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Introvert or extrovert?

David Epps's picture

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? The popular notion of an introvert is that of a shy person, one who keeps to one’s self, a person who shuns the limelight and so on.
An extrovert, it is thought, is that Type A personality who is gregarious, always the center of attention, one who mixes easily with others, the obvious leader, and is the life of the party. Read More»

Nothing to sneeze at

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Sleep has evaded me more nights than I care to count – a severely broken nose being the culprit. Breathing with mouth closed has now become almost impossible.

Trust me; it’s nothing to sneeze at. Not being able to breathe that is – especially at night. It’s something most of us take for granted. At the end of the day, going to bed, sleeping and breathing.

So why would a story about a broken nose from years past be interesting you may ask? Because how my nose was broken, and who actually did the dastardly deed you’re just not going to believe. For you see, you already know his name. Read More»

I need to talk about Kevin

Michael Boylan's picture

Ten years ago, when I was just a fresh-faced lad of 27, I was approached in my duties as Names and Faces Editor by a boy who wanted to write movie reviews. I thought it was a great idea. It would be something cute for the readers and a badge of honor for this little guy who had dreams of becoming a movie critic. I didn’t expect that Kevin Thomas would harbor those dreams for very long. Read More»

5 ways to move on transportation

Benita Dodd's picture

Given the wall-to-wall coverage of the upcoming regional transportation sales tax referendum, Georgians could hardly be blamed for believing that all transportation improvement in the state, and especially metro Atlanta, hinges on voter approval of the 10-year, penny sales tax on July 31.

In fact, there are ways to improve transportation policy and funding that can and should be implemented, whether the tax passes or not. Read More»

Where in the 3rd District is Mr. Westmoreland?

Kent Kingsley's picture

For months I have stressed the importance of debates between political candidates. History is replete with examples of the public’s will hinging on debates. I suggested and challenged Mr. Westmoreland to debate 13 times, once in each of the 13 counties in the Third Congressional District.

I am happy to report that Mr. Westmoreland has accepted three debate appearances as of today, June 15. That is a good start, but it isn’t nearly enough with the July 31st election just over six weeks away. Read More»

Good old King James

Ronda Rich's picture

Perhaps you’ve heard. It’s been the source of newspaper, magazine and television stories as they all pay tribute to the anniversary of the King James Bible. It’s a sprightly 400 years old.

On one point do all writers and reporters seem to agree: It’s old but not particularly cherished because few people read that version of the Bible these days. It’s once solid popularity has been eclipsed by the wildly successful New International Version (NIV). Read More»

The PTC Council majority vs. the rule of law

Cal Beverly's picture

This opinion column begins with some assumptions: We are a nation of laws, not men; we are a state of laws, not men; we are a city of laws, not men. (Ladies, you are included in these variations of John Adams’ famous declaration that he wrote into the 1780 Massachusetts constitution.)

Here in Peachtree City, we have gone off the legal track, and our City Council majority is acting as a government of men, not as a government of laws.

In this column I will show you why I believe the council majority has committed the following violations in taking the recent legislative action that reduced the pay of Mayor Don Haddix from $750 a month down to $75 a month: Read More»

Town takes aim at potty-mouths

David Epps's picture

The town of Middleborough, Mass., is “fed up with public swearing” and thinks “forcing the potty-mouthed to pay up might be the right antidote,” according to a report by the Associated Press. The town’s police chief offered a proposal that would allow for the imposition of a $20 fine for “public swearing.” Read More»

Dad, I’m here

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The Boy was gone. There was no explanation for what happened. More importantly, there was no excuse. I had walked into the kitchen to answer the phone – gone only a minute or so. When I returned, The Boy was no longer watching Sesame Street.

Had he just wandered off? Was he playing hide-n-seek again? It was his favorite game to play with me. Or, worst of all, had someone somehow crept into our home and silently whisked him away? All these thoughts pummeled through my mind as I franticly ran through room after empty room calling his name.

There was no answer. Read More»

A license to kill business

Benita Dodd's picture

From a historic building on the banks of the Etowah River in Rome, Ga., Ed Watters and his co-workers design elaborate gardens and manage a successful landscape company with a staff of more than 60. Behind the serene décor of the Outdoor Living Studio, however, lurk onerous regulatory hoops that the company must jump through to do business. Read More»

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