Opinion

Reclaim our country from the destroyers

Mr. Garlock’s column last Wednesday expressed frustration and anger at the state of America, its future, and those who would see it brought low. I just saw the movie “America” as well. I don’t blame him one bit for feeling the way he does.

That said, I wish to offer suggestions of reforms regarding the policies, laws, expectations, and beliefs that must change to restore our nation: Read More»

PTC’s dam spillway issue is not an emergency

I have talked to many people since my opinion was published recently and those people with whom I spoke seem to think that because the problem at the spillway has been reported to the EPD and to Georgia Safe Dams, that it is too late to do the maintenance that should have been done a long time ago and that we must follow their recommendations.

But I am of a different opinion (do the maintenance and fill the lake). Read More»

See Grace

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

This column originally appeared in The Citizen in 1999.

Like a song you start humming in the morning and can’t get out of your mind, one word comes to me over and over again to describe events in my life.

Grace. Pure grace. Disposed as I am to want to look beyond church talk — journalistic habits die hard — I went to my dictionary to see what it offers besides a theological definition of grace: “The unmerited love and favor of God toward mankind.” Read More»

Me and my shadow

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Around 5:30 Saturday afternoon the most amazing thing happened. The entire world stopped — at least for one little girl.

Little One noticed her shadow for the very first time, and her reaction was something totally unexpected. There was nothing to be afraid of. There was really nothing there, but just try and explain that to a 13-month-old whose only words are Mommy, Daddy, kitty and — my favorite — duck. Read More»

Lies parents tell their kids

David Epps's picture

Many years ago, my oldest son had a propensity to play in the street in front of our house. Since he was only 4 or 5 years old, this was not an approved activity.

In spite of warnings, scoldings, and spankings, he always seemed to find a way to sit in the middle of the road and become a target for fast moving traffic. This behavior resulted in his being restricted to either the house or the fenced-in back yard. Read More»

Visiting America

Terry Garlock's picture

For a few special moments recently I was back in the America I used to know.

Saturday I indulged in an overpriced but warm bag of popcorn, slathered in a chemical liquid that is probably carcinogenic but the movie theater staff call it “butter,” along with a half-gallon diet drink only a movie theater would size as “medium” and charge $5.50. Read More»

No more aid to Palestine Authority

Cal Thomas's picture

The anti-Semitic “tradition” of blaming Jews for the world’s problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas.

Major newspaper editorials condemned Hamas, but their condemnation was hedged by calls for “restraint” on “both sides” and “proportionality” in Israel’s response to the attacks. Read More»

A lifetime of bad decisions

Ronda Rich's picture

When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

Bless her heart. She was as sweet as any woman could be but for all the time I knew her, she made bad decisions. I don’t believe that she ever made a choice by looking further out than five minutes. Read More»

Brown: Following rules on the dam

I read the letter from Mr. Charles Phillis on July 16 regarding his claims that the situation concerning the spillway and the dam at Lake Peachtree are being mismanaged.

Mr. Phillis referred the situation as an “overreaction to standard maintenance problems” from the county government.

First of all, the city of Peachtree City called in engineering consultants as owners of the dam, not the county, and upon reading the findings took the issue up with state agency that oversees such matters. That was the right thing to do. Read More»

Lake Peachtree dam debacle: Questions to be asked

I feel that Steve Brown’s letter to the editor regarding Lake Peachtree warrants a rebuttal. I’ve heard enough from government officials at all levels explaining away this mess as completely unavoidable.

Our local media deserves some criticism also. The lack of follow-up questions to government officials hasn’t served the citizens of our city well at all. Here are some possibilities:

When was the decision made to drain the lake? Read More»

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