Opinion

Political games in repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Terry Garlock's picture

I don’t know which was the bigger snow job – the winter storm in the Northeast last week, or the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) last month.

If you are willing to think outside your comfort zone, read on, but fair warning, my views on repealing the prohibition on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military just might alienate everyone on both sides of the argument. Read More»

Emergence of Fluoridegate (Part I)

Ben Nelms's picture

“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who can’t read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler

As Americans, we have been taught from birth to love and respect our country. This is good. In America, many people have long believed that the federal government was on their side. That view has eroded somewhat in previous decades and even more lately. Read More»

2011 Georgia General Assembly session to convene next week

Matt Ramsey's picture

With the recent flip of the calendar from 2010 to 2011, it is almost time for the Georgia General Assembly to convene again for its annual 40 day session beginning on Jan. 10.

I wanted to take the opportunity to give a preview of some of the prominent issues that will be considered by the state House and Senate this year. Before I do that, however, I would like to wish all of the readers of this column a very blessed and happy new year. I would also like to again say thank you to the citizens of Fayette County for giving me the opportunity to serve our home in the state House. Read More»

She warned us . . .

Cal Thomas's picture

Sarah Palin deserves an apology. When she said that the new healthcare law would lead to “death panels” deciding who gets life-saving treatment and who does not, she was roundly denounced and ridiculed. Read More»

The Scott Family Gospel

Ronda Rich's picture

My friend, Linda, is one of those kinds of friends that drift in and out of my life. The kind of friend that I see infrequently but when we gather together over lunch or dinner, it’s as though we’ve had coffee together every morning for the past six months. Our conversation isn’t constant but our friendship is. Read More»

Mass transit maps not idle exercises

Commissioner Allen McCarty and I were given the oath of office on Dec. 27. At the end of the ceremony, I had several maps on display for the audience so they could actually view a realistic picture of what the future holds.

As an aside, both Commissioner McCarty and I were deeply grateful to see so many people attend the ceremony with temperatures in the 20s. We appreciate your support. Read More»

Thanks to ‘our wonderful’ Obama

Just yesterday, I opened my mail to find a wonderful $250 check from Medicare.

This came from the Affordable Care Act, a new law passed by Congress and signed by our wonderful President Obama on March 30, 2010.

With all the negativity surrounding this healthcare bill, and the scare tactics used by some to our seniors, the reality is the Democrats are looking out for the seniors.

This rebate of $250 is sent automatically to people enrolled in Medicare Part D who reach the Medicare drug plans coverage gap (doughnut hole) in 2010. Read More»

The rest of the story about Bill of Rights

In response to Mr. Timothy Parker’s letter in last Wednesday’s edition, I hereby submit the following for your consideration.

Mr. Parker sees no historical basis for Dr. Hendrickson’s claim that, “To the founders, government’s sole legitimate purpose is to protect our rights.”

Yet in the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote, “all Men are created equal ... endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights ... That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men.” Seems to me Jefferson is saying government is supposed to protect our rights. Read More»

Chiropractic story has unscientific basis

I write to question the story in The Citizen Weekend, Dec. 24-25, 2010 with the headline, “Study shows resolution of otitis media with chiropractic care.”

As I’m sure you are aware, “studies” such as the one described are usually classified as “Incidental,” implying they are interesting, but not in the least bit scientific.

Requirements for sound experimental designed studies are as follows: Control groups, placebos or sham procedures, blinded procedures, random assignment of subjects to study groups and adequate statistical power. Read More»

Getting down

Michael Boylan's picture

My son, Colin, is five years old. Like every other kindergartner I’ve met, he is constantly fidgeting, incessantly talking (or, more likely, just making noise to hear himself) and he always wants to play. All hail the kindergarten teachers and parapros who put their sanity on the line each day dealing with these active children and their active imaginations. Trying to keep up with one (as well as his younger sister, but she’s another story) is exhausting, but for his emotional well-being and the strength of the family I feel I must push on and try to keep up with him. Read More»