Opinion

Exposed: National Pathetic Radio

Cal Thomas's picture

If the resignations at National Public Radio continue at last week’s pace, there may be no need for Congress to defund the aging dinosaur, because there will be no one left there to turn the lights on. Read More»

Unemployment: Lessons of history

The Citizen's picture

By Richard K. Vedder and Lowell E. Gallaway

If we ask the question, “Are there lessons to be learned from history?,” the likely answer is, “Yes.” On the other hand, if we inquire, “Do we learn from the patterns of history?,” the probable answer, regrettably, is, “No.”

To illustrate this cognitive dissonance, all we need do is explore the history of the last two major business cycle downturns in America, that beginning in the third quarter of 1981 (National Bureau of Economic Research dating) and the present episode, which the NBER dates as commencing in the fourth quarter of 2007. Read More»

Mamas and their babies

Ronda Rich's picture

One morning when I went for a run, the good Lord blessed with such a joy, though simple that it was.

A week earlier, my nephew, Rod, had brought two cows and their newborn calves to put in my pasture. He had put them in the corral at the barn for a day then released them into the pasture. For the next several days that came and went, the mamas and their babies had stay put on that side of the small river, though they have much less room to roam. Read More»

Bloviating editor shows ignorance of how F’ville really works

Ken Steele's picture

There is a time-honored tradition in our nation that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Unfortunately, many people forget the corollary that the relevance of one’s opinion is directly proportional to one’s knowledge of the subject of which they opine.

For a man of your age and having been the editor and publisher of a local newspaper for so many years, your understanding of how local government works, be it city, county or school systems, is abysmal. Read More»

State retiree medical obligations: Georgia is underfunded

Allen Buckley's picture

The media often reports about the funding problems of state and local pension plans, such as the plans maintained by Illinois, California and New Jersey. Georgia’s pension plans have also received significant press as well, although most of it has been positive. Regularly overlooked are liabilities relating to post-retirement medical obligations. Read More»

Bobby Cox, out of the spotlight, but not out of place

Loran Smith's picture

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – You see Bobby Cox moving about the Braves’ spring training complex with the same soft smile, the same bad-knees-gait and accommodating demeanor as in the past. It’s just that he is not in uniform.

If you were to turn up at the Los Angeles Dodger training facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., it would not come as a surprise to see Tommy Lasorda, former manager of the Dodgers, cavorting about in his familiar No. 2. Lasorda once said: “I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer.” Read More»

Budget tightening in Pennsylvania — and around the nation

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

Pennsylvania’s new governor, Tom Corbett, has submitted his first annual budget to the state legislature. It includes proposals for spending cuts and no new taxes. In some ways, the budget is a model of what must be done nationwide. Read More»

Another view of apartment vote

After watching the eventual acceptance of Norsouth senior apartments coming to Peachtree City off of Newgate Road, I am bringing to you a different perspective, mostly because people should know that this has the potential for being a very positive thing for our city.

Right now it seems a bit tainted due to the legal circumstances surrounding the approval of the development, but rest assured this housing option for seniors could serve a great need, especially given our renowned status in 2008 as one of the Top 10 Places to Retire. Read More»

County manager, attorney at odds with taxpayers; both should go

I agree with the sentiments expressed in the letter to the editor from Peachtree City resident Jim Richter.

“As someone who couldn’t take it anymore and began getting active by attending Board of Commissioners meetings, it is becoming more obvious every month that Jack Krakeel and Scott Bennett are a driving force behind the scenes for continuing the West Fayetteville Bypass and keeping us in the regional mass transit plans,” Richter said. Read More»

County badly failing its own mission statement

When you visit the Fayette County, Ga., website and scroll down to the county commissioners, you’ll find an interesting set of criteria. They’ve listed visions, missions, and other criteria we should all use to measure their performance. I’ve listed some of them below, and then applied a few observations I made.

I got into this because of all the hoopla that has been going on at the commissioners’ meetings that I’ve attended. Most of what’s happened occurred before the two new commissioners were sworn in. I’ve listed the criteria they published in quote marks, and my observations follow. Read More»

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