Opinion

Obama: From whistle-stop to Wilsonian folly

Dr. Marvin Folkertsma's picture

President Obama’s tour through the Midwest in a coal-black Darth Vader-mobile begs comparison with past presidential excursions. I’m thinking of those made by presidents Harry Truman and Woodrow Wilson.

First, the president repeated his Trumanesque mantra about his version of a “do-nothing Congress,” dominated by a minority who put the good of the party above the good of the country.

That is a serious charge, though few in the press called him out. Read More»

Gold’s meteoric rise: What it means

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

The price of gold has gone on a tear this summer, from slightly under $1,500 per ounce to well over $1,800 per ounce, and it looks like it wants to go higher. What gives?

Well, if you bought gold last spring, you’re looking pretty smart. And if you bought gold a decade ago at $300 per ounce, you’re looking like a whiz. Read More»

St. Simons, yes or no, & destiny

Ronda Rich's picture

There is a seaside village on the coast of Georgia that my heart, in fact my entire being, is summoned to at fairly regular intervals. It is as much home to me as the red clay hills of North Georgia.

I understand why it is so about the mountains. My family, at least nine generations of them, has been embedded in those hills so deeply that it’s hard, impossible really, to separate the land from our souls. There is no dividing line where the land ends and our flesh begins. And St. Simons? Why does it has such a mystical draw over me? That, too, is easy to explain. Read More»

Cochran plans run for F’ville Post 2

It comes with great excitement that I am announcing my intention to run for Post 2 of the Fayetteville City Council.

I have had the honor of serving the city as a member of the Main Street Board of Directors for the past five years and have acquired a great respect for the leadership of our community. I believe it is important to create continuity in the leadership of our community as we have one of the best run cities in the state. Read More»

Half of all regional tax goes to rail and buses

When we arrived for duty in Korea, several wives advised Joye to make sure the kids brought their bikes inside whenever they weren’t using them.

“Is crime that bad?” she asked.

“No, you’re going to be safe,“ they replied, “but there’s still a culture with some of the people that if you don’t secure your stuff, it’s up for grabs because you don’t value it as much as they do.” Read More»

To departing teacher Sue Seifert, thank you

It was a few weeks ago that we learned one of the finest people ever to teach in Fayette County would not be returning to Oak Grove Elementary School.

It was our hope that our granddaughter would have her as her teacher this year, as she had taught our two youngest daughters many years ago, and they blossomed upon experiencing her instruction.

But sadly we learned that Sue Seifert would not be returning to Oak Grove to teach. She was leaving the vocation that not only she loved, but excelled at. She will be caring for her father, and how fortunate he is to have such a daughter. Read More»

Debt debacle: Is it really Tea Party’s fault?

The Tea Party may be a small group of people, but they certainly are active in the South Atlanta Area. Recently, they have been compared to terrorists that are “holding the economy hostage.” But how accurate is that?

First off, the GOP-controlled House, with many Tea Party freshmen, passed a budget drafted by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican. How long has it been since the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a budget? Oh, that’s right, eight years. Read More»

Are F’ville officials responsible for yellow restaurant?

I am a citizen of Fayette County and I am very disturbed by the color of the outside paint on the La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in almost the center of [Fayetteville]. The first time I saw the horrible “mustard yellow” color, I thought that I was in a time warp and was in Riverdale.

Are we going to let restaurants paint their buildings any disgusting color that they want to? If we are, why are the powers that be so against more than two signs at restaurants, such as Longhorn. Read More»

Tea Party too dogmatic on taxes, but Democrats demonize success

Many aspects of the debate about taxes trouble me.

On one hand, the Tea Party and certain Republicans are absolutely intransigent about not raising taxes, to the point of it being an article of blind faith.

And yet, I can’t escape the fact that when Clinton raised taxes in 1993, the economy improved and in a few short years there was a surplus.

And several of the candidates for the Republican nomination increased taxes as governor. So, raising taxes isn’t always horrible or anathema to the Republican party. Read More»

Fayette would be mistaken to leave regional library system

Election to public office confers no special knowledge, expertise, or wisdom. Witness the Fayette County Commission’s ongoing spat with the PINES Library System.

What does membership in PINES bring? Let’s start with what PINES stands for: Public Information Network for Electronic Services. At heart, PINES is information. PINES includes:

• A set of computer software that allows a library card holder to search the collections of nearly 300 public libraries in Georgia, to order books to be delivered to his or her home library, and to be notified when the book is received. Read More»

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