Opinion

Haddix: I’ve been vindicated

The purpose of this letter is to comment on what City Council members Eric Imker and Kim Learnard had to say on the employee pay increase. It is not to try to evaluate the data officially collected or take a yea or nay position on the increase itself.

Understanding their mindsets is critical to understanding what they said and why.

Learnard is now trying to backpedal on her no vote. If she truly wanted more information before being able to vote, she would have abstained. Compounding this she now says she wanted more information for the taxpayers on their upcoming tax increase. Read More»

A Democrat woman’s perspective on David Barlow

I met David Barlow in the spring of this year, after he made some disparaging remarks on Facebook about female Democrats. His comments left me mad enough to spit nails, as my mother would have said, and I requested a meeting with him to discuss them.

He replied immediately, and we set a date for me to come to the office and talk. I walked in and introduced myself as a Democrat who was very unhappy to be pigeonholed, to be dismissed as one dimensional, just a member of a registered political party. Read More»

GOP: Barlow doesn’t represent our views

On Nov. 13, 2014, Commissioner David Barlow made some inflammatory and inappropriate remarks at the County Commission meeting.

While Mr. Barlow was elected as a Republican candidate, it should be clearly understood that his statements are neither endorsed nor embraced by the Fayette County Republican Party.

Moreover, his attempt to buttress his personal expression by adding that his declaration was done “in the mighty name of Jesus” made it even more objectionable. The Jesus I know and love preached a message of love and forgiveness. Read More»

Shirley Temple dress

Carolyn Cary's picture

I wrote last week about having whooping cough in the summer of 1939 and having to spend the next six months in a sanitarium for complete bed rest. My left lung had collapsed from coughing so much. I’m sure if that condition were true today I would not have been sent there.

You see, it was a TB sanitarium, and most patients there indeed had tuberculosis. The heavens were smiling down on me and I survived those six months without catching that problem. Read More»

Those who make things happen

David Epps's picture

“What a beautiful service!” “This night was so inspirational and meaningful.” “Everything about tonight was wonderful!”

These comments, and more, were spoken to me last Sunday evening following a service of ordination. The individual who was being ordained began a process some five years ago, including the earning of a three-year Master of Divinity degree. As the bishop for Georgia and Tennessee for our denomination, I was the one who ordained him. But I was not the one who made everything so meaningful and inspirational. Read More»

Lost and forlorn

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Okay, I’ll admit it. Sometimes I’m directionally challenged. I could get lost in an elevator or go the wrong way on an escalator.

No matter what age you may be, the experience of being lost is the same for everyone: complete and utter hopelessness.

I should know. I found myself lost last weekend, and an old familiar wave of dread washed over me and almost knocked me down.

But how I found myself lost in the middle of a crowd of over a thousand strangers, out of breath, and weeping…well, that’s the end of this story. Here’s the beginning: Read More»

Lost and forlorn

Okay, I’ll admit it. Sometimes I’m directionally challenged. I could get lost in an elevator or go the wrong way on an escalator.

No matter what age you may be, the experience of being lost is the same for everyone: complete and utter hopelessness.

I should know. I found myself lost last weekend, and an old familiar wave of dread washed over me and almost knocked me down.

But how I found myself lost in the middle of a crowd of over a thousand strangers, out of breath, and weeping…well, that’s the end of this story. Here’s the beginning: Read More»

Outlaw policing for profit in Ga.

Benita Dodd's picture

Back in 1966, Bobby Fuller sang about, “Robbin’ people with a six-gun, I fought the law and the law won.” And rightfully so: Robbery is a crime. But what happens when it’s the law doing the robbing and the law wins?

Civil asset forfeiture is supposed to be a process in which law enforcement agencies seize property and cash they have reason to believe were involved in a crime. A spate of stories from around the nation, however, reveals that too often, it’s a matter of “policing for profit:” seizing property and money of innocent people because agencies benefit directly from the proceeds. Read More»

Who you calling stupid?

Cal Thomas's picture

“Stupid is as stupid does” — Forrest Gump

Unless you regularly follow conservative media, you may not have heard what one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) thinks about you.

Jonathan Gruber is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who helped craft Obamacare. In a rare moment of unvarnished candor, Gruber told an audience last year at the University of Pennsylvania the law passed because of the “stupidity of the American voter.” Read More»

Obama vs. us

Walter Williams's picture

Suppose you saw a person driving his car on the wrong side of a highway, against the traffic. Would you call him a stupid and/or incompetent driver?

You say, “Williams, what kind of question is that? Of course he’s one or the other!”

I’d say, “Hold your horses. What are his intentions?” If the driver’s intentions are to cause highway calamity, one can hardly call his actions stupid or incompetent. Given his intentions, he is wisely acting in a manner to achieve his objectives. Read More»