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Common Sense

Kent Kingsley's picture

“We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

We all recognize this as the preamble to the Constitution. With pivotal elections occurring this year, it is instructive to compare the ideals of the preamble with the performance of Congress and the President. Read More»

More T-SPLOST games

Terry Garlock's picture

I have a few thoughts to add to my column last week on T-SPLOST.

Sunday morning provides a number of TV choices for political updates. One of those is The Georgia Gang, a roundtable discussion of local issues among four regulars, two conservatives and two liberals.

As you might predict, T-SPLOST is an escalating topic on this show as the July 31 vote approaches, and one of the liberals, Jeff Dickerson, is a constant and strong advocate of T-SPLOST. Read More»

When your stormwater bill arrives — don’t pay it

Dennis Chase's picture

Sometime in August, Fayette County will be sending out bills, to all non-city residents, to raise money for the new Stormwater Utility. Thousands of us will be paying $25, or more, in the form of a “fee” and the county will raise about $575,000.

But our incumbent commissioners will insist that this is not a tax. They have been trying to convince you that they are keeping the tax levels low so we will vote for them. By calling this a fee they will take five employees off the General Fund and pay their costs from a utility. This is smoke and mirrors if I have ever heard of it. Read More»

The season of yard sign clutter

Bonnie Willis's picture

The political season is in full swing. We’re seeing more and more yard signs, news articles, and ads on TV and the internet. We have politically-minded friends forwarding emails of stories supporting their political views and candidates.

All this activity has one objective in mind — influencing who and what we vote for on July 31st. And as this date draws closer, we all know it will only get worse. Read More»

Whether paid or not, volunteer firefighters remain on the job

Carolyn Cary's picture

There was a discussion at the Fayetteville City Hall recently as to whether the city fire department should remain a part of the city, or join with the county fire department.

Many people in authority spoke and various charts were shown. The possible savings were expressed but there was one side not available on charts.

The opinion of the firemen could only be expressed in person. And they did. Read More»

Mitt Romney and the NAACP

Cal Thomas's picture

Mitt Romney’s speech to the NAACP convention in Houston was — according to one’s political perspective — a “calculated move on his part to get booed ...” to help his white base (Rep. Nancy Pelosi), or a presentation to “independent thinking adult citizens” whom he treated as equals (Rush Limbaugh).

Having an adult conversation in a racially and politically polarized age is nearly impossible, especially when our current political culture does not require a solution to problems, only the use of rhetoric and symbols to gain political power. Read More»

Let’s keep the mail comin’

Ronda Rich's picture

We all need to be worried about the health of the postal service and, as good neighbors, we all need to pitch in and do what we can to keep the mail comin’.

In full disclosure, my sister is a postmaster. She does not know about this column so she has neither encouraged nor influenced it. Secondly, I have keynoted at national postmasters conventions across the country from Philadelphia to Ft. Lauderdale to Las Vegas to Anchorage. As far as I see it, this only makes me more an expert on what I’m about to say. Trust me. There’s a story in it. Read More»

Your kindness makes a tremendous impact

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

The Bible says, “Be kind to one another” (Eph. 4:32), yet kindness is often the exception rather than the rule. Let kindness rule, and the kind words you say and the kind deeds you do may start a chain reaction. You never know how your acts of kindness can impact others. Read More»

A call to arms

Kent Kingsley's picture

Throughout the history of this great nation there have times that “try men’s souls”. From the midnight ride of Paul Revere to the attack on Pearl Harbor Americans, have come to the aid of this nation in its time of need. We again face a time of great peril. As President Reagan once said “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Let there be no mistake about it, our freedoms are being threatened. Our greatest threat comes not from without but from within. Read More»

30 feet under Flamingo Street

Rick Ryckeley's picture

As you remember, Dear Reader, last week we left our hero stuck, unable to move, in the middle of a drain pipe deep under Flamingo Street. Chased there by his arch-nemesis, and with his brother James lying possibly dead on the valley floor, he’d given up all hope of rescue. Read More»

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