The time has come

Posted on July 20, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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The time has come that each of us takes responsibility of our civic duties and go to the polls and vote. This year, the elections mean more to our future than ever before. Our country is in a huge financial debt, our state is facing the largest budget shortfall in history, and our county must finally decide how to move forward.
These decisions to correct these issues start with you and me. Our vote begins the domino effect that selects those decision makers that reflect the ideals that you possess and thus takes on these problems. It is important that you take the time to consider all the … Read More


We must elect progressive leaders

Posted on June 21, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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As the candidates forums have continued, I have been disappointed with the amount of folks attending these as well as the candidates themselves not showing up. These forums are for the benefit of the people to make the best choices for their local elected officials and unfortunately they are not being taken advantage of.
If you would have been there during the County Commission candidate forum, you would have seen where the majority of our candidates stand on pressing issues such as taxes, jobs and the county’s future. Some waffled, some didn’t want to get into the specifics but some showed true visionary forward thinking that must be … Read More


Stepping up to the plate

Posted on May 10, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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This last weekend, while the rains pelted our capital city of Nashville, a thousand acts of kindness and self-reliance occurred. Neighbor helped neighbor as the water rose, emergency services performed beyond expectations. And even though at last count 17 of our fellow Tennesseans lost their lives, many more were saved. In what is being billed as the biggest and most costly disaster to hit Middle Tennessee since the Civil War, the people of Tennessee showed the nation how to do “disaster” right.
So where are the national television crews heralding this miracle? Where are the feature stories pointing to a “thousand acts of kindness” performed by our heroic … Read More


Earn our vote

Posted on March 15, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Since the weather still hasn’t recovered completely from the cold temperatures we’ve seen this year, I think the spring flowers may have been replaced this year with election signs. In virtually 10 days, I think the number of signs has doubled to where if the spring flowers do come up, we couldn’t see them anyway.
This year is a very important year for us locally. We have some major races that can impact not only our back pocket, but also our way of life here within the community. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again; the winners of these elections will have the most difficult tenure … Read More


The Good Ole Boy Network

Posted on March 2, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Often I hear in passing folks around here talking about our local government as the “Good Ole Boy Network.” Some of the talk is without merit however some has some validity. I often wonder how many of these folks really know what is going on within our county and city governments. How many meetings they attended and how much interaction they have with their commissioners and aldermen. Most importantly, have they even voted in an election?
Most folks don’t realize, but the quickest and easiest way for a citizen to be hit with increased taxes, fees and fines is through the city and county government. These governments must … Read More


It’s Bush’s fault

Posted on February 16, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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That is the echoing battle cry of the Democrats. Even the gentleman who writes the Democratic column in this very paper can’t seem to call for bipartisanship and an end to political bantering without slipping one in himself. I and every Republican I know and listen to will admit George W. Bush made some clear mistakes. He also made some very good ones that kept us safe and reduced taxes. He recognized that in order to serve the American people, he had to make sure they were protected and had the ability to prosper through hard work and responsibility. He was strong in his convictions by taking the … Read More


When will they ever learn?

Posted on February 1, 2010 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Wednesday night I was listening intently at the President’s State of the Union address hoping that he would take a more conservative tone. Boy was I wrong. Even though the Democratic polls dropping, the loss of a Democratic stronghold in Massachusetts and the continuous voice of Americans opposing the actions of Washington D.C. ringing in their ears, the President’s address was more of the same. His speech contained the same rhetoric about the previous 8 years, same tone of “Change” when it’s more corrupt than ever before and more self promotion. When will the Democratic Party learn?
The President has campaigned for 4 candidates that have all lost … Read More


Reflecting on 2009

Posted on December 15, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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The Christmas Season is here and while it is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ, it is also a time of reflection. It would be easy to say that 2009 has been a year of turmoil for our country. I choose to look at it in a different light. As a Conservative Republican, I see it as the year of the American awakening. People young, old, black, white, and everything in between began to wake up and realize that what they were sold as “Change” was nothing more than a lie. The voices that normally stay silent and only appear on Election Day were silent no … Read More


Conservative Conversations

Posted on December 1, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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“Perception is not always reality”
I, as we all do, sometimes take things for granted. We are all too often left assuming that people know what you stand for, know what you believe in, then all of the sudden you are confronted with the fact that the truth is anything but what you perceived. I, and my fellow Republicans, am caught in this as we debate some of the most important issues that this country has ever faced. I’ve been reminded of that recently, and it’s my hope that all Conservatives will remind themselves that what is perceived is not always what reality is.
Now, more than ever … Read More


Really show your support

Posted on November 16, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Amos Rogan
In light of Veteran’s Day last Wednesday, I was planning on devoting this edition of Conservative Conversations to honor those who have served this country as well as those in service now. However, with the opinion column of the gentleman from the White County Democratic Party last Monday, I feel that I need to respond to some things said within his column.
Before responding, I would like to do something that was not done within the Democrat’s column. I would like to say a belated Thank You to all those who have worn the uniform of the American military branches for serving our country with valor … Read More


Let’s find problems and real solutions

Posted on November 2, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Since becoming Chairman of the White County Republican Party as well as speaking to many of you, it’s become apparent that most people do have an opinion of the issues facing us all today. In those conversations, it’s dawned on me that it’s much easier for us to find problems, lay blame and find fault in our leadership than to offer solutions. I’m just as guilty as anyone else about that, however now it’s time to not only recognize our problems but also find real solutions.
I’ve spoken with 2 congressional candidates, a gubernatorial candidate’s representative, as well as others influential in the political world. All respectable, honorable … Read More


Dealing with Immigration

Posted on October 19, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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America has always been considered a melting pot of cultures coming together to live freely in a land where freedoms of religion and speech give them the opportunity to achieve personal success. Many years ago, as the ships sailed into New York Harbor, immigrants would fall to their knees crying over the mere sight of Lady Liberty standing proudly to welcome them to America and all it had to offer. They came to be Americans, to begin their dreams, to be a part of a country with endless potential. When did that change?
The immigrant’s attitude has significantly deviated since those times of coming to the land of … Read More


Hello and let’s go

Posted on September 8, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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You might be asking yourself, who is this guy and where did this column come from? Well, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Amos Rogan. I am a resident of White County and newly elected Chairman of the White County Republican Party. I asked Mr. Jim Shanks and Mrs. Kim Swindell Wood to allow me to submit an opinion column for you the reader and resident of this county as my contribution of public service to the good people of White County.
Let me say this first and foremost. This column is written by a Conservative Christian who is seriously concerned about the direction our country … Read More


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