Opinion

July 4th: The Constitution vs. Progressives

Thomas Sowell's picture

The Fourth of July may be just a holiday for fireworks to some people. But it was a momentous day for the history of this country and the history of the world.

Not only did July 4, 1776 mark American independence from England, it marked a radically different kind of government from the governments that prevailed around the world at the time — and the kinds of governments that had prevailed for thousands of years before. Read More»

A Big Media suicide pact?

Cal Thomas's picture

Is there a profit-making business — other than TV networks and The New York Times — that so disrespects its audience it works overtime to offend them?

What other business metaphorically flips the bird to those who don’t subscribe to their social, cultural and political worldview? That is precisely what big media does to a large number of potential viewers and subscribers. Read More»

Why are things so hard?

Ronda Rich's picture

It is one of the great mysteries of life. Why are some things so hard? Why, if some things are meant to be, is it so difficult sometimes to make them happen?

A friend asked me that the other day. Then I, in turn, asked another friend. “Why are some things so hard to overcome? If they’re really meant to be, why would they be so difficult?”

She knew no better than I. She responded, “I don’t know. Some things are just harder to make happen.” Read More»

Who’s protecting us from Ga. Power?

[The following letter was sent to Georgia Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise.]

When I called to complain to Georgia Power’s (no) customer service for the unprecedented increase in my electric bill this year versus last year .... I was given this simple answer;

“Everything we do is approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission”.

Well, if that is a fact, please help me understand the following:

1. Since I do not have a choice of electric companies (I know that this is a fact) then why was this outright monopolistic situation approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission? Read More»

Save money, let gifted students skip grades

Currently in Fayette County, students in elementary school who typically do really well on tests and are recommended by a teacher are asked to join the gifted program.

This program challenges students to ability level, but the dollar amount spent per child is higher for gifted students than non-gifted students, due to smaller classes in the gifted program, and teachers are required to obtain extra certifications. Read More»

PTC Council’s firing of Randy Gaddo was ‘misguided and myopic’

Our City Council and mayor made a misguided and terrible decision when they voted to endorse our neophyte city manager’s recommendation to decimate our Leisure Services Department and the associated citizen commission. Read More»

Fayette County financial disaster is looming

Citizens of Fayette County, if you are proud of this county and enjoy living here and the services provided, it is time to become involved in its future financial stability.

As most of you know we ousted two of the former commissioners in a landslide vote during the last election because the commission was not governing according to the will of the people.

What many of you do not know is that the three remaining commissioners have banded together and continue to make decisions that they support rather than those supported by the citizens. Read More»

Brown: HB 240 could have saved the budget

He grabbed the paper with conviction and read the letter from Standard & Poor’s giving a glowing picture of the county government’s finances. There it was with proof and certainty, nothing else need be said.

The error Commissioner Lee Hearn made in his best attempt at dodging accountability for a looming crisis was he forgot the large audience was a group of seasoned, intelligent people not willing to eat the propaganda. Read More»

A dissenting view of the West Bypass: How about some facts?

I occasionally read The Citizen to catch up on local news. As a result, I am aware of the disagreement within the County Commission regarding the West Bypass.

I do not have an opinion on whether the bypass is good or bad, because, despite the many letters published on the subject, many authors typically turn to personal attacks and insults.

I don’t ever recall reading a rational, respectful, “just the facts ma’am,” pro-and-con description of the issues involved. Read More»

Lunch last week with the Speaker

Last week 25 members of various metro Atlanta tea parties received an invitation from Newt Gingrich’s staff to meet with the former Speaker. His birthday was last week and I suppose he wanted to be back in Georgia with family to enjoy it, and take the opportunity to hear from some local grassroots organizations.

After the staffer’s customary “How are you?” I had to ask, “I just heard that a dozen of Newt’s staff quit, so I ought to be asking, how YOU are?” A chuckle at the other end. Read More»

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