Opinion

To progressives, factual data is irrelevant

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

I’ve only recently come to realize the nature of the hurdle this country faces in trying to turn around a stalled economy and horrendous deficit. Here it is: liberal Democrat politicians have fully convinced huge numbers of people that our economic/fiscal mess is the result of two principal demons: 1) “the rich” and 2) the Tea Party. The former, of course, has been a longtime liberal scapegoat; the latter is a new one. Read More»

Ron Paul was right

Cal Thomas's picture

In the Republican presidential candidates debate last week in Tampa, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer posed a hypothetical question. Normally, a hypothetical question should not be answered, but in this case it revealed something about the questioner and sparked a controversial, but necessary answer from Rep. Ron Paul. Read More»

It’s time to realign Georgia’s fiscal priorities

Kelly McCutchen's picture

Fifteen years ago it was almost impossible to drive by a public school in Georgia without seeing at least one classroom trailer in the parking lot. Parents viewed those trailers as a threat to their children’s education, so in 1996 voters approved E-SPLOST – the special purpose local option sales tax for education that has funded hundreds of new schools and improvements to existing schools. Read More»

Germany, Greece & the fate of the euro

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

It has been over a year since I have written about the fragile condition of the European Union’s financial system. The financial crisis of a possible Greek default has been papered over since then, but now it is coming to a head again.

Greece again is teetering on the brink of default. This month, Greek debt was so unpopular that interest rates on one-year notes spiked to 98 percent. No country grows so vigorously that its government can afford to double its creditors’ money in one year, and certainly not a bankrupt government like Greece’s. Read More»

Kindness of risk takers

Ronda Rich's picture

One night I was doing an appearance in a town where this column runs. A woman waited in line to speak to me and brought a clipping of that week’s column for me to sign.

She handed me the newspaper clipping and said, “You made a mistake.” She pointed to it and said, “You used the wrong word.” Read More»

Beware quicksand west of Planterra

I found myself in quicksand this morning. In a nano-second I literally stepped from terra firma to terror.

My right foot went first. I stepped on what appeared to be solid ground when suddenly I felt cold, wet, sandy, dense clay suck me down. My left foot instinctively tried to step away from the area, but the circumference was too broad.

Both feet rapidly disappeared below the earth. I was astonished at how quickly I sank. The gushy mud mixture relentlessly pulled me. I struggled to get my feet out. But both feet became completely immersed. Read More»

Don’t advertise kids

Being new to the area, one aspect new to me was the posting of signs in residential front yards that advertise it as a residence of children. In my neighborhood, one home promotes itself as the home of three high school girls. As a former Neighborhood Watch “lead” I have some thoughts on this subject.

Although Fayette County may enjoy a crime rate below that of our neighbors, it seems to me that the downside of these “advertisements” is greater than any benefit. Read More»

Candidate Allen: Imker’s hotel tax increase hurts PTC businesses

Eric Imker voted to increase Peachtree City’s hotel/motel tax rate from 6 percent to 7 percent this year. Due to state of Georgia requirements for this tax, it must be approved by the Georgia state legislature, which they did not.

However, this tax increase can be brought up for another Peachtree City Council vote and be resubmitted to the Georgia state legislature again for their approval. Read More»

Candidate Imker: 2 years not enough to get budget under control

I welcome my opponent to the race for City Council Post 1. I wrote a letter to the editor a few months ago outlining how to become a Peachtree City Council member (“PTC’s Imker gives step-by-step plan to becoming council member,” The Citizen, 01/18/2011) in hopes that more citizens would become involved in their government at the local level. Having contested races promotes open conversations between candidates which is a necessary and beneficial part of the election process. Read More»

Candidate Johnson brings ‘fresh perspective’

Ed Johnson, a 17-year resident of Fayetteville, is the newest candidate for Post 1 of the Fayetteville City Council.

Ed has tirelessly served Fayette County and has been dedicated to building bridges of brotherhood and understanding throughout the community. Read More»