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Lightning round: Congressional pay raises, Obamacare

Kent Kingsley's picture

This week I will cover a number of subjects in a briefer format. They are my ideas about government and how it should be run. Enjoy.



Congressional pay raises

There is no doubt members of Congress are compensated very well. When you include the perks of office, lavish treatment by lobbyists and a retirement system that begins after six years of service, it is a great place to work.
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Marrying a mean woman

Ronda Rich's picture

Now, we all knew that wasn’t going to work. Not for one cotton-picking minute did we think that those two could say “I do” and keep that vow until one of ‘em stopped breathing.

Not unless, of course, one of ‘em was the reason that the other one exited this life.

“They’ll kill each other,” a friend, old and wise and familiar with them both, had said. “He’s a raging Cajun and she’s just plain mean.” Read More»

Penny wise, pound foolish

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Old sayings are just that – old. They’ve been around a long time for good reason. There’s a lot of truth in them. Let me shed light on one to illustrate my point.

Take, for instance, the saying “Penny wise, but pound foolish.” The true meaning came to light when all the bulbs in our house were replaced by yours truly.

Yep, with the switch to those new CFL bulbs, we’re gonna save a bunch – money that can go towards a much needed summer vacation. That would be the penny wise part. Read More»

The best days of your life?

David Epps's picture

When I was graduating from high school, I was told that I would look back on those days as “the best days of your life.” Later, as I was married, the father of two small sons, and trying to put myself through college, I was told, “You’ll look back on these days as the best days of your life.” Well, I don’t.

I suspect that all across America, well-meaning graduation speakers and older people of influence in the graduates’ lives are saying something similar. For most of the high school and college grads, it simply isn’t true. Their better days lie ahead. Read More»

Some graduation gifts for your seniors

Terry Garlock's picture

The last day of school is upon us.

You may wonder, as I have, what high school graduation gift you can give that will be meaningful to passage into adulthood rather than something “shiny.” Read More»

Charter school amendment charts wrong course

Scott Bradshaw's picture

The state constitution specifies that every child in Georgia is entitled to free public education. It describes education as a responsibility of the state and function of local school systems. Public school budgets and policy decisions are under the control of locally elected boards of education as long as minimum state requirements are met. Read More»

We keep sending same people, keep getting same result

Kent Kingsley's picture

A few weeks ago the Fayette County Republican Party hosted both me and Mr. Westmoreland. I was asked to speak first and the main thrust of my talk was that our Congress is broken.

I asked the 75 or so people in attendance if anyone could name a single action by Congress that has either made the environment for their business better or made them feel more secure in their job. Not a single person could think of anything.

I also asked Reagan’s classic question, if anyone was better off today than they were four years ago. Only one person raised his hand. Read More»

The President’s ‘other gospel’

Cal Thomas's picture

It is one thing to talk about “fairness” when it comes to allowing gays and lesbians to marry; it is quite another to claim biblical authority for such relationships.

President Obama cited the “Golden Rule” about treating others as you would like to be treated, but in doing so he ignored the totality of Scripture and the Lord Himself, who alone gets to set the rules for human behavior.

The president says he is a “practicing Christian.” It is difficult to be one while simultaneously holding a low view of the Bible, which his position on several social issues might suggest. Read More»

Washin’ up the dishes

Ronda Rich's picture

A friend, en route from Charlotte to Atlanta, stopped to spend the night with me. I knew she needed more than a comfortable bed. She needed a hot meal. That’s Southern hospitality as we’ve taught to practice it — the comforts of our home shared with a friend.

Deb is a country girl, raised in the mountains of North Carolina so I felt pretty confident that I could cook up a country dinner and she’d appreciate it. And she did. Read More»

The Marines have landed

David Epps's picture

The Marines have landed ... this time not in Tripoli, Iwo Jima, or in a thousand other hot spots throughout the world and American history. This time the Marines have landed in Peachtree City, Ga.

From across the state they come and from other locations, too. Some of them are of the Greatest Generation and saw combat in World War II. Some did their duty in Korea and others fought their way through the jungles of Vietnam. Still others did their part in Desert Storm and some were in the most recent sandbox conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More»