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Mary's Letters in Spring

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Found a few letters I had filed away in case of column depravation. So many of you tell me you like to read of Mary’s adventures in Europe. Permit me.

In case you are relatively new to town, let me introduce you to our elder daughter, Mary, an opera accompanist in Dusseldorf on the Rhine River in what we used to call West Germany. She works an irregular schedule hinging on rehearsals and personal coaching, and gladly gets on a bus to help with a distant venue and a company of mixed nationalities. Read More»

'It feels like Vietnam'

David Epps's picture

When the news began reporting on the current situation in Iraq, a friend who was a veteran of a previous war sadly said, “It feels like Vietnam all over again.”

I knew what he meant. In the waning days of the war in Vietnam, when politicians were “winding down the war” and pulling U.S. troops out as fast as they could (and abandoning their South Vietnamese allies), it was no secret that disaster was coming. And come it did. Read More»

Fun at the beach

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The sun kissed the horizon and slowly started to fade; the bright sky of blue transitioned to soft hues of purple, yellow, and pink. Sweltering heat of a June day at the beach had finally been replaced with a cool breeze off the ocean.

Hand in hand, The Wife and I walked as the receding tide tugged white sands from beneath our steps, tickling our souls. We were alone with only the gentle breaking of waves for company. I stopped, pulled her close, and as we kissed, the last rays of sunlight finally gave in to the rising night. Read More»

Church camp

Justin Kollmeyer's picture

One of my favorite events of ministry within the life of our church is our annual trek with kids and youth to summer church camp. We go to our Lutheran camp near Asheville, N.C., in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It is appropriately named Lutheridge. Many church denominations have camps in that same area.

As you read the Citizen today, I am blessed to be in the middle of our week at Lutheridge right now. Having come here with campers for over 30 years, I can give you an almost exact account of our week, even though I’m writing this before we leave. Read More»

Doing something is not always best

Terry Garlock's picture

Sometimes, doing nothing is wise, as I was reminded by the news from Iraq. You may think this hawk is sprouting the wings of a dove, but the murdering army of Islamic lunatics raging across Iraq is no reason for the U.S. to dive into that snake pit again.

If you wonder whether President Obama makes military decisions based on domestic political polls, just chew for a moment on his bifurcated announcement he is sending 300 advisors to Iraq, while quickly adding in self-defense for all the world to hear that America will not send troops to put boots on the ground in Iraq. Read More»

Play your part in next step for Fayette Visioning

Robert Ross's picture

Citizens are invited to learn and take part in the next steps for Fayette’s plan for the future on Tuesday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree.

As announced last week, the Fayette Visioning Initiative Steering Committee recently adopted a vision statement and plan that outlines specific goals, objectives and tactics for Fayette County that elevates education, economic development, employment opportunities and quality of life to unrivaled heights. Read More»

Nonprofit wins 1st round against IRS

Dr. Daniel Brown's picture

Can the Internal Revenue Service silence a president’s political adversaries by using secret policies? It seems that we’re about to find out. The 17th century French politician and finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, once quipped that, “The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of squawking.” Apparently, the goose does squawk. Read More»

What GOP should be doing

Cal Thomas's picture

It is a line I have used to open speeches on the lecture circuit for years and it never fails to get a laugh: “I’m happy to be here tonight from Washington, D.C., where the only politicians with convictions are in prison.”

That’s only partially true. Democrats have convictions. They know what to do with power when they get it and how to isolate, even punish, any member of their party who dares to take a different position on an issue. Read More»

Is Obama making U.S. a lame duck country?

Thomas Sowell's picture

Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama’s recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another “lame duck” president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office.

That has happened to other presidents. But it is extremely unlikely to happen to this president. There are reasons why other presidents have become impotent during their last years in office. But those reasons do not apply to Barack Obama. Read More»

Wooly boogers & weather

Ronda Rich's picture

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away or rather frosting its way into autumn, I took to noticing signs that our mountain people have always used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

Everywhere, it seemed, I saw those little black and yellow striped, hairy caterpillars that I grew up calling “wooly boogers” but officially known as the banded wooly bear. This being an educational column of sorts, you should know that. You probably call them “wooly boogers,” too. I think of it as a caterpillar that puts on a heavy coat. Read More»

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