Opinion

Bikes on roads are safety issue, not rights

This is a follow-up letter to a recent [letter] of mine that was published in recent weeks. A response from a Mr. Rick Sanderson leads me to believe there is some misunderstanding about the issues.

I see there is no disagreement about the absurdity of banning gas golf carts, but when I mentioned that recreational cyclists should use our path system instead of the roadways, I was not comparing the two issues. I was merely giving the council an issue worth addressing, as opposed to the potential gas golf cart ban. Read More»

Tolbert: Qualifications for BoE include organizing, managing budget

My name is Sam Tolbert, and I have lived in Fayette County for 24 years. As a candidate for Fayette County Board of Education, Post 5, I am a semi-retired senior manager and most recently worked as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Gordon College in Barnesville, Ga.

My qualifications/accomplishments are:

• Board member Georgia Tech International Standards & Quality, Southern Tech Center for Quality

• Conducted continuing educational classes for Georgia Tech, Southern Tech and Dale Carnegie Institute

• Board member and lead auditor for Georgia Oglethorpe Award committee Read More»

Rep. Ramsey: Attacks on longtime Rep. Yates raise laughable non-issues

It is the home stretch in the 2010 election season and this is the time when candidates begin to say and do strange things in the hopes of winning office.

Just this week, I read with a mix of disdain and amusement the attack on my good friend and state House colleague Representative John Yates by his Democratic opponent.

For those that don’t know him, John Yates is the only World War II veteran serving in the Georgia General Assembly. Read More»

Living in the moment

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

A reader who responded to a recent column about dealing with Parkinson’s disease gave me permission to use her remarks with her name attached. I’m going to share her thoughts, but I think I will not name her since this is such a personal conversation.

It’s enough to say that she is a Fayette native and teacher, married and the mother of three nearly grown children. She is also a gifted writer, so better you should read her words with no intrusion of mine. (I changed her husband’s name.) Read More»

PTC UPDATES – Week of Oct. 11, 2010

Betsy Tyler's picture

Lots of chances for public input this week, plus safety reminders for pets, paths, and golf cart charging. Read More»

Teams on 'The Apprentice' try to go viral

Michael Boylan's picture

Oh, “The Apprentice,” how frustrating you can be.

I’ve been watching “The Apprentice” this season because Fayetteville resident Kelly Smith Beaty is a contestant. I think it is important to see not only where she finishes, but how she gets there. In the earlier episodes, Kelly has been quiet and in the background. Would that change this week?

No. Read More»

Cursed little sweet gum balls

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It’s fall once again in Georgia. Gone are the high temperatures and humidity of the long Dog Days of August and September. They are replaced with cool, romantic moonlit evenings and even cooler mornings.

Fall brings with it certain rituals unlike any other season. Rituals like driving to the North Georgia mountains to view the rainbow of colors splashed across the landscape, cleaning out gutters, and, of course, raking leaves. But every fall brings something else, something unwelcome around our house: Those cursed little sweet gum balls. Read More»

More than survivors

David Epps's picture

Pope Benedict XVI declared June 2009 to June 2010 to be “The Year of the Priest.” A number of denominations and church-related businesses have set aside each October as “Pastor Appreciation Month.”

The casual observer might wonder, “Why all the fuss? What is so special about being a priest or pastor and how hard could it be?”

The simple truth is that, if a person has been in the pastoral ministry for over five years, he or she is a survivor. As easy as it looks on Sunday, this job is not for the thin-skinned or the faint of heart. Read More»

Koran-burning and the 1st Amendment

Lance McMillian's picture

Let us stipulate from the outset that the Reverend Terry Jones – would-be Koran-burner – is a knuckle-head of the first order. Ideas cannot be destroyed by fire, and the resort to destruction instead of engagement suggests a fear of confronting offensive thoughts with reason, as if the words of the Koran are too strong to survive intellectual challenge.

Still, despite universal agreement on the senselessness of book-burning, no one of note has seriously questioned the right of Jones to perform this stupid act. Until now. Read More»

Haddix: Low Temp & ARC, Part 2

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Here are some more updates on two issues, Low Temp and the TSPLOST.

On Councilwoman Kim Learnard’s letter concerning the Low Temp issue: I debated posting a response because I had hoped we were through discussing this issue. I finally decided some of the errors could not be left standing since they created some false impressions about a number of parties involved.

First, let me say I do not know where the source of the mix of information came from that resulted in the comments. I am making no accusations of any deliberate false statements on anyone’s part. Read More»

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