Beware the incoming tide

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The receding water tugged at the corners of the magnificent castle he had built. As each wave folded back onto itself, it took with it handfuls of sand. The sand was pulled under the water and reclaimed by the tide’s relentless force.

The boy’s blue eyes filled with tears as he watched the mighty sandcastle he had spent the better part of a day building slowly dissolve. Helplessness filled his small 6-year-old frame, forcing him to his knees, and he wept. Everything he had worked so hard for was being washed away. Despite his best efforts, the impending disaster was unavoidable. Read More»

Haiti’s avoidable death toll

Walter Williams's picture

Some expect Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake death toll to reach over 200,000 lives. Why the high death toll? Northern California’s 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was more violent, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, resulting in 63 deaths and 3,757 injuries. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale, about eight times more violent than Haiti’s, and cost 3,000 lives.

As tragic as the Haitian calamity is, it is merely symptomatic of a far deeper tragedy that’s completely ignored, namely self-inflicted poverty. Read More»

Hume and Tiger and the need for bread

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

So Brit Hume of Fox News created a firestorm of protest when he suggested on “Fox News Sunday” Jan. 3 that Tiger Woods should consider turning to Christianity and away from Buddhism. I missed it completely since I’m tied up on Sundays doing pastor stuff and don’t get to watch much Sunday TV.

I try to stay up on local news and on the big stuff, like college football developments and other life and death events. Like Lane Kiffin leaving Tennessee after only one season — what a shame! The SEC is much better off without him, and so is Tennessee. But back to Brit and Tiger. Read More»

More to bypass story than Citizen portrayed

Steve Brown's picture

I read The Citizen article entitled, “Who needs W. F’ville Bypass?” Of course, “who” is the optimal word in that headline.

If the matter did not have such significant consequences along with a huge price tag, I would have found Fayette County Chairman Jack Smith’s comments humorous. In addition, you will see a stark resemblance to the propaganda job used to sell the failed TDK Extension.

In politics, the easiest way to get something is to stretch the truth. Read More»

Bypass story was weak

Dennis Chase's picture

Last week, John Munford wrote an article (“Who needs W. F’ville Bypass?”) that I found very disappointing. Disappointing because Mr. Munford is usually so much better with his work. Not because of anything that was in the article, but because of the bias that was so evident.

Members of the West Fayetteville Bypass Coalition had asked The Fayette Citizen to consider looking at the possibility that Phase II of the proposed road might be driven by behind-the-scenes pressure from developers. We even provided a map similar to what you see in The Citizen article. Read More»

Week 1 legislative update: Stark fiscal choices ahead

Matt Ramsey's picture

On Monday, Jan. 10, the state legislature convened for Day One of the 2010 session. In many ways it was an historic day.

During November and December, a variety of disturbing events occurred that led to the resignation of the former Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson. That meant that for the second time in as many years the House had to elect a new speaker and a new speaker pro tem on the first day of session. Read More»

Who’s responsible for saving you when disaster strikes?

Terry Garlock's picture

For those able to think past the human tragedy in Haiti, there are some reminders of life’s realities. One of those reminders is that when disaster strikes somewhere in the world, our elected representatives in Washington will sell us down the river ... again. Read More»

The allure of full moons

Ronda Rich's picture

For some reason, I’ve always loved full moons. Every time I see one, I stop in my tracks, fully absorb and appreciate its beauty and then thank the good Lord that I lived to see another beautiful full moon.

It is a gift, you know.

One night I walked out on the ocean front balcony of a condo in St. Simons Island and discovered a picture perfect, marshmallow moon hanging out above the glistening sea with its gently rolling waves. I was on my way to bed, for it was late. Instead, I pulled up a chair, plopped down and stared at the white magic in the black sky. Read More»

It’s my birthday

David Epps's picture

It’s my birthday. Martin Luther King, Jr. and I share the same birthday, though not the same year of birth. My cousin John Honeycutt, four years younger than I, also shares the same birth date. On Jan. 15, I hit the big five-nine. I can no longer deceive myself into thinking that I am still a kid. Read More»

Time for term limits

William Murchison's picture

Back to the future — or something like that.

The last time Americans got wound up about the assorted misfeasances and incompetencies of the U.S. Congress, the national conversation opened itself to the possibility of term limits for the members. Read More»

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