Remembering great economist

Dr. Tracy C. Miller's picture

Dr. Gary Becker, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1992, died May 3 at the age of 83. I was privileged to be a student of Gary Becker at the University of Chicago in the 1980s. He is well known for applying a rational approach to human behavior in a variety of contexts not previously considered part of economics. One need not fully agree with Becker’s approach to benefit from reading some of the articles and books he wrote. Read More»

Get Georgia moving again on transportation

Benita Dodd's picture

[Editor’s note: A version of this commentary was published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution April 27, 2014.]

Georgia’s economy is picking up, and with it the daily traffic congestion as growing numbers of commuters travel to jobs. Inertia followed the failure of the 2012 transportation sales tax (TSPLOST) in nine of 12 regions, but it’s time to move forward on transportation. Read More»

Abolish the corporate income tax!

Pat Buchanan's picture

News that Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, plans to buy Britain’s AstraZeneca for $106 billion, renounce its U.S. citizenship, and declare itself a British company, has jolted Congress.

Pfizer is being denounced as disloyal to the land of its birth, and politicians are devising ways to stop Pfizer from departing.

Yet Pfizer is not alone. Hedge fund managers are urging giant corporations like Walgreens to go nation-shopping for new residences abroad to evade the 35 percent U.S. corporate income tax. Read More»

The man who was

Ronda Rich's picture

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

The moonshining trio of Raymond Parks, Lloyd Seay and Roy Hall burst out of the north Georgia mountains from Dawson County in the 1930s to combine Seay’s and Hall’s driving skills with Parks’ business ingenuity to participate in a new sport that would become known as NASCAR. Read More»

Comcast needs competition

This past week has been frustrating on so many levels I felt the need to share.

Beginning this past Sunday (May 4), my Comcast cable, Internet, and phone service went out. When I reported the problem, the call center said there was an outage in my area and to periodically check “My Account” for updates.

When I explained I had no service and could not connect, they pretty much threw their hands up in the air. Read More»

Lowry: District vote ruling was not racial

It is amazing that the issue of district voting versus at-large voting has so divided the citizens of Fayette County.

All one has to do is read the comments to my letter to you in the April 30 edition of The Citizen to see this divide.

A lot of this division is perhaps due to the way your newspaper reports this as a “racial issue.”

I’m sure that you know that using “race” as the primary basis for the way you report on the issue, makes The Citizen [to be] the Fox News, Wall Street Journal and the New York Post of Fayette County. Read More»

Anti-Learnard letters display false outrage, high drama

I would like to begin by saying that I agree with Neil Sullivan’s opinion that we please spend education dollars on educating our children and not on lawyers. Point well taken. Now to the business at hand.

As an avid reader of local news, I am disgusted by the four recent letters to the editor from Dienhart, Gainy, Richter and Benson, all claiming that council member Kim Learnard is somehow on the attack. Read More»

PTC Council bitterness a cancer spreading into county

The constant bitterness surrounding the City Council in Peachtree City looks to be a cancer spreading into the rest of the county.

Now that there is no [former mayor] to constantly berate, it appears Councilwoman Learnard is looking for other targets. Unfortunately for the Fayette Board of Commissioners, they appear to be the next target of her wrath.

The commissioners say a prayer before their meetings and I know Learnard had such acts of faith removed from their meetings. Read More»

Losing it

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

I remember promising not to regale you with pitiful complaints about how this, the last portion of my life, is playing out, but since I’m in charge here, I’ll do what I please.
It’s this thing of losing stuff. Losing one’s car in a parking lot: that’s irritating but usually very brief.

Last time it happened to us, right here in the Kroger lot, a man who recognized me for what I have become: a ditzy old lady floating along in space and time,not knowing what the day or date it is. In spite of Dave’s skewering a hollow “golf ball” to the antenna of our small Toyota. Read More»

Small-town dysfunction

David Epps's picture

Generally I stay away from local politics in this column unless something that happens rises to astronomical levels of absurdity — then I may wade into that murky water a bit.

In Grantville, Ga., just a few miles from my home, the antics of the City Council have tweaked the local newspaper in Coweta County enough that there have been several editorials lamenting said absurdity. Last week, the City Council finally got my attention. Read More»