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Black opportunity destruction

Walter Williams's picture

“Do you mean he is taller than me am?” sarcastically barked Dr. Martin Rosenberg, my high school English teacher, to one of the students in our class.

The student actually said, “He is taller than me,” but Rosenberg was ridiculing the student’s grammar. The subject of the elliptical (or understood) verb “am” must be in the subjective case. Thus, the correct form of the sentence is: He is taller than I.

This correction/dressing down of a student, that occasionally included me, occurred during my attendance at North Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin High School in the early ‘50s. Read More»

Taxing history’s unlearned lessons

Cal Thomas's picture

“What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.” (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, “The Philosophy of History,” 1837)

Last week, the Newark Star-Ledger reported that New Jersey lost $70 billion in wealth over the past five years. The reason? Affluent people have moved to states with a lower tax rate or no income tax at all. Read More»

Some local history is in foreclosure

The only meeting facility in the city of Fayetteville that is charming and historical, the Hollingsworth House, is now in foreclosure.

Yes, a part of our history is not just facing lean times, but the house is in doubt of serving the community as it has for the past 100 years.

One Waymon Boozer Hollingsworth was born in 1872 and came to Fayetteville in 1890 as a telegrapher with Southern Railroad. He married Irene Felker of Monroe in 1904 and they built this home in Fayetteville in 1906. Read More»

Times are tough — governments need to check their priorities

Steve Brown's picture

When times get tough, you had better check your priorities.

When you view our economic crisis through the prism of what is truly important to our country, a lot of things can be thrown out while we should be truly fighting for others to remain.

The recent elections across the country are really about lost priorities. The senatorial race in Massachusetts was a resounding call for a federal realignment of priorities on a number of issues. Read More»

General Assembly going for smoke and mirrors to fix budget woes

The Citizen's picture

By E. Frank Stephenson

The General Assembly convened this year facing the daunting challenge of closing a billion-dollar budget hole, partly caused by the slumping economy and the consequent decrease in tax revenues.

Few, if any, forecasters or policy-makers foresaw a recession or revenue decline this sharp. Feckless Washington policy-makers have exacerbated the problem by creating an uncertain investment climate for families and entrepreneurs. Read More»

Comforts of simple things

Ronda Rich's picture

It is the absence of simple things that has made life so complicated. Those simple things cost nothing yet can make you feel like a million bucks.

One night during late spring, a friend, who is a legend in the Hollywood movie industry, called and we set about the business of catching up since it had been a couple of months since we had talked. He was tucked away on his getaway place near a rushing river in the mountains and I was in a similar simple place, though I was clear across the country from him. Read More»

Georgia House Week 3: Water and property tax

Matt Ramsey's picture

Last week the Georgia General Assembly was in session for days 9-13 of the 2010 legislative session. Significant work continued in committees all around the Capitol and the flow of bills on the floor of the House began to increase. In addition, several important pieces of legislation were introduced last week in both the House and the Senate. Read More»

What’s being pumped into those LP tanks?

As you well know, all of us are going through hard times; money is short. I want to know through your newspaper if anyone other than me is having problems with LP gas.

I know the weather is colder, but we are using our furnace the same amount of time, but the gas only lasts for days instead of a month like it used to, and the price per gallon is 2.89.

That means 100 gallons of LP gas cost almost $300, and for the elderly retired people who live on $600 a month, that leaves little for food and meds. Read More»

McIntosh students disrespect our national anthem

I have lived in Fayette County for almost 15 years and have been proud of the patriotism exhibited by our citizens toward the flag, the national anthem, and our veterans.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, I was greatly disturbed by the behavior of the vast majority of 300-plus McIntosh students that attended the basketball game at Starr’s Mill High School. Before the varsity boys’ game, a Starr’s Mill student sang the national anthem a cappella. All of the students stood and faced the flag. Read More»

Logic, not class warfare

My response to Matt O’Neal’s letter (Feb. 3) on solving the immediate fiscal needs of our state government is that the government owes its citizens the duty to protect them, and the citizens in turn have the duty to fund their government adequately.

As the rich have more to protect than the poor, it’s appropriate they pay more. There’s no class warfare there, just logic.

Claude Y. Paquin

Fayetteville, Ga.

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