Opinion

Light rail: Always cost overruns, underused

Recently, The Citizen published a letter from state Representative Virgil Fludd regarding Georgia’s transportation issues. Mr. Fludd took the opportunity to propose yet another expensive boondoggle that only government can suggest.

Albert Einstein is credited with defining insanity as doing the same things over and over again while expecting different results. Clearly, anyone who has studied the history of light rail understands this is insanity. Read More»

School administrators have shared the pain

Recently there has been a lot of concern about our excellent Fayette County schools, given the dire economy and the impact it has on our school system. As the spouse of a front-line teacher, the father of a student, and an advocate for our schools, I too am very concerned.

Mr. Ralph Trapaga, a Delta pilot, is worried that Dr. DeCotis has not “done the right thing” and shared the pain of our front-line teachers and their families but instead has hidden behind his contract and taken “full pay until the last day.” Read More»

Board member Marion Key makes dialogue easy

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to my Fayette County School Board representative, Marion Key.

When news of the search for a new superintendent of schools came out, Marion agreed to sit down with several concerned parents in our community, hear our concerns, and answer questions as best she could. She was able to meet with us on a very short notice.

She explained the many possibilities involving public input, a contracted search firm, qualifications, and timeframe. Read More»

State revenue collection rates worst since Depression

Matt Ramsey's picture

This past week the legislature reconvened for legislative days 21-24 after being in recess for two weeks of budget hearings. It was a busy week both on the floor of the House and in committee rooms all around the Capitol. Read More»

Camp Ivy for kids needs help

I would appreciate very much anyone contacting me if they have some good information that we need.

For 31 years we have rented Calvin Center in Hampton, Ga., to host our camp for children with the chronic disease, Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes. We will not be able to go back there this year. Read More»

Going private in New Jersey

Cal Thomas's picture

New Jersey’s new Republican governor, Chris Christie, is creating a commission that will recommend what state government functions could be done better — and cheaper — by the private sector. Read More»

‘I confess’ — but to whom?

He committed adultery. Tried to cover it up and finally resorted to having the husband of his bed partner killed.

It is an ugly picture. It gets worse. The adulterer goes on as if nothing has happened, for almost a year. Well insulated by his high political office, he thinks he is protected from any accountability.

Then his guilt is exposed. A man of God shows up and, on behalf of an offended, righteous God, says to King David, “You are the man.”

The king had committed a grievous evil. Finally David confesses: “I have sinned against the Lord.” Read More»

A history of misuse of parliamentary procedures by Democrats

The year was 1994 and President Clinton was trying to get his healthcare reform bill passed through Congress. In the beginning, the public supported his and Hillary’s healthcare reform. It sounded good on paper. At the time, the Senate like the House was controlled by Democrats. The Democrats held a 14-seat majority in the Senate (57 Democrats, 43 Republicans). In the House, the Democrats held 258 seats to the Republican’s 176, with one Independent. Read More»

At 90, ‘I’ve been so blessed’

Ronda Rich's picture

I visited a woman, old and gray, her journey of life nearing its winter’s end. She settled into an armless rocker and moved gently, slowly back and fro, looking from her view on the porch past the towering magnolia trees that spread the full length of her yard. Read More»

Heinrich's Garden

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Been thinking about our daughter Mary’s apartment. Because war damage essentially leveled the north-central German city of Düsseldorf, the city arose from the rubble in a surfeit of architectural gems. Read More»

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