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School choice: It’s about more than scores

Benita Dodd's picture

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently released an eye-opening analysis of why and how parents choose private schools. The analysis by the national nonprofit organization is worth the read for Georgians especially. It is Georgia-based, undertaken by Georgia Public Policy Foundation senior fellows Jim Kelly and Dr. Benjamin Scafidi, and uses the results of a survey of Georgia parents of K–12 private school scholarship recipients. Read More»

Mandate delayed but Obamacare destruction goes on

Sally C. Pipes's picture

Some 60 percent of Americans — nearly 160 million people — get insurance through their jobs. Thanks to Obamacare, that number is about to nosedive.

The president’s signature law is hiking the cost of health insurance for American businesses of all sizes. They’re responding by dumping coverage for workers, spouses, and retirees.

Even though the employer mandate, which requires all firms with 50 or more full-time staffers to provide health coverage or pay a fine, has been delayed by one year, the employer health insurance market is slowly bleeding out. Read More»

Resolutely carrying on . . .

Ronda Rich's picture

For those of you who are faithful to this column, you will, no doubt, recall that last year I made brand new resolutions. I tossed out the old ones that I had failed at repeatedly and trudged ahead to new ones, optimistically believing that success was mine for taking.

Let me just update you on a couple of those. Read More»

Irony abounds

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Dave and I have always thought we were the sole lovers of Christmas fruitcake on the planet. Every year, we have become used to seeing stacks of the little ruby-studded fruitcake that made Claxton, Georgia, a household name.

Fruitcake seems perfect for that not-too-pricey last-minute Christmas gift. After all, they keep virtually forever, especially when soaked in rum, and the fact that you can give them away secures their role as the answer to the everlasting question, “What should we give the mailman? Or the kids’ piano teacher? A next door neighbor? A fellow employee?” Read More»

Traditions and memories

David Epps's picture

The earliest Christmas tradition I remember in our family was the pilgrimage to my mother’s parents’ house on Christmas Eve.

My grandmother, Pashia Tunnell Luster Duckett, gave birth to three daughters, Blanche, Kathleen, and Ruby. Their father, Roy Luster, died at the age of 26 of a fever that would have easily been cured by antibiotics a few years later. Later, Grandma met Charles Daniel Duckett who became her husband, the stepfather of the three girls, and my grandpa. Read More»

An empty chair

Rick Ryckeley's picture

As far back as I can remember, it had never visited Flamingo Street. Sure, once or twice it had gotten close. It had gotten really close the previous winter. But with a neighborhood full of kids playing all day and into the night, it was bound to happen. Just didn’t think it would happen to us.
We never gave it much thought. After all, we were just kids. Our days were filled with arguing, fighting, and having fun as brothers and friends normally do. Even so, adults still talked about it from time to time, but only in whispers and behind closed doors. Read More»

Giving more than gifts this holiday

Bonnie Willis's picture

One of the things I love about this time of year is that it truly does seem to bring out the best in others.

Despite a stagnant economy, or perhaps because of it, I probably see more opportunities to give to charities than ever before. Whether it is the Salvation Army volunteers faithfully ringing their bells as a sign of the season, churches organizing holiday food drives, or radio personalities soliciting donations and toys, there really is a plethora of venues where one can give something.

And, inevitably, most of us do end up giving something during the Christmas season. Read More»

Fayette Visioning initiative gains momentum

Robert Ross's picture

By Bob Ross and Trey Ragsdale

Even though Thanksgiving was last month, we are especially thankful this month for the efforts of more than 225 diverse citizens who stepped up to serve Fayette County in a unique capacity.

They participated in a variety of activities to launch a process that will span the next six months to define a Fayette County vision and accompanying implementation plan. Read More»

Me and income ‘inequality’

Cal Thomas's picture

In a Dec. 4 speech, President Obama declared income “inequality” to be “the defining challenge of our time.”

It is time for me to come clean; to own up to a dark secret I have been hiding most of my life. It is embarrassing to admit it, but I suffer from income inequality.

Yes, there are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people who make more money than I do and it has affected my life in ways too numerous to recount. Read More»

Christmas tree memories

Ronda Rich's picture

Christmas is the time that we pack expectations into every package we wrap and for weeks anticipate that one, perfect Currier-Ives day.

And, of course, since any day is seldom perfect, there are varying degrees of let-down that trickle across the population.

For some people with high hopes, Christmas Day turns out to be melancholy. I realized this year, though, that there is one day of the Christmas season that never disappoints me. In fact, it is always warmer, more loving, memorable, and joyous than I expect. Read More»