Opinion

Can we keep this republic?

Terry Garlock's picture

As mid-term elections draw near, the chatter of TV news escalates in points and counter-points of the political tug-of-war. Whether you are on the left or right in the arguments, if you can set aside pre-conceived notions long enough to read this column, please consider that much of the noise completely misses the larger point. Read More»

Coming cuts to your cancer care

Elizabeth Lee Vliet's picture

ObamaCare’s promises to cut costs really mean cutting care, especially expensive cancer care, which often occurs at what will soon be the “end of life.” America’s leading position in cancer care will fall off a cliff, taking your life with it.

The “changes” to be forced on us starting in 2013 do not provide “hope.” For cancer patients, ObamaCare’s “change” is a drastic threat to your survival.

ObamaCare deals a body blow to our state of the art cancer treatment. Multiple “hits” in the healthcare bill include: Read More»

Georgia needs common sense tax reform

Virgil Fludd's picture

This summer, Georgia’s Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians began its five-month mandate to examine our state’s tax code and recommend a path forward.

With their mission nearing completion and taxes becoming a key election-year issue, I believe the Council must focus its energies on long-term and sustainable solutions for a healthy fiscal future. Read More»

Minding your own business

Ronda Rich's picture

One night as a particularly hard, extremely long rain poured down, I discovered a leak in my roof. The leak became a minor problem. Finding a roofer to show up and fix it became the primary problem.

Is it just me – I know it’s not – or do many business folks just don’t care? For the most part, customer service is sadly lacking.

Now, I tend to understand this more with big businesses than with small, independent businesses. I’m to the point that when folks treat me as if my business really matters, I fall down on my knees, misty-eyed with gratitude and profusely thank them. Read More»

‘Why is this the worst school year?’

If anyone cares or has any backbone at the Fayette County Board of Education, please check on your teachers out here in the fields.

Over the last 3-4 weeks, most all of our classroom teachers at our school have received three or four planning periods, total.

On top of that, many have meetings right after school or serve on other committees, therefore leaving no time to call a parent, pull curriculum and materials for experiments for the next day, grade papers, look at formative assessments, type lesson plans, or post any grades. Read More»

Why Smith and Steele are complaining

Our political leadership within the county has begun a debate on issues that are of the utmost importance to the future well-being of our county and our quality of life, so please pay attention. County Commission Chairman Jack Smith and Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele are forced to go on the offensive in an attempt to defend their past actions. Read More»

BSC traffic light: No common sense at DOT

The people at DOT have no common sense. The first visit I ever made to the BSC, about three years ago, I remember thinking that a traffic light was needed. DOT should put all of their stupid regulations aside, and put safety at the top of the list.

DOT was responsible for the long delay in getting the cart bridge open, across from Best Buy. They wanted, of all things, a “study” of environmental air quality. It took them months for that study, which could have been accomplished in one day. The only thing affecting air quality is Highway 54 traffic. Read More»

Another perspective on liberals and fairness

These past two weeks (09/29 and 10/06/2010) two letters appeared from liberals, one saying he couldn’t trust The Citizen politically and the other still trying to lay the blame for our current situation on Bush and the Republicans.

Personally, I’ve always found the opinions and predictions of our venerable editor to be right on the money. If memory serves, he recommended electing Steve Brown and he warned us what we should expect if Logsdon was elected. (I hope those of you who voted for Logsdon feel appropriately contrite.) Read More»

Judge’s ruling sidesteps constitutionality of law

In the matter of the State of Michigan v. the United States government regarding the constitutionality of Obamacare, a Michigan judge recently ruled in favor of the Justice Department allowing the federal government to require its citizens to purchase health insurance. The judge was asked by the state of Michigan to rule on the constitutionality of this requirement.

In his essay in support of his ruling the judge cited his belief that Obamacare can’t work without the requirement that all citizens be required to buy health insurance. Read More»

Remember how Democrat Barnes gerrymandered; vote Deal

Only a few more weeks and November will be here. So will the opportunity to exercise the voting franchise that so many of us take for granted. Even with early voting and absentee ballots readily accessible, we still don’t seem to get more than half of eligible voters to the polls in a good year. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way that every vote counts. Read More»