Opinion

BoE’s Todd responds to criticism of innovation grant ‘no’

I read the recent article giving the response from each of the candidates for Post 4 on the Fayette Board of Education concerning the recent vote to not apply for a grant from the state. I was one of the three that did not vote to apply for the grant. Dr. [Barry] Marchman has given the major financial reasons for a no vote. The additional reasons for my no vote are given in the following paragraphs.

Part of the proposal called for the removal of second- and third-year courses for Health Sciences/Occupations from the high schools to be placed in a separately located newly renovated space. Read More»

Loggers gone, big, expensive mess left

[A few] days ago a reporter from a television station knocked at the door wanting to interview the owner of the house about the 60-foot-in-diameter-by-12-foot-high stack of trees in the front yard.

Just back in September a man rang the doorbell, and when I answered told me that he was from a logging company and was offering to cut down and remove trees in the yard at no cost. Read More»

Student growth model: What does it really measure?

Here are some comments about Wednesday’s article with the new test scores:

Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) — What does it really measure?

The Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) does not measure what the average person thinks of when they hear the word “growth.”

If the height of a plant was 3 inches last week and 5 inches this week, we would say that it grew 2 inches during the week. That is what we think of when we hear the word growth. Read More»

Public relations...

Ronda Rich's picture

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn’t know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical, and quite a bully.

Stories abounded of his greed including how once he cheated a man out of a piece of land then sold it at quite a profit. He financed it so when the buyer ran into money woes, he quickly reclaimed it and sold it again. The couple of times I crossed his path, it was not pleasant so I preferred to steer clear and in that, I was not alone. Read More»

Big Stone Gap

David Epps's picture

Some months ago, I came across an article about an upcoming movie, “Big Stone Gap.” The movie is to feature Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg in key roles. Based on a novel of the same name, the author is Adriana Trigiani, who grew up in the real life town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The book centers around the life of the main character, Ava Maria Mulligan. I was intrigued because Big Stone Gap is only about 35 miles across the state line from Kingsport, Tenn., where I grew up. Read More»

Gated district

We’ve finally made it. The Wife and me, we now live in a gated community with not one, but two guards. Positioned on either side, they issue orders to either open or close the gates. All who wish to enter or leave must, of course, obey their commands.

Once inside, if you dare to leave without permission or proper notification, then not one, but two different alarms will sound. And trust me, those alarms are extremely loud and impossible to ignore. Read More»

On the eve of the vote count . . .

Cal Beverly's picture

Here we are again: One nation, divided, with varying degrees of liberty and justice. And we get to vote on what — and who — comes next.

A check with the Elections Board office reveals that more than 9,000 Fayette residents have already cast their ballots, making them immune to whatever attack ads and vile campaign tricks are spewed in the coming week.

Immune because they’ve already voted, and can’t ask for a do-over. Read More»

Our civic duty

Greg Moffatt's picture

I began writing this column in 1994, so this year is my 20th as a columnist and I’ve always had a personal rule that I would address issues only as they pertain to families and children.

I catalog copies of my various columns by topic. Political discourses have shown up several times over the years, but it is my goal when I address politics to be objective, nonpartisan, and to make the application to families.  Read More»

Help for Middle East Christians

Cal Thomas's picture

American Christians have been slow to the point of near silence when it comes to speaking out about the atrocities committed against their fellow believers by the Islamic State in Iraq (ISIS). The Jewish people are much better models in solidarity when Jews are persecuted.

Members of ISIS have targeted Christian churches, destroyed symbols of Christian faith and killed Christians because of their beliefs, but from American Christians we hear very little. Even President Obama, a self-described Christian, rarely speaks about the persecuted. Read More»

Scattered recipes

Ronda Rich's picture

My husband was out of town, working on location, when he called one night and discovered that I was still working though the hour had grown late.

“What on earth are you doing?” he asked.

“You won’t believe it,” I replied. “Because I don’t believe it. I am going through all the recipes I have torn out of magazines over the years I have lived in this house and am filing them in books.”

Do you do this? Do you flip through magazines or newspapers and find a recipe, tear it out, then stuff it in a drawer somewhere? And, worse than that, never give it a try? Read More»

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