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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»

The illogic of ObamaCare

Ronald E. Bachman's picture

In most families, moms are the caregivers, and most moms have a medicine “box” or tray with all kinds of cures for middle-of-the-night pains and fevers. If it’s not in the “box,” a quick trip to a local 24-hour pharmacy usually secures the needed treatment. When that doesn’t work, a doctor’s visit secures a prescription to be filled at the local pharmacy.

But for most situations a caring mom, Mother Nature and over-the-counter medications get children well and avoid unnecessary physician visits and expenses.

Under ObamaCare, much of that is about to change. Read More»

Steele: Too early to be be limiting Fayette’s options

Ken Steele's picture

There has been a great deal of discussion around the region and within our county concerning the Transportation Investment Act of 2010, often referred to as House Bill 277.

The state of Georgia, particularly in our area of the state, faces a number of critical issues relating to its transportation system and ever-increasing congestion. Read More»

Unlocking the mystery of the keys

Ronda Rich's picture

At Mama’s house, which is now my office, I found a tea cup filled with keys, most of them tarnished but all of them a mystery as to what they could unlock.

Now if Mama was still with us and not basking in the glory of the Lord, I can absolutely promise you that she would have no idea where these keys belong. Three sets were on key chains, hinting of a higher level of importance. Read More»

Living in the moment

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

A reader who responded to a recent column about dealing with Parkinson’s disease gave me permission to use her remarks with her name attached. I’m going to share her thoughts, but I think I will not name her since this is such a personal conversation.

It’s enough to say that she is a Fayette native and teacher, married and the mother of three nearly grown children. She is also a gifted writer, so better you should read her words with no intrusion of mine. (I changed her husband’s name.) Read More»

Teams on 'The Apprentice' try to go viral

Michael Boylan's picture

Oh, “The Apprentice,” how frustrating you can be.

I’ve been watching “The Apprentice” this season because Fayetteville resident Kelly Smith Beaty is a contestant. I think it is important to see not only where she finishes, but how she gets there. In the earlier episodes, Kelly has been quiet and in the background. Would that change this week?

No. Read More»

Cursed little sweet gum balls

Rick Ryckeley's picture

It’s fall once again in Georgia. Gone are the high temperatures and humidity of the long Dog Days of August and September. They are replaced with cool, romantic moonlit evenings and even cooler mornings.

Fall brings with it certain rituals unlike any other season. Rituals like driving to the North Georgia mountains to view the rainbow of colors splashed across the landscape, cleaning out gutters, and, of course, raking leaves. But every fall brings something else, something unwelcome around our house: Those cursed little sweet gum balls. Read More»

More than survivors

David Epps's picture

Pope Benedict XVI declared June 2009 to June 2010 to be “The Year of the Priest.” A number of denominations and church-related businesses have set aside each October as “Pastor Appreciation Month.”

The casual observer might wonder, “Why all the fuss? What is so special about being a priest or pastor and how hard could it be?”

The simple truth is that, if a person has been in the pastoral ministry for over five years, he or she is a survivor. As easy as it looks on Sunday, this job is not for the thin-skinned or the faint of heart. Read More»

Koran-burning and the 1st Amendment

Lance McMillian's picture

Let us stipulate from the outset that the Reverend Terry Jones – would-be Koran-burner – is a knuckle-head of the first order. Ideas cannot be destroyed by fire, and the resort to destruction instead of engagement suggests a fear of confronting offensive thoughts with reason, as if the words of the Koran are too strong to survive intellectual challenge.

Still, despite universal agreement on the senselessness of book-burning, no one of note has seriously questioned the right of Jones to perform this stupid act. Until now. Read More»

Haddix: Low Temp & ARC, Part 2

Don Haddix's picture

Here are some more updates on two issues, Low Temp and the TSPLOST.

On Councilwoman Kim Learnard’s letter concerning the Low Temp issue: I debated posting a response because I had hoped we were through discussing this issue. I finally decided some of the errors could not be left standing since they created some false impressions about a number of parties involved.

First, let me say I do not know where the source of the mix of information came from that resulted in the comments. I am making no accusations of any deliberate false statements on anyone’s part. Read More»

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