Opinion

Is government responsible for adding to burdens of middle class?

This is something that’s been rolling around in the back of my mind for a couple of weeks but didn’t come together until I read your report of the robbery at Target and the comments of readers.

“What’s good for General Motors is good for America.” Misquoted and misunderstood, what Charles E. Wilson, then CEO of GM and later Secretary of Defense, meant was that when America is strong, business is strong; and when business is strong, America is strong. Read More»

‘Color police’ & yellow restaurant blues

The headline on Sandy Coley’s letter to the editor (Aug. 24) asks, “Are F’ville officials responsible for yellow restaurant?”

Are the officials in her hometown of Brooks, Ga., responsible for the color of the car she drives? Or the color of the outfit she wears in public? Does she submit herself to government inspection and approval before she goes out in public each day?

She seems to think the government should be “responsible” for color scheme decisions made by private businesses, so why not private individuals? Read More»

Tell the truth, Rep. Westmoreland

I was one of the many citizens of Georgia and Peachtree City to recently receive the “Update for Seniors” report from the office of Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.

After reading the report that he espouses to be “working to protect and preserve Medicare for our Seniors,” I couldn’t let the Congressman’s information go unchecked. Read More»

Homemade Apple Pepper Pie

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

How do you think we get new recipes?

Many of us use the recipe for another reader’s great-grandmother’s special chili sauce when she sent it to a magazine competition.

Or Grandpa’s Norwegian Christmas grog that the children should not be offered. Or we have a family classic recipe of renown simply because of a misprint in the directions.

When these became family kitchen secrets they may owe to the fact that they contain a drop of spirits that no one wants to admit. Besides, that just adds to the mystique. Read More»

Good intentions and the law

Cal Beverly's picture

UPDATED OPINION — I filed an Open Records request to Peachtree City Monday afternoon of this week, asking them to produce for inspection all records and documents related to something called “Project Z.” Read More»

Blinded by the light

Rick Ryckeley's picture

It started out as a typical day. The Wife reminded me of something I’d forgotten. Leaving for work, she gave me a hug and said, “Eye doctor’s appointment is at 10 today.” I must’ve had a funny look because then she kissed me and added, “You’ve already forgotten, haven’t you?”

I do that quite often: look funny and forget things. Some say that’s a result of getting older. I think it’s just a result of my forgetting things and, of course, me looking funny. Read More»

The first victim of 9/11

David Epps's picture

Robert Emmett Judge was killed on Sept. 11, 2001. The son of Irish Catholic immigrants, Judge was one of a pair of fraternal twins. He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., during the great depression and developed, at an early age, a love for the poor, often giving his last quarter to beggars on the street.

Judge’s father died of a slow and painful illness when the boy was 6 and Judge worked to shine shoes to earn money for the family. At the age of 15, he entered a formation process to become a Franciscan. Read More»

History is clear: Its the spending, stupid

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

We have failed to heed the lessons of economic history, with terrible consequences for our economy and country. And the most crucial of those lessons, particularly since the start of LBJs Great Society, is this: deficits have been caused not by a lack of income-tax increases but by recession and, most of all, by excessive government spending. Read More»

The tide and Marco Rubio

Cal Thomas's picture

In my high school days before sex and environmental education and the general dumbing down of the population, memorization of some Shakespeare was expected in Miss Kauffmans 12th-grade English class. A favorite I still recall is this line spoken by Brutus in Julius Caesar: There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries ... Read More»

Actual figures show futility of predicting hurricanes

Dr. Harold Brown's picture

In an affluent country, government can afford to do many unnecessary things, and do them in complex and impressive ways. One example in the United States is the predilection for predicting the number of hurricanes in the upcoming season.

Every spring comes a reminder to prepare for the hurricane season starting in June. Predicting the number of hurricanes for the year is supposed to help. Read More»

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