At some point, the national Democratic Party’s leadership will discover a backbone and summon up the courage to sever its connection to Hillary Clinton.

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"To the person who wanted to know where I got my information regarding extorting an ally to dig up dirt on Biden, it would be easier to tell you where I don’t get my news from: Fox or Pravda."

In “The Music Man” which, happily returns to Broadway this fall, there’s a tune called “Iowa Stubborn,” written in 1957 by Mason City native Meredith Willson. It muses that folks in the Hawkeye State “could stand touchin’ noses for a week at a time and never see eye to eye.”

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"Thank you to the caller for almost getting it right. The caller mentioned Russian collusion, Stormy Daniels and the Ukraine. What the caller missed was that those were all things that were Trump’s doing. The Democrats just addressed them, as should have the Republicans. So close!"

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"How about we make Dalton a Fourteenth Amendment sanctuary, so we can ignore any anti-choice laws passed by the state?"

I love definitions because they help focus the mind. For decades, we are said to have been in a culture war. As in any war, it helps to know one’s enemy.

I’ve been reading and rebutting lazy, nonsensical, hypocritical arguments against school choice for over a decade now. It is genuinely difficult for the education establishment to come up with something more cringe-inducingly, obviously ridiculous than what I’ve already heard.

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"Is there any way we can require the city and county to get voters' approval before increasing our city and county taxes?"

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"Many Trump supporters say they like his anti-globalization policies. Surprise, he is globalizing the elections in the U.S.A. Anyone in the world can now influence the elections any way they want. Dems will fight fire with fire. They will solicit help from U.S. allies for influence in the ne…

The Dalton Education Foundation began in 1987 as a way to continue to provide for the educational needs of students in Dalton Public Schools. Faced with changes in the method of state school financing in the 1980s, leaders investigated ways Dalton schools could continue to offer the highest …

Whether you support Donald Trump or think he is guilty of nefarious deeds regarding Ukraine, he is not going to be removed from office unless Republicans have a death wish. This, despite ponderous pontifications by liberals that at least 10 Republicans senators will turn on him and provide a…

Reporters complain about business. We overlook the constant improvements in our lives made possible by greedy businesses competing for your money. Think about how our access to entertainment has improved.

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"On Wednesday, Democrat Adam Schiff warned that results of the 2020 election could not be trusted if the Senate doesn’t convict and remove President Donald Trump from office. Schiff then argued that impeachment was so very urgent because Trump threatens our national security and election int…

It's nearly impossible to have even a short conversation with a college administrator, politician or chief executive without the words diversity and inclusion dropping from their lips. Diversity and inclusion appear to be the end-all and be-all of their existence. So, I thought I'd begin thi…

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"I am glad to be a black American living in Dalton, Georgia, with all of the Martin Luther King Jr. events that happened at the Mack Gaston Community Center this holiday."

In a column on the eve of the 2016 election, I warned that if Donald Trump were to inexplicably occupy the White House, he would wreak havoc on American values, and his “authoritarian sensibility” would precipitate “a systematic breakdown of our democratic institutions.” I was merely stating…

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"The Republicans were whining about not being allowed to call witnesses during the House impeachment investigation. Now the Senate Republicans say they don’t think they’ll need to hear witnesses. Are they afraid that Bolton will tell the truth? And if they threaten to subpoena the Bidens, do…

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"Colin Powell supporting Obama may tell you that he’s not a Republican, but it tells me he’s honest."

The latest protests in Iran by people angry over the Iranian military's missile launch that "unintentionally" downed a Ukrainian jetliner killing many Iranians, Canadians and others, is different from past protests over rigged elections, rising gas prices and what Americans like to call "vot…

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"To the Democrat who wrote in on Jan. 18: 'Donald Trump has to bear some indirect responsibility for that airplane being shot down over Iran.' By this logic he is also indirectly responsible for the Great Chicago Fire, the San Francisco earthquake and the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa!"

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"As a Democrat, I say emphatically, we don't want Rand Paul. He's yours, you can keep him."

The dawning of a new year is often a time of reflection, the time people make changes or set new goals. As 2020 begins, I am thinking about the countless headlines in recent years questioning the value of higher education. I think of how college enrollment is down nationwide — primarily beca…

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"When is the search for the new Varnell police chief going to begin? I think I will apply. I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night and the Willowdale Lodge all last week. I've got the personal experience needed for the job!"

Criminal activity imposes huge costs on black residents in low-income neighborhoods of cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia and many others. Thousands of black Americans were murdered in 2019. Over 90% of the time, the perpetrator was also black. Leftists and s…

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"Jeff Bezos makes more money than Hollywood and I couldn’t care less about what he thinks either."

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"The article in the Tuesday paper about the governor's anti-trafficking program did not include a website for the online training program. Is that available for publication?"

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"Is the Senate going to let a criminal get away with an obvious crime?"

We were on the way to ballet rehearsal. It’s my favorite 30 minutes of the day. It’s a chance to break away from work, and to touch base with my only child. She’s 14 now. And it won’t be long before she’s driving herself. I treasure these moments.

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"No more gun control laws! Carrying firearms in churches used to be against the law in Georgia. Imagine if that was the case in West Freeway Church in Texas. The ability for people to defend themselves saves lives — no new gun laws."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy of holding on to the two weak articles of impeachment against President Trump was starting to rattle some Democrats, who felt they were losing the political battle. Last Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) told reporters, “If we’re going to d…

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"There is no bilking involved in a SPLOST. Those who vote for one know what the money will be spent on. They know how much money will be spent. Before they vote for it."

The law of unintended consequences applies not just to those who write laws, but those who interpret them. A legal dispute in Savannah could harm thousands of Georgians, unless common sense prevails.

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"The picture of Coahulla Creek High School's Kenley Woods that Matt Hamilton made was amazing! I hope he wins a prize."

Every person, I believe, wants to make a difference in his or her community. But where does one begin? How does one go about giving back for a life they have been richly blessed with? For me, that journey started seven years ago arriving in Dalton, Georgia, from the Chicago, Illinois, area.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Johnny Faulkenberry, age 80, of Cohutta, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at his residence. Arrangements will be announced by the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home.

Mr. Charles "Terry" Grant, age 74, of Tunnel Hill, GA departed this life Sunday, January 26, 2020, at his residence. He was born March 25, 1945, in Dalton, GA a son of the late Charles Floyd and Helen Planzer Grant. He proudly served as a Navy SEAL in the United States Navy. He is survived b…

Howard Rogers, 56, of Dalton, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Arrangements have been entrusted to independently owned and operated Dalton Funeral Home, 620 S. Glenwood Ave., Dalton; (706) 529-5371.

Robert Epperson, 91, of Dalton, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Arrangements have been entrusted to independently owned and operated Dalton Funeral Home, 620 S. Glenwood Ave., Dalton; (706) 529-5371.