Opinion

County badly failing its own mission statement

When you visit the Fayette County, Ga., website and scroll down to the county commissioners, you’ll find an interesting set of criteria. They’ve listed visions, missions, and other criteria we should all use to measure their performance. I’ve listed some of them below, and then applied a few observations I made.

I got into this because of all the hoopla that has been going on at the commissioners’ meetings that I’ve attended. Most of what’s happened occurred before the two new commissioners were sworn in. I’ve listed the criteria they published in quote marks, and my observations follow. Read More»

Democrats dislike taste of their own medicine

We did it! Or rather, he did it!

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pulled a Harry Reid and figured out a way to get the collective bargaining bill passed in spite of the DemocRATs’ typical subversion of democracy.

Just as Reid managed to keep the Republican majority stymied while his RATs were the minority party by dredging up and violating the intent of obscure Senate administrative rules, so the Wisconsin governor found the way to redraft the bill so it could be voted on and passed – HAH. Read More»

Superman and hometown newspapers

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

These short stories really have nothing in common except they are being published on the same day…

I don’t remember what aroused my interest in Superman a few weeks ago. Was looking for something else and lost track of time – when, “Look! Up in the sky!” There he was, on my laptop screen. No, actually it was a TV movie I had never watched. So I did, and found it winsome. Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of March 14, 2011

Betsy Tyler's picture

Japan disaster relief, Planning Commission & Walking Signs, St. Patrick's Day safety, reporting emergencies, and more . . . Read More»

Better quality of life

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The fact the deck had been both swept off and stained a deep redwood didn’t startle The Wife. The fact that for two nights the back door stood closed but unlocked did.

It wasn’t the first time I had forgotten to secure us in. Forgetting things has become more common of late, but there was once a time my memory never failed me — a time when most people’s back doors stood unlocked for months not just days. Read More»

To be bald or not to be bald

David Epps's picture

For years, I have been promising our singers and musicians new vestments. Vestments are the “uniforms” that church folk in our tradition wear during the services to designate their type of service in the church. In some churches, choir robes are worn. Our music ministry members wear a black cassock and a white garment over top of the cassock called a cotta. The current vestments have their problems. Read More»

Local officials and the party that always wins

Cal Beverly's picture

What relation do stated political party affiliations have with positions taken by many — maybe most — local elected officials?

Answer: No relationship whatsoever to the votes and non-votes that matter the most.

For example, forget that all five Fayette County commissioners run on the Republican ballot. At least four of the five are really joint members of the real but unnamed party that controls Fayette County: The Government Party. Read More»

Time to rethink Arab arms sales

Cal Thomas's picture

For many years American policy has been to sell modern weaponry to Arab states. The reasons given are to maintain the “balance of power” in the region, but the unstated and most likely reason is to keep the oil flowing. Read More»

Crazy is as crazy lives...

Ronda Rich's picture

In my life, I’ve done some crazy things, things that defy reason and in retrospect lead even me to say, “What was I thinking?”

There was that Sunday morning drive I once took with legendary race car driver Dale Earnhardt. I thought we were going for a simple spin around Daytona International Speedway, just to see how the steep embankment felt. But the mischievous Earnhardt had other ideas.

We climbed into the pace car and he took off like he was on the final lap of the Daytona 500, trying to pass Jeff Gordon for the win. Earnhardt was never one for holding back. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey reports: Legislative session passes halfway point

Matt Ramsey's picture

Last Monday, Feb. 28, marked the 20th legislative day, and halfway point, of the Georgia General Assembly’s 2011 legislative session.

While we have already succeeded in passing legislation improving our early voting system, and amending our Fiscal Year 2011 state budget, there is still much left to do before we reach legislative day 40 and adjourn sine die. That was clear over the past two weeks, as the House passed multiple pieces of legislation addressing some of the most important issues facing our state. Read More»

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