Opinion

Haddix: Brown should have stopped Barlow

You cannot avoid politics and religion. It is impossible because everyone believes in something.

By definition and per the Supreme Court, even atheism is a religion.

Everyone has a political position. On donhaddix.com I talk about Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and Tea Parties.

The controversy involving Commissioner David Barlow and Chairman Steve Brown involves both.

The two county newspapers, including the blog of one, have covered the statements by Barlow attacking Democrats at the commission meeting as well as the NAACP on Facebook. They also contain Brown’s comments. Read More»

Fayette is spouting stormwater propaganda

According to the Nov. 5 article in The Citizen, Steve Brown and Steve Rapson would like us to believe that through their efforts they are caring for Fayette County citizens. These county leaders initiated three meetings in 2013 with citizens concerned about the county’s levy against them for stormwater management.

The following example indicates how these county leaders falsify statements and lead the people into believing that the county is going forward to help private citizens with their problems. Read More»

Showing a classic

Carolyn Cary's picture

This week is the 75th anniversary of the movie “Gone With The Wind.” The book was released in May, 1936 to Book Club members and in June, 1936, to the general public. It was the middle of the Depression and $3.00 for a book was a bit pricey. Many went together and kicked in a quarter each to make the purchase.

The movie came out in December, 1939 with its premier in Atlanta on Dec. 15 It is reported that when an actress from England was chosen for the top female role, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Florida commented, “at least it wasn’t a Yankee”. Read More»

Christmas cards

David Epps's picture

Christmas cards

Finally, I finished all my Christmas cards! This year I sent out about 250 cards to members of my family, my church family, clergy in the diocese, and several military chaplains — oh, and several friends and other clergy colleagues.

It is an annual ritual that I try to start work on around the first of November. This year I didn’t get started until Dec. 3. But the cards are all in the mail now and I have breathed a sigh of relief. Read More»

A toyless Christmas

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Ask any parent. There’s just about nothing better than watching a child’s face on Christmas morning.

Parents, awakened early, are dragged out of bed and pulled down hallways by children excited to see if Santa actually stopped by their house during the night.

Smiles on little faces seem to grow wide with wonder as each present under the Christmas tree is unwrapped and revealed.

Yes, the face of a child on Christmas morning is truly unforgettable, and it’s almost always happy — almost. Read More»

New conversation on race? Leave me out of it

Terry Garlock's picture

I have read in newspapers and watched TV talking heads make one plea after another for a conversation on race. Another one? Well, no thanks. I am a bit weary of “reform” quests built on the foundation of deception and denial.

The President says we need police reforms, like sensitivity training and each officer wearing a camera, because black communities don’t trust police.

Keep in mind this is the same President who says we must reform immigration because the system is broken, failing to mention he is the very one who broke the system by refusing to enforce existing immigration law. Read More»

Is law optional?

Thomas Sowell's picture

The fiasco of “Rolling Stone” magazine’s apology for an unsubstantiated claim of gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house — and the instant rush to judgment of the university administration in shutting down all fraternities, when those charges were made — should warn us about the dangers of having serious legal issues dealt with by institutions with no qualifications for that role.

Rape is a crime. It belongs in a criminal justice courtroom. And those found guilty belong behind bars for a long time. Read More»

Ryan’s hope for Congress

Cal Thomas's picture

Like two predatory animals circling each other, Republicans and Democrats are trying to sort out the meaning of last month’s election and plan strategies for the remaining days of the current Congress and the new one in which Republicans will hold majorities in both houses.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), soon to be chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, spoke with me about the election and his party’s strategy going forward. Read More»

Old money & old yards

Ronda Rich's picture

Sometimes, I look across our yard and sigh somewhat woefully, “Too much of that stubborn red Georgia clay shines through.” I think, “Oh, one day ...”

This I have been thinking for six or seven years. I’d love for grass to grow where the orangey-redness dominates and the rocks glitter in the unblinking sun. It takes hard work, money, dedication, and water to do what I’d like to do. I can supply the hard work and much of the dedication but the money and water are bosses unto themselves. Read More»

I lost four-fifths of my vote in ‘success’

This is in response to Mr. Jones’ letters in the Dec. 3 issue of The Citizen.

If you rig an event such that the outcome is inevitable, is it considered a success? If you did that in professional sports or gaming enterprises, you’d be charged with criminal activity.

But the NAACP thinks their federally “rigged” ghetto to be a success: the majority-minority 5th district of Fayette County, Ga., elected a black person. Like Gomer Pyle was want to say, “Well, surprise, surprise.” And this is cause for celebration? Read More»