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June 8, 2020

One of the perks of getting out of the newspaper biz (see Part I) is that I hope to pay less attention to politics. I really do love this place, the beautiful countryside and the basic sweetness of the people who live here; but it’s easier to keep the love flowing when you don’t have to keep observing stuff that makes you want to shake people until their eyes rattle! And I’m afraid that the state-level political debates on May...

June 5, 2020

My darlings, I am shortly to leave you!

These years I’ve run The Planet will always be four of my faves, and I have no regrets, but I am closing up shop shortly after the primary election next week. There’s no fast-and-hard date—I want to finish at least one feature I’ve had to keep pushing to the back burner for months now, and there may also be one or two more of the fluffy little columns I most enjoy writing, and have regret...

June 1, 2020

This is a letter to the editor from Georgia statehouse candidate Vikki Mills claiming endorsement from the Georgia Right to Life PAC. The Georgia Right to Life PAC has no association with the national Right to Life, whose state affiliate is Georgia Life Alliance.

Dear Friends,

I have dedicated my whole adult life towards defending the unborn – those most helpless and innocent of all human beings. For over thirty years, I have...

May 27, 2020

Editor's Note: This is a letter to the editor from John Deffenbaugh, who served several terms as Dade's district rep in the Georgia House of Representatives and is currently a candidate for the same position.

I would like to examine the role of the Representative in the Georgia House of Representatives. The first thing that we all think of is creating legislation to make new laws, that is our title, lawmaker.

Each year there ar...

May 18, 2020

Editor's note:  The following is an open letter from Dade District 2 Commissioner Phillip Hartline.

 May 16, 2020
Dear Citizens of Dade County and Northwest Georgia, 

I will be endorsing ​Colton Moore for State Senate​. Colton isn’t afraid to challenge political power on behalf of the people he represents. He championed legislation to protect our gun rights, while Senator Mullis steered clear of offending his Atlanta suppor...

May 18, 2020

Editor's Note: This is an open letter from Connie Ward, who is opening a new Thursday farmers market on Lookout Mountain.

The idea of an open market started last year as my sweet neighbor kept offering extra produce from his garden as I was trying to give my extras away.

We thought about putting  a stand up by the road and asking people to self-pay.  This, however, might cause cars pulling in at all times which would upset our d...

May 12, 2020

Editor's note: This is an open letter from Dist. 1 Georgia statehouse candidate Vikki Mills. The Planet, which by no means endorses or condones any of these messages, invites other candidates to share theirs in this space.

Dear Friends,

Today I am proud to announce that I have earned the Georgia Life Alliance’s“ pro-life certification” for my consistent and aggressive push to end abortion forever. So far, I am the only candida...

May 5, 2020

Bulletin: The NRA on May 7 sent Ms. Mills a letter announcing that its endorsement of her was "an administrative error" and it had meant to endorse her opponent, John Deffenbaugh, instead. She retains her "AQ rating" denoting that NRA approves of the pro-gun stance she took on a candidate questionnaire.

Editor's Note: This is an open letter from Vikki Mills, a candidate for the open District 1 Statehouse seat to be vacated this...

April 24, 2020

Dade County is now up to 16 COVID-19 cases, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report. So far, there has been just one death here from the virus, and in a place this size it wasn't that hard to figure out who the victim was by reading the obits. But the identities of the 15 living cases are carefully shielded by medical privacy laws.

That's fine with The Planet, but after over a month of virtual...

April 16, 2020

Editor's Note: This is an open letter from Vikki Mills, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Georgia State House District 1.

Dear Friends,

Today I am calling on Governor Kemp to reopen the Georgia economy as soon as possible. The damage wrought by the shutdown is clear. Businesses are closing, people are suffering, and a Second Great Depression is in sight. This is why I’m calling on the Governor to quickly announce a...

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