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Keep crony capitalism out of Ga.’s school choice movement

Jim Kelly's picture

By Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi

Georgia has one of the more popular K-12 tuition tax credit programs in America, which is funded by the private contributions of approximately 18,000 individual taxpayers and 200 corporate taxpayers, who receive a state income tax credit for their contributions.

These contributions are made to qualified student scholarship organizations (“SSOs”) that provide scholarships to eligible students, most of whom are from low- or middle-income families. Surveys indicate they are overwhelmingly satisfied with their private school choices. Read More»

Looking back before I can look forward

Ronda Rich's picture

When the New Year arrives every year, I, like most, look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity, and a chance to reform from bad habits.

I’ve already done that. In early November, I went on a serious diet instead of waiting until mid-January. Tink was puzzled.

“Don’t do that now. The holidays are coming,” he said. Read More»

A memorable New Year's Eve

Carolyn Cary's picture

I have a family desk in my house and looking at it brings back memories of New Year’s Eve in 1949. I was 17 years old and was, of course, very wise. New Year’s Eve fell on a Saturday night that year and my Methodist Youth Fellowship group was having a Progressive Dinner, having a salad in one home and then going to another home for the main entree and end up at my house for dessert. We would play Canasta all night. To bring you Millennials up to date, it’s a card game. Read More»

Whom does God call?

David Epps's picture

When I was a child and began attending the little Methodist church near our home, I concluded that the man who stood in the pulpit must be the godliest man I would ever meet. He was educated, wore a black pulpit robe, spoke with confidence and authority, was admired by the gathered congregation, and was friendly and kind to all he encountered—even to an eight year old child. Read More»

Let it go

Rick Ryckeley's picture

If you have children 12 years old or younger, chances are you’ve seen the hit Disney movie “Frozen” about a gazillion times, and rightfully so. It’s quite possibly the best kid’s movie of all time.

Not just because the movie features Olaf, an adorable snowman whose singing and dancing ranks right up there with Fred Astaire, but because all the music is infectious. This is especially true of the message and lyrics of the Oscar-winning song, “Let it go.” Read More»

15 years later, another Christmas

Cal Beverly's picture

The opinion reprinted below first appeared in The Citizen Christmas week, 1999.

In the year of our Lord 19 hundred and 99...

Many cultural commentators argue that the United States has entered the post-Christian era, and many applaud that transition as a desirable change in an increasingly multicultural society with diverse religious viewpoints. Read More»

Who’s responsible?

Thomas Sowell's picture

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police. Read More»

Who’s the ‘extremist’ around here anyway

William Murchison's picture

Among the journalistic takeaways from the late Congress’ death frenzies is the equivocal plight of the two parties — the grown-up deal makers in both cases squeezed by hardcore, do-it-our-way extremists. On the Republican side John Boehner beset by Ted Cruz, in the Democratic camp the pragmatic Hillary Clinton wing forced to contend with the true-believing fans of Elizabeth Warren. Read More»

2014: O Christmas Tree

Ronda Rich's picture

It was late in the summer of my parents’ lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home.

Life had been a struggle for Mama and Daddy en route to escaping completely the poverty of their Appalachian childhoods. They were married for 12 years before they owned their first lamp (I have and cherish that piece of earthly gain) which was acquired through the generosity of a church congregation that pooled its money and bought it for them. Read More»

Christmas traditions

Rick Ryckeley's picture

If asked, most folks will say they have traditions surrounding the holidays unique only to their family.

Some have ugly sweater parties, others collect nutcrackers from all corners of the world, and at least one neighbor decorates their house with so many lights that the display can be seen from outer space.

While growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, my family was no exception when it came to having family traditions.

Although, looking back, some of those traditions might seem downright strange. Read More»