Opinion

Thoughts on National Day of Prayer

Bonnie Willis's picture

We live in an era in American history where the powers that be seem to be divorcing public life from our religious heritage. So, I am relieved that our nation, on Thursday, May 1st, once again, is recognizing the National Day of Prayer.

This event shows that as a nation we are not too proud, too educated, or (seemingly) too powerful to pray. Still, national surveys seem to indicate that many within our nation are becoming less religious, and with this non-religious perspective I implicitly hear the question, why is it necessary to pray publicly? Read More»

What is your role in the Fayette Visioning Initiative?

Robert Ross's picture

While the Fayette Visioning Initiative’s steering committee is hard at work incorporating citizen ideas into a final draft vision statement, it’s the perfect time to look at the respective roles of this 40-member steering committee and Fayette County citizens at large.

The steering committee certainly doesn’t have a corner on the market for good ideas — that’s a responsibility shared among all of us in the county. Read More»

The high cost of liberalism — Part III

Thomas Sowell's picture

Income inequality has long been one of the liberals’ favorite issues. So there is nothing surprising about its being pushed hard this election year.

If nothing else, it is a much-needed distraction from the disasters of Obamacare and the various IRS, Benghazi and other Obama administration scandals. Read More»

Obama’s foreign policy: Poof!

Cal Thomas's picture

You know things are bad when you can’t wait for the return of a TV character to demonstrate what resolve and leadership really look like. Yes, after a four-year hiatus, the show “24,” featuring Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland), returns May 5 to the Fox network.

Bauer displays many of the traits once found in, or at least expected of, American presidents and top military leaders. He doesn’t waffle or wiggle; neither does he negotiate. He wins. If you think I am about to draw a contrast between Bauer and the current president of the United States, you are right. Read More»

Crazy in the genes

Ronda Rich's picture

My grandmother — Daddy’s mother — was sometimes called “crazy” by others who didn’t quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.

Who wants to be completely normal and boring? Read More»

More histrionics from Learnard

Tax revenue funds everything from the Sheriff’s Department and our judiciary system to schools and water treatment.

Since the commissioners and Board of Education are responsible for approving budgets that support those activities, it seems most appropriate that the Development Authority would at least advise them of a deal that has a major impact on their revenue projections ... in this case, a glaring 20-year impact. Read More»

Haddix gone but Ms. Learnard quarrels on

For the life of me, I can’t understand why the City Council of Peachtree City has turned into the epicenter of fighting and negativity.

[Council members] Kim Learnard and Vanessa Fleisch fought with former Mayor Haddix over and over again for four years. Don Haddix is gone and everyone thought that if we just got rid of him it would all go away; yet the fighting continues!

I’m not sure why Kim feels that hurling insults at the Fayette County Commission is a good idea, but I wish someone would tell her that she is making us look bad AGAIN around the metro region. Read More»

McIntosh HS needs more than a facelift

I recently read the article in your paper (“PTC’s McIntosh High School to receive a facelift”) about the $900,000 the Fayette County Board of Education is planning to spend on a glass walkway between buildings so the kids won’t have to walk downstairs to get to another part of the school. Read More»

‘A passionate, vocal minority ruled on fire consolidation’

Now that I have your attention, allow me to explain. We did indeed have a packed house, perhaps 250 or more people, to attend the special CALLED meeting (not an emergency meeting) to discuss Fire Department consolidation, and I am glad that our citizens are passionate. Passion for our community is part of what makes Fayetteville such a great place to live.

Nevertheless, those who came and spoke against fire consolidation only represent a very small portion (by definition, a minority) of the total population of Fayetteville (which is somewhere between 16,000 and 17,000 at this time). Read More»

Lawsuit appeal funds could be better used for education

Recently our school board announced that they will appeal the recent U.S. District Court decision requiring district voting for Fayette County. While I agree that it is better to have all five school board members accountable to the entire community, I have to question whether this is a good use of our scarce school tax dollars. Read More»

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