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'Dawn" of the Missed Opportunity

The Citizen's picture

By Kevin Thomas

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Sequels can be a mixed bag. Occasionally, a sequel can rise above its predecessor (“The Godfather Part Two” and “The Dark Knight” are examples of this), but most of the time, sequels do not meet the expectations set by their predecessors, sometimes to glaringly disappointing effect. I am extremely sad to report that “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” falls in the latter category. Read More»

From 'Appearances' to 'Foyle'

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

I’m finally of an age that I should be allowed to watch whatever television program(s) I wish without apology or explanation.

Yet here I am trying to figure out why I am delving into what feels like a visit to the confessional. “And the envelope, please?”

It takes a little time to build up a “must-watch” list strong enough to make me say with a straight face, “I’m sorry, we have plans for that evening.”

Smile.

Sorry. Read More»

Just a storyteller

David Epps's picture

A friend was telling me that, not long ago, he was in a group undergoing training at a local hospital. The members of the group were instructed to introduce themselves and share some personal information, including where they attended church.

My friend said that he attended Christ the King.

A lady in the group said, “Oh, I know that church. The pastor is David Epps. He’s the guy who writes articles about himself in the paper.”

My friend shared this with me, getting a good laugh in the process. I wasn’t offended or insulted. I was intrigued. Read More»

We have to talk

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Want to really get your kids’ attention this summer? Walk up to them and say, “We have to talk.” Add a “young man” or “young lady” before or after that phrase and watch them cringe with fear.

Throughout life, no matter who says it, “We have to talk” is never good to hear. My first encounter with those words was a long, long time ago, on a familiar street, not so far away. Read More»

Hobby Lobby: Where the real war is

Bonnie Willis's picture

I am thankful for last week’s 5 to 4 Supreme Court decision that rejected the federal government case against Hobby Lobby. At issue was Hobby Lobby’s ability to eliminate certain birth control options covered by their healthcare plan due to its religious beliefs.

Prior to the decision, and subsequent to the passage of the healthcare law (ACA or Obamacare), Hobby Lobby was faced with essentially four options.

The first was to simply comply with the federal government, avoid all penalties, fees, and legal costs, but betray their sincerely held religious beliefs. Read More»

Our vision: Improving the place where we live

Robert Ross's picture

Today we wrap up our four-week series highlighting some of the compelling goals and key actions offered in the vision plan adopted by the Fayette Visioning Initiative Steering Committee in June.

The adoption of the vision statement and plan marks the end of phase two of the seven-month visioning process begun in December and reflects considerable public input and perspective. Read More»

The Constitution’s abuser-in-chief

Terry Garlock's picture

Last Friday we celebrated with parades and fireworks the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s masterful 1776 Declaration of Independence, a timeless document that informed the world of our inherent right to abolish a royal ruling class and to govern ourselves.

That 240-year-old document has inspired other revolutions of self-determination, but the world has changed a great deal. How relevant to our lives today were the events of the late 18th century that gave our country birth? Read More»

Grace, always grace

Mark Westmoreland's picture

As I consider the Christian faith, I find certain fundamentals we all proclaim, and as I sort through those fundamentals, one concept that seems to capture them all, one idea, one doctrine, one experience, one word: Grace.

It’s a word sometimes misunderstood, sometimes abused, sometimes conveniently forgotten, but once embraced, its beauty and power are undeniable. It is what I believe; it is what I preach, however clumsily; and in my best moments it is what I seek to live.

Grace begins in the heart of God. Read More»

Georgia in a film boom town mode

Barton Bond's picture

The rapid and large-scale growth of the film industry in Georgia is resulting in some of the same types of classic effects experienced through the history of the U.S. – specifically, the growing pains associated with “Boom Towns.” Read More»

U.S.’s DNA: The Federalist Papers

Cal Thomas's picture

There are many ways to lose freedom — conquering armies, surrendering without a fight. Unfortunately, we are currently surrendering our freedom, not to a foreign power, but to our own government.

The growth, reach, and cost of big government is happening before our eyes and eroding our liberty, largely because too many Americans are not familiar with the brilliant system of government our Founders established. Progressives prefer a “living Constitution,” which is constantly changing to conform to their ideology. What it is not is the Constitution established by the Founders. Read More»

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