Mama bird

Rick Ryckeley's picture

With a Mother’s Day column due Thursday morning and it being only Wednesday, I really wasn’t too concerned that no idea had yet burst forth down onto paper. Besides, in the newspaper business, 24 hours is a lifetime. In the office by 9, I promised to work all day if needed. Mother’s Day was too important not to get it right. Read More»

The uniform

David Epps's picture

On Friday, April 24, 1970, I graduated from boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. For three months, I had been a member of Platoon 223, Second Recruit Training Battalion. For much of that time I looked forward to having my family present and watching me graduate.

It wasn’t to be. Shortly before the graduation date I received a letter from home informing me that my folks would not be able to make the journey. Read More»

Who’s laughing now?

Dave Richardson's picture

Last week a Peachtree City woman was arrested and charged with two felonies for bigamy. She allegedly married a second man under an assumed name so as to avoid the law.

But why do we care? Why is it even a crime for this woman to marry someone she loves? Why can’t she marry two men or even six if she wants? Read More»

College, loans and success

Cal Thomas's picture

It is something of a truism that whenever the federal government steps in, costs usually rise and efficiency declines.

That is especially true when it comes to a college education, which President Obama promised during the 2008 campaign to make more affordable. “We’ve got to make sure every young person can afford to go to college,” he said then. Read More»

Afghanistan, then and now: Three questions

Kent Kingsley's picture

Like the passage in the classic “Tale of Two Cities,” it has been the best of times and the worst of times for our past decade in Afghanistan.

We all remember 9/11 and the horrific attack against the United States by al Qaida. President Bush took swift and decisive action, sending first the CIA and Special Operations forces to Afghanistan. And later sending conventional forces with the expressed mission to destroy al Qaida and remove the Taliban from power. Read More»

Why penalize Ga. families for buying health insurance?

Kelly McCutchen's picture

What if someone proposed a law to tax working families $5,000 or more if they purchase health insurance? Such legislation would have no chance of passing. Yet it is, in effect, a painful reality for many Georgia families.

More than 400,000 Georgians work in small businesses that don’t offer health insurance. A fundamental flaw in the federal tax code since the 1940s excludes these individuals from the massive tax exemptions available through employer-purchased health insurance. Read More»

Why we should remember Victory in Europe Day

Dr. Marvin Folkertsma's picture

December 1941 is usually remembered by Americans as that fateful month when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thus thrusting the United States into World War II. Read More»

Dixie Dew’s BIG news

Ronda Rich's picture

It’s me. Dixie Dew, again. Y’all who read this column regularly know that I am Ronda’s adorable and svelte (though she writes differently) dachshund.

This is the third time I’ve guest-written this column but since it’s Mother’s Day, I’m giving her the day off. This is my gift to Mama. She’s been working on a tight deadline for a new book so she’s earned a rest.

I have another reason, too. It’s probably a bit selfish but let’s face it – it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there so a dog’s gotta take care of herself. Read More»

Playlist for Mother's Day

Michael Boylan's picture

I had the unenviable task of writing a Mother’s Day column for this week’s paper. I say unenviable because I just didn’t want to write about how much I love my Mom (lots) or what a good mother Sabine, my wife, is (a great one). I feel like I’ve been there and done that.

Instead, I decided to create playlist on Spotify (it’s public - you can find it on there under Mother’s Day by Mike). Some of these songs are nice, some of them aren’t - but they all have Ma, Mama, Mom, Mother or Mommy in the title. Aren’t I clever?

Let’s take a look at the list before you take a listen. Read More»

The best birthday gift

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Over the last 54 years, yours truly has received many wonderful birthday gifts. It’s true, some gifts have been better than others. Some I wish I’d never gotten. Still, family and friends have all helped to make the day special.

But what has been the best birthday gift I’ve ever received? Did it come from a friend, my parents, or even The Wife?

Nope, surprisingly it came from The Boy. And he gave it this year. Although if you’d ask him, he’d say all he was able to give was a card. Unknowingly, he has given me far more than he could ever imagine. Read More»

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