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Our vision: Improving the place where we live

Robert Ross's picture

Today we wrap up our four-week series highlighting some of the compelling goals and key actions offered in the vision plan adopted by the Fayette Visioning Initiative Steering Committee in June.

The adoption of the vision statement and plan marks the end of phase two of the seven-month visioning process begun in December and reflects considerable public input and perspective. Read More»

The Constitution’s abuser-in-chief

Terry Garlock's picture

Last Friday we celebrated with parades and fireworks the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s masterful 1776 Declaration of Independence, a timeless document that informed the world of our inherent right to abolish a royal ruling class and to govern ourselves.

That 240-year-old document has inspired other revolutions of self-determination, but the world has changed a great deal. How relevant to our lives today were the events of the late 18th century that gave our country birth? Read More»

Grace, always grace

Mark Westmoreland's picture

As I consider the Christian faith, I find certain fundamentals we all proclaim, and as I sort through those fundamentals, one concept that seems to capture them all, one idea, one doctrine, one experience, one word: Grace.

It’s a word sometimes misunderstood, sometimes abused, sometimes conveniently forgotten, but once embraced, its beauty and power are undeniable. It is what I believe; it is what I preach, however clumsily; and in my best moments it is what I seek to live.

Grace begins in the heart of God. Read More»

Georgia in a film boom town mode

Barton Bond's picture

The rapid and large-scale growth of the film industry in Georgia is resulting in some of the same types of classic effects experienced through the history of the U.S. – specifically, the growing pains associated with “Boom Towns.” Read More»

U.S.’s DNA: The Federalist Papers

Cal Thomas's picture

There are many ways to lose freedom — conquering armies, surrendering without a fight. Unfortunately, we are currently surrendering our freedom, not to a foreign power, but to our own government.

The growth, reach, and cost of big government is happening before our eyes and eroding our liberty, largely because too many Americans are not familiar with the brilliant system of government our Founders established. Progressives prefer a “living Constitution,” which is constantly changing to conform to their ideology. What it is not is the Constitution established by the Founders. Read More»

Why loyalty matters

Ronda Rich's picture

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

But there is one that deeply branded itself in the bones of my being – that of the importance of being loyal in all things.

In those days, the world’s premier stock car circuit was evolving into a national sport from being a Southern giddy-up-and-go. A new cable channel called ESPN and a newspaper named USA Today was giving it coast-to-coast coverage that it had not had previously. Read More»

'Echo' is Entertaining, Entertaining, Entertaining

The Citizen's picture

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By Kevin Thomas

In 1999, the world was introduced to “The Blair Witch Project”, a movie about a group of film study students who recorded everything they saw with a hand-held camera. Read More»

I need help

Rick Ryckeley's picture

For those long time readers of this column, me needing help should come as no surprise. After all, it’s well documented in the stories over the last twelve and a half years, and I’ll be the first to admit it.

I do need help, and I need it right now — just not in the way you may think. The status of my mental state will just have to wait and may even be the topic for a future story. Right now there’s one thing more pressing that I need help with. Or should I say two things? Read More»

'Thank you for serving'

David Epps's picture

It is fairly common these days for military veterans to hear from grateful citizens, “Thank you for your service.” Indeed, whenever I see someone with a military T-shirt or baseball cap designating them as a veteran, I express the same sentiment. I don’t remember the first time it was said to me, but I do remember that I was humbled and thankful. Read More»

God’s picture of success Is different

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

George Barnard Shaw said, “There are two sources of unhappiness in life. One is not getting what you want; the other is getting it.”

America is obsessed with success. We work hard to get what we want. From the early days of our youth, we are encouraged to compete to be number one, whether it’s winning the spelling bee or ranking at the top of our graduating class. Setting our minds on a goal and driving until we reach that goal makes us a success, we think. Success is a destination. Read More»

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