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The perfect Xmas Day

Ronda Rich's picture

If the experts are to be believed, then Christmas seldom lives up to our high expectations and that’s why so many are stricken with depression and gloom during the holidays. It’s a let-down after a big build-up. Read More»

Christmas does not need defending

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Every year about now you can just about bet the farm that someone will launch a tirade against Christmas commercialism, the departure of piety, the hypocrisy of business. We are easily distracted by catchy terms, like “The reason for the season,” and we get all offended that Jesus is not honored as he should be. Read More»

Worth the wait

Michael Boylan's picture

Prior to last Wednesday morning, I had never camped outside a store for anything. By the time I was interested in going to concerts, the days of camping outside a music store or a Ticketmaster outlet were nearly over and there has never been a deal good enough to slice through the fog of my Thanksgiving food coma to get me out on Black Friday. Last week I was finally presented with something that I would wait in a line all night for - a chance to meet Stephen King and have him sign a book. Read More»

Grandma's Spirit Fruitcakes

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The fruitcake has somehow gotten a bad reputation, and it’s time once and for all to put an end to it — the bad reputation, not the fruitcake.

The multi-colored mixed fruit and nut concoction is indeed a holiday treat for some, a gag gift to others, and — to the very young — a food item to be avoided at all cost.
Some even say there have been only a few thousand fruitcakes ever produced; they just keep getting passed around from one family to the next. Read More»

780 and counting

David Epps's picture

In December of 1996, I walked into the office of The Citizen newspapers in Fayetteville, Ga., to place an ad for our church. I ran into Cal Beverly, publisher of the paper, and he asked me if I still wrote.

And, indeed, I had written some articles for a newspaper previously and had a number of articles published in various periodicals and magazines. He asked me if I would be interested in writing a few articles for The Citizen. After some discussion and clarification, I submitted my first couple of columns.

That was approximately 780 articles ago. Read More»

Wounded vets need support, not sympathy

Terry Garlock's picture

Many of you actively support the troops coming home from our wars with the challenge of recovering from and coping with severe wounds. I’d like to share some of my reasons for believing your support is even more important than you may realize. Read More»

It’s a tough time for Jews

Cal Thomas's picture

In a season in which there is very little “peace on Earth” and even less “good will towards men,” it is a particularly tough time for Jews, who may be finding it more and more difficult to tell who their real friends are.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta fired an unusually harsh salvo across the Israelis’ bow. In a speech at a Brookings Institution forum, he urged Israel to get to the “d—n table” for peace talks.

It must have escaped Panetta’s notice that the Palestinians are the ones refusing to come to the “d—n table” unless their unacceptable demands are met. Read More»

Memories of Deer Season a half century ago

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

This month hunters across America storm the woods loaded for deer. For yet another indication of how times have changed, consider this account of Deer Season a half century ago:

My mother’s family lived in Emporium, Penn., as did dozens of their relatives. Emporium is a tiny town nestled in the mountains near the north/central part of the state. Back in the 1940s, when my mother was born, my grandmother had worked as a Rosie Riveter at the Sylvania plant. Some reading this article will remember owning a huge, heavy Sylvania TV — back when you got only three channels. Read More»

Some tough choices ahead about how you get your electricity

Tim Echols's picture

Georgia Public Service Commissioner

Part of the job of the Public Service Commission here in Georgia is certifying how and where Georgia Power gets the electricity you use.

With ever-changing federal environmental regulations, the PSC will soon have to decide if we close some of our old coal facilities, or bring them into EPA compliance with new standards by putting “controls” on them in order to further remove sulfur, mercury and NOx (nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide). Read More»

What Herman Cain’s candidacy revealed to us

William Murchison's picture

With all these debates and polls and risings and fallings, we’re supposed to think (I think) that there could hardly be a worse presidential selection process than this. Possibly, we should look on the bright side. The process digs up and conveys important information.

The Herman Cain collapse brings these ruminations to mind. Cain was never my label of joy juice, but many Americans, generally of conservative bent, were ready to award him the state fair blue ribbon. Read More»

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