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Good old King James

Ronda Rich's picture

Perhaps you’ve heard. It’s been the source of newspaper, magazine and television stories as they all pay tribute to the anniversary of the King James Bible. It’s a sprightly 400 years old.

On one point do all writers and reporters seem to agree: It’s old but not particularly cherished because few people read that version of the Bible these days. It’s once solid popularity has been eclipsed by the wildly successful New International Version (NIV). Read More»

Communications guide just in time for summer vacation

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

A wife returned home from work and found her husband sitting in his favorite chair reading the paper. After rummaging around in the kitchen for awhile, she said, “Honey, I read today that men speak 2,000 words a day and women speak 4,000 words each day.

Preoccupied with the paper, he muttered, “Uh-huh, I wonder why that is?”

After a pause, she said, “I guess it’s due to the fact that women have to repeat everything twice to their husbands.”

The husband responded, predictably, “What did you say?” Read More»

The PTC Council majority vs. the rule of law

Cal Beverly's picture

This opinion column begins with some assumptions: We are a nation of laws, not men; we are a state of laws, not men; we are a city of laws, not men. (Ladies, you are included in these variations of John Adams’ famous declaration that he wrote into the 1780 Massachusetts constitution.)

Here in Peachtree City, we have gone off the legal track, and our City Council majority is acting as a government of men, not as a government of laws.

In this column I will show you why I believe the council majority has committed the following violations in taking the recent legislative action that reduced the pay of Mayor Don Haddix from $750 a month down to $75 a month: Read More»

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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