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What do the politicians not get?

David Epps's picture

According to a report in The Citizen newspaper, Georgia state Representative Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) “wants to add a ‘temporary’ 1 percent income tax surcharge on Georgia’s highest earners as a way to raise more than $200 million for the state’s beleaguered budget. Fludd last week filed House Bill 1066 which would apply the temporary 1 percent surcharge for married couples who have a total income of more than $400,000 and single individuals with an income of $200,000. Read More»

Peachtree City government gone awry

Scott Bradshaw's picture

I have a suggestion. The Peachtree City Council can spit in the face of taxpayers by forming a special corporation to dole out more than a half million dollars of hotel-motel tax receipts with little accountability. The council can register the new corporation with the Secretary of State as a “non profit” making it appear harmless. Read More»

Chairman Jack Smith & mass transit plans

Steve Brown's picture

Three members of our Fayette County Board of Commissioners are up for re-election this November: Jack Smith, Eric Maxwell and Lee Hearn.

We all know about their “build the West Fayetteville Bypass at any cost” stance. We know about their intentions to close the interchange at Ga. Highway 74 and I-85 in favor of a new interchange at Ga. Highway 92 and I-85, a way to justify building the sham of a bypass, leaving Tyrone, Peachtree City and Brooks commuters in a lurch. Read More»

GOP just says no to fed's traffic $$$

Virgil Fludd's picture

Whether you suffer through a two-hour commute to work, worry about MARTA’s future, or need a better option than driving to get from one end of the state to the other, we can all agree there is a transportation problem in Georgia.

So, why is our Republican leadership standing idly by as federal aid that could help solve our traffic problem goes to surrounding states?

States in the Southeast recently received nearly $2 billion in federal funds for high-speed rail projects. Florida received over $1 billion, and North Carolina received $545 million. Read More»

Don’t ask, don’t tell: Best to keep it

Terry Garlock's picture

Congressional hearings on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy will soon be televised and will surely captivate a deeply divided nation. No matter which side of the debate you passionately support, there are subtleties to challenge everyone’s comfort zone.

If you have not served in the military, it might help to consider some of the language from the current law (10 U.S.C. § 654) on the matter:

“... There is no constitutional right to serve in the armed forces ... Read More»

Death in the South

Ronda Rich's picture

One Sunday morning I came breezing into Sunday School class, after having been out of town for a week. My sister grabbed me and hugged me tightly to welcome me home.

“Oh, I’m so glad you’re back!” Louise shrilled happily. She hugged me again. “I missed you.”

I grinned. “Well, you wouldn’t know it. You didn’t call me one time to check on me. When I was in Ireland for a week, you worried incessantly. But when I went to Los Angeles for a week, you didn’t call once.” I laughed. “And everybody knows that L.A. is much more dangerous than Ireland.” Read More»

Toyota put profit over principle

Cal Thomas's picture

When Toyota President Akio Toyoda testified last week before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, an attitude was exposed that Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) correctly characterized as fostering a “cutthroat corporate” environment that placed costs ahead of quality and safety.

Such a priority would have been anathema to Toyoda’s grandfather, Kiichiro Toyoda, who founded the company and turned it into an automotive juggernaut thanks to a business philosophy created by an American named W. Edwards Deming. Read More»

‘Good night, Gracie’

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Sometimes we catch ourselves using and reusing language, and we delete and rephrase ourselves, proud of rutting out a cliché. Half a page further on and we look at what we’ve written and without hesitation, delete it in favor of a cliché. Some clichés are just right for the job, with no apologies.

Hence a few entries from The Dictionary of Clichés by James Rogers. Some of his more than 2,000 entries are so obscure you wonder why he bothered; others are so exactly right they shine like a new penny.

Join me amongst the clichés…. Read More»

Two devotions for Lent

Justin Kollmeyer's picture

This year during Lent, the 40 “spiritual awareness” days before Easter, everyone in our congregation is reading daily devotions from “Where In The World Is God?” by Steven J. Carter. These daily meditations have been remarkably relevant and distinctly profound. Read More»

Recession offers Georgia opportunity for tax reform

Guest Editorial's picture

Georgia lawmakers are mulling tax increases and gimmicks to plug a projected budget gap of more than $2 billion, but a new Tax Foundation report cautions against such tactics and urges tax reform that will stabilize revenue.

Eliminating targeted tax incentives, lowering the state corporate income tax rate and moving to a flat personal Read More»

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