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Reflections on a political race: Foreign affairs issues

Kent Kingsley's picture

In the recently concluded Third District congressional race I was surprised by a number of things (not the least of which was the result, but that’s a story for another article).

One area that was surprising was the complete lack of questions from the press and public on foreign affairs issues. In the seven months I ran for office I was asked twice about Afghanistan, both times by radio station WKEU in Griffin. Considering what is going on in the world today, it is amazing. Let’s take a look at a few hot button issues around the world. Read More»

Health law taxes, penalties and the games politicians play

Ronald E. Bachman's picture

Only political junkies really care about the difference between taxes and penalties in the recently validated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also known as ObamaCare. All the average American cares about is, “What is it going to cost me?” Read More»

Southern pots and pans

Ronda Rich's picture

Whenever I take out my biscuit pan — and every Southern cook worth her salt and grease has one — I can’t help but shake my head.

It is not, as my friend Karen would say, “a purdy sight.”

I have more than one, of course, for when guests come and I need to make two or three pans of homemade buttermilk biscuits, but the main one is large, round and very black from all the years of baking in 500 degrees with Crisco smeared generously on the surface. Read More»

A German family becomes American -Part I

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Watched Ken Burns’ “The War” last week, and when I picked up the document below, I was struck by the similarities between the epic of World War II and the brief WWI history a dear friend lent me.

I am always touched to read of the courage and eagerness to work that our forebears exhibited on first arriving in the New World, and then surviving rough times to establish a new American family. A dear friend in Peachtree City shares part of his family history.

No doubt every new family forms with similar effort. It’s an old, old story. Read More»

Hey, parents, we’re not perfect, but it’s never too late to do better

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

We were still sitting at the Sunday dinner table, hosting a missionary couple who had shared in worship that morning. Three of my kids filled them in on upcoming plans and adventures. One daughter was about to leave for Africa, and these folks had previously served in Africa. Another was sharing about her pursuit of her school counseling certification and her internship in an elementary school. My son was filling them in on his upcoming wedding. Read More»

July 31 vote: What does it all mean?

Cal Beverly's picture

Power. Who has it, and who hasn’t.

That’s what the July 31 vote results — and any election — mean.

So who has the power we the people have delegated to them for the next two to four years?

Answers to that in a second. Let’s first deal with that strange fowl, the lame duck.

Here are Fayette County’s lame ducks — elected officials still in power until Jan. 1, 2013 but forbidden or unable to exercise effective power after that date:

Sheriff — Wayne Hannah. Expect no problems here. There will be a smooth transition. Read More»

The story of a gun

Terry Garlock's picture

Last week I mentioned one of my guns has a story, a story I have told you in part before. It begins in 1969 Vietnam, and I hope as you read this story you will think not of me but all the others in all of our wars, troops long ago in WWII, today in Afghanistan, what they live through for all of us and how it changes them. Read More»

Communications lessons from my husband

Bonnie Willis's picture

Last week I wrote a column describing why I love Chick-fil-A. I did not think I was writing anything particularly controversial.

Following the column’s publication, as I do every week, I went online to read if anyone had posted any comments. In the past, I have received maybe two comments for a given column, and feedback from neighbors. Imagine my surprise when I went online Friday and saw 91 comments! Read More»

Sports vs.politics

Thomas Sowell's picture

It has long seemed to me that there is far more rationality in sports, and in commentaries on sports, than there is in politics and in commentaries on politics. What has puzzled me is why this is so, when what happens in politics has far more serious effects on people’s lives.

To take one common example, there are many people who believe that if the market fails, the government should step in. But, if Robinson Cano strikes out, does anyone suggest that the Yankees should send in a pinch hitter for him on his next time at bat? Read More»

Ignore what they think

Ronda Rich's picture

One day at lunch, I ran into a beautiful older woman, a friend from years past, whom I hadn’t seen in quite a while. She had changed very little since I first met her when I was in college.

She’s one of those lovely Southern women whose voice softly lilts with each word and her mannerisms are subtly small and lovely. She looked so pretty. Her silver hair was cut stylishly, sweeping across her brow and framing her bright blue eyes.

Our chatter at first was courteous with each asking how the other had been and mentioning what we knew of mutual friends. Read More»

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