Opinion

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»

Some perspective on our flawed Founding Fathers

Terry Garlock's picture

Michelle Bachman, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, recently caused a stir when she said publicly that the Founding Fathers had worked tirelessly to end slavery.

We often hear about our Founding Fathers in a way that implies purity and virtue, inviting the vision of an angelic choir for background music. But we don’t often hear about the messy process, the infighting, factions, jealousies, suspicions, one group plotting against the other, or compromised principles like setting aside objections to slavery. Read More»

The media vs. the Secret Service

Carolyn Cary's picture

Not too many reporters get to have lunch with former first lady, Laura Bush. My colleague, Gwen Griffin, and I were appointed to do just that.

Of course we had no idea where we were going, so after Sunday School I had a friend drive me to the Georgia International Convention site so I could have a clue on Monday.

We had to turn our cameras in way ahead of time so the Secret Service could take them apart. No one was allowed in the building before 10:30 a.m. so the Secret Service could sweep the room. Read More»

‘The chickens have come home to roost, folks’

Don Haddix's picture

On Friday, July 1, we held our second Facilities Authority (FA) meeting.

What in the world is that, you ask? Like other authorities, the FA can get better bond rates than the city. So it is a funding mechanism for city projects to be paid over some period of time. Fancy words for getting loans at the best interest rates.

What it is not is a council function or meeting. No council discussion or decisions can be made. That is added because the FA membership is the mayor and four council members. Read More»