Opinion

The Crab Effect

David Epps's picture

When I was at East Tennessee State University working toward my Bachelor of Social Work degree, I learned of the “Crab Effect.”

The Crab Effect can be illustrated in the following story:

While vacationing in Florida, a man observed a bucket of crabs on a fishing dock. While all of the crabs were either motionless or squirming at the bottom of the bucket, one little crab kept crawling up the side in an effort to reach the top. Read More»

Here’s paper trail of Eric Imker’s lies about taxes and self-importance

I really hate beating a dead horse, but here we go again ...

Reading Candidate Imker’s most recent letter to The Citizen, the first thought that came to me is 2009 all over again; by that I mean here are promises made and promises broken. Read More»

Conservatives should oppose death penalty

Terry Garlock's picture

Now that Troy Anthony Davis is executed and debates over his case are moot, perhaps my fellow conservatives will listen to reasons we should oppose the death penalty.

As conservatives we strongly believe each individual should bear the consequences of their actions, including severe punishment for crimes. For decades I supported the death penalty and came to my reversal slowly, and reluctantly, so I hope you will hear me out. Read More»

The EPA puts the screws to power plants

Lynn Westmoreland's picture

I’m sure most of you are well aware of the activist stance the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken, especially under the direction of Lisa Jackson.

Over the last two years, they have proposed some of the most controversial rules and regulations that, even by their own accounting, have the potential of costing American companies tens of billions of dollars. Read More»

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»