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Before the count, what pundits say

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This is written before the polls close, so I’m talking to a mass of folks who know a whole lot more than I know right now.

Just for fun, here are some quotes from pundits in the same boat, before the final counts.

First, assuming the Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate, “Dems have nothing to fear,” according to Veronique de Rugy, TheDailyBeast.com. Read More»

On the eve of the vote count . . .

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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»

Government Party wins, taxpayers lose

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I come today to praise two office holders that I have strongly criticized in the past. After Thursday night’s 3-to-2 Peachtree City Council vote to impose a new pay system — with some big raises — for city employees, I applaud council members Eric Imker and Kim Learnard for standing against the emotional tide that swept the other three members to their unthinking vote.

Imker and Learnard asked the simple question, “How are we going to pay for this million-dollar raise in the years to come?” Read More»

Studdard campaign whizzes on the truth, commits political fraud

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OPINION — I’m disappointed in David Studdard. He’s running a truth-challenged runoff race against Marty Harbin for the Republican nomination to the Georgia Senate, District 16 (Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Lamar counties).

His robo-calls have been misleading at best, calling himself the “only real” conservative in the race. He’s about as real as watermelon Kool-Aid, having the flavor but none of the substance.

But Studdard represents the old guard of the GOP, desperately clinging to fading power against upstarts like Harbin, Read More»

The winner? The Government Party

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The Bible teaches that God, our maker, prefers a humble person over a haughty person. The process of our growing older advances His goal. There are fewer haughty old folks than there are haughty young ones. Age generally introduces one to one’s advancing limitations.

Gray hair in times past has symbolized the hard-won wisdom of experience. A glance in the mirror assures me I should be wiser than I feel.

That’s the background for a confession about choosing and voting for political candidates. Read More»

Left-lane laggards & voting wrongs

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Once upon a time in Atlanta, a newspaper columnist cried in print, “Lock up your silver and your women and children — the Georgia legislature is in town.”

I generally hold with those who give thanks that our lawmaking politicians are limited to 40 days of official mischief each year — but they are high-performing mischief-makers. Read More»

Blogging Fayette Snowjam 2014

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UPDATE 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Folks around here will be comparing future snow storms to the one we experienced today. It is epic in its scale of "victims," the numbers of people who have been immobilized for hours on Read More»

Beyond SPLOST: Getting radical

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Local environmental activist Dennis Chase has been submitting opinion columns to The Citizen since the mid-1990s, longer than most local officials have been in politics.

So when Dennis asked me a couple of questions about the upcoming county-wide sales tax referendum, I emailed him my opinions. Read More»

The editor responds to BoE member Presberg’s letter

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This response is directed not to his wife and children but to Mr. Presberg, who holds (appointed) public office and should know better than to expose his “progressive” worldview for Fayette voters to examine.

Mr. Presberg essentially makes three points:

1. How dare any student report such negative information about Sandy Creek High School to a parent?

2. How dare the parent write a letter based on that information to a newspaper?

3. And — most egregiously, in Mr. Presberg’s opinion — how dare this newspaper print such a letter? Read More»

OPINION — Why the terrorists won the Boston battle

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OPINION — The terrorists won the battle of Boston, not because of the bombing of the Boston Marathon, but because of what happened afterwards.

American law enforcement — in a number estimated to be beyond 8,000, about the size of an Army infantry division — shut down a major American city on an April Friday.

Why did they shut down Boston and its suburbs and order citizens to “shelter in place”?

Because one armed 19-year-old man was on the loose.

Was this 19-year-old carrying a suitcase nuclear weapon? Read More»