Editorial

Let us vote on fluoride in our water

Ben Nelms's picture

As reported in The Citizen in mid-December, the Fayette County Commission by a unanimous vote adopted a resolution that asked Fayette’s legislative delegation to advocate for amending state law from the 1980s that requires a petition signed by 10 percent of the voters from the previous election to trigger a local referendum on water fluoridation. Commissioners said the 10 percent requirement was overly burdensome and asked that the requirement be eliminated in favor of the ability to exercise home rule on the issue. Read More»

‘Les Missing’

‘Les Missing’

Editorial cartoon by Glenn McCoy. ‘Les Missing’ Obama holding golf club with Paris march in background.

‘Now stick your head through so I can chop it off.’

‘Now stick your head through so I can chop it off.’

Editorial cartoon by Chip Bok. "Good. Now stick your head through so I can chop it off."

The shot reported around the world

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Some preliminary thoughts in the aftermath of the accidental shooting New Year’s Day in Peachtree City that received global news coverage.

First, the good news. Margaret McCollum, 58, of 103 Autumn Leaf, is recovering from a gunshot wound to her back, her medical condition having been raised to “good” as of Tuesday.

The other good news — after initial sketchy reports fueled ominous speculations — is that the shooting of Peachtree City Police Chief Will McCollom’s wife in their bed at 4 a.m. Jan. 1 was an accident, a terrible accident. Read More»

A Thanksgiving story

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A Thanksgiving story

By Cal Beverly

I have a Thanksgiving story. It happened two years ago.

A few days after receiving a new lens in my eye to correct a clouding condition called cataracts, I awoke on a Saturday morning just before Thanksgiving to find my newfound sharp vision in that eye had gone blurry.

There was no pain, just blurry where there had been sharpness. I panicked. Why do emergencies mostly happen after hours or on weekends, when your regular doctor is nowhere to be found? Read More»

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»

Fluoridegate: What’s in your water?

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I was born during the first decade of the Cold War. In those days, and in many that followed, I was like most people probably were – I was taught by my parents, by politicians and in my schools to trust those in authority, to trust the federal government without question. After all, the government cared about us and protected us from harm. Read More»

Legacy of a reporter and a good man

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The legacy we live is the legacy we leave. Life and eternity offer us no alternative.

I don’t like speaking of John in the past tense. It’s the same with my coworkers here at The Citizen and I can only expect it’s the same with those of you who know him ... knew him. Yet we are left with no choice in the matter.

Coming from a family history steeped in journalism, reporting was what Munford knew and it was what he loved. Read More»

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