Opinion

F&HH exhibit bulldog tenacity on bypass

For those who came in late, the West Fayetteville Bypass (“WFB”), better known as “the road to nowhere,” is a project that has become increasingly controversial over the past three years.

When the voters narrowly approved the 2004 SPLOST package, the WFB was buried deep inside as “a road, street or bridge project.” It was not identified by name on the ballot. As a result, most people don’t realize they voted for it. Read More»

A parable of Washingdon: Folks decided to take in laundry

There is a town, not far away, whose people woke one morning to find that the town’s industries had shut down. There were no jobs. The people wondered how they would earn their living.

One man decided that he would earn money by doing his neighbors’ laundry. The neighbors were busy complaining that they had no jobs, and were happy for this man to do their laundry. A woman on the next block saw what was happening, and offered to do her neighbors’ laundry. Read More»

Free speech, the public and the commission

Those of us sitting in the audience at the Board of Commissioners meeting on July 6 were totally confounded watching Commissioner Steve Brown defending the First Amendment and free speech in Fayette County government.

Commissioner Brown was battling Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan who are trying to shove a new ordinance that promotes censorship and gives Chairman Frady almost dictatorial powers down our throats. Read More»

Why skip grades

The website www.doe.k12.ga.us will show Mrs. Schmid where to get the information about costs and alternatives to the gifted program.

I’m glad you agree the gifted program is not perfect. I believe it is important to bring attention to this issue in a time where most attention in classes is focused on students near the bottom, thanks to the No Child Left Behind Act.

I graduated in this county and personally was in the gifted program since third grade, and I began AP classes in 10th grade. Read More»

Bike rider sees signs of the times from teens

While bicycling the other day, I was privileged to be addressed by some passing motorist. I usually experience this right after graduation, but it appears I will get to be so blessed through the summer.

I am so uplifted when this occurs. I get to experience the benefits of the fine education of our youth. Their extensive vocabulary is so extensive. It consists of words that rarely exceed four letters and three syllables. They also express the extent of their intelligent quotient by the number of fingers they can raise.

’Tis always an uplifting experience.

Bicycling on,

Von Woods Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of July 11, 2011

Betsy Tyler's picture

Meetings tonight, local jobs, government auctions, project updates, and more . . . Read More»

Double dog dare ya

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Something had gone horribly wrong. Blood was everywhere, Twin Brother Mark lay in a crumpled mass at the bottom of hill, and Mom was frantic. From the wail of the sirens, the ambulance was once again closing in on 110 Flamingo Street. This would be the third time in less than a month emergency medical crews had descended upon our backyard for a mishap, but it was by far the worst. Read More»

Casey Anthony and O.J. Simpson

David Epps's picture

The two most publicized and notorious criminal trials in recent years are the murder trials of O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony. Both trials captured the attention of the media and the public and both trials resulted in the acquittal of the defendants on murder charges. Both trials also resulted in the vast majority of the American public believing that the defendants “got away with murder.” Read More»

Boys will be boys

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

They are not babies anymore. They are forces to be wary of.

For the past several weeks we’ve been looking at the house through grandchildren’s eyes, or trying to, to anticipate what they may target. Ours is the quintessential grandparents’ home, with bright magazines, keepsakes, figurines, telephones and assorted electronics. Weeks ago, their mother had already pronounced most of it hazardous to their health, not to mention ours, and I need to put them out of reach. Read More»

Local government: What is essential?

Cal Beverly's picture

I pose the big question in the headline above so that we can begin a discussion about what we can reasonably expect from our local governments. This is part one.

Before that, let’s focus on one single word that forms the basis for all the laws of economics: Scarcity.

Economist Thomas Sowell (the wisest man in the Western Hemisphere, in my opinion) puts it this way: “What does ‘scarce’ mean? It means that what everybody wants adds up to more than there is. ... There has never been enough to satisfy everybody completely.” Read More»