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"If all the mailboxes on Fields Avenue had to be turned to face the street, why is the one at Dalton City Hall not facing the street?"

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The first time Obamacare supporters had their day in court, the law largely survived. Could another lawsuit to overturn the law prove more successful? And would that be a good thing, at this point?

When the Georgia General Assembly rewrote and ratified new Sunshine Laws in 2012, lawmakers put some real teeth in the law. Now it is a criminal offense to violate the Georgia Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act.

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"You are wrong about our government not needing input from its citizens. They aren’t dictators."

School is out, vacation time is upon us, but here at United Way of Northwest Georgia our volunteers are working hard behind the scenes and prepping for this year’s campaign which will kick off on Sept. 17 with our annual CEO Trike Race and Block Party at Burr Performing Arts Park.

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"Trump’s announcement on Thursday was that he’d be doing exactly what his own Census Bureau told him and Wilbur Ross they should do a year and a half ago. They also told them that if they tried to change the Census they would lose in court. Sounds like maybe they knew what they were talking …

The First Amendment to our Constitution was proposed by the 1788 Virginia ratification convention during its narrow 89 to 79 vote to ratify the Constitution. Virginia's resolution held that the free exercise of religion, right to assembly and free speech could not be canceled, abridged or re…

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"It is truly pathetic how many Americans show just how ungrateful they are for all the opportunities that America provides. If a person cannot stand and pledge allegiance to the flag or stand for the national anthem of the country that has afforded them so many freedoms to be whatever they w…

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"Mr. Editor, you appear to be very upset that a simple pay raise couldn't be turned into another SPLOST debacle. You know full well that given enough time the usual suspects would start bellyaching and in the meantime, the hardworking employees of the county would be left in the lurch. Bette…

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"May God bless you, Abraham Sanchez Lopez. You are a true hero right here in our community. We could not be more proud of you and your selfless actions."

I don't know Joe Biden personally. I do know a lot of people who move in the same circles as the former vice president and by all accounts, Biden is a decent person; genuine, affable, earnest.

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"The Social Security Administration hasn't mismanaged your funds. Congress has borrowed from it for decades, and cut program administration in order to make it appear ineffective. Write your congressman and tell him you want it fixed, not destroyed."

The likelihood I would ever be invited to serve on a network panel questioning the Democratic presidential candidates is equivalent to an invitation to take the next trip to the moon.

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"This land is God's land. It's created for everyone. We were created in his image. These detention centers are unreal and inhumane. It's time these children and parents are put in facilities on properties where they are safe, have food, clothing and necessities that they need. Christians, pr…

We have just observed Independence Day, one of America’s greatest holidays. Many of us celebrated the Fourth of July with a day off from work to enjoy barbecues, parades and family gatherings before wrapping up the day with exciting displays of fireworks.

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"If the Georgia-Florida game must be held off campus, at least have it in Atlanta every other year, it’s past time to stop giving away home-game advantage to Florida."

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"What happens to all the money that people that have worked 30 or 40 years and contributed to Social Security and die and never draw a penny or draw a few years and die? Some don't have kids or wives. The Social Security administration has mismanaged our funds."

Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason. This belief led to a desire to trust things that could be proven to be true or legitimate, from government to science.

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"Isn't it funny that European countries can have a military parade and it's considered to be a badge of honor but when America talks about having one it's politically incorrect. We have become a nation of wimpy milquetoasts."

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"If your neighbor asks for you to tone it down with fireworks because s/he suffers from PTSD, please respect that."

The notion of history repeating itself is usually viewed as a negative statement, but some history is worth repeating because we might learn and be guided by it.

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"For the individual that is calling those of us stupid who say Social Security and Medicare are not a handout. Maybe you are the one who should get your head straight. If these benefits were paid out as intended only to those who have contributed throughout their lives, it is what we earned.…

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"Your timely editorial on keeping your pets indoors over the Fourth of July is a very needed discussion, but you left out one important part. It also is equally annoying to old people and disabled people like myself who don't have a way to get around to it. Taxis aren't running and I don't h…

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"Clarification to one of your readers about Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits. From a retired career, labor department employee: Readers should know that employees do not pay into unemployment benefits. These benefits come from taxes paid by employers, not the workers. It i…

There is a perception that libraries are a thing of the past. Absolutely not so! The numbers of adults, children and teens using our libraries are growing not only for books, but also for books on CDs, movies, audio tapes, electronic books, audio books, streaming film, computer use, work for…

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"I sure wish someone could give me an honest reason as to why we have 100 senators when only one seems to have any say. The other 99 just sit on the sideline."

Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are calling for Americans to make reparations for slavery. On June 19, the House judiciary subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights and civil liberties held a hearing. Its stated purpose was "to examine, through open and constructive discourse, …

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"Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits are paid by employees and employers. But it is paid into the government who can and does give it to anyone they see fit. Whether they pay into it or not. So yes, it is a handout. Some of you people are so misguided it isn't even funny."

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"Now we know why President Trump made U.S. tourists stop going to Cuba. The Russian navy sailed into Havana harbor Monday and docked where the cruise ships used to dock. Thank you Comrade Trump."

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"Why don't we ever talk about merging counties? Seems like we could save a lot of money on duplicate personnel and facilities without hurting service."

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"'Dueling Pianos' with Jack Hitchens and Andrew Chauncey at ACT was wonderful. I recommend catching these two the next time they perform here or in Chattanooga."

I never thought I would write this, but the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is right. Sulzberger wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in response to President Trump’s claim that his newspaper committed “treason” by publishing a story about U.S. efforts to compromise R…

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"Is it true that most Democrats in Dalton are socialist and have a pro-communist bent? I just don't know. Do you think that might be true? Do the people in the Forum think that might be true? All they talk about is socialism, so are most of the old-time Democrats that way or would they be wi…

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Obituaries

Frankie June Layman, 66, of Chatsworth, Georgia, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019. Arrangements have been entrusted to independently owned and operated Dalton Funeral Home, 620 S. Glenwood Ave., Dalton; (706) 529-5371.

Mr. Bobbie Cline, age 85, of Dalton passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Mr. Cline was born in Taylor's Crossroads, Alabama, and married to Margaret Elizabeth "Libby" Love in 1955. He is preceded in death by his son, Barry Carter Cline; and his wife, Margaret Elizabeth "Libby" Cline. Survivors…