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Amendments on Nov. ballot

Sen. Ronnie Chance's picture

Our state and national constitutions are the foundations upon which our government was established. While the Constitution is a blueprint for how the government is organized, it also defines and protects the rights and liberties of individuals. That’s why the process to change the Constitution was made to be so difficult. Proposed changes must pass both the House and Senate by at least a two-thirds vote. The amendments then go to the people who vote to approve or reject the changes. Read More»

My train ride to New Orleans

Ronda Rich's picture

When the yearning for a weekend trip to New Orleans appeared, much like the late night craving for a bag of potato chips, it took no persuasion to convince Poet to meet me there.

“Name the day and I shall arrive happily,” he declared when the words had barely been released from my lips. “I am, my dear lady, at your beck and call.”

And so, true to his word, the weekend dates I suggested were deemed “perfect” and the plans were put into motion.

“I have a notion,” I said to Poet, “that I shall take the train to New Orleans.” Read More»

The ultimate in recycling

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Two short stories today, both with happy endings.

Alice was the most maternal of our children. She cuddled her dolls, she fed them and scolded them, and grew up to become the most-wanted babysitter in young Peachtree City. All three of the girls babysat, but Alice was the one people asked for when they called.

Dave’s parents traveled a lot – his father was a travel agent – and his mother (Alice’s namesake) picked up dolls she admired because she knew which grandchild would love them.

Soon there were more dolls than Alice could prop up on her bed. Read More»

Vacation rules

Rick Ryckeley's picture

After four days in the North Carolina mountains with The Wife, I came back rested, relaxed, and with an updated list of vacation rules. Yes, dear reader, even vacations have rules. And if you want an enjoyable relaxing time with your better half, print these out and follow them to the letter. You’ll thank me later.

To start, this is not a complete list of rules. To print all of them would take too much space, so I’ve listed the most important ones. Those would be the ones that came up during last week’s trip. Read More»

Criminally annoying

David Epps's picture

Nicole Polizzi, known to the world that I apparently do not occupy as “Snooki” from the MTV show “Jersey Shore,” went to court recently on the charge of being criminally annoying. Can you really do that? People can really be arrested for being annoying? Who knew? How cool!

Back to the issue—Snooki, um ... Ms. Polizzi ... was arrested on July 30 for essentially “disturbing the peace” on a beach somewhere in New Jersey. Without getting into the lurid details, let’s just say that Snooki had a bit too much to drink and made a spectacle of herself. Read More»

The arrogance of power and an April morning

Terry Garlock's picture

Whether you are liberal or conservative, you should be troubled by the increasingly common power grabs in our nation’s capital.

Maybe the framers of the U.S. Constitution were particularly insightful on human nature when they gave limited, enumerated powers to the federal government and reserved all other powers for the people and the states. I think the framers feared the corrupting influence of power, having just fought a war for independence from a king who created taxes and laws at the stroke of a pen that oppressed British subjects in America. Read More»

Obama lied, your health plan died

Sally C. Pipes's picture

“If you like your healthcare plan,” pledged President Obama, “you will be able to keep your healthcare plan.”

As the president barnstormed in favor of his health overhaul, that promise was a constant, appearing in speeches, media appearances, and all the administration’s literature. It was a lie.

Earlier this summer, the White House fessed up. By 2013, according to the administration, eight in 10 employer-sponsored health insurance plans could be gone. Read More»

Guardian angel of animals

Ronda Rich's picture

There are those – perhaps many – who would claim that animals do not have a guardian angel. On behalf of my animals, I vehemently disagree. They have one and her name is Jill.

Now, Jill looks as you would expect an angel to look. She is pretty — very pretty, in fact — with dark hair and a beautiful smile that lights up a room and a giggle that will quickly envelope that room and make everyone else giggle.

She is a young wife and mother, but she moonlights as a guardian angel. Thank God for Jill. Read More»

Once, politicians had a sense of humor

Loran Smith's picture

An election year creates excitement, as it always has, but colorful politicians seem to be a relic of the past.

Sometimes you wonder why some politicians aren’t football coaches. They would make fine defensive coordinators. All they do is attack. All that insult and accusation must work because most politicians seem to always be in attack mode.

Little in politics seems to be amusing these days, although there are plenty of shenanigans to turn our heads. Shenanigans are nothing new in politics, however. There was plenty of underhandedness in the old days. Read More»

Honesty

Greg Moffatt's picture

I’ve been a college professor for many years. Every year at least one or two of my students are caught cheating.  They plagiarize term papers, look for answers on other students’ exams, or turn in someone else’s homework as their own. Read More»

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