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Teacher appreciation week

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and this column is dedicated not only to all the teachers out there, but a few from way back in the day and to one who is truly special.

While growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, I really didn’t understand how teachers could change the lives of their students forever. Since I couldn’t appreciate them then, I thought I’d say thanks now for what they did for me now. Four teachers still influence my life even today.

First up, Coach Reeves, head coach at Briarwood High School, home of the Mighty Buccaneers. Read More»

Christmas is coming!

David Epps's picture

It’s been in the 70s and low 80s here in Georgia. Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, certain trees are flowering, the birds have built nests, bees are buzzing, butterflies are dancing, and people are getting ready to open their backyard pools. And some thoughts are turning to Christmas.

It’s not too early to begin thinking about Christmas this year. In fact, the local detachment of the Marine Corps League is already making plans. Read More»

Thoughts on National Day of Prayer

Bonnie Willis's picture

We live in an era in American history where the powers that be seem to be divorcing public life from our religious heritage. So, I am relieved that our nation, on Thursday, May 1st, once again, is recognizing the National Day of Prayer.

This event shows that as a nation we are not too proud, too educated, or (seemingly) too powerful to pray. Still, national surveys seem to indicate that many within our nation are becoming less religious, and with this non-religious perspective I implicitly hear the question, why is it necessary to pray publicly? Read More»

What is your role in the Fayette Visioning Initiative?

Robert Ross's picture

While the Fayette Visioning Initiative’s steering committee is hard at work incorporating citizen ideas into a final draft vision statement, it’s the perfect time to look at the respective roles of this 40-member steering committee and Fayette County citizens at large.

The steering committee certainly doesn’t have a corner on the market for good ideas — that’s a responsibility shared among all of us in the county. Read More»

The high cost of liberalism — Part III

Thomas Sowell's picture

Income inequality has long been one of the liberals’ favorite issues. So there is nothing surprising about its being pushed hard this election year.

If nothing else, it is a much-needed distraction from the disasters of Obamacare and the various IRS, Benghazi and other Obama administration scandals. Read More»

Obama’s foreign policy: Poof!

Cal Thomas's picture

You know things are bad when you can’t wait for the return of a TV character to demonstrate what resolve and leadership really look like. Yes, after a four-year hiatus, the show “24,” featuring Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland), returns May 5 to the Fox network.

Bauer displays many of the traits once found in, or at least expected of, American presidents and top military leaders. He doesn’t waffle or wiggle; neither does he negotiate. He wins. If you think I am about to draw a contrast between Bauer and the current president of the United States, you are right. Read More»

Crazy in the genes

Ronda Rich's picture

My grandmother — Daddy’s mother — was sometimes called “crazy” by others who didn’t quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.

Who wants to be completely normal and boring? Read More»

Blockade ... part 2

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The great Alaskan Ferry Misadventure, a fishermen’s blockade in Canadian waters, continues....
Before the end of the first full day, Mary and Rainer opted to fly on to Juneau. With a limited vacation ticking away, they booked flights to Ketchikan by Taquan Air, where Alaska Air took them on to Juneau. We’re not sure yet how much of their suddenly soaring expenses they’ll be able to recoup. Read More»

City of dreams

By DAVID EPPS

I was in Nashville, Tenn., a few weeks ago attending the Southeast Convention of the Marine Corps League. It was Friday night, I was weary, and there was nothing on TV, so I decided to go to bed early.

As I was preparing to turn in, I kept hearing the steady beat of music coming from somewhere. After a bit of investigation, I concluded that the sounds were coming from the restaurant in the hotel. I boarded the elevator to the first floor, wandered in and joined two couples who were also present for the convention. Read More»

A dog gone good story

By RICK RYCKELEY

With Little One here and her sister Little Bit due any day, it’s rare The Wife and I get any time to ourselves. It’s rarer still we have time for a quick vacation.

But with the Mean Lady, Little One, and The Boy out of town for a few days, we suddenly found ourselves with, well, just ourselves.

So last week did we jet off to the beach for some sun and fun? Nope. Did we drive to the mountains for some solitude and fresh air? Nope again.

With tax refund in hand, what creative, relaxing destination did we decided upon? Read More»

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