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Lunch with Mr. Walters

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

Last fall I described the apparently miraculous way in which I located the one person in the world I was searching for — my seventh- and eighth-grade English teacher, Mr. Ted Walters, the man who taught me how to write and think, and thereby launched my professional career.

Now, during Teacher Appreciation Week, I’d like to share with you the story of my happy reunion with Mr. Walters. I hope it encourages you to reconnect with a teacher who made an impact on your life. Read More»

Hillary’s ‘social gospel’ good enough for Democrats

Cal Thomas's picture

Faith is making a comeback among liberal Democrats, but they still have a way to go.

First, some history.

Hoping to attract some Evangelical Christian votes more than 20 years ago, former Vice President Al Gore wrote that the biblical story of Noah and the Ark could be paraphrased in modern terms, “Thou shalt preserve biodiversity” (“Earth in the Balance” p. 245). Gore also claimed the first recorded instance of pollution was when Cain killed Abel and Abel’s blood “falls on the ground, rendering it fallow” (p. 247). Read More»

A false solution for inequality

Dr. Tracy C. Miller's picture

Recently, some commentators have been promoting the idea of a government guaranteed income, where the government would pay a monthly cash payment to every American, regardless of need or merit.

A similar idea, the negative income tax, has been discussed by economists for decades. In Switzerland, voters will soon consider a referendum that would require the Swiss government to pay every adult citizen $2800 per month.

Although it sounds appealing, a government guaranteed income is a bad idea, and its defenders rely on fallacious economic arguments to support it. Read More»

Time to restructure end-of-year student testing?

Kelly McCutchen's picture

Across Georgia, tension is in the air as 1.6 million students endure the annual ritual of end-of-year testing. Nervous students, parents and teachers feel the pressure: The efforts of an entire year hinge upon the performance at this one point in time.   Read More»

Mama writes a book (or wants to)

Ronda Rich's picture

Dear Readers,

Everyone loved Mama. And they loved stories about her. This is a column written before her death but never published. I decided to share it to celebrate Mama. She was a true Southern original.

My worst fears are about to be realized: Mama has announced her intentions to write a book.

My payback is coming. Read More»

Under the clear green leaves

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

An amazing springtime this year, what? The perfect blue sky, the emerald curtain of fresh green drawn around our little bit of earth, clouds like vanilla ice cream comes.

And time to gasp as vista follows vista, banks of azaleas, each trying to shock the senses once again.

One of those little gems in time appeared in front of City Hall Sunday afternoon, as the Founder’s Time Line was unveiled and applauded. And how often do you get to dedicate a historical dateline with plenty of the original cast included? Read More»

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»

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