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The punishment

Rick Ryckeley's picture

If you’re a regular reader of this column, it might seem to you that 110 Flamingo Street had been the perfect place to grow up — a place where nothing ever went wrong, no one got into trouble, and parents were always forgiving.

Well, I got news for you: things did, we did, and no, they weren’t.

When we got caught doing things we shouldn’t, our parents punished us. I remember the first time Dad told me to march myself outside and pick out a switch. What happened next wasn’t planned, but I’ve never forgotten it. Read More»

The God gap

Cal Thomas's picture

There have been many “gaps” in modern politics. There is the gender gap, the generation gap and now the God gap, which is the gulf between people who take God’s instructions seriously and those who don’t. Which side of the gap you’re on could influence your vote.

The God gap is growing wider.

I asked Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum about this. In a telephone interview with me, Santorum, whose rhetoric is loaded with religious and cultural language, said, “While (such language) may be upsetting to some, there’s a hunger out there for talking about what’s true.” Read More»

Julia Reed & stories

Ronda Rich's picture

Once I was aboard a riverboat called the American Queen on which I had spent several days cruising along what I consider to be the majestic Mississippi River. I boarded in New Orleans and, along with the other passengers, crawled toward St. Louis.

It was my blessed fortune to be hired by the riverboat company to entertain its passengers with Southern storytelling.

For two scant hours of telling stories, I had both been paid and given the privilege of 10 days on the river I love best. Read More»

Lost and Found update and more

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

For too long I’ve used this space to complain about lost articles. (clothing, cell phones, and the like; not newspaper articles.)

So when a resident of Peachtree City’s Fisher’s Luck neighborhood called and said she had our Bible, we celebrated that for once the lost had become found.
I asked her if it was mine or my husband’s, and she said she couldn’t tell. I thought that was curious because Dave and I both have the same Good News editions, and I knew they were signed by each other. Read More»

I told you so

Rick Ryckeley's picture

There are many anniversaries one marks in life: a wedding day, birthdays, and graduations, just to name a few. Each comes with its own special memory, perhaps a card, and pictures of the happy occasion. One usually carries these memories throughout life and looks back on them with fondness.

But there are other anniversaries that are quite different. Yes, dear reader, they’re called the “I Told You So” anniversaries. Next week marks just such an anniversary around our house. Read More»

'Has anyone seen the cat?'

David Epps's picture

There are certain phrases that incite concern and fear, as in Paul Revere’s call to arms, “The British are coming!” And then there’s, “Honey, there’s a letter for you from the IRS.” But all these pale in comparison to my wife’s question, “Has anyone seen the cat?”

I did not grow up as a cat person. I was a dog person. In my family we nearly always had a dog that spent his/her time outside, lived in a dog house, and brought joy to the Epps kids and caused tears and sorrow when they died. Read More»

Who’s buying the healthcare snake oil?

Terry Garlock's picture

You had to be on a wilderness trek the last couple of weeks to miss the Catholic Church backlash against a new mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Predictably, most in the media fed on the surface morsels, leaving you to dig deeper on your own to find the truly important points.

Let me get right to it. Wake up! Even if you are not Catholic, your freedom is being taken from you. Read More»

Media 101: A lesson on how public opinion is shaped

Claude Paquin's picture

Do you remember CAPIT?

CAPIT was a Fayette County local organization whose initials stood for Citizens Against Perpetually Increasing Taxes. Nice little catchy name.

CAPIT was run by a political science college professor named Roger Marietta, who would later go on to be elected mayor of Fayetteville, in 1988. He now lives in Albany, Ga., where he is mayor pro tem.

Roger was an activist, perhaps in the same stripe as Steve Brown, former Peachtree City mayor and now county commissioner. He knew how to stir things up. Read More»

Losing our liberty

Cal Thomas's picture

“Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” — Thomas Jefferson

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” — Patrick Henry Read More»

Claudette is so blue

Ronda Rich's picture

I guess it had been more than a year that I had been thinking that I wasn’t as funny as I used to be. When you make your living with witty observations and entertaining stories, this isn’t an asset you want to lose.

I fretted a bit, thinking that stress and problems were slowing the quick draw of my wit.

“You find something funny about everything,” my sister complained one day. “I can tell you the most serious problem and you’ll start grinning then come up with something funny.” Read More»

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