Opinion

Egypt shows why you can’t buy friendship

Scott Bradshaw's picture

The United States bribed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and his predecessors for decades, giving their government up to $1.3 billion annually to help maintain a well-equipped military. Our stated objective was to insure stability in the region. Stability is code for “hold the people down, keep the Suez Canal open, and honor the treaty with Israel.” Read More»

Judy, the sad girl

Ronda Rich's picture

The other day I took a shortcut down a back road, the likes of which I had not seen since I was a child in petticoats and Mary Janes and rode the big, yellow schoolbus.

The road was dirt and gravel back then, twisting sharply from corner to corner as it wound itself around mostly pastures and creeks. There were, perhaps, three houses on the road, one of which was a white clapboard farm house with a front porch, steep steps and a postage stamp-sized front yard. Read More»

The multiple ways the new Obamacare law may affect you in 2011

Sally C. Pipes's picture

A federal judge recently ruled President Obama’s healthcare law unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court will no doubt have to settle the matter, but several of the reform package’s most damaging provisions have already taken root.

For starters, the new law effectively stops the construction of physician-owned hospitals throughout the country — even as it extends government-subsidized insurance coverage to tens of millions of new patients. Read More»

Remembering Jack Bush, ‘a damn good Dog’

Loran Smith's picture

At the conclusion of the graveside service at Oconee Hill cemetery, where many Georgia football lettermen are interred, Jack Bush’s son-in-law John Parker stood up and invited all those in attendance to a reception, noting that it would be “Jack Bush’s last tailgate party.”

When friends gathered at the Sexton House at the entrance to the cemetery, there was a sign, noting that it was a tailgate party in memory of one of Georgia’s most loyal friends who best could be described as a Damn Good Dog. Read More»

Too many cliches for one county

There is, “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” or perhaps “Peter, meet Paul. Paul, meet Peter.” You could include, “if it walks like a duck ...,” “money makes the world go round,” “bait and switch,” “show me the money,” and even “a fool and his money are soon parted.” But my favorite is “Bend over.” Read More»

Citizens say, ‘We’re not taking it anymore’

Over the past two months, we’ve come about as close as one can to witnessing a feeding frenzy against toxic government. The new kids on the block, Commissioner Steve Brown and Commissioner Allen McCarty, are working long hours to put an end to the secret meetings and backroom dealings of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. They have shown a lot of courage. Read More»

Round 3, North vs. South . . .

Carole Marsh, of Peachtree City, has published a series of booklets called “The Student’s Civil War.” I read one of the booklets entitled “What Was The Civil Was All About?,” and The Citizen published my unfavorable review of the booklet on Feb. 9.

The Citizen has now published, on Feb. 16, a response written by Mrs. Marsh’s daughter, Michelle, president of the family-run publishing company.

Michelle hopes to put me in my place by reciting a number of awards received by her mother and by listing the big-name customers of their products. Read More»

Here we go again: More rationalizations for wasting tax money

Have you ever squared off against one of those carnival games with five holes that little heads pop out of? As soon as you smack one head down, another one pops up.

It seems as though county commissioners Frady, Hearn, and Horgan have orchestrated a very similar game with their West Fayetteville Bypass (WFB) project; as soon as citizens debunk one of their excuses for the project, the three arcade operators roll out another. Read More»

County made us an offer we couldn’t refuse

Here we are now, two-and-a-half years after we received formal notification from Fayette County that our property would either be taken peacefully for the West Fayetteville Bypass, or forcefully by condemnation.

The county commissioners at that time were totally reprehensible in their refusal to see the vast public opposition to the project. It was like talking to five stone faces. I may have well as spoken to Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson by going to Stone Mountain with my megaphone. Others feel the same way. Read More»

A tragedy at Toomer’s Corner

Today I am an Auburn fan. Now I am a UGA grad and proud member of the Bulldog Nation, but today I join everyone in the South to mourn the potential loss of the 130-year-old live oaks at Toomer’s Corner on the Auburn campus after a misguided individual poisoned the trees with herbicide.

You might not consider this event a “tragedy.” No one was killed or injured. But there are levels of tragedy and this one is sad on many levels. Read More»

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