Opinion

Ceremony will observe Confederate Memorial Day in F’ville April 26

Confederate Memorial Day, an official state holiday in Georgia, will be observed in Fayetteville on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

The ceremonies will be conducted at the gazebo, near Courthouse Square, by members of McLaws Camp of Sons of Confederate Veterans, including a color guard, bagpiper, and a very colorful display of all Confederate state flags.

The occasion has a special significance this year as it begins the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States which occurred from April 1861 to April 1865. Read More»

Gas prices and lines of cars at elementary schools don’t mix well

I am a senior citizen and I haven’t been to a school since my children graduated. I now have grandchildren and one of my children moved back home with a 10-year-old child.

On Monday he got sick at school and couldn’t ride the bus home, so Grandma went to pick him up at school just when school at Cleveland Elementary was letting children out for the day.

Let me express shock and dismay: Well over a hundred cars lined up to pick up children. Teachers out front of the school calling out numbers for non-bus riders to be picked up in front of the school; each car has a number in the window. Read More»

Who will say goodbye?

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

It was a rough week, last week, when the tribe gathered several times to say goodbye to recent members of the clan. Those left behind look around furtively, wondering, “Who’s next?” as another generation realizes: They are.

I’m an obituary reader. Can’t say I read every word of every obit – but I do read enough to recognize a neighbor or a church member. And I’ve been rolling a thought around in my brain. Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of April 18, 2011

Betsy Tyler's picture

Georgia Planners Conference, City Council Agenda, Mobile Street & Path Maps, Cart Path Closing, and more . . . Read More»

The gift of a good book

Michael Boylan's picture

I ran into my creative writing teacher from high school, Mrs. Horton, at Omega Books a while back. She remembered me, which was nice, especially since I was only at McIntosh for six months before graduating, and said she saw my writing in the paper over the years. I told her I kept in touch (on Facebook) with other members from our class and from Voices (the school’s literary magazine). It was good to catch up with her.

Mrs. Horton, ahead of me in line, had an armful of books. I spotted John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany” in the pile and winced and groaned. Read More»

30 years of tradition

David Epps's picture

It is a rare occurrence when diverse churches gather to worship together and to do something meaningful. It is rarer still when diverse churches gather to worship and do something meaningful for 30 years in a row. Yet, on Good Friday in Peachtree City, that is exactly what will happen.

Thirty years ago, several pastors met regularly for breakfast and, eventually, one of them had the idea to do a joint Community Good Friday Service that would focus not on denominational distinctives but on their common salvation in Jesus Christ. Read More»

Spring cleaning

Rick Ryckeley's picture

For two people who think so much alike, sometimes The Wife and I don’t always define things the same way. Last weekend was a good example.
First thing Saturday morning I was drafted into the annual ritual of spring cleaning. For me spring cleaning is just moving around the dirt on the windows for an hour or so and then finding some sports to watch on the big TV. For The Wife spring cleaning means something totally different: open the cabinets, throw everything out – mostly my stuff — then buy new stuff. Read More»

A life lesson from our elders

Cal Thomas's picture

ARCHBOLD, Ohio — Here in Middle America, where farmland extends to the horizon, I pass an inspirational yard sign: “Self-Control: Having a Life Purpose Bigger Than Self.”

It’s a message our representatives in Washington would do well to learn, especially after months of raucous partisan bickering that nearly culminated in another “government shutdown.” Read More»

Ingenious Mama

Ronda Rich's picture

Mama wasn’t sentimental. In fact, I never knew of anyone who grew up in the Southern mountains during the Depression who was sentimental. They all said they were trying to forget, not remember.

So, as I continued to unpack Mama’s belongings after the disaster of a winter’s broken water line that destroyed her former home that is now my office, I didn’t expect much sentimentality. I, however, am extraordinarily sentimental. When the contractor pulled down a medicine chest in the bathroom to reveal ancient, pretty wallpaper, I pulled off pieces to save. Read More»

Money can’t buy prosperity

Dr. Shawn Ritenour's picture

Defenders of the Federal Reserve have been out in force recently declaring the triumph of Money Printing 2, James Grant’s suggested more truthful term for “quantitative easing.”

Some pundits point to an 18-percent increase in the S&P 500 since last August, when the Fed’s policy was announced. They also laud a significant increase in inflation expectations. Nominal GDP is on the rise again and official unemployment is lower.

All of these are seen as positive economic signs, indicating that Fed policy is working. Don’t believe it. Read More»