Opinion

Councilman King: ‘My perspective on PTC pay raise’

Now that Peachtree City Council members have had more than ample opportunity to get answers to probing questions on the pay raise study, and now that Council is moving on to other matters, I would like to share my perspective.

To those unhappy with my vote on the pay study and pay raise issue; I have heard your disagreement clearly. I have also heard from roughly an equal number in support of my vote. The troubling part to me is that misconceptions and wrong assumptions linger. While every one of us is entitled to our opinion, none of us are entitled to create our own facts. Read More»

‘Connect seniors to cart path system’

It was wonderful to read in recent editions of The Citizen about the joint move by Fayette County elected officials, school students and school staff to speed up development of a golf cart path for the three-school Starr’s Mill complex just outside Peachtree City’s southern limits. A news story in the Sept. 10 edition described the project in some detail, and a more recent report told of the Fayette County Board of Education being briefed about the matter. Read More»

Reviving academic freedom: Solutions for Georgia

In our Georgia Constitution, local school boards, accountable to and elected by parents and citizens in each school district, are given authority over the public schools in their county or city. Throughout Georgia history, parents, teachers and locally elected board members have had the authority to select curriculum, choose and evaluate school administrators and teachers, and provide oversight for the local public schools.

How did we lose our academic freedom? Through grants, legislation, and accreditation. Read More»

A moral alternative to ‘dying with dignity’

“Dying with Dignity” is the latest cause célebre of the progressive, evolutionist set, whereby we set aside centuries of ignorance and appropriate for ourselves the right to determine when and how we die when faced with a terminal disease/diagnosis.

I have a different proposition: how about we all agree that killing a human person is not the solution for our problems? Whether that person be a new one in the womb, a guilty one on death row, or an ill one with perhaps 6 months left to live (or more, who really knows). Read More»

Secure border first; reforms come later

Open letter to Congressman Westmoreland:

As a lifetime conservative Republican, I am writing to question your actions and those of the majority House about illegal immigration.

As you are aware, Americans across the political spectrum have plainly rejected the idea of amnesty for illegals going back to 2007. This strong majority opinion remains as high or higher now than in 2007.

My question to you, sir, is, “Why is immigration reform (which is badly needed), tied to U.S. border security?”

They are two completely separate issues which should be handled independently. Read More»

3 feet deep in snow

Carolyn Cary's picture

In the Akron area of Northern Ohio I don’t recall us having over 3 feet of snow at any one time, certainly not the 6 and 8 feet of weeks ago.

I recall one time in November in the mid 1940’s that on a weekend the Methodist churches in Akron asked families to house a visitor or two from north Ohio churches for a Methodist Youth Fellowship member (MYF for short) for a Youth conference.

My parents graciously offered to take two visitors to spend Friday and Saturday night with us. They were all picked up at one church on Friday night, and it had begun to snow softly. Read More»

Have an attitude of gratitude

Cal Thomas's picture

If Thomas Jefferson could be faulted for one thing in composing the Declaration of Independence, it might be his inclusion of the words “the pursuit of happiness” in the text.

Happiness is a vapor that cannot be grasped; a temporary feeling based on transitory circumstances akin to the euphoria of a full-on sugar rush. Happiness is good for a time, but it cannot last. Life invariably intervenes. Read More»

From Thank-Mas to Thanksgiving

William Murchison's picture

Thanks-mas — as our new winter holiday deserves to become known, with pumpkins and red-and-green lights merging in anticipatory celebration — only partly occludes the opportunities for national and personal gratitude widespread in Novembers past.

Such opportunities as can be found might, if grasped, afford a few moments of useful reflection on America’s present challenges. Those challenges have many forms and shapes, but a certain political character seems to shove most others aside. Read More»

Forgiveness

David Epps's picture

It is a strong truth that the God of Scripture is willing to forgive — more willing that we often believe.

Some find that a difficult concept, especially those whose lives have been filled with terrible decisions and flagrant sins. Read More»

Movie Review: 'Mockingjay'

Kevin Thomas's picture

Back in 2012, I put the original “Hunger Games” on my Best of the Year list. It had everything I love about film: intriguing characters, intense action and a very engaging narrative.

It left me pumped up and ready for “Catching Fire.”

While I was not as big a fan of “Catching Fire” as other critics, I did enjoy it for the same reasons they did: a tight story, even better action and great development of its characters.

The biggest flaw with that film was its ending, which I will not spoil for those who haven’t seen it. Read More»