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One-Hoss Shay

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Remember “The one-hoss shay,” an Oliver Wendell Holmes poem about an open carriage built by the deacon who used only the strongest, most hardened materials? Every component was exactly as strong as every other. That chaise wasn’t about to wear out, but everything in it would break down at once.

One hundred years to the day after it was completed, it collapsed into splinters:

“[I]t went to pieces all at once, –
All at once, and nothing first, –
Just as bubbles do when they burst.” Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES Week of July 12, 2010

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Best Places to Live, Cell Towers, & Gasoline Golf Carts Read More»

Political letters that didn’t make it into print edition

[Editor’s note: The following from supporters of local political candidates are letters to the editor that did not make it into the print edition of The Citizen because of space limitations.

In the interest of timeliness, we publish them here online in the order in which we received them.]

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[Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan.]

HISTORY OF THE WEST FAYETTEVILLE BYPASS PROJECT Read More»

Inside story of how Obama bungled oil spill

Dick Morris's picture

It’s one thing to say that President Obama’s administration showed its ineptitude and mismanagement in its handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is quite another to grasp the situation up close, as I did during a recent visit to Alabama. Read More»

The Supreme Court, clubs and discrimination

Cal Thomas's picture

“I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.”

That familiar one-liner has been attributed over the years to the late Groucho Marx, but in light of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision [last] week in the case of Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez (UC Hastings), the sentiment it contains may have some contemporary legal relevance. Read More»

Our country is moving from government of laws to whims of men

Thomas Sowell's picture

When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics. Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler’s rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions.

“Useful idiots” was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union. Read More»

Decoded: Sopping & mashing

Ronda Rich's picture

Rodney, the reigning patriarch of our family, loves sorghum syrup which, in the mountains, is called “soggum syrup.”

During one Sunday-after-church dinner, Louise had made a batch of hot, buttermilk biscuits so when she offered choices of two desserts, Rodney spoke up and said, “I’ll just have soggum syrup and biscuits.”

Dutifully, like the good wife and hostess she is, she went to the pantry, retrieved a jar that had been bought from some mountaineer at a roadside stand somewhere and handed it to him. Read More»

Taxpayers treated unevenly in PTC recreation funding

The problem with Peachtree City recreation is simple: there is not a fair and equal equity distribution of taxpayers’ dollars to each specific sport.

To simplify, one would assume that as a tax-payer, our recreation dollars should be distributed equally, based on the percentage of participation in each given sport. This is simply not the case.

For example, and to oversimplify, let’s assume for the sake of discussion, that $100 from each Peachtree City homeowner is allocated to our city’s sports related recreation. Read More»

Councilwoman Learnard: PTC is working toward a sustainable budget

Since the first of June, your Peachtree City Council has spent an unprecedented amount of time hammering out a budget for the coming years. After five public workshops and hundreds of additional hours of research and discussion, a sustainable budget is now on the near horizon.

Budget solutions have not come easy. Like most American households, Peachtree City spent decades taking for granted a thriving economy, multiple home sales, new developments, low unemployment, and booming businesses. Also like most American households, habits from the past have come back to haunt us. Read More»

School board has used new schools as ‘battering ram’ to land use plan

Controversy about the last school board building program continues with issues related to the placement and number of schools being constructed.

First, board records (CitiGroup Prospectus 2005) show that the system administration and school board were planning to build schools with a capacity of 3,000 more students than would be enrolled.

That number is equal to three elementary schools and one middle school. This means that the cost to operate these schools is paid entirely by local taxpayers. Read More»

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