Opinion

Africa’s tragedy

Walter Williams's picture

Here’s how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: “Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people.”

More than a decade has passed since that assessment, and little has changed to suggest a more optimistic outlook. Now Ebola threatens the very existence of the West African nations Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Moreover, the deadly disease is likely to spread to neighboring nations. Read More»

Race card? Dems play whole deck

Cal Thomas's picture

Forget the race “card.” In this election, Democrats have been playing the entire race “deck.”

The Wall Street Journal has listed some of the more outrageous ads and flyers designed to frighten African-Americans into believing that all opposition to President Obama’s policies and to the Democratic Party is a sign that lynch mobs may soon return.

The milder stuff includes a letter to black voters from the Democratic National Committee appealing for racial solidarity. Imagine the response if Republicans asked for racial solidarity from white people. Read More»

Still no evidence for PTC pay raise

In the Oct. 8 edition of The Citizen, Peachtree City Councilman [Mike] King was quoted saying “Being in the 35th percentile is an embarrassment. We’ve got a chance to do something that will force the can not to be kicked down the road. From a business standpoint, you get what we pay for.”

In my opinion, the embarrassment is that Councilman King and the PTC Council obligated PTC taxpayers to over $600,000 in new spending on a whim without doing any homework. Read More»

BoE’s Todd responds to criticism of innovation grant ‘no’

I read the recent article giving the response from each of the candidates for Post 4 on the Fayette Board of Education concerning the recent vote to not apply for a grant from the state. I was one of the three that did not vote to apply for the grant. Dr. [Barry] Marchman has given the major financial reasons for a no vote. The additional reasons for my no vote are given in the following paragraphs.

Part of the proposal called for the removal of second- and third-year courses for Health Sciences/Occupations from the high schools to be placed in a separately located newly renovated space. Read More»

Loggers gone, big, expensive mess left

[A few] days ago a reporter from a television station knocked at the door wanting to interview the owner of the house about the 60-foot-in-diameter-by-12-foot-high stack of trees in the front yard.

Just back in September a man rang the doorbell, and when I answered told me that he was from a logging company and was offering to cut down and remove trees in the yard at no cost. Read More»

Student growth model: What does it really measure?

Here are some comments about Wednesday’s article with the new test scores:

Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) — What does it really measure?

The Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) does not measure what the average person thinks of when they hear the word “growth.”

If the height of a plant was 3 inches last week and 5 inches this week, we would say that it grew 2 inches during the week. That is what we think of when we hear the word growth. Read More»

Public relations...

Ronda Rich's picture

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn’t know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical, and quite a bully.

Stories abounded of his greed including how once he cheated a man out of a piece of land then sold it at quite a profit. He financed it so when the buyer ran into money woes, he quickly reclaimed it and sold it again. The couple of times I crossed his path, it was not pleasant so I preferred to steer clear and in that, I was not alone. Read More»

Big Stone Gap

David Epps's picture

Some months ago, I came across an article about an upcoming movie, “Big Stone Gap.” The movie is to feature Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg in key roles. Based on a novel of the same name, the author is Adriana Trigiani, who grew up in the real life town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The book centers around the life of the main character, Ava Maria Mulligan. I was intrigued because Big Stone Gap is only about 35 miles across the state line from Kingsport, Tenn., where I grew up. Read More»

Gated district

We’ve finally made it. The Wife and me, we now live in a gated community with not one, but two guards. Positioned on either side, they issue orders to either open or close the gates. All who wish to enter or leave must, of course, obey their commands.

Once inside, if you dare to leave without permission or proper notification, then not one, but two different alarms will sound. And trust me, those alarms are extremely loud and impossible to ignore. Read More»

On the eve of the vote count . . .

Cal Beverly's picture

Here we are again: One nation, divided, with varying degrees of liberty and justice. And we get to vote on what — and who — comes next.

A check with the Elections Board office reveals that more than 9,000 Fayette residents have already cast their ballots, making them immune to whatever attack ads and vile campaign tricks are spewed in the coming week.

Immune because they’ve already voted, and can’t ask for a do-over. Read More»

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