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Predictions for 2012

Scott Bradshaw's picture

Last year was characterized by news of scandal, failed government programs, negative politics, natural disasters and other unforeseeable events.

The new year promises to be equally unpredictable. Foretelling is risky for a columnist because readers have the advantage of hindsight and tend to have long memories. I knowingly take the risk of being wrong and offer the following predictions for next year:

• The Atlanta Braves will win the National League pennant and lose to the Los Angeles Angels in the World Series. Read More»

Marriage and my good life

Ronda Rich's picture

A while back, after a speaking engagement, I was signing books when a woman, somewhere in her forties, I suppose, came through the line. We exchanged courtesies then I handed her books back to her. But she didn’t walk away, despite the long line of folks waiting behind her. She looked at me expectantly then leaned a little closer. Read More»

Welcome to 2012

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

As if it could actually happen, I kept expecting the unfinished little stacks of this and that around the house to pack up and go home. Looking Christmas and then New Year’s full in the eye, I’d pass these landmarks in high dudgeon, trying not to see them and promising I’d have them whittled down to five places (from at least 10).

When it didn’t happen, I’d smile and say, “That’s OK. I’ll get it done before New Year’s.” Yeah. Sure I will.

Now I’m saying “before Monday.” What will I say on Monday? Read More»

The lemon tree

Rick Ryckeley's picture

What can I say about another year gone by that hasn’t already been said? I could write about how our 401k’s have now all been turned into 201k’s. Or how every time someone in Europe sneezes, our stock market drops to yet another new yearly low.

Or how because those folks in Washington keep acting like children and can’t agree on how to run things, homes are now worth about half what they were at the beginning of this year.

I could write about all that stuff. But then again, it wouldn’t make for a very happy column, now would it? Read More»

Missing the flight

David Epps's picture

“Paging Janice Doogan. Janice Doogan, please report to Gate 4 for boarding.” I didn’t know who Janice Doogan (not her real name) was as I and my wife waited at Gate 4 in St. Louis. Our flight to Atlanta was preceded by a flight to Orlando. Apparently, Janice Doogan was in danger of missing her flight.

Again, the call went out, only this time a countdown began. “Janice Doogan, please report to gate 4. Your flight will close in 15 minutes.” Read More»

Best and worst of 2011

Scott Bradshaw's picture

Another year ends Saturday and it is time to reflect on the best and worst events of 2011.
The best of 2011 are:
• Navy Seal Team 6 in the dramatic eradication of Osama Bin Laden.

• Democrats and Republicans worked together in the legislature to save the HOPE Scholarship Program in Georgia.

• The McIntosh High School girls soccer team winning the state championship.

• The exciting seven-game baseball World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.

• The July 4 parade and fireworks display in Peachtree City. Read More»

A new New Year's Resolution

Ronda Rich's picture

Let’s agree: This will be a new year unlike any other in recent time. Let’s each make a vow to do something bold, unexpected and something that will make a fresh imprint on the path of our lives.

Something that will surprise even those who know us best and love us most.

Oh, we all make minor tweaks to our lives each time one chapter — the old year — closes and the new chapter begins. We eat better or less, exercise more, go to church or tighten our budgets. Sometimes, we adhere to these tweaks for a few days or weeks but, occasionally, we stick to them throughout the year. Read More»

Grieving during the holidays

Cal Thomas's picture

“There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.
There’s a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Now my friends are dead and gone.” — Marius, from the musical “Les Miserables”

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” Andy Williams reminds us over tinny speakers in crowded shopping malls. It may be wonderful for the majority, but for those whose fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers or children have died in Iraq and Afghanistan there is a void this Christmas, and Christmases to come, that can never be filled. It is the same in every war. Read More»

District voting chickens coming home to roost

Claude Paquin's picture

Our Fayette county commission and school board are currently at the receiving end of a lawsuit seeking to compel our county to adopt district voting, and already fairly large sums of money are being spent on so-called pretrial discovery, with each side hiring alleged experts in the field of demography — the study of human populations, including their size, growth, density and distribution — who claim to be able to divine the race of the voters and who they vote for, in spite of the fact we vote anonymously and don’t disclose our race on the ballot. Read More»

5 issues facing legislators besides budget

Sen. Ronnie Chance's picture

As we move towards the not much awaited “Ten Reasons to be Optimistic About 2012” column now in the development stage, here are some other issues besides the state budget that will be on the legislative agenda as the General Assembly convenes Jan. 9, 2012.

1. The Criminal Justice Reform Special Council Report has been published, and it appears sentencing reforms and other needed updates could happen this session. Read More»

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