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Other Voices

Other Voices From the Community and across the region


Life Coach offers advice - On 15-year-olds dating 20-year-olds; handling religious e-mails


Pickens County Budget Meetings, October 21-23. Be There. By Joe Kelly



The Biggest Mistakes Parents Make - By National Parenting expert and author John Rosemond.






Why We’re Still Working To Stop Obamacare -- By Rep. Tom Graves and Rep. Doug Collins



An Affront to the Constitution Right in Our Backyard -- A member of discusses some frightening emergency powers that a county government can invoke.


A firsthand look at helping the people of Africa -- A retired Peace Corps volunteer now living in Talking Rock discusses the role of sending aid to Africa.


Pondering the Trials of Summer Gardening --I no longer scoff at the idea of a $64 tomato. By Lynn Turner



The Curse of the Grand Dogs? -- Along with the grandchildren come the dogs. By David Altman.


Thoughts from a BRAG Cyclist -- Progress Contributor ponders pedaling.


Is Your Senior Heading to College? No? Maybe?- Life Coach Vicki Roberts offers advice for parents and students deciding what will follow high school.

Film Production in Pickens County Economic Blockbuster or Flop? - Pickens County Economic Development Director Gerry Nechvatal discusses impact of Eastwood film coming to Pickens.

My thoughts on the retail vacancies in Jasper - Downtown Merchant Royce Hayley says high rents are hampering business here.

Reaching the "New Normal" - Associate Broker Prudential Georgia Realty talks about the current state of the real estate market.

Governor's water plan ignores conservation - Hear what Joe Cook, executive director of the Coosa River Basin Initiative, has to say about Nathan Deal's new $300 million water plan.

Sports Fanatic on the Death of an Icon -- Monday Night Football (published Dec. 15th, 2011) 

Be careful when following advice from Dr. Google -- By Dr. Lyn Lewis. A local vet offers cautionary tales of pet owners who relied on internet advice rather than professional help when diagnosing and treating animal ailments.


North Ga. Environmental Health Director discusses swimming pool safety -- "You may be surprised to learn that the swimming pool serving your residential development is not inspected by any authority for health. Published June 22, 2011

Nelson Mayor Comments on Police Protection -- Why should concerned citizens buy security systems and firearms instead of having the benefit of the one full-time and two part-time officers they are taxed for? While under my direction the police covered peak times and were very visible, says Mayor David Leister


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Pet Food -- Local veterinarian Lyn Lewis chimes in on what to feed your animals.


What is Lent? -- The Rev. Rob Bruce, Pastor at Tate UMC, offers thoughts on the yearly Christian period, typically observed by giving up something. But Rev. Bruce says for this year, to add something to your life.


National Spay Day USA -- Local Vet says, "We need to be responsible for the pets we consider ours.  Please spay and neuter your pets before the age of 8 months."

High profile legislation responds to citizens' needs - By State Senator Steve Gooch

From Hard-Head, with love - By Bettina Huseby

North Ga. Vet offers advice to pet owners; Handling Pet Emergencies - By Dr. Lyn Lewis, (published, January 27, 2011)

Help our school system help students, says Pickens Tea Party  -- By Nancy Davis, published, January 20, 2011

Emerging Healthcare invites you to change your life in 2011 -- New programs offered by local group. Published in print January 13, 2011.

Make Your House sell faster -- By Real Estate columnist Ron Barnes of Prudential Realty. 

Have a family revolution in 2011 -- parenting expert offers list of ideas for new year. Published in print January 6, 2011.

Support freedom of the press at the community level by Dan Darrington, published in print December 30th, 2010