The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported (AJC Politics, 6/6/19) that the state’s Department of Community Health is terminating Medicaid assistance for about 17,000 poor elderly or disabled Georgians. This decision is not only morally wrong, it’s bad fiscal policy.

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Those of us in Agriculture greatly appreciate all the prayers for rain recently. I think most everyone in the area has received a goodly amount in the past couple of weeks. Now, it is time to change gears and pray for abundant sunshine.

Do you live in Moultrie? Our City Council, with the Mayor and the City Manager’s support, passed a regulation that affects every home and building within the city limits. In a state that fiercely protects the Bill of Rights, it is ironic that the city of Moultrie has quietly eroded the 4th Amendment rights of its citizens who should have the highest expectation of privacy in their own homes.

This is about Gun Control. The second amendment was written by our forefathers to protect the citizens of this new nation against a government from taking control of this nation.

My quest today is to call attention to present zoning requirements in Colquitt County that being a 900 minimum square foot private house construction. Smaller  houses, more affordable housing will do much to lessen homelessness in our community.

Coach Propst ought to know now that all the fans that shook his hand and smiled in his face didn’t like him — especially the board and superintendent. Now the PSC investigated coach Propst. Why don’t they investigate Doug Howell and see what they find?

As my tenure at Colquitt County High School comes to an end, I would be amiss if I did not take the time to thank the Moultrie community for the warmth and generosity I experienced during the last three years. I was fortunate to coach excellent cheer athletes, work with committed and involve…

Shouldn’t we think about things that we don’t think about? I discovered one who does. Mr. Allan Savoy, uses “Ted” on YouTube to push his agenda, which he refers to as “Holistic Grassland Management,” along with his partner and wife have written several books on the subject — even third editions.

For more than 30 years, I have been on sidelines, dugouts, press boxes, and practice fields and in coaches’ offices. I have known dozens if not hundreds of coaches, from the pros all the way down to T-ball.

The last year or two has seen an unprecedented number of U.S. natural disasters: major hurricanes, massive floods, deadly tornadoes, severe wildfires, subzero cold spells, some of the hottest years on record, etc. The rest of the world has likewise suffered increasing droughts, desertification, melting glaciers, typhoons, flooding, heat waves, etc.

As most already know, the opiate epidemic has been worsening, each year claiming more lives than the last. What is less known by the general public is the problem with methamphetamines has been growing over the last several years as well.

The Humane Society of Moultrie-Colquitt County is right to seek more funding for spay/neuter programs, but it should abandon plans to trap, neuter, and re-abandon (TNR) cats, which is cruel and ineffective (“Hopes running high for changes at Humane Society,” 4-30-19).

Tonight while watching an interview with Mr. Robert Osborne ex-host of TCM, Mr. Osborne gave account of the 102-year-old movie co-star of “Gone with The Wind” (1938), Olivia de Havilland, whom I had met in 1957, while stationed at Camp de Baumholder, in the Eifel Mountain Ranges. Once seated…

NAMI Moultrie invites everyone to join them on the courthouse square at noon on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, to hear Mayor William McIntosh read the proclamation to kick off Mental Health Month.  NAMI members will have resources available to share, so plan to spend a few minutes with them to lear…

On Fox News Sunday Congressman Mark Desaulnier remarked, “The Democrats’ reason for pursuing Congressional hearings is to hold President Trump responsible for Russia’s interference. (Our belief) is that candidate Trump played a part in their scheme to alter the outcome of the 2016 elections.”

April 22 marks a half century of celebrating Earth Days, but do we observe it? Beyond Earth Day there is a growing national debate over the Green New Deal. We can each do our part by reducing our driving, use of electricity, and consumption of animals.

The 1957 Masters tournament requested radio operators from the communications school at Fort Gordon Army school at Augusta, Ga., to relay scores to the tote board, using PRC-9 hand held radios. I was a student in the school at this time. I was aware of this social event, but I did not volunteer - sounded kinda boring at the time.

The superintendent of the Colquitt County School System has fired Rush Propst with no proof of wrong-doing. The board didn’t give Coach Propst a chance to defend himself. The board let the superintendent tell them what to do, and they are suppose to be the superintendent’s boss.

The Colquitt County Commissioners have expressed concern that, even with the recently approved one-cent sales tax devoted to road repair and construction, they will not be able to repair the roads which need repair, let alone pave additional dirt roads.

My name is Jeffrey Rowser, band director at Morgan County High School in Madison, Ga. I had the pleasure of recently serving the Georgia Music Educators Association as a chief adjudicator for the District 2 Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE). This event is the statewide assessment for music ensembles and serves as the primary assessment for gauging teacher effectiveness and student growth and development.

Say what you want. I applaud Rush Propst. The Colquitt County I have seen in the last 11 years he was there had a different type of energy! Parents caring about their kids, 1st generation college students/graduates, some 1st generation high school students/graduates.

Adverse effects of Cannabis use boils down to abstract reasoning — research proves Cannabis has its downsides. Will legalizing increase usage — probably not. Conclusions cannot be reached by any data proving any hypothetical theories.

Can you imagine the horror? Trapped while the building you’re in burns, you can only watch as the flames inch closer. By the time two chicken houses near Berlin burned to the ground, more than 20,000 birds, according to some reports , were dead.

People who inquire about my take on our school board handling of Coach Propst on (3/14/19): “Well, what did you expect of their reaction to the people  giving their opinions?” If the board engaged with the speakers, pandemonium would result.

Today (March 12), Governor Kemp signed the Georgia FY19 Supplemental Budget which includes a $350,000 line item in the Georgia Department of Public Health Budget for a state-wide Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign.

No, I am not the person identified in Friday’s paper who seconded a motion to fire Coach Rush Propst. Never have been or wanted to be associated in any shape, form, or fashion with any secret, dictatorial organization.

Haven’t found the time to visit our newly redecorated library? The circular-revolving uplift of walls with circular glass isn’t old school design, the design is worthy of the founders efforts, circa 1906. (Source material by Ellen Payne Odom, “History of the Public Library of Moultrie, Ga.” 1906- 1965).

The 2019 Annual Campaign is upon us and this year the Moultrie YMCA is raising $175,000 for the children, teens, seniors and families that rely on the Y for Fitness, Family and Fun for All.

Must Venezuela’s future parallel that of Cuba and Romania’s? Nicolie Ceausescu, Secretary General of the Romanian Communist party, 1965 to 1989, his reign ended abruptly with riots in Bucharest on December 21, 1989, resulting in the death of both he and his wife on Christmas eve 1989 by firing squad. The socialist style of government offers too many challenges for immediate recovery once initiated, the effects linger in Romania now for thirty years.

March 6th marks the beginning of Lent, the period before Easter, when devout Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness.

In recognition of the incredibly professional and caring hospital we have here in Colquitt County, we would like to have this “thank you” letter printed so the community will also know what a wonderful community partner we have in Colquitt Regional Medical Center.

The Certificate of Need Law (CON) is designed for one purpose only which is to protect local hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and skilled nursing facilities from competition. The law was sold under the guise of providing quality healthcare at lower costs. Nothing could be further from the truth. The CON was designed to monopolize the local healthcare industry.

I urge the people of Colquitt County to become aware of impending state legislation that could impact the healthcare services provided to our county by Colquitt Regional Medical Center. It is important that citizens contact our state representatives and ask questions about House Bill 198 and Senate Bill 74.

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TALLAHASSEE [mdash]Marium Clark Whisnant, 79, passed away peacefully at Big Bend Hospice House August 22, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. Marium was a native of Moultrie, Georgia and had lived in Tallahassee since 1988. At age 19 she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she …

MOULTRIE [mdash]Mrs. Evelyn Mitchell (73) passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the Golden apple retirement home. Arrangements will be announced by Luke Strong And Son Mortuary, Ltd.