Opinion

Tax the rich? Tried before; doesn’t work

Lance McMillian's picture

Suppose you are a conscientious social planner. You are confident in your ability to do good. Alas, you need money to pay for your plans. You decide to meet your need for revenue by raising taxes. But how?

You want to be careful to avoid any tax that negatively affects working class men and women – the very people you want to help. You think hard and come up with the perfect solution: a yacht tax. You decide to enact a 10 percent excise tax on the sale of any boat over $100,000. Read More»

Is it the end of ‘the Right Stuff’?

Cal Thomas's picture

When Atlantis lifted off on its final mission scheduled for Friday, it brought to an end an era of space exploration that began for the U.S. with the Soviet launch of the unmanned satellite “Sputnik 1” in 1957 and the first man to fly in space, Russia’s Yuri Gagarin, on April 12, 1961.

Alan Shepard followed Gagarin into space on May 5, 1961, becoming the second person, and the first American, to fly in space and under John F. Kennedy’s vision and with resolve and resources, the U.S. reached his stated goal of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth” on July 20, 1969. Read More»

Sexiness of gun metal

Ronda Rich's picture

Just when I thought I knew most of what there was to know, or at least that which was mostly worth knowing, about what is alluring to men about women, I uncovered a stunning new truth.

I believe that I can now say that it is neither sleek high heels nor lace-trimmed lingerie that tantalizes them most. It is definitely not figure-defining dresses, the perfect shade of lip-gloss, long, glossy hair or lashes that are curled and tinted. It is something that is bolder, more smoldering, more dangerous. Read More»

Forgotten stars

Thomas Sowell's picture

Three recent sports biographies — two about baseball stars Stan Musial and Hank Greenberg, and another about boxing great Joe Louis — are not only interesting in themselves, but also recall an era that now seems as irretrievably past as the Roman Empire.

They also raise questions about who is remembered and why. Read More»

Tell Fayette board, ‘Keep Chris Snell’

With regard to your article on the possibility that Chris Snell will be removed as director of the Fayetteville Library due to lack of funds, I am shocked to think anyone in county government would allow this to happen.

Without question, it has been her leadership that has made the library a place where all Fayette County citizens’ needs and interests are met.

As a senior citizen in this county, few services are available to us for the tax dollars we provide. We need to find the local funds necessary to keep Chris as the library’s director. Read More»

F&HH exhibit bulldog tenacity on bypass

For those who came in late, the West Fayetteville Bypass (“WFB”), better known as “the road to nowhere,” is a project that has become increasingly controversial over the past three years.

When the voters narrowly approved the 2004 SPLOST package, the WFB was buried deep inside as “a road, street or bridge project.” It was not identified by name on the ballot. As a result, most people don’t realize they voted for it. Read More»

A parable of Washingdon: Folks decided to take in laundry

There is a town, not far away, whose people woke one morning to find that the town’s industries had shut down. There were no jobs. The people wondered how they would earn their living.

One man decided that he would earn money by doing his neighbors’ laundry. The neighbors were busy complaining that they had no jobs, and were happy for this man to do their laundry. A woman on the next block saw what was happening, and offered to do her neighbors’ laundry. Read More»

Free speech, the public and the commission

Those of us sitting in the audience at the Board of Commissioners meeting on July 6 were totally confounded watching Commissioner Steve Brown defending the First Amendment and free speech in Fayette County government.

Commissioner Brown was battling Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan who are trying to shove a new ordinance that promotes censorship and gives Chairman Frady almost dictatorial powers down our throats. Read More»

Why skip grades

The website www.doe.k12.ga.us will show Mrs. Schmid where to get the information about costs and alternatives to the gifted program.

I’m glad you agree the gifted program is not perfect. I believe it is important to bring attention to this issue in a time where most attention in classes is focused on students near the bottom, thanks to the No Child Left Behind Act.

I graduated in this county and personally was in the gifted program since third grade, and I began AP classes in 10th grade. Read More»

Bike rider sees signs of the times from teens

While bicycling the other day, I was privileged to be addressed by some passing motorist. I usually experience this right after graduation, but it appears I will get to be so blessed through the summer.

I am so uplifted when this occurs. I get to experience the benefits of the fine education of our youth. Their extensive vocabulary is so extensive. It consists of words that rarely exceed four letters and three syllables. They also express the extent of their intelligent quotient by the number of fingers they can raise.

’Tis always an uplifting experience.

Bicycling on,

Von Woods Read More»