Opinion

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To the Fayette County Board of Education: As a homeowner, business owner and voter in Fayette County, there is a matter that I feel you should know how I feel.

Now that Dr. John DeCotis has resigned his position as superintendent, effective this June, the Fayette County Board of Education has the authority to recruit, interview, and hire our next superintendent.

This gives our school board a golden opportunity to launch a nationwide search for the best, most capable candidate for the job. Read More»

GOP reps: Budget is time for tough choices, not political rhetoric

You don’t have to look far for information regarding our state’s budget crisis.

Over the past two years, the General Assembly has had to reduce our state’s budget by almost 25 percent to keep it in balance as revenues have plummeted.

Throughout that difficult process, there has often been a spirit of bipartisan cooperation and a recognition that we need to tighten our belts and make the tough choices that families and businesses all over this state are making during this difficult economic time. Read More»

MHS & anthem: Critic should apologize

With regard to the ongoing “spirited” discussion centering around the national anthem as performed at the McIntosh/Starr’s Mill basketball game on Feb. 2, 2010, I was intrigued with the recent comments offered by Glen Allen.

It seems Mr. Allen is in a position to recommend the removal of the president of the McIntosh High School Parent/Teacher/Student Organization for offering her opinion on this subject while also bashing the parenting skills of other letter writers (including their parents) who don’t happen to agree with him on this matter. He refers to them as “The Defenders.” Read More»

Thanks from Fayette Counseling Center

Thank you for publishing the article, “A few donations needed to complete center” in your Feb. 23, 2010 edition of The Citizen. I would like to commend Square Foot Ministry for taking on this project of building a new facility for the Fayette County Counseling Center.

According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness each year, 1 in 4 individuals experiences a mental health disorder and one in 17 live with a mental disorder. In addition addictive disease affects 1 in 10 individuals and takes a toll on communities, families and our business community. Read More»

‘Good night, Gracie’

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Sometimes we catch ourselves using and reusing language, and we delete and rephrase ourselves, proud of rutting out a cliché. Half a page further on and we look at what we’ve written and without hesitation, delete it in favor of a cliché. Some clichés are just right for the job, with no apologies.

Hence a few entries from The Dictionary of Clichés by James Rogers. Some of his more than 2,000 entries are so obscure you wonder why he bothered; others are so exactly right they shine like a new penny.

Join me amongst the clichés…. Read More»

Two devotions for Lent

Justin Kollmeyer's picture

This year during Lent, the 40 “spiritual awareness” days before Easter, everyone in our congregation is reading daily devotions from “Where In The World Is God?” by Steven J. Carter. These daily meditations have been remarkably relevant and distinctly profound. Read More»

Welcome to our new HQ for Fayette, Coweta news

Welcome to the new online home of The Citizen. The paint is still wet in places, and not all the light switches work yet, but we have moved into our new house — and you are our welcome guests. Read More»

Recession offers Georgia opportunity for tax reform

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Georgia lawmakers are mulling tax increases and gimmicks to plug a projected budget gap of more than $2 billion, but a new Tax Foundation report cautions against such tactics and urges tax reform that will stabilize revenue.

Eliminating targeted tax incentives, lowering the state corporate income tax rate and moving to a flat personal Read More»

Radical Islam’s ‘Manchurian Candidate’?

Cal Thomas's picture

President Obama’s appointment of Rashad Hussain, his deputy associate counsel, as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, charged with safeguarding and protecting “the interests of the Muslim world,” should be of serious concern to Congress and the American public. Read More»

Week 5 legislative update: House to tackle budget hearings

Matt Ramsey's picture

Last week the General Assembly convened for legislative days 18-20 of the 2010 session of the Georgia legislature. We have officially reached the half-way point of the 40-day session and there is still much work to be done.

Last week the Senate adopted the FY 2010 mid-year budget adjustment that was passed by the House the previous week. As I previously reported, the measure included in excess of $1 billion in additional spending cuts. These reductions were necessary to balance the budget due to much lower than expected state revenues brought on by the still struggling economy. Read More»