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How to retain customers

David Epps's picture

My wife and I took our first cruise a few weeks ago. We were going to take a cruise on our 25th wedding anniversary back in 1996, but we took the money and started a church instead.

We happened to wind up using the Princess Cruise Lines. It was not what I expected. In fact, it was much better than I anticipated — especially when it came to the care and treatment of passengers.

Princess, which started in 1965 with one ship cruising to Mexico, was rocketed to fame in 1977 when it became the ship of the TV series, “The Love Boat.” Read More»

Pooh Sticks

Rick Ryckeley's picture

When the sun slowly disappears below the horizon, a struggle begins in the heavens. Orange and purple hues streak across the sky, fighting against the coming night. There’s only an hour left before the battle is lost. Just enough time for a walk with the one you love. It was on one of these walks with The Wife that we came upon an old wooden bridge. Read More»

Ballard discredited as DA and columnist

John Munford's picture

For all of the job duties of a prosecutor, turning a blind eye to a potential crime is not one of them.

Yet that is exactly what our District Attorney, Scott Ballard, has done in his “investigation” into a physical affair between a then-sitting Superior Court Judge and a defense attorney.

Ballard should have probed the cases leading up to the moment the couple was caught in the throes of passion. Do you really think they would dare be caught doing such judicial tomfoolery AFTER they were caught? Read More»

Smith & Maxwell’s bypass fiasco

Dennis Chase's picture

On May 18, this newspaper published one of my editorials where I described just how poorly Eric Maxwell and Jack Smith have been with decisions related to the environment. Please reread that article to refresh yourselves about that aspect of why you should not vote for either of these incumbents for Fayette County commissioner. Read More»

Dating the wrong man

Ronda Rich's picture

In a small town in Arkansas, I was leaving a social gathering of divorced women who had found solidarity in their situations. Many are women who, later in life, have found themselves divorced from influential men. And, as far as I could decipher, none of the divorces was of their choosing.

I was in town for a speaking engagement and had been asked to join them for their monthly gathering of pot luck and chit-chat because I am friends with one of the ladies. Read More»

Mayor: Honest differences of opinion exist about budget solutions

Don Haddix's picture

After reading the articles on Council’s recent meeting and workshop, you can see we have been busy but not without controversy.

Council agreed 5-0 to increasing grass cutting on secondary roads from every 10 weeks to every month. We also added 73 previously uncut areas.

Councilman Imker’s proposals for a 1 percent pay cut, reducing retirement benefits and mandatory furloughs were rejected 4-1.

After two of us voting to eliminate 27 jobs, cut benefits, increase contribution requirements and freezing wages last year, the lack of stomach comment by Councilman Imker was unjustified. Read More»

Welcome to new world of ‘trillions’

We have recently been forced to come into contact with a new word: Trillion.

The new math had better prepare itself. It’s easy to spell. Just replace the “M” or the “B” with a “TR.” But do we really know what it means? A trillion is a thousand billion. Not that many of us know the vastness of a billion unless we are the offspring of some Washington politician. Read More»

The goofy world of judges and ‘hotties’

Sometimes the truth is indeed stranger than fiction; and sometimes you don’t really know what’s truth and what’s fiction.

Recently, District Attorney Scott Ballard, along with Chief Public Defender Joe Saia, released the results of their so-called, “investigation” into the Judge English affair.

I have to give the DA’s office credit. It took them just a few short days to determine that English’s affair with public defender Kim Cornwell didn’t affect any of his rulings in well over 200 cases, many of which had been reassigned to English’s courtroom. Read More»

BP boycott for oil spill hurts local people

I want to say that I am just as upset as everyone else about the oil spill in the Gulf. But the first point I want to make is this.

A well-known idiot is calling for a boycott of BP. How stupid can one human be?

If you boycott the local BP station, you are hurting the owner of the station. In the case here in Fayetteville, the owner is someone we all like and respect, and he has nothing to do with drilling oil. He and the people who work for him are just trying to work and make a living. Read More»

BoE’s Todd: Public deserves to know about issues involving schools

Public comments about ethics and disharmony by supporters of Terri Smith and Janet Smola at the May 17, 2010 Board of Education meeting was a continuation of the embarrassing and unprofessional display by the two of them at the May 4 work session.

I have voted for many things during my term and the votes were always based on the information provided by the administration and other board members. When it becomes apparent that the information that we based our decisions on was not accurate, I have pointed out, and will continue to point out, these discrepancies. Read More»

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