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Masters brings back memories of past champions

Loran Smith's picture

AUGUSTA – Last week was one for reminiscing about milestone victories — principally, Jack Nicklaus winning his sixth Green Jacket here in 1986 and Gary Player becoming the first international winner fifty years ago.

In the last 25 years — since Nicklaus won his 18th major — all Masters, except 1997 when Tiger Woods won by 12 strokes over Tom Kite (270 to 282), have been decided by five strokes or fewer. There have been eight playoffs during this time, and more often than not only one or two strokes separated the competitors who finished first and second. Read More»

Are we headed toward civil war?

One hundred and fifty years ago on Tuesday half of America went to war with the other half.

The men on both sides were incredibly similar. Both armies were largely made up of conservative, white, Protestant, males. Both sides believed in capitalism, gun ownership and the military, individual responsibility for one’s station in life, manifest destiny, being engaged in politics, extremely limited government power and spending, and government power being concentrated at the local and state level. They only really disagreed about one issue, slavery. Read More»

Dog-bite boy: Animal Control blows it again

Recently you may have read an article my mother wrote about her disgust how Fayette County Animal Control wouldn’t retrieve a dog that bit her grandson and she just wondered where our taxpayers’ dollars are going if that’s no longer in their job description.

My mother didn’t mean ill feelings towards the owners of the dog. It was just that the dog is tied and exposed to wildlife that carry diseases and he wasn’t current on shots, as confessed by the owner. All she wanted was it to be picked up and tested. Read More»

An open letter to prospective businesses looking at Peachtree City

I write this in hopes that potential entrepreneurs or businesses will overlook the seemingly endless inconsequential soap opera that our current city administration keeps airing out in public. The truth is that our city is, in fact, open for business and despite the anti-business rhetoric espoused by many on The Citizen’s blog, including our mayor, Peachtree City would welcome the opportunity to discuss our merits. Read More»

With no disclosure, Commissioner Hearn appoints cousin to post

Just when you thought it could not get any worse, it does.

In 2010 we had a situation where a full quorum of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners was spotted having an improper meeting in a local restaurant in Fayetteville to discuss how they were going to change the county’s Board of Elections to their advantage. Read More»

Confessions of a television addict

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Now at the age when many parents deny they watch TV, Dave and I can look down our noses at TV fans who set their personal lives’ agenda to correspond with a favorite show. We watch very little TV, we repeat, smugly.

We were married so long ago that television had not yet scrambled high enough to throw a clear signal across the Pennsylvania hills and valleys in which we lived. If you could just make out that the shadow on the screen was the hero and the one on the left the villain, and as long as you could hear the dialogue, why, that was enough to follow the plot and marvel. Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of April 11, 2011

Betsy Tyler's picture

Library entrance repairs (lower level), Great PTC Path Cleanup, Paint the Town Purple, Landlord Training, Water Restrictions, and more . . . Read More»

Some roads shouldn't be taken

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The light changed to green, and a decision had to be made. Straight ahead was the business meeting for which I was an hour early. To the left was a much different destination, a trip down memory lane. It was to be a lane filled with potholes, dangerous curves, and what might be a cliff at the end.

I turned left and pointed the nose of the car down Mt. Olive Street and towards the elementary school that bore its name. It had been a long time since I’d travelled this way, even longer still since I walked those pathways. Read More»

Obama's 'flip-flops'?

David Epps's picture

President Barack Obama has come under fire in recent days both from the political Left and from the Right for “flip-flopping” on campaign promises.

Among the so-called flip-flops are the following:

• Candidate Obama promised to close Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) while President Obama has kept it open.

• Candidate Obama said he would repeal the “Bush tax cuts” while President Obama has left them in place.

• Candidate Obama supported the healthcare single-payer mandate while President Obama compromised and dropped it from his healthcare proposal. Read More»

County stormwater fees unfair to many

Dennis Chase's picture

On March 28, the Fayette County Stormwater Management Stakeholder Advisory Group held their third meeting to address the need, or lack thereof, for an expanded stormwater effort.

Following the second meeting, and because I expressed serious concerns about the county proposal, I met with the Fayette County Stormwater Department staff twice and once with the consultant hired by the county to establish a Fayette County stormwater utility. Read More»

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