Opinion

Domestic warriors

David Epps's picture

Ever since the first Gulf War way back in 1991, the churches I have served have set aside a special day to honor our military veterans. Most of the time we set a time for a special observance on the 4th of July. A couple of times, the veterans were recognized on Memorial Day.

Last year, we finally settled on the most appropriate day to honor these brave men and women — Veteran’s Day. Yet, there’s another group of heroic men and women who put their lives at risk day after day that we have not recognized every year. Read More»

Book covers

Rick Ryckeley's picture

My three brothers, The Sister, and me spent seven magical years growing up at 110 Flamingo Street. During that time, both Mom and Dad dispensed a lot of advice, hoping some of it would eventually sink into our hard heads. And trust me, I got one of the hardest, otherwise I wouldn’t have survived those seven magical years of adventures (and misadventures).

Some of my parents’ advice was indeed followed. Some was simply ignored (I still wear the scars from those decisions) and some is still trying to sink in. So what was the most sage advice given by my parents you may ask? Read More»

Air power’s siren song — again

Dr. Earl Tilford's picture

In the early morning of Sept. 23, 2014, American air forces — joined by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Jordan — began striking targets in Syria as part of ongoing operations against the terrorist group ISIS.

Nearly a week earlier, Sept. 17, 2014, marked the U.S. Air Force’s 67th anniversary as a separate service. It remains the world’s foremost military instrument capable of striking globally in support of American national security interests. Read More»

Campus sexual assaults

Cal Thomas's picture

College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, “The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. ... One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker.” Read More»

Lift the offshore drilling moratorium

Benita Dodd's picture

President Obama’s recent move to allow seismic exploration of oil and gas reserves offshore Georgia and the Atlantic Coast has left many hopeful that the offshore drilling moratorium currently in place may soon be lifted. A new study by University of Wyoming energy economist Dr. Tim Considine indicates the degree to which such a move would benefit Georgians and our Mid-Atlantic counterparts. Read More»

Southern Living and changes

Ronda Rich's picture

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved – Southern Living – changed. Like most Southerners, I have an aversion to change, which is why our traditions have such strangle-hold. We never let go.

Warily, I eyed it for the first couple of months. The layout changed, bringing a fresher, more modern feel while new features were added that included fashion and profiles yet retaining recipes, home decor, and gardening advice. Read More»

Somebody doesn’t know what’s up

In the Sept. 24, 2014 issue of The Citizen, the headline article on Page 1 was entitled, “Young adults wave goodbye to Fayette.” On Page 3 there was an article entitled, “Peachtree City prepares for 1,329 new residents.”

The first article noted that Fayette County leads the nation in the exodus of millennials (age 28 and younger) that are leaving for other communities.

The second article noted that the proposed Crestwood subdivision would have 650 “age-restricted units for persons 55 and up” (almost half of the proposed 1,329 units). Read More»

Seeing cops through race-colored glasses

In response to David Browning, “How could cop shoot unarmed man 6 times?”

Easy.

Just like the two East Point, Ga., officers tazed a man they caught up with after chasing him down. A man who was unarmed, out of breath, sitting on the ground, fully winded and presenting no immediate danger to the two officers. Yet they tazed [shocked]this partially incapacitated man so many times he died.

How could two cops taze an unarmed man so many times he died? Read More»

Youth football game raises sportsmanship questions

This weekend, the 10-year Rec Chiefs took to Riley Field to face their fourth opponent of the year. There was a good crowd and the cheerleaders were there. The boys, most of whom are playing football for the first time this year, were excited for a good game. Read More»

BP, lawyers and the environmental trough

I would like to give another side to David Browning’s letter of Sept. 17. In the first place I would not consider it gross negligence, only negligence. It could be gross negligence not drilling for oil off the coast of California that regularly washes up on the beaches because of natural leaching from the ocean floor. Read More»