Opinion

Why loyalty matters

Ronda Rich's picture

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

But there is one that deeply branded itself in the bones of my being – that of the importance of being loyal in all things.

In those days, the world’s premier stock car circuit was evolving into a national sport from being a Southern giddy-up-and-go. A new cable channel called ESPN and a newspaper named USA Today was giving it coast-to-coast coverage that it had not had previously. Read More»

Starting the 4th at Mimi’s

Trying to avoid the crowds and traffic on the morning of July 4th, I stayed on the back roads through Peachtree City and away from the parade festivities. I stopped for breakfast at Mimi’s on Kelly Drive.

The place was packed as usual, but you never have to wait long. As I walked in, a couple leaving held the door for me, smiled and said, “Good morning.” I smiled, thanked them and said it back. Mimi’s always puts you in a “good morning” mood. Read More»

'Echo' is Entertaining, Entertaining, Entertaining

The Citizen's picture

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By Kevin Thomas

In 1999, the world was introduced to “The Blair Witch Project”, a movie about a group of film study students who recorded everything they saw with a hand-held camera. Read More»

I need help

Rick Ryckeley's picture

For those long time readers of this column, me needing help should come as no surprise. After all, it’s well documented in the stories over the last twelve and a half years, and I’ll be the first to admit it.

I do need help, and I need it right now — just not in the way you may think. The status of my mental state will just have to wait and may even be the topic for a future story. Right now there’s one thing more pressing that I need help with. Or should I say two things? Read More»

'Thank you for serving'

David Epps's picture

It is fairly common these days for military veterans to hear from grateful citizens, “Thank you for your service.” Indeed, whenever I see someone with a military T-shirt or baseball cap designating them as a veteran, I express the same sentiment. I don’t remember the first time it was said to me, but I do remember that I was humbled and thankful. Read More»

A vision for our Fayette community

Robert Ross's picture

In conjunction with the vision plan adopted by the Fayette Visioning Initiative Steering Committee in early June, we continue to highlight the plan’s goals and objectives. Reflecting the considerable citizen input received throughout the process, the plan builds a framework for best practices and strategic collaborations within the county. The goal is to elevate Fayette County to become an unrivaled community. Read More»

Renewing the Spirit of ’76

Dr. Marvin Folkertsma's picture

July 4, 1776 gave birth to perhaps the most revolutionary political document in the history of civilization, submitted by men who proclaimed, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Pretty heady stuff for a group of heroes who knew that their actions exposed them all to charges of treason, for which the penalty was swift and sure execution at the hands of the colonial masters whose authority they defied. Read More»

Denying the deniers’ facts

Cal Thomas's picture

People who refuse to drink the Kool-Aid known as global warming-climate change are not just “deniers”; we are guilty of a “nihilistic refusal” to address the issue.

So says a Washington Post editorial commenting favorably on Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that allows the Environmental Protection Agency, under certain limits, to proceed under the Clean Air Act to regulate major sources of greenhouse-gas emissions. Read More»

Obama’s appointments nixed

Dr. John A. Sparks's picture

In a rare unanimous decision, all nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the outcome in NLRB v. Canning last week. The Supreme Court found that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional. However, the judicial reasoning of the court’s majority (Breyer, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan) and that of the four concurring justices (Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito) were significantly different. Read More»

Haggard’s treasure trove

Ronda Rich's picture

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life’s challenging times – the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories. As those who know me well often say with a smile, “It’s always about the story with her.”

It fascinates me to see what the journey of life will drill into our souls and our minds and how it can turn so effortlessly into songs, books, poetry, movies and kitchen table stories that will entertain, provoke and evoke. Read More»

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