Opinion

EPA regulations for utilities an expensive exercise in futility

Benita Dodd's picture

The federal Environmental Protection Agency was in Atlanta on May 26 to hold a daylong hearing – one of just three nationwide – on its proposed Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) regulations for utilities. The passionate – if sometimes misguided – comments came from representatives of utilities, power plant neighbors, Native Americans, environmental activists, grassroots groups and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

The Foundation’s comments focused on three aspects of the proposed MACT rules:

• The cost to industry and consumers in Georgia Read More»

PTC city manager: ‘We must shift focus’

Dear Editor and Peachtree City residents: Many of you have probably read about the reorganization of the city government that was approved last night [June 16]. You may be asking yourselves if your new city manager and the Council who hired him are completely out of their minds. I understand your concerns. Read More»

Citizens, come have your say on taxes

Last July, approximately 55 percent of those who voted in the county commissioner election voted for Steve Brown and Allen McCarty. The platform of Brown and McCarty was for change: anti-West Bypass, anti-SPLOST, and anti-mass transit. Your newly elected commissioners have been diligently working toward those ends. But they are outnumbered 3 to 2. They need your help. Read More»

Brown: Government openness, accountability has to start at local level

We are rapidly approaching one of our nation’s most sacred holidays: Independence Day.

I am often frustrated at how our modern society has smoothed all the rough edges off of the Founding Fathers through a sort of historical canonization process. The road to creating our great country was a treacherous, rowdy and often painful trek into mostly uncharted reasoning and practices.

Creating a democracy was grueling, and defending it through the generations has been equally demanding. Read More»

Open letter to Herb Frady: ‘Apologize’

An open letter to Herb Frady: Herb, I have known you for a long time, and consider you a friend. However, I have never been more disappointed in you for the way you handled yourself at the last county commissioners’ meeting.

While you might have been in your legal right, I think you were professionally, tactically, and politically wrong for not allowing Steve Brown to say his piece. You did not need to vote on anything, and so it appeared to me, and to the rest of those in attendance, that you were engaging in a petty power struggle. Read More»

Your kids will love this!

Greg Moffatt's picture

If you are a regular reader of this column or if you happen to know me, you won’t believe what I’m about to tell you. You won’t be surprised that in my home I don’t have cable or satellite television, and I haven’t watched a television series in almost 20 years. I don’t text, I don’t play video games, and I rarely recreationally surf the web or use YouTube. I write letters on paper and send them in the US Mail and my children grew up with limited exposure to the television and limited computer use. Read More»

Of names and other things

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Company is coming and I’m just sitting here looking at a blank screen, wishing something would remind me that I’ve got to get a column or two written before they arrive.

Inspiration doesn’t work that way, however, on demand. Dave says I need to get into the habit of carrying a notebook and jotting down ideas to tap later when a piece is due.

Me, keep up with a pen and pad here in the house? Surely you jest. That would be just one more thing to go missing, along with keys, cell phone, coin purse, ad nauseam.
So. Let’s just go with “stream of consciousness” here. Read More»

A concrete relationship

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The concrete looked nothing like it was supposed to. The huge, gray pile of dust had the consistency of a cornbread mix gone horribly wrong: no eggs, no crackling, and not enough buttermilk. “That’s too much water,” I protested. Sweat had beaded up on my arms and forehead during the first hour as we built the frame. By the end of the second hour, I had hauled twenty or so bags of sand and concrete mix across the church parking lot and started to combine the water, sand, and concrete. Read More»

3D or not 3D?

David Epps's picture

I don’t recall the first movie that I saw in 3-D back in the late 1950s or early 1960s. I am quite certain, however, that it was either a sci-fi flick or a monster movie. What I do recall is the white cardboard “glasses” that had one blue lens and one red lens. For whatever reason, 3-D didn’t stay around all that long. Read More»

Big Media hit bottom with Palin emails

Cal Thomas's picture

If the big media in 2008 had dedicated the resources they are now squandering on Sarah Palin’s emails from when she was governor of Alaska and probed Barack Obama’s background and associations, she might now be vice president of the United States and Obama might still be a junior Illinois senator.

Regardless of what you think of Palin, the vultures attacking her 24,000 pages of emails may represent the most flagrant example of bias since, well, since their attacks on any other Republican. “It could be fun,” said Ken Schwenke of the Los Angeles Times about the email probe. Read More»