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Ancient principles of success

David Epps's picture

An ancient wise man once gave some advice to a young protégé that has value today. They are quite simple principles but, especially in today’s political and economic environment, seem refreshingly relevant. The four principles are:

1. Continue. That is, “Don’t quit — don’t give up.”

I was speaking to someone the other night about a mutual friend who had “thrown in the towel” on an important endeavor. My friend sadly remarked, “There are some things you learn in two-a-day summer football practices in the South that stay with you and one of these is that you just don’t quit.” Read More»

A scary thing

Rick Ryckeley's picture

In a a week, Halloween will be upon us. Witches, ghosts, and monsters of all kinds will roam the nighttime hunting for someone to scare, but if they come around our house, they will not succeed.

For you see there’s something out there that’s scarier than they are, and it’s not just on Halloween when it comes around. It’s always there – waiting for you to be alone.
I had my first encounter with it at age 5. Mom heard the screaming and ran into the bedroom I shared with Twin Brother Mark. With the lights on, her gaze searched the room and finally found me sobbing under my twin bed. Read More»

Can we keep this republic?

Terry Garlock's picture

As mid-term elections draw near, the chatter of TV news escalates in points and counter-points of the political tug-of-war. Whether you are on the left or right in the arguments, if you can set aside pre-conceived notions long enough to read this column, please consider that much of the noise completely misses the larger point. Read More»

Coming cuts to your cancer care

Elizabeth Lee Vliet's picture

ObamaCare’s promises to cut costs really mean cutting care, especially expensive cancer care, which often occurs at what will soon be the “end of life.” America’s leading position in cancer care will fall off a cliff, taking your life with it.

The “changes” to be forced on us starting in 2013 do not provide “hope.” For cancer patients, ObamaCare’s “change” is a drastic threat to your survival.

ObamaCare deals a body blow to our state of the art cancer treatment. Multiple “hits” in the healthcare bill include: Read More»

Georgia needs common sense tax reform

Virgil Fludd's picture

This summer, Georgia’s Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians began its five-month mandate to examine our state’s tax code and recommend a path forward.

With their mission nearing completion and taxes becoming a key election-year issue, I believe the Council must focus its energies on long-term and sustainable solutions for a healthy fiscal future. Read More»

Minding your own business

Ronda Rich's picture

One night as a particularly hard, extremely long rain poured down, I discovered a leak in my roof. The leak became a minor problem. Finding a roofer to show up and fix it became the primary problem.

Is it just me – I know it’s not – or do many business folks just don’t care? For the most part, customer service is sadly lacking.

Now, I tend to understand this more with big businesses than with small, independent businesses. I’m to the point that when folks treat me as if my business really matters, I fall down on my knees, misty-eyed with gratitude and profusely thank them. Read More»

Autumn elegy

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind.
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the west garden;
They hurt me. I grow older.
Ezra Pound

Something stirs painfully this time of year. I think it has to do with the conflicting messages autumn sends to the subconscious. Read More»

Kelly makes a big splash on "The Apprentice"

Michael Boylan's picture

I know that technically Fayetteville resident Kelly Smith Beaty has already made her television debut in the previous episodes of “The Apprentice,” but last night’s episode marked her coming out of her shell party and it couldn’t have gone any better. Read More»

Those who wear no masks

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Mid-afternoon wind brought with it the crispness of another late October day and the promise of cooler temperatures. Asheville, North Carolina in the fall is the perfect place for a vacation with the one you love. You can walk the streets and take in the eclectic sights the mountain city has to offer. A quick getaway with The Wife and a perfect time to forget about the problems of the world for a while — or was it? Read More»

Members of the family

David Epps's picture

I don’t remember how old I was when Butch died but I remember that I was devastated. He had been my constant friend and playmate and filled the hours during the summers and after school.
I remember him being a bulldog but black and white photos found recently reveal that he was some mixed version of a pit bull. My mother cried too even though she always maintained that she didn’t like the dog.

My dad buried him next to the dog house in the back yard where, I suppose, he still lies, unbeknownst to the current occupants of the house where I grew up. Read More»

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