Opinion

Cursed little sweet gum balls

Rick Ryckeley's picture

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

Don Haddix's picture

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»

Blake Sailors: Playing for love

Loran Smith's picture

College football has been enjoying a steep incline on the graph of popularity, but big money is affecting the game and this fact will have to be addressed in the immediate future. Read More»

Oh, the stories you will find

Ronda Rich's picture

A favorite book in my family, one we often buy for new college graduates, is Dr. Suess’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.”

I love it so that I have my own copy and pull it out from time to time, especially when I find myself in the “waiting place.” The beloved children’s author wrote a book aimed at adults and the road we travel in this journey of life. It is a wonderful creation of wisdom and humor. Read More»

Gas carts, bikers: Both involve rights

Daniel Allen’s letter on Sept. 29 both resonates and disturbs me. I agree with him that residents with gas-powered carts should not have to worry about a vote to outlaw them.

That issue is to me, an example of our council hard at work on a non-issue.

While I don’t like gas powered carts, the noise or their smell, I don’t support taking that right away. Read More»

Transportation plan: Have your input now

I am extremely concerned that other Fayette citizens won’t have the opportunity to submit comments concerning the latest Fayette County Transportation Plan within the specified time period.

If folks don’t know to look on the county website for this latest transportation plan, they won’t be able to take advantage of the opportunity. I have no hopes that anyone’s comments will amount to a hill of beans where our current commissioners are concerned, but at least the citizenry will have been informed about the plan. Read More»

The GOP philosophy: Same old bad ideas

Cal Thomas’ article published in Wednesday’s Citizen is a very well articulated argument that people should be educated (by Republicans once they are back in power) to fend for themselves in a world dominated by wealthy corporate interests who relentlessly endeavor to mold government into something ineffectual that can be manipulated by them.

It is just another well argued bad idea in a seemingly endless stream of propaganda generated by the conservative right that seeks to improve the circumstances of the wealthy at the expense of the majority. Read More»

Who fought costly battle against Ga.’s voter ID law? Roy Barnes

In 2005, the Georgia Legislature passed the “Voter ID” Bill that requires voters, when they vote, to present photo identification of the voter.

This is a common sense requirement to protect the value of the votes of the legitimate folks. When non-qualified people vote (dead or alive), or when qualified people vote multiple times, the votes of genuine Georgia voters are cancelled. That’s us. Read More»