Crazily optimistic

Rick Ryckeley's picture

They say doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result is the definition of crazy. Don’t really know who “they” are, but yesterday morning that’s exactly what I did.

Even though I’d done the same thing for years, I hoped for a different outcome. Just call me crazy – crazily optimistic. Surprisingly, this time, the final outcome was indeed different. But for the beginning of this story, we have to travel back some 45 years. Read More»

Life at 64

David Epps's picture

I celebrated another birthday this past week. I suppose that normally would be nothing to think very much about, but I recently learned that over 10 percent of my high school graduating class has passed from the scene.

Some 40 or more graduates of the Dobyns-Bennett High School, of Kingsport, Tenn., class of 1969 are gone. I am among those who have survived — thus far. Read More»

Firing a fire chief for his beliefs

Bonnie Willis's picture

In an age of political correctness, we often times can censor ourselves because we fear the ramifications of going against the “powerful” and “prevalent” voices of our society.

If what is happening to former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran is any indication, this fear is not unfounded. The attempt of this article is to evaluate the claims in this case and discuss the implications it has on all of us. Read More»

Welcome to the sharia world

Dave Richardson's picture

My jaw dropped in horror last week as we all watched the sickening scenes of Islamic terrorists attacking the Charlie Hebdo satire magazine in Paris. These Muslims barbarically murdered 12 people and left many others wounded.

The terrorists’ motive for murder had a short-term and long-term goal: defend the honor of Muhammad, and impose sharia law. We may be appalled by Muslim goals and actions, and hope these things don’t happen in America. I am warning you right now: sharia is already being imposed here, but in a way you don’t realize. Read More»

Fayette was told about district voting years ago

Claude Paquin's picture

It’s a one-two punch.

Fayette gets a public relations black eye on the subject of race relations, and its taxpayers (black and white) get hammered with an expenditure of one to two million dollars. All that for the sake of obsessing against district voting.

In February 2005 — 10 years ago — The Citizen published a letter to the editor from me about district voting.

Staying away from divisive issues about race, which unfortunately provide the most solid basis for judicial redress, I presented the other arguments that favor district voting. Read More»

Is Paris burning?

Cal Thomas's picture

The late Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, Paul Conrad, frequently used religious symbols to illustrate his point of view. Conrad drew the ire of some readers whenever he used the Star of David or a cross in his drawings. Letters to the editor denounced him, but to my knowledge no one showed up at the newspaper to kill him.

This is the difference between radical Islam and other faiths. Jews and Christians have been targets of persecution, but with rare exceptions in modern times those faiths do not encourage, or tolerate, murder in the name of God. Read More»

New Year’s irresolution — Obama sets his course

Thomas Sowell's picture

President Barack Obama’s absence from the great gathering in Paris of national leaders from other countries, to show their solidarity with France in its opposition to Islamic terrorists, was another sign of the Obama administration’s continuing irresolution in the face of terror.

Even the recent courageous message of Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, calling on his fellow Muslims around the world to “revolutionize” the interpretation of Islam, to make it more compatible with peaceful relations with other peoples, put no steel in the spine of Barack Obama. Read More»

Basic economics — Answer these questions

Walter Williams's picture

"Whether one is a conservative or a radical, a protectionist or a free trader, a cosmopolitan or a nationalist, a churchman or a heathen, it is useful to know the causes and consequences of economic phenomena.” That quotation, from Nobel laureate George J. Stigler, is how Dr. Thomas Sowell begins the fifth edition of “Basic Economics.” It’s a book that explains complex economic phenomena in a way that many economists cannot. And, I might add, it provides an understanding of some economic phenomena that might prove elusive to a Ph.D. economist. Read More»

Miss Elinor’s thank you

Ronda Rich's picture

It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, “You don’t know me but I feel that we are friends.”

They often express that the stories I tell feel like their own stories, like the way they were raised and many times one will say, “Your mama could have been my mama. They’re so much alike.” Read More»


Carolyn Cary's picture

I have never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions and certainly never one about losing weight. At the age of 82 I only weigh 150 and that’s fine with me.

I have some suggestions, however, for every body else. If you’re retired: my thoughts of an organization in which you could volunteer is the Fayette Samaritans. It is a food and clothing non-profit dedicated to the needs of Fayette Countians. Read More»

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