Opinion

Council harmony breath of fresh air

There were a number of reasons why I considered running for City Council. One was I was tired of listening to the unprofessional bickering between some of the sitting council members at that time.

I made my final decision to run for a council seat after witnessing yet another shouting match between a couple of council members at a council meeting.

I was determined that, if elected, I would do all I could to bring the council together as a professional team that worked towards a common goal of bettering our community. Read More»

America’s fights are always about freedom

It’s been my privilege the past few months to work along with pastor Dr. Knox Herdon on his American Heritage Museum. The museum is nothing but a trailer that can be hauled from place to place to display the history of America from the Revolutionary War up until the War on Terror.

No matter what time period you might be looking at inside of that museum, you’ll note that every American fighting for this nation was fighting for “freedom.” Read More»

An ode to Velveeta

I have — at long last — found a reason for the existence of Sprawl Mart, also known as “China Incorporated.”

If you’re not a Southerner, either by birth or adoption, the following may mean little to you; however, Sprawl Mart seems to be the only place in Peachtree City where one can purchase Velveeta Shredded cheese. Read More»

Picture a big wooden sign off Hwy. 54: ‘Pineywood’

Many are talking about the new Fayette Pinewood Studios. The thinking is that this will open up doors to a lot of new indirectly related businesses in the area and that it will basically change the face of Fayette.

This new industry will not only bring movie production, but spills over with the need for a ton of other business endeavors from hair styling and construction needs to business expertise and entertainment sources, and on and on.

Let’s face it, a whole empire of newness surrounds the movie industry. The face of Fayette most likely will change. Read More»

A gathering of spirits

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

This column originally appeared in April, 1998.

As we headed home, in 1998, from that surprising region of glaciers, waterfalls, forest and sea, starry nights and long, long days that comprise Alaska, we made a final stop in Sitka — for one more surprise. Read More»

When change comes

David Epps's picture

Change is inevitable. It cannot be stopped. It will always happen. Often the change comes when those in authority resign, die, receive new assignments, or otherwise vacant the scene. When this happens, there is almost always some uneasiness, concern, anxiety, and confusion. When change comes, what is one to do? Read More»

Stopping the flood

Rick Ryckeley's picture

At first, it was a just a trickle. There was no real harm being done. After all, who amongst us notices a trickle? A case could be made that the trickle was even beneficial.

Eventually, the trickle turned into a small stream. It was obvious the stream needed to be stopped, but I didn’t say anything. My silence was partly out of fear of what would happen to me and partly because I really didn’t know how to stop it. Read More»

Studdard campaign whizzes on the truth, commits political fraud

Cal Beverly's picture

OPINION — I’m disappointed in David Studdard. He’s running a truth-challenged runoff race against Marty Harbin for the Republican nomination to the Georgia Senate, District 16 (Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Lamar counties).

His robo-calls have been misleading at best, calling himself the “only real” conservative in the race. He’s about as real as watermelon Kool-Aid, having the flavor but none of the substance.

But Studdard represents the old guard of the GOP, desperately clinging to fading power against upstarts like Harbin, Read More»

Environmental Purity Agency

Dr. Marvin Folkertsma's picture

The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade CO2 exhalations from polluting the atmosphere with their climate-changing carbon halitosis.

Call this part of the agency’s 97 percent solution, based on the frequently made claim that the number represents the percentage of scientists who blame climate change on human activity. Read More»

Balkanization beckons

Pat Buchanan's picture

Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Albuquerque in 2001, George W. Bush declared that, as Mexico was a friend and neighbor, “It’s so important for us to tear down our barriers and walls that might separate Mexico from the United States.”

Bush succeeded. And during his tenure, millions from Mexico exploited his magnanimity to violate our laws, trample upon our sovereignty, walk into our country, and remain here.

In 2007, backed by John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Teddy Kennedy and Barack Obama, Bush backed amnesty for the 12 million people who had entered America illegally. Read More»

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