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Negative vs. positive

Rick Ryckeley's picture

There are two types of people in the world: those who look at the world and see the positive and those who see the negative.

Sure, “in-betweeners” do exist, but only as a singularity in nature. Once joined with a negative or positive, they quickly take on the personality of their long-term partner. Read More»

We are not them

David Epps's picture

Florida minister Terry Jones garnered world-wide headlines and the attention of President Barack Obama with his plans to burn copies of the Koran on Sept. 11.

Leaders in the government and the military warned that such an action would have severe consequences and result in the deaths of U. S. military personnel and American citizens and would aid the radical Islamists in their recruitment efforts. Read More»

Painting in pearls - The Apprentice Episode 1

Michael Boylan's picture

I love my job. Since I am in charge of the Names and Faces/Weekend section of the paper (the fun stuff, the fluff) I tasked myself with following Fayetteville resident Kelly Smith Beaty’s journey on the new season of “The Apprentice.” It was my duty to lie down on the couch last night and watch television for two hours. Read More»

Mosque site, Koran burning obscure real issue

Cal Thomas's picture

Terry Jones, the Florida “minister” who threatened to burn the Koran on the anniversary of Sept. 11, is as much a distraction from the real challenge facing America as was Senator Joseph McCarthy when it came to communism. Communism was (and remains in its Chinese incarnation) a real threat. But radical Islam — rabid, advancing, intolerant, subjugating — is potentially a bigger one and must be conquered. Read More»

The public employee union scam

Jarrett Skorup's picture

[Editor’s note: This article first appeared through the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich.]

Under the National Labor Relations Act, private-sector unions are allowed to extract dues and fees from workers if the employer agrees. Read More»

1st impression of regional transportation tax: Nothing for Fayette

Don Haddix's picture

The following is a brief update on the current status of the TSPLOST per information coming from the Transit Day meeting I attended at GDOT headquarters in Atlanta. A poll of 400 voters was taken in the District giving the following results:

• Fulton and DeKalb supported the bill 63 to 32 percent.

• Clayton, Cobb and Gwinnett were almost 50/50.

• Fayette, Douglas, Henry, Cherokee and Rockdale opposed 55 to 40 percent.

• The combined vote was 53 percent in favor.

• No county supported building more roads. Read More»

Watkinsville — and the Eagle Tavern — worth a stop

Loran Smith's picture

WATKINSVILLE – For years if it hadn’t been for the merging traffic of Ga. Highway 15 and U.S. 441, Watkinsville wouldn’t have had a stop sign.

Now it has three traffic lights and the prospects of more as this laid-back town experiences stirring growth as the seat of Oconee County where so many people are choosing to live — principally because of the county’s highly regarded school system.

It is interesting to note that in the early years, Watkinsville, along with Athens, was part of Franklin County, which was named for Ben Franklin. Read More»

Southern way of death

Ronda Rich's picture

Months before Mama died, she worried incessantly about the cost of obituaries in newspapers. Some charge by the word, you know.

Staunchly Scotch-Irish that she was – and a child of the Depression – every penny counted for this woman of the Southern Appalachians. When I cleaned out her old freezer, I found four dozen large butter tubs of homemade vegetable soup, all dated with ink on a strip of masking tape, many going back as far as 15 or 20 years. She was cautious about the economy before it was fashionable. Read More»

Growing old is not for sissies

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

A man came in from his golf game and his wife asked, “How’d you do?”

“Well, I was hitting pretty well, but my eyesight has gotten so bad I couldn’t see where the ball went.”

“Well, you’re 80 years old, Jack,” the wife said, “Why don’t you take my brother along?”

Jack protested, “But he’s 90 years old and doesn’t even play golf any longer.”

His wife said, “But he’s got perfect eyesight. He could watch your golf ball.”

The next day Jack tried Edna’s idea and took her brother along. He teed up, swung and the ball disappeared down the middle of the fairway. Read More»

Washing machine

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

A friend handed me a copy of Mrs. Albert Wiese’s letter to the Kosanke Bros., who sold her husband a new washing machine, circa 1927.

Kouts, Ind.

Kosanke Bros.

Kouts, Ind.

Dear Sirs: Read More»