Opinion

FreeSpeech for 06-23-10

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Gifts for Dad that matter

David Epps's picture

Fathers have had a hard time of it in recent years. The oldsters will remember T.V. programs such as “Bonanza,” “My Three Sons,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Cosby Show,” and even “I Love Lucy” where fathers were portrayed in an honorable and positive light. Read More»

Richest man in the world

Rick Ryckeley's picture

After years of hard work, raising four children and seeing them through college, the gentleman still was able to retire at age 52, a very wealthy man. Unfortunately, for the man who had everything, it wouldn’t be long before his life took a dramatic turn that sent it in a direction he never could imagine – all due to events not of his making. Life often does that. Read More»

Gov. Perdue, please clean up District Attorney Ballard's mess

Listen below to extraordinary recording of closed meeting with 2 judges, DA and public defenders

OPINION: Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard — a candidate for one of the two vacant judgeships in this district — has called out The Citizen for raising questions about his so-called “investigation” into misconduct by his long-time friend and now-disgraced Superior Court Judge Paschal English. Before we get down to cases, let’s alert Governor Sonny Perdue. Governor, if you choose Ballard to don judicial robes, you will be embarrassed. Read More»

Still looking for Daddy

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

When I opened a letter from a cousin last week, out dropped a photocopy of a hideously scarred old photograph. It was a formal studio portrait, dated December 1892, of a woman and a man of indeterminate age, with an infant and a small boy. I sat for a long time looking at that dim picture.

It was the first time I had ever laid eyes on a likeness of my grandparents.

Haven’t brought up my genealogical data lately; I get so wrapped up in it that nothing else happens when “Mom’s doing genealogy stuff.”

My daddy's family was what we'd call today dysfunctional. Read More»

Here comes the double-dip recession

Dick Morris's picture

The drop in the stock market (now about 1,000 points on the Dow) is a graphic indication of the stark fact that we are entering the infamous double dip of the recession, long feared and predicted. The economy is not in a V after all (down and then up) but in a W (down, up, down again and then, finally, up). And the cause of the second dip is not the recession itself, but the cure administered to it by President Obama and the Democratic Congress.

Consider the indications (data provided by New America Foundation, analysis by Sherle R. Schwanninger and Samuel Sherraden): Read More»

German healthcare: Not so great

Ronald E. Bachman's picture

At the invitation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a dozen American policy wonks from differing perspectives traveled to Germany in December 2009. The Foundation was interested in our observations of the German social health system. My interest was how consumerism and individual choice worked in Germany.

We listened to federal and state officials, doctors, hospital executives, members of the Bundestag (German parliament), a health journalist and German policy experts. Read More»

Obama’s Cairo speech, 1 year later: Middle East worse

Cal Thomas's picture

One year ago this month, President Obama addressed the “Muslim world” from Cairo, Egypt. Some saw that speech as unnecessary groveling.

Critics — and I am among them — think such displays communicate weakness and only encourage those who wish to damage our economy and kill our people.

Supporters of the president’s speech think he did the right thing and that his attempt to reduce tensions between the U.S. and Muslim world can only bring positive results. Read More»

A lesson in dying well

Ronda Rich's picture

Too often in recent times, death has visited itself upon my family, its intrusion bitterly unwelcome.

When my cousin Jacky, one of the younger members of our sprawling clan, received his personalized calling card to meet the Lord, we all discovered something that we never imagined was possible – happiness in death. His dying, in fact, was pure joy. Read More»

Introduce your child to ‘John Adams’

Parents and grandparents, the HBO seven-episode series “John Adams” is an outstanding story of a key founding father, with the background of the conflict with the British, the Revolution and the founding of our country.

This story is told with production values through the roof, a gift to every American in my view, and every adult should watch it. It is a gripping story of the life of one imperfect lawyer and farmer, the impact he had on our country, and how he would never have achieved much without his best friend and confidant, his wife Abigail. Read More»