Opinion

Why wild swings in BoE budget?

At the April 11 Fayette County Board of Education called meeting, in documents on e-board (www.fcboe.org), Tom Gray stated that the potential fund balance ending 2012 would be $6.9 million. This, Mr. Gray stated, would be the fund balance with the employee pay scale restored.

Bob Todd stated in the April 19th board meeting that “we know we will be all right next year.”

So tell me how did the projected fund balance ending June, 2012 for the May 17 board meeting be a difference of $10 million, in one month? Read More»

GOP art of shooting itself in both feet

Why is it that there seems to be a crisis every other week within the Grand Old Party? Newt trashed a most prominent member of his own party merely hours after announcing his bid to be the Republican nominee for 2012. Huckabee and Trump declared the effort simply isn’t worth the cost. Read More»

A good man’s name is being trashed needlessly, without the facts

I have lived in Fayette County for 45 years and was fortunate to arrive when we were still a “village.” I have witnessed the growth of the county: It was 8,000 persons when I moved here in 1966 and now it’s more than 106,000 persons.

We were, indeed, a “village” then. We shared responsibility for not only helping each other out, but in the rearing of each other’s children. Now we are just a metropolis, people scurrying to and fro, and there are those who delight in changing the status quo ante. Read More»

Breast cancer survivor: Who gets the ‘Walk for the Cure’ money?

Since I am a breast cancer survivor I feel that I have every right to express my opinions about the money that is raised for a cure for breast cancer.

I have noticed that every day on Channel 5 there is an ad for the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure asking for participants, join now and get your money in for the walk.

My mind is kinda old, so I thought Why are they still advertising for an event that has already happened?

So I called the number on the TV screen, and the lady who answered the phone was so upbeat. I said, “When is the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure in Atlanta?” Read More»

To cut bloated federal budget, start by slashing subsidies to Big Oil

Last night the United States Senate voted to continue giving subsidies to five major U.S. oil companies. These companies are, and have been, making record profits for years even as Americans are struggling financially.

It is noteworthy that world oil prices are set by OPEC and U.S. oil companies benefit from these exorbitant prices even though the cost of producing a domestic barrel of oil is estimated at $20. Read More»

First three years

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My major professor in my doctoral program once told me that by the time children are three years old, their lives are set. I was not convinced by his deterministic view of child development.  However, as I’ve gotten older and grown to understand children better, I think he was probably right. Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of May 23, 2011

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March 23 Deadline to vote Peachtree City as Most Patriotic . . . Plus, Memorial Day ceremony, update on Oasis Bowling Center, summer camps, July 4th T-Shirts, Hurricane Hunters, and more . . . Read More»

My last column

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This is my last and final column.

Well, it might be.

It could be, that is, if Preacher Harold Camping is right.

The Rev’d Camping, leader of the Oakland, CA-based Family Radio World, an independent Christian ministry, has announced that, at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011, the end of the world begins with a massive earthquake. Since that’s just a few hours away, I thought that you should know in case there’s anything you need to do to get ready. Read More»

First class

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I learned early on in this life that some go first class while the rest of us simply go coach. Growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, we went coach. The rich folks who lived over on the Duke of Gloucester always went first class.

Forty years later things haven’t changed much; I’m still sitting firmly in coach. And the rich folks still sit in first class. The difference is instead of being separated by a thick grove of trees, like Flamingo and The Duke, we’re separated by a black mesh curtain. Confused? Well, welcome to my world. Keep reading, dear reader, it’ll all make sense at the end. Read More»

The Wall That Heals

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The approach of Memorial Day prompts my thought that there should be a memorial for those who died, and many still in harm’s way, in Afghanistan and Iraq. To appreciate those thoughts you would have to understand the power of what we call The Wall, the 58,195 names etched in the black marble panels of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The power of The Wall has much to do with what beats in the hearts of many Americans affected by that war, and a little to do with the memorial’s design. Read More»

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