Opinion

Half of all regional tax goes to rail and buses

When we arrived for duty in Korea, several wives advised Joye to make sure the kids brought their bikes inside whenever they weren’t using them.

“Is crime that bad?” she asked.

“No, you’re going to be safe,“ they replied, “but there’s still a culture with some of the people that if you don’t secure your stuff, it’s up for grabs because you don’t value it as much as they do.” Read More»

To departing teacher Sue Seifert, thank you

It was a few weeks ago that we learned one of the finest people ever to teach in Fayette County would not be returning to Oak Grove Elementary School.

It was our hope that our granddaughter would have her as her teacher this year, as she had taught our two youngest daughters many years ago, and they blossomed upon experiencing her instruction.

But sadly we learned that Sue Seifert would not be returning to Oak Grove to teach. She was leaving the vocation that not only she loved, but excelled at. She will be caring for her father, and how fortunate he is to have such a daughter. Read More»

Debt debacle: Is it really Tea Party’s fault?

The Tea Party may be a small group of people, but they certainly are active in the South Atlanta Area. Recently, they have been compared to terrorists that are “holding the economy hostage.” But how accurate is that?

First off, the GOP-controlled House, with many Tea Party freshmen, passed a budget drafted by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican. How long has it been since the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a budget? Oh, that’s right, eight years. Read More»

Are F’ville officials responsible for yellow restaurant?

I am a citizen of Fayette County and I am very disturbed by the color of the outside paint on the La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in almost the center of [Fayetteville]. The first time I saw the horrible “mustard yellow” color, I thought that I was in a time warp and was in Riverdale.

Are we going to let restaurants paint their buildings any disgusting color that they want to? If we are, why are the powers that be so against more than two signs at restaurants, such as Longhorn. Read More»

Tea Party too dogmatic on taxes, but Democrats demonize success

Many aspects of the debate about taxes trouble me.

On one hand, the Tea Party and certain Republicans are absolutely intransigent about not raising taxes, to the point of it being an article of blind faith.

And yet, I can’t escape the fact that when Clinton raised taxes in 1993, the economy improved and in a few short years there was a surplus.

And several of the candidates for the Republican nomination increased taxes as governor. So, raising taxes isn’t always horrible or anathema to the Republican party. Read More»

Fayette would be mistaken to leave regional library system

Election to public office confers no special knowledge, expertise, or wisdom. Witness the Fayette County Commission’s ongoing spat with the PINES Library System.

What does membership in PINES bring? Let’s start with what PINES stands for: Public Information Network for Electronic Services. At heart, PINES is information. PINES includes:

• A set of computer software that allows a library card holder to search the collections of nearly 300 public libraries in Georgia, to order books to be delivered to his or her home library, and to be notified when the book is received. Read More»

Warning on ripoffs on manicures and pedicures: Get pricing in advance

This is advice to all those women (and men) who have manicures and pedicures. Be advised! Last Saturday I had a pedicure and my daughter had both a manicure and pedicure here in Fayetteville (and her eyebrows waxed).

The salon employees did not ask me what I wanted, so they did a lot of massaging and scrubbing on both of us.

When I went to pay the bill it was outrageous: $75. It was not at all the prices that were advertised on a large sign posted at the front of the store. Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of Aug. 22, 2011

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Peachtree City History Timeline, hurricane preparedness, security alarm registration, and more . . . Read More»

Sir Clueless

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Let’s get it out into the open. It’s my fault. But do I have an excuse? Yes, I’m a husband. Although somewhat housebroken, a husband I still am.

You’d think that after 12 years of marriage I’d be able to communicate with The Wife at least to an extent that I could understand exactly what it is I’m supposed to do. Sadly though, sometimes we speak different languages. Read More»

Iran is going to the dogs

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The nation of Iran is going to the dogs. No, they really are. Literally. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal ((July 18, 2011), Iranians are going to great measures to defy an Islamic Republic edict: buying and selling dogs. Read More»

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