Opinion

Those who make things happen

David Epps's picture

“What a beautiful service!” “This night was so inspirational and meaningful.” “Everything about tonight was wonderful!”

These comments, and more, were spoken to me last Sunday evening following a service of ordination. The individual who was being ordained began a process some five years ago, including the earning of a three-year Master of Divinity degree. As the bishop for Georgia and Tennessee for our denomination, I was the one who ordained him. But I was not the one who made everything so meaningful and inspirational. Read More»

Lost and forlorn

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Okay, I’ll admit it. Sometimes I’m directionally challenged. I could get lost in an elevator or go the wrong way on an escalator.

No matter what age you may be, the experience of being lost is the same for everyone: complete and utter hopelessness.

I should know. I found myself lost last weekend, and an old familiar wave of dread washed over me and almost knocked me down.

But how I found myself lost in the middle of a crowd of over a thousand strangers, out of breath, and weeping…well, that’s the end of this story. Here’s the beginning: Read More»

Lost and forlorn

Okay, I’ll admit it. Sometimes I’m directionally challenged. I could get lost in an elevator or go the wrong way on an escalator.

No matter what age you may be, the experience of being lost is the same for everyone: complete and utter hopelessness.

I should know. I found myself lost last weekend, and an old familiar wave of dread washed over me and almost knocked me down.

But how I found myself lost in the middle of a crowd of over a thousand strangers, out of breath, and weeping…well, that’s the end of this story. Here’s the beginning: Read More»

Outlaw policing for profit in Ga.

Benita Dodd's picture

Back in 1966, Bobby Fuller sang about, “Robbin’ people with a six-gun, I fought the law and the law won.” And rightfully so: Robbery is a crime. But what happens when it’s the law doing the robbing and the law wins?

Civil asset forfeiture is supposed to be a process in which law enforcement agencies seize property and cash they have reason to believe were involved in a crime. A spate of stories from around the nation, however, reveals that too often, it’s a matter of “policing for profit:” seizing property and money of innocent people because agencies benefit directly from the proceeds. Read More»

Who you calling stupid?

Cal Thomas's picture

“Stupid is as stupid does” — Forrest Gump

Unless you regularly follow conservative media, you may not have heard what one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) thinks about you.

Jonathan Gruber is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who helped craft Obamacare. In a rare moment of unvarnished candor, Gruber told an audience last year at the University of Pennsylvania the law passed because of the “stupidity of the American voter.” Read More»

Obama vs. us

Walter Williams's picture

Suppose you saw a person driving his car on the wrong side of a highway, against the traffic. Would you call him a stupid and/or incompetent driver?

You say, “Williams, what kind of question is that? Of course he’s one or the other!”

I’d say, “Hold your horses. What are his intentions?” If the driver’s intentions are to cause highway calamity, one can hardly call his actions stupid or incompetent. Given his intentions, he is wisely acting in a manner to achieve his objectives. Read More»

Don’t throw out good food

Ronda Rich's picture

A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents’ house after the death of her father.

“My parents,” she said, “were both children of the Depression so they saved everything. It is a big job.” She paused. “I finally found the key to the extra room that Daddy built on to the house. I opened it and it was filled with Mason jars.” Read More»

PTC pay raise: Lies to ‘foolish, unthinking residents’

I was very disappointed to read [City Manager James] Pennington’s Nov. 5, 2014 front page article entitled, “Pennington fires back at pay raise critics.”

To me, it confirmed how seemingly dishonest our Peachtree management is; and reminded me of how weak our City Council is, in its duty of business oversight. Read More»

Imker to Fayette: Beware pay study

[Editor’s note: the following is an exchange of emails about a pay raise study item on the Nov. 13 agenda of the Fayette County Commission between Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker and Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson. The county pay study was defeated 3-to 2 Nov. 13. The first email is from Imker to Rapson.]

Please, when considering subject item [about a pay raise study], ensure you control which of the various municipalities and counties will be used in “comparison” of salaries. Read More»

Chairman Brown disavows Barlow’s ‘racial insults’

I received numerous negative comments about our Nov. 13 County Board of Commissioners meeting.

I wanted to express some thoughts about what happened.

First, let me say that Commissioner Allen McCarty was a class act and the embodiment of civility when he opened our meeting with congratulatory remarks for Commissioner-Elect Pota Coston, wishing her well. Commissioner McCarty’s final meeting will be Dec. 11 and he served his constituents well. Read More»