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Some roads shouldn't be taken

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The light changed to green, and a decision had to be made. Straight ahead was the business meeting for which I was an hour early. To the left was a much different destination, a trip down memory lane. It was to be a lane filled with potholes, dangerous curves, and what might be a cliff at the end.

I turned left and pointed the nose of the car down Mt. Olive Street and towards the elementary school that bore its name. It had been a long time since I’d travelled this way, even longer still since I walked those pathways. Read More»

Obama's 'flip-flops'?

David Epps's picture

President Barack Obama has come under fire in recent days both from the political Left and from the Right for “flip-flopping” on campaign promises.

Among the so-called flip-flops are the following:

• Candidate Obama promised to close Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) while President Obama has kept it open.

• Candidate Obama said he would repeal the “Bush tax cuts” while President Obama has left them in place.

• Candidate Obama supported the healthcare single-payer mandate while President Obama compromised and dropped it from his healthcare proposal. Read More»

County stormwater fees unfair to many

Dennis Chase's picture

On March 28, the Fayette County Stormwater Management Stakeholder Advisory Group held their third meeting to address the need, or lack thereof, for an expanded stormwater effort.

Following the second meeting, and because I expressed serious concerns about the county proposal, I met with the Fayette County Stormwater Department staff twice and once with the consultant hired by the county to establish a Fayette County stormwater utility. Read More»

Spreading wealth the right way

Cal Thomas's picture

During the 2008 presidential campaign when candidate Barack Obama told “Joe the Plumber” that he wanted to “spread the wealth around,” it sounded to a lot of conservatives like socialism: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” in the words of Karl Marx. Read More»

Going visiting

Ronda Rich's picture

One night back in the summer, Louise, Rodney and I stopped to see Russell and Neva, whom we have all known in one way or the other for decades. Yet, we go ages without seeing each other. It’s a crying shame, as Mama would say.

We piled out of the car, exchanged hugs and hellos, then climbed two short steps and settled down on the lovely porch of the hundred-year-old house that faces a neatly manicured pasture and is shaded by trees much older than any of us. Rodney and Neva took the swing and the rest of us plopped down in wicker chairs and rockers. Read More»

Senate notes: Revenue Committee making progress . . . slowly

Sen. Ronnie Chance's picture

[Last month] the Special Joint Committee on Revenue Structure met to discuss potential changes to Georgia’s tax laws in response to the report published earlier this year by the Special Council on Tax Reform.

Currently, there are four House bills, HB 385-388, that contain various aspects of the council’s recommendation. These four bills have been the source of widespread confusion and consternation in recent weeks. Read More»

Spring training travels: The ghosts of Dodgertown remain . . .

Loran Smith's picture

VERO BEACH, Fla. – Dodgertown is still here, but there are no Dodgers. No fresh-faced rookies who would give their birthright to make the team, no graying veterans trying to stretch one more season out of aging legs.

While that is hard to imagine, what depresses us all is that there remains a street sign that says Vin Scullly Way, a thoroughfare named for the incomparable Dodger announcer and streets named for Tommy Lasorda and Sandy Koufax who are still with us. Read More»

Who objects to free speech? Here’s a short list of leading contenders

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

Free speech has always been one of our most cherished rights. It has come under attack repeatedly by those who find it to be an inconvenient and unwanted obstacle to the attainment of their political goals. Sometimes, those in positions of power ignore the First Amendment and issue laws and regulations to silence their opponents. Other times, politicians or citizens work on an unofficial level, resorting to influence or intimidation to achieve censorship. Read More»

Real energy produces real jobs

Robert L. Bradley Jr.'s picture

Despite record federal deficits, the Obama administration is pouring millions of taxpayer dollars into “green” jobs initiatives. In Arizona, three state agencies just announced they’re using $3 million in federal grant money to train locals for jobs at renewable-energy companies. North Carolina is spending $1 million in federal dollars to run an analysis of the labor market to determine demand for green jobs in coming years. Read More»

30 years ago, when President Reagan was shot: A day of clarity

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a previous version published by the Reagan Centennial edition of Newsmax.]

On March 30, 1981, Ronald Reagan, president for merely 10 weeks, stepped outside the Washington Hilton. What happened next was an image millions would soon witness on their TV screens: America’s 40th president raised his arm to ward off a question from a reporter and then, seconds later, bullets crackled the air. Read More»