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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»

Of Geraniums and Bluebirds and Men in Whooping Crane Suits

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Somehow we managed to skip winter this year. It’s not just that we’ve had such a mild season; it’s more a matter of color and light.

From autumnal gold and brown, we leapt to spring flowers at an all-time early date: our daffodils opened their first bobbing heads about Jan. 15. They’ve always bloomed before the end of January, but I think this was an “earliest.” Read More»

The wisdom of Forrest Gump

David Epps's picture

Rusty Wilkerson is a columnist for my hometown newspaper, The Kingsport-Times News. While in Kingsport, Tenn., recently, I picked up a copy of the paper and found Wilkerson reporting on two stories of government actions worthy of a nod from Forrest.

Wilkerson reported that, in 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency mandated that an ingredient that did not yet exist be blended into gasoline and diesel fuel by 2011. So far, oil companies have failed to comply. Read More»

President Obama’s ‘social gospel’

Cal Thomas's picture

For 60 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a nonpolitical event where speakers put aside their earthly biases and focus on a Higher Authority. On Feb. 2, President Obama departed from that tradition to claim the endorsement of Jesus for raising taxes. It beat the endorsement of Mitt Romney by Donald Trump.

In his remarks, the president quoted Luke 12:48: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Read More»

Schools now 1-way partnership

James P. Kelly's picture

By James P. Kelly, III and Benjamin Scafidi

Unless and until the Georgia Constitution is amended, the era of direct or indirect state control over public K-12 education is over.

For decades, the state has invested billions of dollars in local public schools. In doing so, the state assumed that the State Board of Education and local public school boards were partners under the Georgia Constitution for providing the adequate public education to citizens required under the Constitution. Read More»