Opinion

‘No problem’ — Considering new words and old phrases

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

It would appear that the world did not come to an end last Saturday. I’m writing and you’re reading – but could that mean that the Rapture left us behind and we just haven’t yet missed those who were plucked from among us?

Eerie thought.

Let us take comfort wherever we find it. For me, that means playing with words and phrases, in no particular order. Read More»

Meet the unknown energy superpower

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

Saudi Arabia has long been the dominant producer of petroleum on the planet. Nature endowed the Arabian Peninsula with gigantic deposits of this vital source of energy. Many of us have lamented the quirk of nature that placed much-needed oil in the most geopolitically unstable region in the world. Read More»

Another doomsday prophet who needs to say, ‘Sorry’

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

Every April 22 is Earth Day. As one who studies Soviet Russia, I can’t help notice that the day coincides with the birthday of Vladimir Lenin. The inaugural Earth Day occurred April 22, 1970, no less than Lenin’s birth centennial.

This is most ironic. Lenin is a decaying symbol of central planning, which, regrettably, is the ideological preference of many of those filling the streets on Earth Day. Although Lenin was a collectivist, not an environmentalist, he is frequently recycled, as mortuary specialists from Russia’s health ministry regularly re-embalm him in his tomb. Read More»

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

Greg Moffatt's picture

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

Betsy Tyler's picture

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»

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