Opinion

The public employee union scam

Jarrett Skorup's picture

[Editor’s note: This article first appeared through the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich.]

Under the National Labor Relations Act, private-sector unions are allowed to extract dues and fees from workers if the employer agrees. Read More»

1st impression of regional transportation tax: Nothing for Fayette

Don Haddix's picture

The following is a brief update on the current status of the TSPLOST per information coming from the Transit Day meeting I attended at GDOT headquarters in Atlanta. A poll of 400 voters was taken in the District giving the following results:

• Fulton and DeKalb supported the bill 63 to 32 percent.

• Clayton, Cobb and Gwinnett were almost 50/50.

• Fayette, Douglas, Henry, Cherokee and Rockdale opposed 55 to 40 percent.

• The combined vote was 53 percent in favor.

• No county supported building more roads. Read More»

Watkinsville — and the Eagle Tavern — worth a stop

Loran Smith's picture

WATKINSVILLE – For years if it hadn’t been for the merging traffic of Ga. Highway 15 and U.S. 441, Watkinsville wouldn’t have had a stop sign.

Now it has three traffic lights and the prospects of more as this laid-back town experiences stirring growth as the seat of Oconee County where so many people are choosing to live — principally because of the county’s highly regarded school system.

It is interesting to note that in the early years, Watkinsville, along with Athens, was part of Franklin County, which was named for Ben Franklin. Read More»

Southern way of death

Ronda Rich's picture

Months before Mama died, she worried incessantly about the cost of obituaries in newspapers. Some charge by the word, you know.

Staunchly Scotch-Irish that she was – and a child of the Depression – every penny counted for this woman of the Southern Appalachians. When I cleaned out her old freezer, I found four dozen large butter tubs of homemade vegetable soup, all dated with ink on a strip of masking tape, many going back as far as 15 or 20 years. She was cautious about the economy before it was fashionable. Read More»

We must guard the rights of all citizens

I was disheartened to read David Epps’s opinion piece in last weekend’s issue of The Citizen. It is bad enough that Fox News pundits and self-serving right wing politicians are drumming up Islamophobia in this country. It is more than sad when our religious leaders join in that noise. Read More»

Ramadan dinner & Grandma’s potluck

When I was a child, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ Methodist church in Winder, Ga. It was a tiny little church, full of wonderful people with warm hearts who took care of and loved each other. In my 40 years, the church has not changed a bit, and many of the same folks still attend every Sunday. Read More»

Bill sets up 3% national tax

Everyone in America is being set up for a 3 percent tax, and most don’t even know about it.

On Feb. 23, 2010 a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives that will tax every monetary transaction made by anyone in the U.S. This bill must be voted on by Dec. 23, 2010, yet very few people have ever heard of it. Read More»

On private property, land grabs, Founding Fathers: Check history

Two weeks ago I sent you a email letter in response to Terry Garlock’s article about gas golf carts, which you never published. I’m thinking perhaps you may be biased as to its content, but perhaps one more attempt may be worthwhile.

Re: Mr Terry Garlock’s article titled, “Hands off private property like gas golf carts.” Read More»

Thanks, Sallie, for speaking up

My dear Sallie, thank you for expressing what has been a necessary factor for Fayetteville, etc.

The transportation discussion has always been one-sided — never what the people want and need.

As an older citizen, it would allow me to explore the area and not have to worry about driving.

Let us join together and let us see progress!

Sylvia Stroger

Fayetteville, Ga.

Growing old is not for sissies

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

A man came in from his golf game and his wife asked, “How’d you do?”

“Well, I was hitting pretty well, but my eyesight has gotten so bad I couldn’t see where the ball went.”

“Well, you’re 80 years old, Jack,” the wife said, “Why don’t you take my brother along?”

Jack protested, “But he’s 90 years old and doesn’t even play golf any longer.”

His wife said, “But he’s got perfect eyesight. He could watch your golf ball.”

The next day Jack tried Edna’s idea and took her brother along. He teed up, swung and the ball disappeared down the middle of the fairway. Read More»

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