping our country. More background checks will not solve the problem, and I believe banning the AR-15 would do little to curb the violence. Those intent on violence will find a way…

There are two ways to look at horrifying events that happen much too frequently pertaining to gun violence and ways to stop it. We can look at what should happen in an ideal world, or we can view it from the perspective of reality.

On behalf of St. Mark's Preschool and St. Mark's Church, I want to thank everyone who braved a cool but beautiful sunny morning to support Peter's Free Wheelin' 5K on Saturday, March 3. It was a very joyous event and certainly reflected the wonderful spirit of our diverse community. It was a…

As a lifelong citizen of Dalton, I am very distressed over the lack of security provided our local students and personnel at school. Never would I have imagined that a teacher would bring a weapon into the school knowing the school policy and procedures. I thank God he did not involve studen…