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Being too sensitive, or not

Ronda Rich's picture

You know, it’s beginning to occur to me that I’m not sensitive enough. This is quite a revelation since I spent a goodly amount of my life being told that I was too sensitive. As a child, Mama said that I got my feelings hurt too easily and I needed to snap out of it.

“Stop wearing your heart on your sleeve,” she’d lecture. “Be tough. Let things roll off your back.”

So, I tried. And, apparently, I have done an incredibly good job at tackling my sensitivity. Now, things that seem to bother other people in this politically correct world of ours doesn’t bother me at all. Read More»

Mayor: 'Fund development authority'

Don Haddix's picture

As stated in The Citizen, the budget workshops have been challenging.

At the July 8 budget workshop one big question was the millage rate. We are looking at a 1.25 or 0.5 increase. I do not know where everyone stands except for a solid two [votes] for a 0.5 mill increase and one [vote] for 1.25.

I do know the staff proposal has five consecutive years of tax increases and that a council member who opposed any tax increase proposed the 1.25. Read More»

One-Hoss Shay

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Remember “The one-hoss shay,” an Oliver Wendell Holmes poem about an open carriage built by the deacon who used only the strongest, most hardened materials? Every component was exactly as strong as every other. That chaise wasn’t about to wear out, but everything in it would break down at once.

One hundred years to the day after it was completed, it collapsed into splinters:

“[I]t went to pieces all at once, –
All at once, and nothing first, –
Just as bubbles do when they burst.” Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES Week of July 12, 2010

Betsy Tyler's picture

Best Places to Live, Cell Towers, & Gasoline Golf Carts Read More»

Failure can be a good teacher

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

It’s exciting to see the Atlanta Braves having a better year. Even Chipper Jones is finally coming around. At the end of June, Chipper was batting .254 with five home runs and 32 RBI. Way off his best years’ production, but after a slow start, his offense appears to be picking up.

Think about what a .254 average means. He gets a hit only one out of every four times he comes to the plate. Or, he fails to get a hit three out of every four times he comes to the plate. Yet, he still gets what? Something like $14 million this season? Read More»

Inside story of how Obama bungled oil spill

Dick Morris's picture

It’s one thing to say that President Obama’s administration showed its ineptitude and mismanagement in its handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is quite another to grasp the situation up close, as I did during a recent visit to Alabama. Read More»

The Supreme Court, clubs and discrimination

Cal Thomas's picture

“I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.”

That familiar one-liner has been attributed over the years to the late Groucho Marx, but in light of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision [last] week in the case of Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez (UC Hastings), the sentiment it contains may have some contemporary legal relevance. Read More»

Our country is moving from government of laws to whims of men

Thomas Sowell's picture

When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics. Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler’s rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions.

“Useful idiots” was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union. Read More»

Decoded: Sopping & mashing

Ronda Rich's picture

Rodney, the reigning patriarch of our family, loves sorghum syrup which, in the mountains, is called “soggum syrup.”

During one Sunday-after-church dinner, Louise had made a batch of hot, buttermilk biscuits so when she offered choices of two desserts, Rodney spoke up and said, “I’ll just have soggum syrup and biscuits.”

Dutifully, like the good wife and hostess she is, she went to the pantry, retrieved a jar that had been bought from some mountaineer at a roadside stand somewhere and handed it to him. Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES Week of July 5 - Another Budget Workshop, Cell Towers, & Dragon Boats

Betsy Tyler's picture

I hope everyone had a great Independence Day weekend. I certainly enjoyed the fireworks (but I missed the parade for the first time in 30 years). Read More»