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Sallie’s swan song?

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

I guess this is it. Time to take off the mask. Time to say “thank you” to those who have said “thank you” to me, usually in the grocery store, and I’ll admit I’ve deceived you all in the pretense of being a credible writer/reporter/story teller.

Well, to be honest, there’s been no pretense here. Some of it has been pretty good, some of it awful, blame, when we go astray. Read More»

Let us vote on fluoride in our water

Ben Nelms's picture

As reported in The Citizen in mid-December, the Fayette County Commission by a unanimous vote adopted a resolution that asked Fayette’s legislative delegation to advocate for amending state law from the 1980s that requires a petition signed by 10 percent of the voters from the previous election to trigger a local referendum on water fluoridation. Commissioners said the 10 percent requirement was overly burdensome and asked that the requirement be eliminated in favor of the ability to exercise home rule on the issue. Read More»

What a difference a speech can make

Bonnie Willis's picture

It was the day after the country celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK). The rhetoric of Dr. King’s great speeches was still fresh in my mind. Then I viewed the president’s sixth State of the Union speech last week.

Not coincidentally, this speech took place on the sixth anniversary of his historic 2009 inauguration speech that inspired a nation and gave many hope that his election marked the turning point in our nation’s history.

So, with the speeches of these great orators fresh in my mind, I asked myself, what difference can a speech make? Read More»

Ga. General Assembly convenes

Matt Ramsey's picture

On Jan. 12, 2015 the Georgia General Assembly convened for the first day of the 2015 legislative session. It is always an exciting day at the Capitol to see your legislative colleagues that you have not seen much, if at all, in the months since the last day of the prior legislative session. It is also a great day because it is always attended by legislators’ friends and families. Read More»

GOP abortion bill failure

Cal Thomas's picture

As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual “March for Life,” the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an antiabortion bill that restricted abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest, with exemptions allowed only after a police report had been filed. This after a small group of moderate Republican female lawmakers challenged the bill and lobbied for a less restrictive measure.

Politics wins. Life loses. Read More»

Tax your brain with defense against demagoguery

Walter Williams's picture

When gasoline sold at record prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, “I think it’s time to say to these people, ‘Stop ripping off the American people.’” When the average price of regular gas was close to $4 a gallon, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for Congress to look into breaking up giant oil companies. The claim was that “Wall Street greed (was) fueling high gas prices.” Read More»

The fire — and our memories

Ronda Rich's picture

We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was, my sister and I, and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

“I refuse to cry,” I said evenly. I’ve been crying too much for the past several years over too much loss. Those I love as well as material but sentimental possessions lost to both thieves and a misfortunate plumbing disaster at Mama’s house that had flooded to ruin so much she left behind. It was time to follow the example of my people and stoic up.

But still ... Read More»

Voting disticts

Carolyn Cary's picture

Voting districts

Having lived in Fayette County for 50 years, I have voted around Fayetteville in a number of different places.

Let’s see - I remember voting at the American Legion Log Cabin, a couple of the schools, the Masonic Lodge, the First Baptist Church and I think one time at the Administration Office.

When Fayette County was laid out in 1821, there were nine voting districts created. Each of the districts was given the name of a resident who lived in it, i.e. Captain Robinson’s District, for instance. Read More»

Should free speech be absolute?

David Epps's picture

The civilized world is aghast at the violence visited upon the French cartoonists and journalists who were murdered by Islamic Jihadists. The French publication, Charlie Hebdo, is well known for taking satirical swipes at almost everybody. The gunmen claimed that they were massacring the employees of the publication because Charlie Hebdo had insulted Islam’s prophet. The gunmen were killed by police but violent incidents continue in Europe. Read More»

The red sweater

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The doors of the university library opened just as a gust of wintery wind howled across the main concourse. An invisible frigid hand reached through the opening and turned pages of magazines and newspapers stacked on the front desk, startling the student attendant.

The reaction garnered a smile from the old man hunched alone at the table closest to the windows, just as it had the week before. This time, the aged skin around his eyes crinkled almost to the point of cracking. In this life, he didn’t smile too often. He didn’t have much cause to do so. Or so his story goes. Read More»