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Town takes aim at potty-mouths

David Epps's picture

The town of Middleborough, Mass., is “fed up with public swearing” and thinks “forcing the potty-mouthed to pay up might be the right antidote,” according to a report by the Associated Press. The town’s police chief offered a proposal that would allow for the imposition of a $20 fine for “public swearing.” Read More»

Dad, I’m here

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The Boy was gone. There was no explanation for what happened. More importantly, there was no excuse. I had walked into the kitchen to answer the phone – gone only a minute or so. When I returned, The Boy was no longer watching Sesame Street.

Had he just wandered off? Was he playing hide-n-seek again? It was his favorite game to play with me. Or, worst of all, had someone somehow crept into our home and silently whisked him away? All these thoughts pummeled through my mind as I franticly ran through room after empty room calling his name.

There was no answer. Read More»

A license to kill business

Benita Dodd's picture

From a historic building on the banks of the Etowah River in Rome, Ga., Ed Watters and his co-workers design elaborate gardens and manage a successful landscape company with a staff of more than 60. Behind the serene décor of the Outdoor Living Studio, however, lurk onerous regulatory hoops that the company must jump through to do business. Read More»

Independents leave both parties

Cal Thomas's picture

In his 2007 book, “The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800,” historian Jay Winik writes that among Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, none “believed in political parties, which they feared would lead to ‘rage,’ ‘dissolution,’ and eventual ‘ruin’ of the republic ...”

The latest poll from the Pew Research Center, “Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years,” seems to indicate that the American people have come around to their way of thinking. Read More»

Westmoreland MIA to save community banks

Kent Kingsley's picture

We continue to be in the toughest economic time since the Great Depression. Has our federal government, and more particularly Congress, been part of the solution or part of the problem?

The answer is unquestionably that they have been part of the problem. Let’s take a look this week at the financial institutions in America.

The big boys — you know, the large banks and the large, mostly Wall Street, financial institutions — received a bailout from you and me. President Bush and Congress lent the big boys billions of our taxpayer dollars in an ill-advised and unfair policy. Read More»

Knowing better

Ronda Rich's picture

When Nix, the unpredictable, funniest kid in our family, was 4 years old, he found himself in some bit of trouble, though we’ve now all forgotten what it was. Only the punch line lingers in our minds.

“Nix, why did you do that?” his mama asked in her strictest tone.

The cotton-topped youngster spread his hands, palms up, his blue eyes wide at his predicament. “I don’t know. I know better but sometimes I just can’t help myself.” Read More»

Ask Father Paul

Father Paul Massey's picture

Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible

Pastors get some of the most interesting questions from people they meet and people in their congregations.  Here are a few that I have received in my ministry over the years and via email for this column.

 Dear Father Paul:  If God is kind and loving as you say, and can do anything he wants, as you also say, then why did he create a world with so much pain and suffering? —  No Name.
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UPDATED OPINION — Come let us reason together

Cal Beverly's picture

A COLUMN OF OPINION, UPDATED WITH ALL THE LETTERS — After Thursday night’s historically unprecedented Peachtree City Council action, we could use some reason. What we’ve got is raw political opportunism, self-righteous posturing, gross abuse of power and an almost textbook violation of the U.S. Constitution and Georgia Constitution. Read More»

A harmless little lie

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Every Sunday morning Preacher Jim said that confession was good for one’s soul. Well, he’s gonna love this column because I’m not confessing once; I’m confessing three times.
Growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, my mom always told us that lying wasn’t allowed in our house – harmless or otherwise. Even so, it still occurred and my parents always knew when one was told. Read More»

The ‘Docs’ of the Marine Corps

David Epps's picture

William R. Charette, age 79, died on March 18, 2012, in Lake Wales, Fla. It is likely that very few outside his own circles have ever heard of him and that is a shame. In 1951, Charette enlisted in the United States Navy and was trained as a hospital corpsman, or medic.

On March 27, 1953 he was a hospital corpsman third class with Company F, 2nd Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment when Chinese Communist forces attacked the Marines at Outpost Vegas in western Korea. The attack escalated into an hour and a half brutal hand-to-hand fight. Read More»

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