Opinion

ObamaCare drains Medicare

Ronald E. Bachman's picture

One of the most controversial parts of the new federal healthcare law is the redistribution of funding from Medicare to other programs. If Obamacare is left unchanged, it will take $500 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years.

Medicare beneficiaries will see higher premiums; doctors, nurses, hospitals and medical suppliers will get lower payments. The Medicare reductions will be used to subsidize expanded Medicaid to low-income recipients and to fund insurance for the uninsured. Read More»

Haddix on names, walking signs, gas golf carts

Don Haddix's picture

It has been busy with a lot of issues being discussed, researched and pursued. So being the end of year, it is time for another update.

Walking signs are an issue the majority want banned on the right of ways, etc. Our sign ordinance has been one of the most desirable features for Peachtree City. Because the economy is bad, we have an excess of retail space in the city and not all stores have high visibility on highways, [but that] is not a reason to abandon either our sign ordinance or the principles which it contains. Read More»

A coat to break the chat ice

Ronda Rich's picture

When a friend and I were planning a winter time trip to London, we were discussing, as women tend to, what clothes we were packing.

Women can never go on a trip or to a special event, without having other women approve their wardrobe, especially those who will be in attendance.

Just in case you didn’t know that. Read More»

Repealing DADT: Unintended results

Those who support repeal of DADT have no idea what the unintended consequences will be on the force.

Central to the issue is the fact that the overwhelming majority of our military come from conservative backgrounds where belief in Judeo/Christian values underpins our society and our way of life (including moral conduct codified in religious teachings).

Justification for repeal seems to be that the American public is more accepting of all varieties of gays now and accordingly, they will be readily accepted within the military. Read More»

Tax is not real issue; it’s how taxes are spent

Nobody likes to pay taxes, especially me. However, has everyone forgotten what pays for schools, highways, parks and other things that we enjoy provided by the government? In case you don’t remember, it is TAX! However, unless we control how our tax is spent, we are obligated to pay way more than is necessary.

Today, almost everyone demands tax cuts and less spending. However, the roads and bridges keep wearing out. This could be cured by raising tax on gas and automobiles. Read More»

Letter insults all legal immigrants to U.S.

A recent letter (“Ramsey’s punitive approach to illegals is the wrong solution”) lamenting the intention of the Georgia legislature to prioritize enforcement of the laws regarding the crime of illegal immigration was an all too common insult to immigrants.

The use of the transparent term “anti-immigrant legislation” is an immediate tip off to the anti-enforcement agenda of the writer.

Immigrants, by federal definition, enter the USA lawfully. Escaping capture while crossing our borders in violation of our immigration laws does not make anyone an immigrant ... or an American. Read More»

Apologist for illegal aliens should grasp who pays for his leniency

Last Wednesday’s paper carried a letter by Mr. Ron Chandonia that touched on a topic that deserves, and is poised to receive, considerably more involvement nationally and in Georgia: illegal aliens.

First, lets understand basic terms. Aliens (not the ET kind) are people who are not citizens or nationals of the United States. They can be here legally (comply with entry and visitation term requirements, as many students, tourists, and workers do) or illegally (they do not comply with U.S. entry laws). We have a large number of both in the U.S. and in Georgia. Read More»

Cops enforcing law, not harrassing illegals

From the letter titled “Ramsey’s punitive approach,” the author first states that he is dismayed that Rep. Matt Ramsey is against spending “one penny to allow illegal immigrants to attend our schools.”

What part of illegal do you not understand? If you are in this country illegally, staying for any period of time does not make your stay legal. Read More»

New chairman must listen to, respect voters

On their way out of office, County Commission Chairman Jack Smith and Commissioner Eric Maxwell have demonstrated that Fayette voters made appropriate choices in the voting booth this year. Commissioner Maxwell’s latest escapade to embarrass incoming Commissioner Alan McCarty and overturn the will of the voters was a glaring example of the type of politics we don’t need in Fayette County. Read More»

German American WWII Internment (part 2 of 2)

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two part column. The first part can be read at www.thecitizen.com

With disregard for station in life or in religious affiliation, scientists, educators, farmers, brewers, physicians, American police troops swept German American civilians through California and other coastal communities, on their way to internment camps during World War II. Read More»

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