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"For those agreeing with some presidential candidates' calls for America to discontinue use of fossil energy in order to save the Earth from global warming, recent oil field bombings provide you with a small sampling of what happens to price when supply lessens. Enjoy your gas prices for the…

The former Texas congressman enraged the right and netted himself something that sounded an awful lot like a death threat when he vowed during last week’s debate to ban (and apparently confiscate) AR-15s and other assault weapons favored by mass shooters.

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"Thank you, Kasey Carpenter, for speaking out for permanent protections for Dreamers. It's past time for sensible people to stand up on this issue. Again, thank you!"

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"Sure, we all lie. But do we all lie several times a day? Do we lie in front of news cameras? Do we lie about stuff we don't even have to lie about? Do we lie to cover up dumb stuff we said or lied about previously? No, we don't. Most of us don't ever come close to lying like Trump."

PARIS — President Trump was right to cancel a “secret” meeting with leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government following two bomb attacks by the terrorist group that killed 10 civilians, an American soldier and a Romanian service member in heavily fortified Kabul.

Listening to opponents of school choice is an amusing exercise — if, that is, you think it’s funny to hear people make all sorts of nonsensical, contradictory claims about why our children shouldn’t have access to the education that best suits their needs.

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"Trump fires his third National Security advisor and in the same week an American ally gets attacked by drone. Our enemies can smell weakness."

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"Criticizing Trump's policies, calling out his lies and ridiculous gaffes will, if you're a woman, earn you the title of nasty. You will be called disgusting and your appearance will be denigrated. If you're a man, you will be called a loser, your accomplishments be diminished and, like Chen…

In case you haven't heard, our lawmakers have returned from their six-week, summer sabbatical, ready to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Among the agenda items for this legislative session: firearms, keeping the government from shutting down, trade and, at least for some Demo…

Not every passion we have will turn into a career — which is evident because my penchant for singing in the shower has never translated to a record deal. But if we work hard enough, and if we’re lucky enough, we get to seek out those passions and live them daily.

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"It is mind-boggling and really sad that so many uninformed people in this country hate President Trump so much that they would sell our country out to socialism embraced by would-be tyrants. Those that think socialism is so great don't deserve to live in this free country with its many oppo…

Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University. They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their "labor" rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach that non…

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"A shoutout to Cohutta fourth-graders who toured the Tunnel Hill reenactment site last Friday. Respectful, interested and so smart. A pleasure to be their guide."

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"About the path of Dorian. I didn't say another Democrat comment, I said another Democrat comment trying to make the president look bad."

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"Why did the SPLOST advisory committee spend time discussing another mountain bike venue for the benefit of a handful of middle-aged yuppies? Based on the outcome of the last SPLOST vote, Whitfield County’s citizens are finally tired of financing ill-conceived boondoggles that they can’t use."

In 2016, we began a strategic planning process to understand what we need to focus on to continue being a thriving, growing, competitive community. That process resulted in Believe Greater Dalton, a five-year strategic plan for our communities.

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"To the person commenting about the service dog driving and not thinking it was funny, how do you think the dog feels? That must be stressful for it."

The late bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton is said to have been asked by a reporter why he robbed banks, to which he supposedly replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” In his autobiography, Sutton denied the quote, but it serves as a warning to those who fear Democrats will come af…

Every day we see and hear stories about children being sexually abused; often by a trusted friend, a church member, a coach, etc. It’s an old story that, painfully, we see happen too often. We see situations in which children are used as objects and cast aside as carelessly as one might thro…

Student debt remains one of the most potent issues in America today. Most of the political focus – unsurprisingly, as we enter a presidential election year – is on forgiving debt and/or making public college tuition free.

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"Seems to me the commissioners want a SPLOST wish list because we don't have any real needs. Hey commissioners, lay off all us poor people and start showing some fiscal constraint. The only SPLOST I'm in favor of is one that requires property taxes to be reduced by a corresponding amount and…

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"Thank you Lamar and Ann Wright for your gift to our community via Dalton State College. Your generosity and kindness is greatly appreciated."

I usually refrain from commenting on the topic de jour in the media. I’m not much of a “bandwagon” person. Let everyone else have their say and when the dust has settled, I will have mine. Otherwise, you risk being lost in the noise.

John Paul Wright, professor at University of Cincinnati, and Matthew DeLisi professor at Iowa State University, have penned a powerful article titled "What Criminologists Don't Say, and Why," in City Journal, summer 2017. There is significant bias among criminologists. The reason for that bi…

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"I was saddened to see Kmart close on West Walnut, even sadder to see the structure torn down. However, going to the AT&T store (no parking problem), driving to the other end eating lunch at Shoney’s, I am so thankful for the whole development. I’ve had a positive, uplifting morning. Spe…

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"If I have to be married to Donald Trump just because he is president, then I want a divorce —now!"

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"So many complaints and/or suggestions for the SPLOST in the Forum. If you want to be heard, go to the meetings. It’s so easy to sit back in the comfort of your own home and complain in the Forum. Make your concerns and suggestions known. Go to the meetings! The committee is listening."

One doesn’t have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department’s decision not to hold former FBI Director James Comey accountable for what an inspector general report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a “dangerous example” in order to “achieve a personally desir…

I met Johnny Isakson a decade ago. Others have known him longer and can tell you about him in the detail required for the history books, in light of his announcement that he will leave the U.S. Senate at year’s end due to his health. I’m going to tell you what I’ve seen from him, and in him,…

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"Thank you, thank you, to the person that got rid of the graffiti on the rocks on the westside overlook on the Pinhoti Trail/Communications Way!"

My mother never learned how to swim as a child thus, as an adult she was afraid of water. Because of her fear, she enrolled each of her children in swimming lessons when we were very young. Three of her children finished swim class with flying colors and passed the required swim test the fir…

Sometimes local elected officials complain that cities and counties are required to comply with Sunshine Law mandates from the state but the General Assembly exempts itself from those same requirements.

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"About these people that hold their pets in their laps while they're driving, I think it's as bad as using a cellphone while you're driving. And yes, it would be our business because it could cause a wreck just like anything else that's distracting. An animal in your lap, flipping around in …

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"Coming soon to a cable lineup near you: TND — Trump News Daily. Gotta find a home for the propaganda since Fox News is the latest to succumb to the liberal mainstream media takeover. Don't get too attached, though. It won't be long until taxpayers eat the cost of that, too, after he files b…

The New York Times has begun a major initiative, the "1619 Project," to observe the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe American history so that slavery and the contributions of black Americans explain who we are as a nation.

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"With Sen. Isakson retiring, maybe Gov. Abrams can appoint his replacement."

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"To the person that said having pets in your lap while driving is called the 'mind your business law,' don't be foolish. It's distracted driving, and it puts other people in danger. Get over yourself."

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"You know what I'm tired of? People who say Democrats don't love this country. I'll put my patriotism and service up against yours any day. But never will I say that you don't love your country."

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Mrs. Kellie Jean Tankersley-Phillips, age 49, of Butler County, PA, and formerly of Dalton, GA, departed this life Sunday, September 15, 2019, at the Butler County Memorial Hospital. She was born June 15, 1970, in Dalton, GA. She was preceded in death by her father, Calvin Tankersley; grandp…

Donald Lynn Gravitt, 58, of Dalton, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Arrangements will be made by independently owned and operated Dalton Funeral Home, 620 S. Glenwood Ave., Dalton; (706) 529-5371.