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Opinion

Have a merry Christmas

Editorials

“Joyful and triumphant” may feel a little more like “content and surviving” for many area residents on this Christmas Day, but given the year we as a state and nation, have experienced, that is enough. Together we have, for nearly 9 months, learned how to be a community in an ...

Doing a good thing

Editorials

It has been written and said many times that no one understands the challenges of the presidency as well as an ex-president. It also has been noted by the American people that occupants of the Oval Office frequently are able count on their predecessors for advice and sometimes even more ...

What type of taxation is this?

Letters to the Editor

I noticed I was overcharged on sales tax for a product I had bought. I wrote the Fulton County finance director for an explanation. He replied that the product, unknown to me, was on sale. The sales tax had been computed on the alleged original price. Which made me wonder how far this policy ...

This community needs a Code Blue shelter

Letters to the Editor

I have a question for you. This question on the surface will sound like a pleasant conversation starter. This question has probably been asked for thousands of years. My question is “How did you sleep last night?” This seems like a pleasant question on the surface, but I mean to ask this in ...

Dead people have no right to vote

Letters to the Editor

Election Day means just that — the election takes place on that day and on no other — that’s why it’s called “Election Day.” Until a few decades ago it was (and should continue to be) a requirement to vote in person and with identification; this minimizes the fraud that ...

Have a merry and safe Christmas

Editorials

We urge area residents thinking of going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house this Christmas to bear one thing in mind: We are not out of the woods yet. In many ways, COVID-19 is more dangerous than ever in most states. In New York, there have been 857,049 cases as of 2 ...

Keep up the lawsuits against legal drug peddlers

Editorials

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued last week ...

Cutting the funds is not the answer

Editorials

Reforming law enforcement agencies where the stain of bigotry remains a threat to the public is important. We have no doubt the vast majority of men and women in the profession agree with that. But hamstringing them is not the answer. It not only discriminates against good cops, it also has ...

Just go ahead and pass the relief bill

Editorials

There is something for both liberals and conservatives not to like about the bipartisan proposal for $908 billion in new aid to Americans suffering from the COVID-19 epidemic. It is not what is in the plan but, rather, what is not in it. Many Democrats want more aid for states included in the ...

Bipartisan agreement needed for direct payments

Editorials

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives is pushing for enactment of a new COVID-19 relief bill, priced at about $900 billion. Both Democrats and Republicans involved in the effort say that in the spirit of compromise, some provisions they wanted were left out of the ...

Democrats put America at risk of another Civil War

Letters to the Editor

Sectionalism is defined as an exaggerated or disproportionate devotion to the interests of a region over those of a country as a whole. One could arguably substitute “political party” for “region. Left to itself, sectionalism has led to irreconcilable differences that result in either the ...

Giving pets as gifts

Editorials

Each Christmas season, children (and a few adults) across the country include in their requests to Santa a dog, cat, rabbit or other living creature. They want a lovable, cuddly pet. They promise they will feed it, walk it, clean up after it, take it to the vet and love it. They have no idea ...

Some people have lost their minds

Letters to the Editor

I am responding to the letter to the editor that appeared in the Dec. 2, edition of The Leader-Herald by Deborah Handy. It seems like people have lost their minds in this country. Not only that, but just basic common sense. Face it, the people have spoken and Joe Biden won a free and fair ...

Mr. Lyon, you are correct

Letters to the Editor

“Mr. Lyon, you’re correct; Lincoln did receive 39.8 percent of the popular vote, but it was the highest percentage of total votes cast. (Stephen Douglas, his nearest rival, received 29.5 percent of the total votes cast.) So there was no harm in Lincoln reminding Seward that the “People ...

This can be done

Editorials

What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade and on the big day, it overlooked an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump must answer within just a few weeks. Inauguration day for American presidents has ...

Heitkamp should be Biden’s nominee

Editorials

Perhaps the most important task facing President-elect Joe Biden is ending the fierce, sometimes vicious, partisanship that seems to rule Washington. He has an excellent opportunity to send a message in that regard while at the same time gaining a top-notch member of his Cabinet. It has been ...

We can have hope

Editorials

A second round of federal COVID-19 relief money, more than $900 billion, may be on its way to Americans soon. Thank a group of U.S. senators and representatives who have grown sick of the partisan bickering that has delayed a new relief bill for months. They are unlike many politicians, ...

When I was at my most vulnerable, I received care

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter to give praise to our local dispatch, EMS, NLH and all the unsung heroes connected to those organizations. On Saturday, Nov. 21, I fell, the results of which set in motion a chain of events and connections that I will be forever grateful for. The call to 911 brought ...

Recent letter to the editor should not have been published

Letters to the Editor

I have [written] to The Leader-Herald on a few occasions with my views. Only one was published, while the others didn’t make the paper. They have every right to decide what to put into there newspaper and I respect that. The Leader-Herald leans toward the right, but the paper has always been ...