Raise tobacco tax to cut smoking

This year, the General Assembly has an opportunity to make a difference in the health of Georgia’s citizens. In looking for ways to pay for healthcare and transportation, the idea of raising the tobacco tax has been frequently mentioned by lawmakers. These facts should surprise you:

· For every 10 percent increase in the retail price of a pack of cigarettes, youth smoking rates drop by 6.5 percent and overall cigarette consumption declines by 4 percent.

· Georgia has not increased the tax on cigarettes in 10 years.

· The current average state tobacco tax is $1.54. Read More»

Chiefs’ 21-0 run brings excitement to Fayette

There is nothing like high school sports, the purest form of athletic competition.

We are so blessed in Fayette County with such a great legacy in each sport. Just recently, every one of our girls volleyball teams were in the playoffs.

We are now approaching the apex of a really incredible season with the McIntosh High School boys basketball team. Following the victory against Drew High School, they are now undefeated at 21-0 and have beaten some tough teams.

The basketball team is led by a core group of juniors under the instruction of Head Coach Jason Eisele. Read More»

Voting disticts

Carolyn Cary's picture

Voting districts

Having lived in Fayette County for 50 years, I have voted around Fayetteville in a number of different places.

Let’s see - I remember voting at the American Legion Log Cabin, a couple of the schools, the Masonic Lodge, the First Baptist Church and I think one time at the Administration Office.

When Fayette County was laid out in 1821, there were nine voting districts created. Each of the districts was given the name of a resident who lived in it, i.e. Captain Robinson’s District, for instance. Read More»

Should free speech be absolute?

David Epps's picture

The civilized world is aghast at the violence visited upon the French cartoonists and journalists who were murdered by Islamic Jihadists. The French publication, Charlie Hebdo, is well known for taking satirical swipes at almost everybody. The gunmen claimed that they were massacring the employees of the publication because Charlie Hebdo had insulted Islam’s prophet. The gunmen were killed by police but violent incidents continue in Europe. Read More»

The red sweater

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The doors of the university library opened just as a gust of wintery wind howled across the main concourse. An invisible frigid hand reached through the opening and turned pages of magazines and newspapers stacked on the front desk, startling the student attendant.

The reaction garnered a smile from the old man hunched alone at the table closest to the windows, just as it had the week before. This time, the aged skin around his eyes crinkled almost to the point of cracking. In this life, he didn’t smile too often. He didn’t have much cause to do so. Or so his story goes. Read More»

Ernst’s sister-in-law now a senator

Terry Garlock's picture
For a conservative like me, Obama’s State of the Union speeches severely test a strong stomach. But the Republican response televised Tuesday night was a brilliant ray of sunshine, delivered by Iowa’s new Republican Senator, Joni Ernst.

Obama’s same old song

Cal Thomas's picture

Here’s a suggestion for Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa, who will deliver the GOP response to the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Get a chorus together and open with this old Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne number: “It seems to me I’ve heard that song before; it’s from an old familiar score, I know it well, that melody.” Read More»

Look to Europe for diversity in action

Thomas Sowell's picture

Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and European governments’ counter-attacks are more than just a passing news story.

Europe is currently in the process of paying the price for years of importing millions of people from a culture hostile to the fundamental values of Western culture. And this is by no means the last of the installments of that price, to be paid in blood and lives, for smug elites’ Utopian self-indulgences in moral preening and gushing with the magic word “diversity.” Read More»

Will the West defend itself?

Walter Williams's picture

Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe’s massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America’s leftists and progressives want to import some of Europe’s barbaric extremism associated with its Muslim population. Read More»

The case of chainsaw assault

Ronda Rich's picture

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw. The one farm accessory that has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.

Tink, when he sets his heart and mind on something, is like a crafty teenager wearing out a parent to get what he wants. He begins a steady, strategic assault that puts General Sherman to shame. He follows me from room to room and will not stop pleading his case. Read More»

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