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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…

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 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.

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…

I support the Second Amendment. However, I think the intent of the founding fathers must be considered in the context of the time it was written; a time when most people hunted to eat, Indians were still active, local law enforcement was volunteer and spotty at best, the Continental Army had…

My children --  and many other young, talented people  -- left our town, Chatsworth, because they couldn't find good-paying jobs that fit their skills. We can change that by investing in clean energy  --  like solar, wind and hydro  --  resources which exist in our area.

I appreciated the letter to the editor from Mr. D.A. King of the Dustin Inman Society educating us on Sen. Chuck Payne's vote to kill a Republican-sponsored illegal alien driver's license reform bill. Thanks to the Daily Citizen-News editors for running it.

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Mark Millican column about "Beulah Land" (Feb. 28). My mother, who is deceased, loved "Beulah Land." I've done it as a solo at funerals, but just could not do it at hers.

I write from Marietta to sadly commiserate with other conservatives in the Dalton area. My own state Republican state senator, Kay Kirkpatrick, recently joined Dalton's Sen. Chuck Payne in voting with the Democrats to kill a Republican bill aimed at reforming the system by which Georgia issu…

When is enough enough? Shall we wait until it's our high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, etc., that become a shooter's target and then wring our hands and bemoan the fact that law enforcement wasn't sufficient in preventing the problem?

Truth is in the business section of the newspaper. Follow the money. The Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation have long, accurate track records. Both predict Trump's tax cut aid to the current economy will be very limited but add $1.7 trillion to the deficit and hurt f…

My name is Mason Whitmore. I am a Boy Scout with Troop 89. On Saturday, Feb. 10, we participated in the annual Scouting for Food campaign. We set up collection tables at both entrances of the Food Lion in Rocky Face. I was thinking with the rainy weather that we might not collect a lot of fo…

The League of Women Voters of the Dalton Area has followed the proposed wastewater fee assessment with interest. It has been the practice of many governmental authorities to implement fees purportedly for the purpose of funding public projects or services. The problem has historically been t…

Something is so wrong when over and over we have to bury innocents whose lives are taken by some godless person bent on destruction. What has convinced so many people that other people’s lives have no value?

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In Sunday’s “Today’s Forum” we read with disgust the following comment: “People refer to what Donald Trump said concerning Haiti and Africa as inappropriate, racist, vulgar and undignified, etc. But no one is saying that it is a lie because even left-wingers know that what he said is basical…

I wanted you to know I've just had a marvelous experience and why. I took a relative to Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga and was able to use my cellphone to call her children and keep them up to date. From the hospital.

As an independent, conservative voter and a longtime pro-enforcement immigration researcher, it is stunning to watch the Republican faithful in Georgia remain silent on the lack of action and outright contempt shown them by many of the people they sent to Washington.

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."