Opinion

Britain’s National Health Service: It’s coming to America

Cal Thomas's picture

PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told a group of liberal activists meeting in Las Vegas they shouldn’t worry about not getting the single-payer provision in the new healthcare law. “We’re going to have a public option,” Reid said. “It’s just a question of when.”

Remember the objections conservatives and many Republicans raised during the debate about government-run healthcare and the danger of eliminating private health insurance, despite its many flaws? Read More»

Code of the mountains

Ronda Rich's picture

There is a saying among the people of the rural South used to condemn anyone who has changed the terms of an agreement, especially those done with a word and a handshake.

“You went back on your word.” That is not just a comment, it is a curse, for nothing riles the Scotch-Irish more than to have someone renege on their word.

There is a code of conduct that you will find in the Southern mountains that is passed down generation to generation: a handshake agreement stands, your word is your bond, and when you take on one of us, you take on all of us. Read More»

Wenzel unsuitable for superintendent

To the Fayette County Board of Education: I read each of the candidate’s applications and was struck by the lack of [Lyn] Wenzel’s suitability for the position in relation to the other two seemingly good choices.

Furthermore, I am surprised she is even being considered since she was a significant member of Dr. DeCotis’ totally flawed and failed administration.

I have spoken with many well-informed Fayette County residents and I can say without hesitation that none of them has a favorable opinion of Wenzel or of Dr. DeCotis’ former administration. Read More»

Let’s hear from Frady, Horgan and Hearn

I for one would like to hear from [Fayette County] commissioners Horgan, Frady and Hearn about where they stand on the West Fayetteville Bypass and the mass transit buses.

Commissioners Smith and Maxwell gave us an ear-full about how we the voters had to accept what they said no matter what. As a result, we showed them the door.

I’m hoping the other three have the backbone to do what’s right and to do what the voters have asked of them. Read More»

Put egos aside, do the right thing for PTC budget

There are a number of challenges the Peachtree City’s City Council has to face in the coming months from the 2011 millage: Whether to budget $150,000 for the Development Authority, whether to annex 70-plus acres of land to our south to allow an industrial complex, the westside annexation, and the Walgreens on Ga. Highway 54, to name just a few.

It would be a challenge for any administration. Read More»

Sen. Chance: To clear up specialty license plate confusion, here’s the deal

The passage of HB1055 brought some confusion to the issue of fees, so I’ll take some time to discuss what was changed by this bill. This week we will specifically cover specialty license plates.

Georgians are able to get a standard plate (with the peach logo on it) for $20 annually. There is a one-time manufacturing fee of $25 when the plate is first issued, which has been about every five years. Neither of these fees was changed under HB1055.

Also not impacted were fees on military plates or plates for the disabled. These were kept at the same level as before. Read More»

Dr. Todd says thanks for reelection to Post 4

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the citizens of Fayette County who worked or voted for my reelection to post 4 on the Board of Education. Your hard work and votes resulted in an impressive victory for me.

I promise that my loyalty will be to you and to the students you enroll in your schools. My commitment has been, and will continue to be, wise use of your tax dollars and the provision of quality education to all our students.

I look forward to serving you and our students for the next four years.

Dr. Bob Todd

Post 4, Fayette County Board of Education Read More»

A Rose by any other name...

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

In Sunday’s paper, two adorable little blondes in frothy blue dresses are seen rollicking in puddles after a rainstorm. They were at a Butterfly Festival, and could almost be taken for butterflies themselves.

The photo drew me in, but their names held my attention. The 5-year-old is Happy and her 2-year-old sister is Coco Bluebell. At least that’s what the cut-line says; I hope they are real. They are unusual without being cumbersome and should stand up to use for years. Read More»

Five minute asphalt egg

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Bubba Hanks was the biggest kid in Mrs. Crabtree’s third-grade class. In fact, Bubba was the biggest kid in all of Mt. Olive Elementary school. Some say it was due to his fondness for Mrs. Wilma’s sticky buns. Wilma was the head lunch lady and for an extra nickel, you could get an extra sticky bun.

Bubba had a lot of nickels.

Others said Bubba’s largeness was because of a kidney infection in the first grade that put him in the hospital for a week and home in bed for three months. Which caused him to be held back a year. That meant an extra year of eating sticky buns. Read More»

Celebrating 60 years together

David Epps's picture

In just a couple of months, my wife and I will celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. I have referred to that day as the day “when we complete 39 years of a life sentence.” I only speak like that when Cindy is not around. However, that cannot hold a candle to the celebration this weekend when my wife’s parents, John and Bette Douglas, observe their 60th wedding anniversary.

To mark the occasion, the John and Bette Douglas clan, and those related by birth and/or marriage, are all journeying to the Fayette/Coweta area for what will be a limited reunion and an anniversary bash. Read More»