Opinion

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»

Warning on ripoffs on manicures and pedicures: Get pricing in advance

This is advice to all those women (and men) who have manicures and pedicures. Be advised! Last Saturday I had a pedicure and my daughter had both a manicure and pedicure here in Fayetteville (and her eyebrows waxed).

The salon employees did not ask me what I wanted, so they did a lot of massaging and scrubbing on both of us.

When I went to pay the bill it was outrageous: $75. It was not at all the prices that were advertised on a large sign posted at the front of the store. Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of Aug. 22, 2011

Betsy Tyler's picture

Peachtree City History Timeline, hurricane preparedness, security alarm registration, and more . . . Read More»

Sir Clueless

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Let’s get it out into the open. It’s my fault. But do I have an excuse? Yes, I’m a husband. Although somewhat housebroken, a husband I still am.

You’d think that after 12 years of marriage I’d be able to communicate with The Wife at least to an extent that I could understand exactly what it is I’m supposed to do. Sadly though, sometimes we speak different languages. Read More»

Iran is going to the dogs

David Epps's picture

The nation of Iran is going to the dogs. No, they really are. Literally. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal ((July 18, 2011), Iranians are going to great measures to defy an Islamic Republic edict: buying and selling dogs. Read More»

The PGA final and Tiger

Loran Smith's picture

JOHNS CREEK — Eight months from now, the next major golf championship will take place — in the springtime at Augusta, which means we have a long winter to debate the health of the PGA tour and the future of the game as it relates to the status of Tiger Woods.

There is the view that the tour can only survive if Tiger returns to dominance, but you can find plenty of dissent about that among those who are familiar with the tour. Read More»

Explanations, excuses for riots in England

Cal Thomas's picture

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Some of those caught looting stores last week in Britain were asked why they did it. Four teenagers explained to Sky News that they viewed it as “a shopping spree.” One teen blamed the government: “They say (they) are going to help us but I don’t see any of it. There has to be more opportunities and jobs. Help us at least and then maybe everyone will settle down.”

This is the triumph of the entitlement mentality and the welfare state. Conservative MP Eric Pickles wasn’t buying it: “I think that is them trying to justify being thieves, robbers and burglars.” Read More»

Big deal or no deal?

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

As the Aug. 2 deadline for a debt-ceiling deal drew near, many expected a big deal that would significantly change the direction of federal fiscal policy. After weeks of tumultuous negotiations, partisan bickering, and impassioned histrionics, the agreement that finally emerged was, to put it bluntly, no big deal.

Ironically, the most accurate assessment I read about it was Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s comment that it “was not that great overall because it simply delayed the adoption of a more systemic solution.” Read More»

Taxes and the meaning of Obama’s ‘shared sacrifice’

Lance McMillian's picture

President Obama is right. When he talks about the “Bush tax cuts,” the President bemoans the fact that these cuts inequitably distribute the tax burden among Americans. Instead of this inequality, he argues that we need to return to tax rates that promote “shared sacrifice” and ensure that all of us pay our “fair share” of earnings to the federal government. True enough. Read More»

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