Opinion

The power of tradition

David Epps's picture

In the many years I have served as a minister, I have observed that, from time to time, some clergy and churches proudly claim that they have “gotten rid of the traditions of the past.”

By this, they usually mean that their church services look nothing like your parents’ church services.

Traditions are seen as inhibiting, negative, and the remnants of the long dead past. Innovation is the answer — especially if it breaks new ground and is exciting. Read More»

Tales from the scale

Rick Ryckeley's picture

All of my life I’ve been able to eat anything I wanted, anytime I wanted, and as much as I wanted. Well, not any more. Just because I’ve reached middle age, all that is now out the window. Suddenly a little weight gain around the middle and bam-o! We have to go on a diet — the “we” being The Wife and me.

The Wife, she’s an expert when it comes to diets. Said she’s been on every diet there ever was, and the one that works the best doesn’t count calories, carbohydrates or fat content. It counts points. Read More»

Chatt Hills raises funds for parks — privately

Ben Nelms's picture

We’ve just completed an election that, at least in some ways, pitted large government against small government. This has been going on since the founding of this country and likely won’t end anytime soon.

And, admittedly or not, while some do not want government intrusion and government control, many do want government (large or small) to solve some of their problems.

But there is a local example showing that the citizens of a community can exert their resolve and accomplish what will not or cannot be accomplished by government. That example is Chattahoochee Hills. Read More»

What should replace ObamaCare?

Dr. Aleita Eck's picture

ObamaCare is a wildly unpopular law for anyone who knows anything about healthcare. The election proved that. Physicians came together in Washington, D.C., to film the following national ad:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPwEVXstFdA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Perhaps it is time for the politicians to admit that the government cannot provide healthcare. Period. All government can do is set up an administrative scheme that pays many people to decide who qualifies for which government program, gives out entitlement “insurance” cards, but then underpays for the actual care. Read More»

On Jim Minter, a newspaperman with the right stuff

Loran Smith's picture

JST. SIMONS ISLAND – While Jim Minter was making his way from sportswriter to editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, his wife, Anne, found compatibility with real estate sales.

After sons Rick and Rob entered high school, Anne had more time for work and eventually owned a very successful real estate agency. Jim always had a knack for finding a good story, and Anne knew a good real estate deal when she saw one, which led to the purchase several years ago of a condo at St. Simons. Read More»

Americans must reestablish proper role of government

Cal Thomas's picture

“Everybody in Vanity Fair must have remarked how well those live who are comfortably and thoroughly in debt; how they deny themselves nothing; how jolly and easy they are in their minds.” — William Makepeace Thackeray

My Apple computer has a handy icon called “Time Machine.” By clicking it, I can find data that might have been misplaced, or return the computer to a specific configuration dating back to a specific date and time. Read More»

Memories of Suitcase Jake Elder

Ronda Rich's picture

When news came that one of the most memorable Southern characters had passed from this world, I found myself musing back on the color, interest, and myriad conflict he brought to the world around him.

He was not boring. Not ever. And that, my friend, is the boldest mark of a fabulous character, Southern or not. Read More»

Decline of Fayette exceptionalism

Whiny teachers don’t speak for all of us.

This message serves to inform you that the bellyachers whining about their professional workload, expressed in a letter to the editor dated Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, and titled, “Why is this the worst school year?” do not speak for all Fayette County public school educators.

You must understand, many of our teachers have never taught outside of Fayette County, and for the ones who have, it’s been awhile now. Read More»

Help Senior Services with holiday meals

I am calling on my friends to help Fayette Senior Services meet its goal to raise $30,000 in support of our Meals On Wheels program.

As you may know, Fayette Senior Services delivers more than 40,000 home delivered meals to homebound seniors each year.

Would you please take a moment to read about our Project Love Holiday Meal Campaign and learn how you can help make a difference in the lives of Fayette County’s senior citizens? Read More»

Max, 8: ‘Respect vets’

[Editor’s note — Elizabeth Gholston emailed the following: “My son wrote a very nice, short essay about veterans for a school project which I know a lot of veterans would probably really enjoy reading.”]

Veterans are heroes because they all served in some type of way and may have even lost their lives. They may have sacrificed in huge types of ways like traveling away from their family for weeks, months, or even years.

Veterans that retired aren’t the only ones who are heroes. I think soldiers or anyone serving in the military should be considered a veteran. Read More»