Civil Conversations: Common Core gets critical examination

I introduced a new program called Civil Conversations Fayette on Jan. 30. So many people are tarred with special interest judgments or political biases that they simply cannot enjoy the world around them. This was an attempt to create civil discourse over a nice dinner.

I am pleased to say the program was a success with both parents and teachers were taking lots of notes and asking questions. The conversation went a full two hours, which means we will probably have to edit the video into two different segments. Read More»

Left behind

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Perhaps the greatest thing about being a kid is simply being a kid. Unfortunately, most don’t realize it at the time — they just want to grow up as fast as they can. I should know — I was one of those people.

Sadly, as an adult, those who wanted to grow up so fast usually only want to have the freedom and joy of being a kid once again. I should know because I’m one of them.

While growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, I couldn’t wait until I was big like my two older brothers. Being older meant they could do a whole lot more stuff than me, and never get left behind. Read More»


David Epps's picture

The New England Patriots, soon to take the field against the Seattle Seahawks in the 49th edition of the Super Bowl, has, for the last several days, been the subject of a potential scandal known in the media as “Deflate-Gate.”

It seems that the Patriots have been accused of letting some of the air out of the dozen footballs in the possession of the team an hour prior to the shellacking of the Baltimore Colts. Such an act would, it is said, assist quarterback Tom Brady in the passing game. Read More»

Sallie’s swan song?

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

I guess this is it. Time to take off the mask. Time to say “thank you” to those who have said “thank you” to me, usually in the grocery store, and I’ll admit I’ve deceived you all in the pretense of being a credible writer/reporter/story teller.

Well, to be honest, there’s been no pretense here. Some of it has been pretty good, some of it awful, blame, when we go astray. Read More»

Let us vote on fluoride in our water

Ben Nelms's picture

As reported in The Citizen in mid-December, the Fayette County Commission by a unanimous vote adopted a resolution that asked Fayette’s legislative delegation to advocate for amending state law from the 1980s that requires a petition signed by 10 percent of the voters from the previous election to trigger a local referendum on water fluoridation. Commissioners said the 10 percent requirement was overly burdensome and asked that the requirement be eliminated in favor of the ability to exercise home rule on the issue. Read More»

What a difference a speech can make

Bonnie Willis's picture

It was the day after the country celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK). The rhetoric of Dr. King’s great speeches was still fresh in my mind. Then I viewed the president’s sixth State of the Union speech last week.

Not coincidentally, this speech took place on the sixth anniversary of his historic 2009 inauguration speech that inspired a nation and gave many hope that his election marked the turning point in our nation’s history.

So, with the speeches of these great orators fresh in my mind, I asked myself, what difference can a speech make? Read More»

Ga. General Assembly convenes

Matt Ramsey's picture

On Jan. 12, 2015 the Georgia General Assembly convened for the first day of the 2015 legislative session. It is always an exciting day at the Capitol to see your legislative colleagues that you have not seen much, if at all, in the months since the last day of the prior legislative session. It is also a great day because it is always attended by legislators’ friends and families. Read More»

GOP abortion bill failure

Cal Thomas's picture

As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual “March for Life,” the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an antiabortion bill that restricted abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest, with exemptions allowed only after a police report had been filed. This after a small group of moderate Republican female lawmakers challenged the bill and lobbied for a less restrictive measure.

Politics wins. Life loses. Read More»

Tax your brain with defense against demagoguery

Walter Williams's picture

When gasoline sold at record prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, “I think it’s time to say to these people, ‘Stop ripping off the American people.’” When the average price of regular gas was close to $4 a gallon, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for Congress to look into breaking up giant oil companies. The claim was that “Wall Street greed (was) fueling high gas prices.” Read More»

The fire — and our memories

Ronda Rich's picture

We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was, my sister and I, and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

“I refuse to cry,” I said evenly. I’ve been crying too much for the past several years over too much loss. Those I love as well as material but sentimental possessions lost to both thieves and a misfortunate plumbing disaster at Mama’s house that had flooded to ruin so much she left behind. It was time to follow the example of my people and stoic up.

But still ... Read More»