It took only a few years for the milk of human kindness to turn to clabber. Never in my wildest dreams could I have envisioned the amount of hatred spewed from one group of people at another. A good way to ruin your day before it starts is to take even a brief peek at Today's Forum any morni…

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The annual memorial race for our son, Peter Andersen, Peter's Free-Wheelin' 5K, was scheduled to be held on April 25, but in efforts to support the health and well-being of our community and our runners, the race committee decided a couple of weeks ago to cancel the race this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to significantly impact all of us in Whitfield County, long after the tough measures taken to slow the spread of the virus have been eased. Our community has faced tough times in the past and I am confident we will weather this crisis and emerge stronger t…

The cost of low unemployment is President Trump's socialist trillion dollar deficit. Inflation is destroying your pay raise.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's recent series "Unprotected" brought to light very concerning deficiencies within the state's oversight of senior living facilities.

As you may know, the month of March is Social Work Month. The social work profession has many different areas of expertise. Social workers are able to work in various field such as: mental health clinics, police departments, hospitals, military facilities and corporations. Social workers can…

Over the past several months, some extraordinary things have happened to what most us would call an ordinary guy.

Hello! I am a third-grade student in Northern Virginia. Our class is learning about the United States and I will be teaching our school all about the state of Georgia. I am very excited to learn more about Georgia. In the month of May, I will create a display for our state fair that showcase…

I stopped watching any type of news because I am tired of hearing about the Democrats trying to remove President Trump from office. Their argument is that they have to remove him to preserve the election process. The truth is, they are doing this because they know they cannot win in November…

We all know the old adage about those who fail to learn from history, but we seem to be faced with generations who failed to learn history. We are contending with seemingly educated people who don't know the differences in socialism, communism and free market economies.

Today I am announcing my intention to run for a second term as the chairman of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners. I am committed to the continued growth and success of Whitfield County and the cities in Whitfield County. I have already committed eight years to the board of commissi…

I'm sure there are still some who wonder whether Trump paid Stormy Daniels with cash or check or whether Dr. Zhivago and friends really visited the Trumps before the 2016 election. And recently some of us had to go to a world map to see where Ukraine is.

Today I am announcing my campaign to become your new clerk of Superior Court for Whitfield County. As an 18-year veteran of the clerk's office in Catoosa County, I am ready to bring my experience to this critical position that serves thousands of people and businesses across our county.

Today I announce my intent to run for the Georgia's 14th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. My name is Gary Smith. Much like each individual within the 12 counties represented by the 14th District, I have watched as our collective voices to our government have …

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rollout, 13 million fewer people have medical bill problems than five years ago, but Georgia didn’t take the ACA. Georgia’s employee health insurance cost $546 above the national average. In 2018, we spent $3.65 trillion for medical care becoming $36.5 tri…

Critical policies such as immigration need to be at the forefront of the upcoming 2020 presidential election, including the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program, which was enacted in 2012 and rescinded in 2017, protects young immigrants like me who…

I am a lifelong learner and a non-traditional student. This semester, I started my degree in social work at Dalton State College. One of the classes I am taking inspired me to write this letter.

Did you get your $4,000 extra Trump promised your employer would give you from the tax cut? Trump's false promise is the combined Republican deceptions concerning income and taxes.

I am a once- or twice-a-week regular patron at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library. Every person there is unfailingly friendly, welcoming and helpful. If they do not have on our shelves a book I want to read, they order it from the Pines state network. I have a vast selection of books…

Educators devoted their working years to our state and communities, touching the development of millions of outstanding citizens in the state of Georgia. After retirement, these same educators continue to use their experience and skills to enrich the educational and cultural process in their…

Regarding the proposed air show. In the late 1970s or early 1980s, the Dalton Lions Club sponsored air shows for two years. They were well attended with no parking problems. Professional and military airplane and helicopter pilots performed as well as the Air Force parachute team. The only a…

Instead of taking the word of a whistleblower whose knowledge consists of "he said," why not go to sources that are documented and verifiable about the impeachment inquiry based on a phone call to Ukraine?

I wrote to you in July to criticize Rep. Tom Graves' yes vote on House Bill 1044, the "Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act." H1044 eliminates the per-country caps on employment-based green cards, allowing India and China to dominate our guest worker system with 600,000 H1B visa holders …

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Obituaries

Edna Ruth (Myers) Land, age 89, of Tunnel Hill, GA, passed away of natural causes on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Aurora Manor Special Care Center, Aurora, Ohio. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her. She loved to dance and be around family and friends. She was preceded in death b…

Evelyn Hill, age 90, of Dalton, GA, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Quinton Memorial. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luke Hill; son, David Hill and daughter-in-law, Donna Hill. She is survived by her son, Lake Hill of Cohutta; daughters and sons-in-law, Marie and Dennis…

Garrett Rolen, age 18, of Dalton, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020 at his residence. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, George Wills; paternal grandfather, Ricky Locke; uncle, Trevin Wills and aunt, Shannon Rolen. He was a student at Coahulla Creek High School and The C…

Karen J. Driggans of Dalton passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020. Arrangements will be made by independently owned and operated Dalton Funeral Home, 620 S. Glenwood Ave., Dalton; (706) 529-5371.