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At-risk veterans & their healing dogs

Terry Garlock's picture

Since 9-11 we have asked a great deal of our all-volunteer military. Over a decade of deployments to war zones make our present force the most combat-experienced ever, but sending individual troops on three, four, five or more combat tours levies immeasurable cost to them and their family.

It should be no surprise that we have a spike in the number of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues and traumatic brain injury (TMI), wounds that are not outwardly visible, and sometimes the care they receive just isn’t enough.
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Fayette County is at a crossroads

Matt Forshee's picture

During the recession, something huge happened in Fayette County, the impact of which has not truly been felt: The “Developer of Peachtree City,” Pathway Communities, closed up shop.

Whether you agree with the choices that were made or not by them when they were developing, the entity was constantly impacting the community with the addition of residential, commercial and industrial space.

During the development of the city, Pathway and its predecessors developed the largest industrial park on the south side of Atlanta, the 2,200-acre Peachtree City Industrial Village.
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A word worth saving

Mark Westmoreland's picture

Graffiti (“Who needs you?” “Not so high-and-mighty now, are you?” “Serves you right!”) cover its once-majestic walls. It used to be so beautiful, so solid, but these days it’s crumbling from neglect — gutters hanging, stained glass windows broken. No one seems to want to take responsibility for it.

Actually, I’m talking about a word here, and the word is religion (cue the boos), that ancient bastion of truth now ridiculed by believers and non-believers alike.

Well, call me passe; call me stodgy even; but I think the word is worth saving. It just needs some sprucing up.
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Do you really hate slavery?

Walter Williams's picture

Evil acts are given an aura of moral legitimacy by noble-sounding socialistic expressions, such as spreading the wealth, income redistribution, caring for the less fortunate, and the will of the majority. Let’s have a thought experiment to consider just how much Americans sanction evil.

Imagine there are several elderly widows in your neighborhood. They have neither the strength to mow their lawns, clean their windows and perform other household tasks nor the financial means to hire someone to help them.
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A heroic family

Ronda Rich's picture

It happened recently. The 20th anniversary of the death of stock car racer Davey Allison. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don’t.

But I shall never forget him.

The first time I met him was when he won an ARCA race at the track then called Atlanta International Raceway. I was a sports writer covering the event. He was happy but his joy was marred by the death of another driver that day. The next time I saw him was a couple of years later in Talladega. Never have I seen anyone as happy, just bursting with unbridled joy, as Davey was that day.
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February, short but sweet

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Portions of this column appeared in 2002.

My old copy of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations surprised me: No entry for February among its vast hoard of words, except for the nursery rhyme, “Thirty days hath September….”
The framers of our calendar were merciful in dealing to this wintry month only four rounded-off weeks of weeping skies. Would they have been so thoughtful with January. Read More»

Fairytale romance

Rick Ryckeley's picture

To live everyday full of romance, endless love, and laughter are ingredients of days only found in fairytales.
Experiencing the same unconditional love of a sleeping infant in a mother’s arms or the joy received from the whole-body hugs from a child just doesn’t exist for us adults.
But what if it did? What if everyday could be a fairytale romance like Valentine’s Day? Read More»

Snowpocalypse

David Epps's picture

As I write these words, the logs on the outside woodpile are covered with ice. As is my rear deck, my car, the trees in the yard, and the driveway which, effectively, isolates us and confines us to the house.

The American flag that I fly every day is as stiff as cardboard and even the squirrels have stayed in their nests.

Newscasters are calling the impending ice storm “catastrophic” and “historic.” The governor of Georgia and even the President of the United States have declared “states of emergency” not for what has happened but for what people say is about to happen. Read More»

Weathering the economic storm

Bonnie Willis's picture

We are now approaching five years since the recession has supposedly ended, but it just doesn’t feel like it.

Husbands and wives are fighting about finances more than ever. Children are losing their homes and seeing their families torn apart. Small businesses are cutting back work hours trying to keep afloat. And fewer large businesses are talking about significant growth. Read More»

A potpourri of thoughts, local and otherwise

Scott Bradshaw's picture

Sometimes newspaper contributors have several things to say that are worthy of mention but don’t require the space for a full column. February is one of those months and I share a few random and unrelated thoughts with readers. Read More»