Editorial

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

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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»

How bad is it? Well, just let me tell you . . .

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Just for fun, here is a gleaning of opinions that go under the general headings of “How bad is ...?” and “What now?”

How bad is our national jobless situation? This from Mort Zuckerman of U.S. News and World Report:

“Altogether, the 9 percent headline figure is an illusory portrait of the situation across the country, representing 13,863,000 men and women out of work. What happens if you add to that the 8.4 million ‘involuntary’ part-time employed, whose hours have been cut back? Then you get a household unemployment rate slightly under 17 percent. ... Read More»

Emergence of Fluoridegate (Part II)

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“We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” — Edward Bernays, the “father of public relations” (Propaganda, 1928, ch.1)

If there’s no problem with fluoride, then why is the warning label on you tube of toothpaste? Unless you use fluoride-free toothpaste, you are supposed to call your doctor or poison control if you, or your child, swallow more than a pea-sized amount. The reason: fluoride is a poison. Read More»

Emergence of Fluoridegate (Part I)

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“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who can’t read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler

As Americans, we have been taught from birth to love and respect our country. This is good. In America, many people have long believed that the federal government was on their side. That view has eroded somewhat in previous decades and even more lately. Read More»

The blessing of ‘paying it forward’

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I have long believed in the premise of “paying it forward” long before the movie of the same name came out.

The feeling of doing something nice for someone, especially a total stranger, and their never knowing it was you, is richly rewarding.

I have a December birthday and one of the local restaurants had emailed me a coupon for a free hamburger. Now, their hamburgers are priced at $10, and, yes, it comes with fries. I picked out one that came with melted Swiss cheese and mushrooms. Read More»

Chatt Hills raises funds for parks — privately

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We’ve just completed an election that, at least in some ways, pitted large government against small government. This has been going on since the founding of this country and likely won’t end anytime soon.

And, admittedly or not, while some do not want government intrusion and government control, many do want government (large or small) to solve some of their problems.

But there is a local example showing that the citizens of a community can exert their resolve and accomplish what will not or cannot be accomplished by government. That example is Chattahoochee Hills. Read More»

2 years ago vs. today

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Two years ago this week — November 2008 — I wrote the following words in this space:

“Important election at a time of crisis:

“I can remember one other election since 1964 that has as much import as this year’s: 1980 and the seismic shift to a man of hope, Ronald Reagan.

“The nation was changed dramatically — many would say for the better. Read More»

Tea Party AWOL on local nanny governments

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Query: If all politics is local — as many say — have local Tea Partiers gone blind to over-reaching government in their own backyards?

Or are Tea Partiers effectively co-opted by local pols’ self-serving participation in the local Tea Party groups and thus prevented from seeing any evil in governments smaller than state level?

If so, smaller-government activists are missing prime targets for their blunt weapons.

Exhibit in point: Peachtree City’s government by survey. Read More»

A column of ‘what ifs’

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Something different this week, something that may prove uncomfortable for many of you.

I expect some of my readers who profess different faiths — or no faith at all — to disagree, discount or otherwise disregard this particular installment. To you who disagree, I mean good will toward you, and I hope you will re-join me at a future date.

This will be a column of “what ifs.”

But first, some background — ancient background. Read More»

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