Opinion

The blood of the Tea Party

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

I’ve never participated in a Tea Party rally. My natural habitat is a classroom or behind a keyboard. That said, I’ve had a lot of contact with Tea Party people, and, of course, I hear the angry charges from those doing their worst to discredit the movement. For what it’s worth, here are some personal experiences and observations:

The first time I was contacted for a Tea Party event was by a Pittsburgh woman named Patti. She called last spring. I asked: Who’s behind this Tea Party business? Is the Republican Party running this? Read More»

The American voters have made a big mistake

Cal Thomas's picture

The latest Washington Post/ABC News Poll tells the story: Nearly six in 10 voters say they have “just some” or no confidence in President Obama to make the right decisions for the country.

America — or at least the part of it that voted for Barack Obama for president — has made a big mistake. Some of those teary-eyed people in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood on Election Night 2008 would probably admit it if they were interviewed. Many bumper stickers still display fading “Obama ‘08” stickers, but you’d find fewer that read, “Yes We Can!” Read More»

The power of a thank you note

Ronda Rich's picture

When Dixie Dew got a box full of doggie treats from one of her fans, she wagged her tail and jumped around the kitchen, eager to dive into them.

“Now, Dew, you know you’ve got to write a thank you note for these,” I lectured as I permitted her one of the treats.

There was no argument. My child knows that acts of generosity require a hand-written note. We sat down together, she laid her head on my lap and we decided what should be written. Dew is a girl of few words but we got the thoughts down on paper and she signed off with a paw pressed into an ink pad and then stamped on the note. Read More»

For sup’t.: Wenzel is not a leader

In the weeks ahead, the current members of the Fayette County School Board — Janet Smola, Terri Smith, Lee Wright, Marion Key and Dr. Bob Todd — will make the most important decision a school board can make: the naming of a new superintendent to head the Fayette County School System. Read More»

Wenzel is weakest candidate of the 3

Lyn Wenzel was one of two central office six figure employees that declined to participate in the voluntary furlough process during 2008-2009 school year. Over 88 percent of those asked agreed to the requested furlough days to help put FCBOE finances in a positive position.

This shows no leadership or team building and sacrifice. For her to possibly be appointed by Smola, Wright and Smith over the other more qualified candidates would certify their desire for business as usual. To me this would be disastrous. She is the weakest candidate of the three. Read More»

Memories: Hard times and a yard sale thief

I am so sick of hearing the same pitiful tale from every black person who runs for office: “I was born in a house with no electricity, no running water, I had to work in the fields and pick cotton, blah blah blah.”

Well, welcome to the real world. Back in the 1930s and ‘40s that was a sign of the times.

I was born in a house with one light bulb in the living room. The only way mother had water to cook with was when my dad ran a water line and a pump from a spring a half mile down the road (my dad could fix anything). Read More»

PTC Council must find enough money to expand The Gathering Place

At the July 15 City Council meeting in Peachtree City, the council, in their attempt to control budget costs, abandoned a proposal to place a bond issue for the expansion of the Gathering Place on the November ballot.

The bond option would greatly increase the cost of the project. The next step in the plan is to ask the consent of the public in the questionnaire distributed by the city in January. It is my hope that by January, the citizens will be made aware of the need for expanding that facility and will reply “yes” on the questionnaire. Read More»

It’s smart to fund PTC’s DAPC position

Upon reading Mayor Haddix’s letter to The Citizen June 23, 2010 edition titled, “Mayor: Honest differences of opinion exist about budget solutions,” I was very unhappy with the votes of council members Imker, Fleisch and Learnard against Mayor Haddix and Councilman Sturbaum’s proposal to increase the DAPC’s annual budget from $35,000 to $150,000.

Council members Imker, Fleisch and Learnard believe we (Peachtree City) cannot afford it. I wholeheartedly disagree with that response and agree with Mayor Haddix that we cannot afford not to do it. Read More»

Mayor should seek compromise on DAPC

As a concerned citizen of Peachtree City, I attended the City Council meeting on July 15, 2010 and was appalled at the antics I witnessed by Mayor Haddix when the council was discussing the Development Authority tasks.

Other council members tried to engage the mayor for ideas and to get specifics on what he would do with the $150,000 he wants allocated to the DAPC, but to no avail. Read More»

The MEANER Act of 2010 can save all of us

I was at a breakfast joint the other day and I ordered two eggs over medium, grits and toast. Unfortunately, the short order cook has a different definition of “over medium” than I do and when I pressed my fork into the first egg, it was extremely runny, so runny in fact that I couldn’t eat it.

I thought about returning the eggs to the waitress but she didn’t seem like she was having a good morning and seemed rather unapproachable about the subject of returning something. Read More»

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