Opinion

What I love about my South

Ronda Rich's picture

It happened the other day. It’s funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

I went to the co-op. For you non-farmer types, that’s the Farmers Exchange where farm supplies are purchased at the most reasonable prices.

“Where’s Tink?” asked the lovely woman at the register, smiling cheerfully. “He’s the one who normally comes in.”

We exchanged talk on Tink’s whereabouts then I placed the order for several bags of horse feed. Read More»

What’s right with Fayette Chamber?

After over a decade at the helm of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, I have let our board and staff know that it is my plan to retire from the chamber Dec. 31 of this year.

It has been such a privilege, honor and blessing to have had the opportunity to lead this incredible organization. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t been inspired and humbled by the opportunities our team has to make a difference through our efforts at the chamber, not only on behalf of the businesses and organizations that make up our membership, but also for our Fayette community. Read More»

Online water bill pay not such a good deal

I saw the article in The Citizen where the Fayette County Water System has joined the 21st Century with online bill pay.

Well, not really. Turns out you cannot automatically have your water bill charged to a certain credit or debit card. You have to manually log in each month and pay each bill when it becomes due.

This is an improvement? Even more annoying is you are charged a $3.95 service charge for each payment. I think I will stay with my bank’s online bill pay that is free.

Kathryn Bailey
Peachtree City, Ga.

Response to ‘Government Party’ column

Thank you for this outstanding article.

I am from California, my husband is from Nevada. We were in Nevada this summer discussing this very topic. Two of Jim’s small-business-owning brothers had more disturbing stories.

In Reno, Nev., when you call in sick you are (rightfully) paid. However, the government employee who works for you then gets time and a half. Apparently there was a scheme where firefighters intentionally called in sick and their buddies would cover that shift.

They racked up quite a nice supplement salary. Read More»

Visioning comparison to Franklin, Tenn., was off base

As I look around I see a political tornado in action. Believing now is a good time for a historical review, looking to the future and truth testing a lot that has been said. The 2012 bus ride to Franklin, Tenn., serves as a good filter for starting the endeavor.

Remember the big build-up for the special learning and study trek to Franklin, Tenn.? The foregone conclusions as to what would be found and brought back to help us, here? The affirmation of these conclusions upon return? Read More»

VA has been a life-saver

In 1965 I was graduating from high school. We were a poor family with five children and college was never an option for either my brothers or I but since one of my classes was “General Business,” the class was given an assignment that we would all either provide the teacher with college applications or a certificate from the Ohio State Employment Service that we had registered with them. Read More»

VA, Army have some work to do

If you think that the VA is the bad organization or agency, dig deeper. They are the end to a flawed process at the Wounded Warriors Transition Battalions (WTB) or units that were put in place to help soldiers receive the benefits they are entitled to and help them to smoothly transition back into their community.

However, that is not the case because some soldiers are not being treated for total injuries or mental problems and some leave in more pain than when they came into the WTB process. Read More»

Autumn Elegy 1996

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind.
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the west garden;
They hurt me. I grow older.- Ezra Pound

Something stirs painfully this time of year. I think it has to do with the conflicting messages autumn sends to the subconscious.

In many ways, autumn is the season of new beginnings. Last spring’s fourth grader is now a sure ’nough fifth grader, ready to take on the world. Television introduces a new season, albeit pathetically. Read More»

Elephant-less circus

Rick Ryckeley's picture

When I heard the circus was coming to our fair town, I jumped at the chance to buy tickets.

Memories of all those extravaganzas from when we lived back on Flamingo Street started to parade themselves through my head. Three rings under the Big Top filled with lions, tigers, dancing bears, trapeze artists flying high overhead, and an impossible number of clowns climbing out of a miniature car.

Little did I know how different this circus would be from those of Flamingo Street past. Read More»

A jarhead's journey

David Epps's picture

A few weeks ago, I retrieved the mail and discovered, among the bills and junk mail, a package. When I opened the package, I found that it contained a book. That’s not unusual as both my wife and I are voracious readers. However, I did not order this book which bore the title, “A Jarhead’s Journey.” The Urban Dictionary defines “jarhead” as, “A member of the United States Marine Corps. When used by civilians it could be considered derogatory, but it is used often among Marines. Read More»