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Texas (partially) explained

Cal Thomas's picture

The cultural and media snobs are trying to explain Texas to those who don’t know the difference between a steer and a bull. If you fall into this category, a steer has been castrated — a bull has not. I’ll leave any analogy to East and West Coast elites for you to sort out. Read More»

Young at heart . . . and looks

Ronda Rich's picture

One morning, I received an email from a reader who began by explaining that her 81-year-old mother was a devoted reader of this column and my books. Read More»

The fix was in for T-SPLOST ‘forum’

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) touted last week’s event at the county’s Stonewall Avenue HQ as a public meeting, but instead presented a two-hour, Madison Avenue sales pitch.

ARC provides technical and staff assistance to the Regional Transportation Roundtable, which is directed by state law to approve a $6.1 billion list of transportation projects that taxpayers in the 10-county Atlanta metro region will be asked next year to pay for. So far, so good. Read More»

Just because we can doesn’t mean we should

“... can you give any plausible reason why a creature with your swinish, apish, jackal tastes should be permitted to live, infest the earth, and breathe a pestilential breath upon suffering humanity?” A rival newspaper editor wrote those words about Elwood Pleas. It was politically protected speech. Elwood wrote equally pointed words in reply. Read More»

Candidate Clifton: After 2 decades of Steele, it’s time for a change

I am writing to all my wonderful friends and neighbors in the great city of Fayetteville to announce my candidacy for mayor of our historic city.

My name is Greg Clifton and I’m ready to put the focus of our local government back on the citizens of Fayetteville.

I thank the current mayor for his over two decades of service, but I believe it’s undeniably time for a different focus from our municipal leadership. Read More»

F’ville Mayor Steele flip-flops to left of center

The most difficult thing for me to comprehend as a Fayette County resident is how we ended up with so many elected officials on the center-left of the political spectrum. They talk the talk in front of the local conservative audiences, but their actions tell a much different story.

My ears perked up at the Sept, 22 Board of Commissioners meeting when Commissioner Robert Horgan kept saying we were a “progressive” county. The term “progressive” is often used in our modern political parlance to merely avoid the word “liberal.” President Obama proudly describes himself as being “progressive.” Read More»

Steele unveils new tax and spend boondoggle

This past week was the tax and spend gala of the year. In case you missed the festivities, here’s a quick re-cap of how your local government is having an extravagant spending spree at our expense.

On Tuesday Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele announced a new, never-before-heard-of program called the Fayette County Public-Private Transportation Program. Straight away, let me explain this uneconomical and inefficient plot to create more bureaucracy and waste more of our money. Read More»

Imker warned of tunnel vision on PTC budget

Mr. Steve Allen made a passionate plea at the July 11th Peachtree City budget workshop asking that the city look for ways to increase revenues. His call was for our government to spend as much time looking for revenue increases as it does cost reductions. He does have a point and it is worthy of consideration.

It is unfortunate that his letter of introduction to the voters was generally so negative and also filled with inaccuracies and half-truths. If I were to address each one, this letter would be as long as his and would put you to sleep. Read More»

Candidate Allen pledges principled teamwork, focus on future

City councils, like other organizations, work best when they are operating under common goals and are functioning, as a team. This will be my approach, should I be elected to Peachtree City Council Post 1.

In addition to the City Council, the city management and staff are also members of this team working toward specific goals as well. Credit should be acknowledged and given to all the members of the team for their work versus one person taking that credit for themselves. Read More»

Dienhart: It was mistake to downgrade development authority

Since my opponent dropped out of the race, I requested a series of meetings with the mayor, all members of the City Council and the city manager. The mayor, city manager, and council members Sturbaum, Learnard, and Fleisch responded, and we have an ongoing dialog that will help me benefit from their experience, and become an effective public servant from the beginning of my term.

I’d like to thank them for their time — not all public servants are conscientious enough to help a future colleague. Read More»

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