Editorial

Back then . . . Schoolbus drivers owned their rides

Carolyn Cary's picture

In the mid 1950s there were six school buses in the county, all owned by farmers or small business owners in Fayetteville.

When I came to town in 1966, there were 11 school buses, 10 of them privately owned, one owned by the school board.

In the fall of 2011 there are 210 school buses on the road each day, all owned by the school board.

In talking with one of those privately-owned bus owners, Reuben Knowles, he told me that he was responsible for its maintenance and liability insurance. Read More»

Emergence of Fluoridegate – Part III

Ben Nelms's picture

It was reported a few months ago in this column that something called Fluoridegate is on the horizon. The issue was and is the consumption of fluoride in drinking water and other sources and the deleterious health effects that result from it. The column also stated that the handwriting is on the wall for the days of water fluoridation. The dawning of that day has begun. Read More»

The new government religion: Regionalism

Cal Beverly's picture

Remember these two principles of folks with a conservative or libertarian world-view? “That government is best which governs least.” And “local government is the most representative because it is closest to the people it governs.”

And let’s throw in a third principle enunciated by the late Democrat Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill (a liberal, back before that word was replaced by “progressive”): “All politics is local.” Read More»

Election season memories: First vote was for Ike

Carolyn Cary's picture

It’s election time, and I am reminded of the first time I was old enough to vote.

In Ohio, you had to be 21 years of age to vote. The year was 1952 and it was a national election. I voted for the first time by voting for Dwight D. Eisenhower.

I have made every effort to vote in each election since, whether national or local. The only Fayette County elections I have not bothered with were when the mayor and council in Fayetteville would be running unopposed. Read More»

What I Will be doing for 9-11

Carolyn Cary's picture

This is what I Will be doing to honor the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11th:

I Will pray for those family members who were left motherless, fatherless, brother-less, sister-less from the deaths of nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

I Will continue to be a volunteer in my community.

I Will spend the day thinking about all the friends and acquaintances I have lost this year.

I Will pray for the safety of our men and women in military uniform.

I Will pray for those first responders who worked at Ground Zero and now have cancer. Read More»

Part 2: What does ‘essential’ mean locally?

Cal Beverly's picture

We began a conversation last week about defining the essential functions of local government. I placed as my number one priority public safety.

I have since been challenged online about what “essential” really means. The assertion was that I define “essential” based on my biases. So let’s see if we can come to a common agreement on our terms.

Let me be more precise: I define “essential” as closer to an absolute rather than a relative term.

For example, judge between these two choices: Read More»

Local government: What is essential?

Cal Beverly's picture

I pose the big question in the headline above so that we can begin a discussion about what we can reasonably expect from our local governments. This is part one.

Before that, let’s focus on one single word that forms the basis for all the laws of economics: Scarcity.

Economist Thomas Sowell (the wisest man in the Western Hemisphere, in my opinion) puts it this way: “What does ‘scarce’ mean? It means that what everybody wants adds up to more than there is. ... There has never been enough to satisfy everybody completely.” Read More»

The media vs. the Secret Service

Carolyn Cary's picture

Not too many reporters get to have lunch with former first lady, Laura Bush. My colleague, Gwen Griffin, and I were appointed to do just that.

Of course we had no idea where we were going, so after Sunday School I had a friend drive me to the Georgia International Convention site so I could have a clue on Monday.

We had to turn our cameras in way ahead of time so the Secret Service could take them apart. No one was allowed in the building before 10:30 a.m. so the Secret Service could sweep the room. Read More»

What to make of our Fayette governments

Cal Beverly's picture

First of all, the two local governments that seem to be working most efficiently and with the most careful stewardship of the taxpayers’ money are Fayetteville and Tyrone. Read More»

Local officials and the party that always wins

Cal Beverly's picture

What relation do stated political party affiliations have with positions taken by many — maybe most — local elected officials?

Answer: No relationship whatsoever to the votes and non-votes that matter the most.

For example, forget that all five Fayette County commissioners run on the Republican ballot. At least four of the five are really joint members of the real but unnamed party that controls Fayette County: The Government Party. Read More»

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