Opinion

Magic elixir of life

Rick Ryckeley's picture

I really never gave it much thought: Growing old, that is. Figured I didn’t have to. The way I saw it, I only had two options: Grow older or die.

If I died – well, I wouldn’t be worrying about getting older, now would I? And the longer I lived, the more obvious it became that I would eventually become old.

Since I didn’t die – a fact The Wife is very happy about – I’m faced with a conundrum: Why then are some people happy no matter how old they get and others are just downright miserable? What magic makes people happy and keeps them vibrant? Read More»

Government goes on a diet in UK; can we?

Cal Thomas's picture

Thirty-six years ago when he first ran for Congress, Lake Jackson, Texas obstetrician Ron Paul rented billboards depicting a seriously obese Uncle Sam with the caption: “Put Big Government on a Diet.”

Most Americans, with the possible exception of those addicted to government benefits, would probably be happy to return to the 1975 federal debt level of a paltry $84 billion. Today, the national debt is $13 trillion and rising. Read More»

The case for conservatism

Lance McMillian's picture

Conservatism recognizes the limits of human ability. Each of us is flawed in our own unique way. My shortcomings mean that I should not rule over you; your shortcomings mean that you should not rule over me. Still, some civil order is necessary to keep the peace. Left to our own devices, we would devour one another in a world without government. Read More»

Corps of Engineers issues bypass permit, so lawsuit will be filed

Dennis Chase's picture

This week the West Fayetteville Bypass issue has arrived at a significant turning point. Fayette County has obtained a permit under Clean Water Act (CWA) for the road project. Therefore, the West Fayetteville Bypass Coalition has initiated the first steps within the federal court system to stop the project as planned. Read More»

Our mail delivers happiness

Ronda Rich's picture

When I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address to the National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS) in Anchorage, Alaska, I spoke on the joy that comes in the form of a card or letter.

Oh, I’ve had my share of aggravations with packages that are lost, and once it took a first class letter six weeks to travel 40 miles, but the smiles have been more plentiful than the troubles. It is a wonderful thing that every American is given the right to receive mail delivered right to our door. Read More»

Emphasis on tests destroys creativity

It was with dismay but not surprise that I read the recent letter to the editor from a group of teachers from Fayette County (“Why is this the worst school year?”).

I could immediately empathize with their sense of frustration, but recognized more importantly their loss of feelings of creativity and pride in what they do.

Education — and the educational bureaucracy — is a pendulum that swings to and fro continuously. When it reaches the edge of extreme it can stop or slow so that it no longer keeps pace with the times. Read More»

Alternatives to our paying for Atlanta traffic

Last week, I asked you to contemplate whether you could depend on the viewpoints of Fayette County’s current regional government representatives: Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele and County Commission Chairman Jack Smith. Both men have consistently supported issues which are counter to the will of our citizenry. Read More»

Local Tea Party activists have their hands full with federal outrages

Cal, I really appreciate your column regarding the Tea Party’s lack of visibility on local issues. And, yes, you are on target, more than you suspect, with regards to local relationships and self-preservation. Further, you will get no argument from me that the nanny-state disease has spread to the nanny-city and the nanny-neighborhood.

However, I can’t completely accept your challenge or premise without first putting this all in perspective. Read More»

PTC paths offer good cycle ride; stay off streets over 35 mph

I love the support I’ve received from Mr. Sanderson and others on the topic of not banning gas golf carts, but why I hopefully write for the last time on the topic is again about bicycles on our main roads. I just want to clear up some misrepresentations in the last “Citizen.”

I have no personal dislike for road cyclists. I am a cyclist that rides on our city roads. Of the 15 to 20 miles I log on a bike ride, several of those are on city streets. Read More»

Cancer ‘cure’ drives are ripoffs

First of all let me say I am a breast cancer survivor. [My husband] Mr. Saul has cancer of the colon; so far no cure for him.

Each and every year when the March for the Cure happens I become irate. It bothers me so deeply that all those women who raise money for the cure are so uninformed that they don’t understand all they are doing is marching to make money for the drug companies, the cancer doctors and hospitals who make millions from the drugs for the “cure.” Read More»