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What’s next for USA? Better fasten seatbelt

Fred A. Kingery's picture

The Republican Party, with the help of the Tea Party, swept the House of Representatives with a massive pickup of at least 60 seats. The Federal Reserve made another historic announcement with its $600-billion “Quantitative Easing” program (QE2). The October non-farm payroll number came in at a positive 151,000, and the unemployment number remained elevated at 9.6 percent for the month.

All of this transpired in the course of one week. So, what’s next? Hold on to your seats. Consider the following: Read More»

Blessed by the hard times . . .

Ronda Rich's picture

Daddy always believed that the good Lord should be thanked for the hard times as much as He was praised for the good times.

Every Thanksgiving meal, as well as our regular Sunday dinners, was blessed by the patriarch of our family with a prayer that included Daddy’s humble voice saying, “Lord, thank you for the trials and tribulations of this old life, knowing that those trying times draw us nearer to thy almighty hand.” Read More»

Here, Gene Autry is singing ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’

Loran Smith's picture

WEST POINT — The dateline is misleading. West Point is about seven or eight miles from The Crossroads Store, an antiques enclave that pretty much straddles the Harris and Troup County lines.

A flyer notes that “The old rock store at Jones Crossroads has been at the center of rural commerce in this area since 1903.” It is located at the intersection of Ga. highways 18 and 219. I came this way taking a shortcut from I-185, near Pine Mountain, to LaGrange. When I spied two oldtimers sitting in the afternoon sun on the front porch of the old store, I knew I had to take a closer look. Read More»

Thanksgiving prayers

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

So many have expressed a desire to have a new copy of some Thanksgiving prayers The Citizen first published in 2006. Here are most of them, plus a few new ones. May they remind us of our need to say “Thanks.”

The Psalmist
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it, Read More»

The power of tradition

David Epps's picture

In the many years I have served as a minister, I have observed that, from time to time, some clergy and churches proudly claim that they have “gotten rid of the traditions of the past.”

By this, they usually mean that their church services look nothing like your parents’ church services.

Traditions are seen as inhibiting, negative, and the remnants of the long dead past. Innovation is the answer — especially if it breaks new ground and is exciting. Read More»

Tales from the scale

Rick Ryckeley's picture

All of my life I’ve been able to eat anything I wanted, anytime I wanted, and as much as I wanted. Well, not any more. Just because I’ve reached middle age, all that is now out the window. Suddenly a little weight gain around the middle and bam-o! We have to go on a diet — the “we” being The Wife and me.

The Wife, she’s an expert when it comes to diets. Said she’s been on every diet there ever was, and the one that works the best doesn’t count calories, carbohydrates or fat content. It counts points. Read More»

What should replace ObamaCare?

Dr. Aleita Eck's picture

ObamaCare is a wildly unpopular law for anyone who knows anything about healthcare. The election proved that. Physicians came together in Washington, D.C., to film the following national ad:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPwEVXstFdA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Perhaps it is time for the politicians to admit that the government cannot provide healthcare. Period. All government can do is set up an administrative scheme that pays many people to decide who qualifies for which government program, gives out entitlement “insurance” cards, but then underpays for the actual care. Read More»

On Jim Minter, a newspaperman with the right stuff

Loran Smith's picture

JST. SIMONS ISLAND – While Jim Minter was making his way from sportswriter to editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, his wife, Anne, found compatibility with real estate sales.

After sons Rick and Rob entered high school, Anne had more time for work and eventually owned a very successful real estate agency. Jim always had a knack for finding a good story, and Anne knew a good real estate deal when she saw one, which led to the purchase several years ago of a condo at St. Simons. Read More»

Americans must reestablish proper role of government

Cal Thomas's picture

“Everybody in Vanity Fair must have remarked how well those live who are comfortably and thoroughly in debt; how they deny themselves nothing; how jolly and easy they are in their minds.” — William Makepeace Thackeray

My Apple computer has a handy icon called “Time Machine.” By clicking it, I can find data that might have been misplaced, or return the computer to a specific configuration dating back to a specific date and time. Read More»

Memories of Suitcase Jake Elder

Ronda Rich's picture

When news came that one of the most memorable Southern characters had passed from this world, I found myself musing back on the color, interest, and myriad conflict he brought to the world around him.

He was not boring. Not ever. And that, my friend, is the boldest mark of a fabulous character, Southern or not. Read More»