Editorial

Remembering Mom’s baking

Carolyn Cary's picture

Things I take pleasure in remembering: when my mother baked pies, after rolling out what she needed for the crust, she would slice the remaining dough into 2-inch wide strips. The strips would be plastered with a cinnamon mixture and rolled up and baked. I can still remember that delicious smell.

My dad worked evenings at Firestone when I was in grade school. He was usually still sleeping when I went to school in the mornings. But if it was raining he would get up early and drive me to school. Read More»

What’s the big deal about beliefs anyway?

Cal Beverly's picture

If the contingent of Fayette Free Thought Society members and supporters of newly appointed Fayette Board of Education Chairman Leonard Presberg thought they needed to turn out in strength to protect him from harm — whether mental or physical — from rabid, Jesus-spouting Christians last week, they needn’t have bothered.

The few Christians who showed up at the Peachtree City Library Community Room to question Presberg on his beliefs and worldview were easily outnumbered, mostly silenced and maybe even intimidated by Presberg’s vocal platoon. Read More»

Annual ‘thank you’ comes from the heart

Judy Fowler Kilgore's picture

I thought I might not get a chance to write this this year ... what with other things taking up space and my trying to frantically get out of here on Mondays by dark ... I’m like Mr. Magoo after dark and, if it’s raining after dark, I am a menace on the road. Read More»

The prices of some things, and their costs . . .

Carolyn Cary's picture

I always seem to be on the short end of the stick. If I want to buy something special for a family member, they have just sold the last one.

I’m allergic to a number of perfume scents, and when I find one I can tolerate, and the bottle runs out, it seems they no longer make it. I can search from store to store, not a bottle can be found anywhere.

This lot in life also seems to apply to any book I am associated with. Read More»

District voting and ‘smaller is better’ logic

Cal Beverly's picture

Some readers and online posters have made a case for the ultimate logic of small district voting in the aftermath of the court-forced change in the way Fayette voters choose their representatives to the Fayette County Board of Education.

I suspect those who support the change tend to support the NAACP’s lawsuit contention that a black minority has been denied the right to choose their own representative to the board because Fayette’s at-large voting for all five districts dilutes their voting power.

That’s a separate issue, so first let’s take the district arguments on their merits. Read More»

Free thoughts about freethought chairman (updated)

Cal Beverly's picture

[ADDENDUM and update follows below this column.] — In the aftermath of last week’s momentous votes by the Fayette County Board of Education, I’m still puzzled.

First, the four members of the board in early November interviewed seven volunteers for the opening on the board created by the Sept. 22 death of Post 5 member Sam Tolbert.

By mid-November, they made their choice unanimously: Leonard Presberg.
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Lawsuit surrender, Dial’s ambitions, parties

Cal Beverly's picture

The curious and the curiouser: Enquiring minds want to know . . .

The Fayette County Board of Education has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in capitulating to the NAACP district voting lawsuit shakedown, a suit totally unwinnable by the Democrats on the face of it.

As a result of members Terri Smith, Janet Smola and Leonard Presberg, every Fayette County voter has just been 80 percent disenfranchised. Read More»

The tempest over Tebowing; TSA travails

Carolyn Cary's picture

I’m confused about all the attention recently paid to Tim Tebow, as regards his religious faith.

While there are not many occasions in which I am asked if I’m a Christian, I do not hesitate to reply yes, if it comes up. While I have been on Atlanta television stations a few times over the last 25 or 30 years, the subject of religion was not the subject of the interview. But if it had, I would not hesitate to discuss the subject. Read More»

‘Nonpartisan’? Who are you kidding?

Cal Beverly's picture

It was not for nothing that wags once said, “Lock up your women and children and bury your gold in a safe hiding place. The Georgia General Assembly is in session.”

I often wonder how bad would it be, really, if one year the legislature just simply did not convene. How bad could it be that all those lawyers and oh-so-helpful legislators would just stay home and confine their helpfulness to their immediate family?

Oh, well, one can dream. Read More»

Christmas: The possibilities of hope

Cal Beverly's picture

It’s Christmas. Unabashedly, unashamedly, unapologetically Christmas.

And this is a Christmas column.

This is a season that lends itself to sentimentality. But beneath that layer, let’s look at the basic impulse that drives this season: Giving, because of love.

The basis of this season is love that is expressed in giving something that costs the giver but expects nothing in return.

That’s not natural. But that’s the essence of Christmas. Read More»