Opinion

A teaching moment from a scam report

Claude Paquin's picture

What are we to make of a recent report in The Citizen that a 78-year-old woman had been scammed out of $4,000? It seems she was approached at the Fayette Pavilion by two women who, under pretense of obtaining reimbursement for an alleged flat tire repair to her car, drove her to the bank where she withdrew the cash and handed it to them.

A lot of people would simply buy this story, and of course think this is awful. Read More»

ObamaCare and the Constitution

Lance McMillian's picture

The Framers of the Constitution created a federal government of limited, enumerated powers. In the words of James Madison, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

Throughout the country, federal courts are presently considering whether this original design has any remaining viability. The question before these courts asks: Is Obamacare constitutional? Read More»

A closer look at the Teachers’ Retirement System

Sen. Ronnie Chance's picture

The Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), which is not administered by Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) but as a separate state entity, is the largest of the state’s retirement systems.

TRS, whose members are largely employed by local school systems as teachers, has more than 222,000 active members and more than 87,000 retirees. Read More»

Fixing present, ensuring future

Cal Thomas's picture

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. — If your disgust over America’s crushing debt and the irresponsible leaders who refuse to reduce unnecessary spending has reached the fed-up point, there is an easy solution beyond whatever compromise might be reached in the current standoff between President Obama and congressional Republicans. Vote Republican in 2012.

But don’t vote for just any Republican, rather vote for conservatives who believe the foundational principles of America still work and can rescue us from default, placing the country back on a track that leads to prosperity and greater liberty. Read More»

Solutions for the ‘tax gap’

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

In 2010, there was a “tax gap” — i.e., the difference between federal taxes owed and those actually paid — of $410–$500 billion.

Some of the gap stems from the complexity of the tax code. Much of it, though, is deliberate: self-employed individuals working for cash, table-servers under-reporting tips, taxpayers claiming unauthorized credits and deductions. Read More»

EPA’s exercise in futility

Benita Dodd's picture

The federal Environmental Protection Agency was in Atlanta on May 26 to hold a daylong hearing – one of just three nationwide – on its proposed Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) regulations for utilities. The passionate – if sometimes misguided – comments came from representatives of utilities, power plant neighbors, Native Americans, environmental activists, grassroots groups and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

The Foundation’s comments focused on three aspects of the proposed MACT rules:

• The cost to industry and consumers in Georgia Read More»

Another fed battle: CLASS warfare

Ronald E. Bachman's picture

There are major problems brewing with the long-term care program created under the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Effective since Jan. 1, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, or CLASS program, is a controversial new national entitlement program with significant financial concerns. Read More»

A quick, sharp tongue

Ronda Rich's picture

My niece, Nicole, was saying the other day how a quick, sharp tongue is built into our DNA and how we need to watch what we say and how we say it.

If you haven’t already read between the lines, that was her attempt to be subtle and encourage me to watch what I say. Of course, it was a waste of her sweet breath, but I pretended to pay attention and agreed with what she said. Read More»

Big boxes are not the answer for PTC

Sales taxes aren’t going to rescue the Peachtree City budget, and selling on the cheap city property near Line Creek so another big box store can be built is a short-sighted plan.

This new shopping center will not generate more sales tax, but only shift sales and sales taxes from the Target and Kedron Kroger, Peachtree Crossing, Westpark, Braelinn, Publix and Peachtree East and other existing shops. (There may be a brief surge as people explore the “new,” but after that, sales will fall to today’s levels.) Read More»

Mayor Haddix: ‘Which is the real Eric Imker?’

“’You ran on the premise of no tax increases,’ Posey said of Imker, ‘... And I think this is the time to rein in the belt, not spend, spend, spend.’”

“Imker later noted that he devised more than $2 million in budget cuts last year that were defeated on separate council votes. And because the city faced a severe projected budget shortfall, the other choice was to raise taxes, Imker said.” Read More»

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