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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 The program, which was enacted in 2012 and rescinded in 2017, protects young immigrants like me who…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 …

We had a terrific time producing our fourth annual music festival and the Friendship House Board and volunteers of Friendship House express heartfelt gratitude for the support from our generous community. The event at Dalton Green was a huge success, again raising more than $100,000. In addi…

For most of my life, I've dreamed about making Georgia a better place. That's what led me to study nursing at Dalton State College, where I recently graduated from.

We've reached the crossroads of several intersecting problems. Wages aren't increasing fast enough and we've just experienced the lowest birthrate in 32 years. Man-made global warming in Central America, worsening floods, drought and storms are blamed for driving immigrants northward.

For the past four years, I have learned a tremendous amount about the city of Dalton and its operations. I feel I have much more to learn, but more importantly I still have more work to do. And my passion and commitment to the community is the reason why I am officially announcing my campaig…

Readers who have a concern about diversity in immigration, outsourcing American jobs and importing temporary foreign workers to replace Americans in the tech industry should learn more about the recent "yea" vote by U.S. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, to pass HR 1044 in Washington, D.C.

I was appalled by the comments of our Whitfield County Board of Commissioners Chairman Lynn Laughter regarding SPLOST opponents. She must realize that in her elected position, she should serve all citizens of Whitfield County, not just those who agree with her politically. Further, it is una…

The Kruger-Dunning Effect seemingly explains Donald Trump's behavior. It's a cognitive bias whereby incompetent people are unable to recognize their own incompetence. Commonly interpreted, they're intellectually limited, overestimate their ability and can't understand their mistakes. Trump's…

First, may I say congratulations to Mr. Ron Johnson for being appointed to the Whitfield County Board of Education by the grand jury. Mr. Johnson is an excellent choice. He was president of the Quarterback Club at Southeast Whitfield High School when both of my grandsons played football. I h…

People tell me all the time about how much they appreciate the unique way hemlock trees contribute to the beauty, privacy and value of our individual properties and our neighborhoods; cover our mountains with lush forests that support thousands of jobs related to tourism and recreation and p…

David Bean's call to impeach President Donald Trump will no doubt be a much repeated phrase in the coming days, but one that will fail just has with the two other presidents it has been tried on (Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson).

We can all sit around and complain about the woes of Dalton all we want but the truth is we allow it by voting for the same types all the time. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump was not supposed to be president. But he ran, and he won.

On May 2, the National Day of Prayer was observed at the Whitfield County Courthouse, where a public official stated that regardless of which denomination or religion we come from, we all pray to the same God.

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.