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Gerrymandering a map swings both ways

Bonnie Willis's picture

There it was, front cover news in The Citizen, “Fayette Commission to ponder court’s district voting map Tues.”

Given the litany of county maps we have seen in recent years, I think it is safe to say that this is a classic example of gerrymandering a map if we have ever seen one, particularly for District 5. Read More»

Men of war

Ronda Rich's picture

We had a funeral at church the other day, which was not unusual. Rodney laid his work aside and came to direct the choir. That, too, was not unusual. I sang in the choir. Now that was very unusual.

Because it was a Saturday and many faithful choir members, including my sister, had obligated to something else a few weeks before, Rodney was a bit worried about having enough people to sing “I’ll Meet You In The Morning.” Though everyone knows that I can’t sing, I can dress up and put on a black suit and move my lips so I quit smack dab in the midst of cleaning my closet and off I went. Read More»

Failing to plan makes Atlanta look bad

John Munford's picture

Let’s dub our Tuesday weather excursion “Freakslick.” Just like the party of the same name, it led to gridlock on Atlanta highways and roads. Heck, our roads here too in Fayette County to a fair extent.

Unleashing that volume of traffic on Atlanta without snow and ice would’ve been bad enough on the finest of summer days. But pile on a heaping helping of nonexistent planning on top of snow and ice ... and you have a national embarrassment for the Atlanta area, and sadly yes that includes you and me. Read More»

Slumber party

Rick Ryckeley's picture

During those seven years spent growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, it’s true that I learned a bunch about life, people, and worldly things. Even so, fully understanding some concepts did escape my grasp. The idea of the slumber party was as baffling then as it is now. Read More»

Snowpocalypse

David Epps's picture

As far as snows go, the recent snow wasn’t much. Where I live, in Coweta County, Ga., the accumulation amounted to 2.5 inches. In northeastern Tennessee, where I grew up, the snow was 5 inches.

Compared to what the folks in the North experience on a regular basis, our local blizzard was a mere dusting. In Colorado, where I used to live, I actually got caught driving a Ford Escort in a blizzard over the Rocky Mountains between Denver and Grand Junction. That snowfall was measured in feet. Read More»

Atlanta image taking a beating in the 2014 Icecapades

John Munford's picture

How bad is it? It's so bad that even folks up north are watching the news, shaking their heads, and saying "Bless Their Heart."

Here in the Atlanta area, there's a different kind of blessing going on, as reporters are channeling the rage of those who were stuck spending the night in schools, on school buses stranded in the road, and commuters who faced times upwards of 7 to 10 and even 12 (twelve!) hours home if not more. The reporters are unleashing on Gov. Nathan Deal, who made the unfortunate remark that this snowstorm was "unexpected." Read More»

Answering some FAQs I get

Bonnie Willis's picture

It has been my honor to write articles that appear in The Citizen for the past year and a half. This paper does a great service to our community by providing this forum for us to engage and dialog on issues of the day. Many people within the community have graciously expressed their appreciation for this column, and for that I am truly grateful.
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Fayette seniors subjected to legal abuse

Claude Paquin's picture

Rule 1.8 (h) of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers provides that “a lawyer shall not make an agreement prospectively limiting the lawyer’s liability to a client for malpractice unless permitted by law and the client is independently represented in making the agreement.” Read More»

NY Gov. Cuomo: Conservatives, get out

Cal Thomas's picture

Everyone “knows” it is conservatives who are mean-spirited, intolerant, censors of speech with which they don’t agree, anti-gay, anti-black and anti just about everything else, right? We know this because the left keeps telling us so.

Which is why in this era of increasingly corrosive language — note the overuse of the f-word in the film “The Wolf of Wall Street” — and acidic political discourse, recent comments by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), ought to shock and outrage everyone, regardless of party affiliation or ideology. Read More»

Fact-free liberals, Part 3: The war on poverty

Thomas Sowell's picture

Since this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the “war on poverty,” we can expect many comments and commemorations of this landmark legislation in the development of the American welfare state.

The actual signing of the “war on poverty” legislation took place in August 1964, so the 50th anniversary is some months away. But there have already been statements in the media and in politics proclaiming that this vast and costly array of anti-poverty programs “worked.” Read More»