Opinion

Remove judge from office

Our two national organizations, National Down Syndrome Society and National Down Syndrome Congress, are dedicated to serving and advocating for individuals with Down syndrome.

We are outraged by Judge Christopher McFadden’s recent overturned ruling of a jury’s guilty verdicts against William Jeffrey Dumas. Dumas was convicted of repeatedly raping a young woman with Down syndrome on Oct. 18, 2010. Read More»

No ‘right’ way for rape victim to ‘behave’

As president and CEO of the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA), I am compelled to respond to a particularly troublesome sexual assault case.

A state Court of Appeals judge recently overturned a jury’s verdict that found a man guilty of raping a 24-year-old Fayette County woman in 2010. The victim has Down syndrome. Read More»

Constitution Art. V call by Ga. legislators is a very big deal

The passage of SR 736 by the Georgia General Assembly is a much bigger event than many people seem to realize.

The Senate resolution calls for an Article V Convention of States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution. Georgia is the first state in the nation to adapt such a resolution.

Given the importance of the issue, the historic nature of being the first state and the local connection, I’m somewhat surprised at the lack of local emphasis. Read More»

Obamacare may force your kids into welfare status

In your lifetime would you have ever thought that America’s middle income children would be forced into low income healthcare systems?

A provision hidden in the shadows of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) bears serious ramifications for Middle America’s families. It will force their children to be enrolled in sub-standard healthcare and will also tighten the noose of socialist government around their necks. Read More»

Reader challenges Lentz’s quotes

Mr. Lentz, the “truth” is often in the middle. But, not always.

In response to your article, “Both sides are lying about global climate change,” I do not agree that President Obama’s assessment of climate change is alarmist. Furthermore, your argument saying that he is alarmist was extremely weak.

First, the evidence you present misquotes the IPCC by leaving out several important words. The actual quote is, “... drought has LIKELY INCREASED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND WEST AFRICA, AND likely decreased in North America ...” Read More»

Global warming: 97% bunk

In an editorial in The Citizen on Feb. 26 Joseph Garofalo makes several points about global warming (now called climate change). I would like to point out a few issues I see with his argument.

He cites a recent survey which claims that 97 percent of scientists agree that humans are causing global warming. There are numerous articles available that point out serious flaws with this survey. You can do an Internet search for “97 percent debunked” and review them at your leisure. Read More»

Slow poke

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Normally, if you’re gonna break the law, you wouldn’t tell anyone. Not your wife. Not your friends. And you certainly wouldn’t write about it in your newspaper column. Then again, never said I was normal.
The newly-proposed Slow Poke law states that slower drivers must move out of the left lane so those who want to go faster can do so.

That means we should move out of the way for those who want to break the law. The posted speed limit is there for a reason, and we “slow pokes” are just following the law. Read More»

Dignity, education and ice cream

David Epps's picture

I am reasonably well-educated, having earned more than one degree and a bunch of diplomas. I also have a certain amount of dignity, as I serve as a bishop in a sacramental/liturgical denomination. I am also the pastor of a church.

If that were not enough, I preside as the patriarch of my family, which includes 11 grandchildren.

I also like a Dairy Queen ice cream once in a great while.

Recently, I was driving to Manchester, Ga., a little over an hour away, to officiate at a service of confirmation. Deciding to redeem the time, I spent most of this journey on the cell phone. Read More»

Visioning & Fayette’s non-profits

Cathy Berggren's picture

By Cathy Berggren and Sheryl Watford

For many of us, Fayette County has been our home for many years. It is truly a “place to call home.” Just like the rest of our world, we have seen changes. Many of the changes have happened intentionally because of the role our leaders have played in looking ahead. We have the benefit of our hospital because of that insight and planning.

By now, you may have heard about the work of the Fayette Visioning Initiative once again, striving to intentionally plan for the future of our community. Read More»

How freedom dies

Pat Buchanan's picture

“Religious Right Cheers a Bill Allowing Refusal to Serve Gays.”

Thus did the New York Times’ headline, leaving no doubt as to who the black hats are, describe the now-vetoed Arizona law to permit businesses, on religious grounds, to deny service to same-sex couples.

Examples of intolerance provided by the Times: Read More»

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