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Planners’ transit menu ignores tastes of commuters

Benita Dodd's picture

Imagine serving Brussels sprouts instead of broccoli casserole at Christmas dinner. You know most guests won’t eat them, but you believe they’ll bring balance to the meal and that guests will like them if only they taste them. That is the “build-it-they-will-come” mentality behind the project list for the July 31, 2012, penny transportation sales tax referendum in the Atlanta region. Read More»

Obama’s Kansas speech: The rebuttal

Dick Morris's picture

On Tuesday last week, President Obama went to a small town in Kansas to lay out his basic campaign theme for the coming election: a commitment to “fairness.”

In Obama’s America, we all are dependent on the government, closely regulated, heavily taxed ... and poor. He boldly proclaims that rugged individualism doesn’t work and neither do tax cuts.

Instead, government management of the economy, heavy subsidies and universal welfare is the key to economic health. Read More»

Trying to find some kindness

Ronda Rich's picture

Larry, an aspiring writer, wrote me the other day and asked if I would read a synopsis of a book he is working to complete. Like me, he writes of Southern people, especially those who rise up from the crooks and hollows of the mountains.

Though it troubled me to do so, I had to respond that I don’t read the unpublished work of other writers. There are two important reasons for that. First, I fear that I could swallow something sub-consciously and then regurgitate it as my own words. Now, I’d never do that intentionally. I’m boringly ethical. But it could happen by mistake. Read More»

Were it not for a broken organ ...

Justin Kollmeyer's picture


This story is so familiar to so many of you. But, perhaps it will be new information to many, as well. This is the great story of the beautiful Christmas Carol “Silent Night.” I share with you here the way the story is told in the book “Then Sings My Soul” by Robert J. Morgan. Whether “old story” or “new information,” I invite you to glean from this story the true meaning of Christmas.
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Kindness not random

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The “little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love” that make up “the best portion of a good man’s life,” as William Wordsworth called them, ought not remain “unremembered.”

A Nineties term – “random acts of kindness” – was coined as a sort of antidote, I suppose, to the horrors we see each day on the evening news. It suggests the importance of responding instinctively to the impulse to do right. Read More»

A really fair deal

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Most of my childhood memories from growing up at 110 Flamingo Street are pleasant and still warm and fuzzy in my mind. This story, however, ain’t one of them.
Nope, this story is about blisters, pain, and life lessons learned the hard way. Funny, it seems life lessons are never learned the easy way. Looking back, I guess there are many techniques Dad could’ve employed to teach me. But “split and stack,” to this day, I’ve not forgotten. And how could I? I still wear the scars. Read More»

A morning at Evans Middle School

David Epps's picture

I was on my way to Evans Middle School the morning before Veterans Day. Several days earlier Debbie, the mother of my grandson Sam Epps, an 8th grader, called to say that Sam would like to invite me to attend Evans’ Veteran’s Day observance. I readily agreed. I had never been to such an event so I was a bit curious as to what would take place.

I arrived at Evans about 20 minutes prior to the start of the program. As I approached the gym, where the event was to be held, a young lady, whom I assumed to be a teacher, asked if I was a veteran.

“I am,” I replied. Read More»

The push for another layer of government

Cal Beverly's picture

On the opposite page, Georgia’s governor, Nathan Deal, lays out his vision of the state’s most pressing need: More money for “transportation infrastructure.”

Peachtree City state Rep. Matt Ramsey also weighs in across the page on the need for less “backward looking” and more attention to those things that might improve the economy of our area. More about that later.

I agree with Gov. Deal about the need for upkeep and improvement of some parts of our transportation infrastructure. I disagree with his means to get there. Read More»

Georgians need to support TSPLOST

Nathan Deal's picture

Georgia’s history of progress is, in part, a tale of investment in transportation. Beginning with the port of Savannah in the 1700s and an extensive rail network in the 1800s, Georgia grew strong and prosperous because our ancestors understood the importance of building these vital economic connections.

It happened again after World War II with the development of the world’s most utilized international airport. We became the leader of the New South when we added a first-rate highway system that tied together our rural and urban communities and connected Georgia to the rest of our country. Read More»

Local officials aren’t talking enough about economy

Matt Ramsey's picture

State government to maintain focus on jobs and the economy and so must Fayette County.

With the Georgia General Assembly less than two months away from convening for the 2012 session, it is the time of year when there is much discussion about possible legislative agenda items.

As has been the case the past several years, one of our primary focuses will be on building upon efforts to create an environment in Georgia that is conducive to job creation and economic recovery. Read More»

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