Opinion

Birds could use a hand, er, a claw

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

If you are a knowledgeable avian aficionado, you can take a break from today’s column and go refill your bird feeders.

Winter, especially one as prolonged and bitterly cold as this one has been, is one of the two times in the year that bird lovers ask me what birds need to survive. The other is early spring, before berries and bugs mature. Summer and fall needs are easier to answer, with the wealth of seeds they contribute to the birds’ menu.

Actually bird feeders provide only about half the food birds eat, with the rest found in the woods and fields. And city neighborhoods. Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of Feb. 7, 2011

Betsy Tyler's picture

Get Ready for Tornado Siren Test Wednesday, Family Reunion Workshop Planned, Economic Development Report, Fayette Earth Day, and more. Read More»

Until properly relieved

David Epps's picture

In 1983 I became the pastor of a small church that, at the time, was four and a half years old. I made a commitment to God and to myself that I would not leave there until I was certain that it was time. I based that commitment on something I learned in the Marine Corps.

There are 11 General Orders that all Marines everywhere are to memorize and follow when they are on interior guard duty. The 5th General Order is this: “To quit my post only when properly relieved.” Read More»

The Judge and me

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The pull of childhood memories is strong. A sight, a familiar smell, even a taste can transport us back in time in an instant. Melear’s Barbeque had all three.

To some, it was a meeting place to discuss the current politics of the day. To others, it was just another barbeque restaurant. For still others, the stopping point before the big race. To me, it was much, much more. Read More»

Note to Washington, D.C.: Limits and priorities

Terry Garlock's picture

I didn’t join the grand anticipation of the speech called the State of the Union. I didn’t expect much, but I’m unwilling to believe a lofty speech written by someone else could somehow transform President Obama into someone his actions have proven he is not. Read More»

With Egypt aflame, what’s next?

Cal Thomas's picture

The turmoil in Egypt must not be seen in isolation from other events in the world. Neither is it an aberration. It is the next scene in a long-running play whose final act is the domination of the world by radical Islamists. Read More»

Strength of Southern women

Ronda Rich's picture

The text that my sister sent was simple yet so powerful: “He is gone to be with God.”

For 36 hours, we had expected the inevitable but it is also inevitable that tears will come in times like that.

Richard, whom I had known since childhood, and who was much beloved by our family had succumbed to the curse of his bloodline – a heart disorder that has methodically, relentlessly claimed members of his family. His 36-year-old niece had died from it just a few weeks earlier. Read More»

Frady gavels down dissenting views

Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady’s reprehensible behavior at Thursday night’s commission meeting was beyond belief. Mr. Frady’s actions were the worst example of leadership and censorship I have ever witnessed. Mr. Frady owes the public and Commissioner Brown an apology and should step down as chairman.

When Commissioner Brown tried to speak during the Commissioner Report section of the meeting about the West Fayetteville Bypass, Frady shouted him down, banged the gavel and told him he was out of order. Read More»

Frady’s censorship resembles Soviets

Thursday night’s display at the Fayette County Commission Meeting was the most flagrant case of censorship that I have personally ever witnessed.

The First Amendment to The Constitution Of The United States of America reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Read More»

The public vs. ‘immovable’ Frady, Horgan, Hearn, Krakeel

At our Jan. 27 County Board of Commissioners meeting, the general public got to see my wanting to move on an issue versus the immovable Chairman Herb Frady.

I ran for a county commission post to make things happen; and if those things do not happen through public pressure, I try to make them happen.

There is a core group made up of Chairman Frady, Commissioners Lee Hearn and Robert Horgan and County Administrator Jack Krakeel who are desperately trying to become an immovable force, especially when the issue happens to be the West Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»