Opinion

Surviving ‘back to school’ week

Bonnie Willis's picture

With my kids back in school, it seems we survived yet another year of back-to-school madness.

The “summer” went so fast. As soon as July ended, I knew the school year was upon us, but I just wasn’t ready. Within one week—as if I did not have the previous month—we had to buy clothes and school supplies. Read More»

Confronting ISIS: ‘It takes an army to defeat an army’

Cal Thomas's picture

When liberal Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the conservative former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agree on something, attention should be paid.

Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said last Friday that the U.S. must confront the jihadists who call themselves the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL). “It takes an army to defeat an army,” she said, adding, “I believe that we either confront ISIL now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future.” Read More»

Bringing accountability and success back to the VA and our veterans

Johnny Isakson's picture

Our country’s veterans have risked life and limb to protect our freedoms and ensure our way of life. For too long the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed our nation’s veterans by operating under a culture of corruption and neglect that lacked accountability or leadership. Veterans deserve better than that and with the sweeping reforms put in place by the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, I am committed to personally seeing to it that we have a better VA health system deliver for our veterans. Read More»

Who owns the future?

Pat Buchanan's picture

At the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama famously wrote that our world may be at the “end of history” where “Western liberal democracy” becomes “the final form of human government.”

A quarter century on, such optimism seems naive. Consider the United States, the paragon of liberal democracy. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds that only 14 percent of the people approve of Congress and only 19 percent approve of the GOP. Seventy-one percent believe America is headed in the wrong direction. Read More»

Obituary call tree

Ronda Rich's picture

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a long-time friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person but sometimes I don’t have a clue the person ever existed.

“Oh,” she’ll said disappointedly. “I thought you knew him. But you know Sadie, don’t you? Her third cousin worked for him for years. So, you have a connection.” Read More»

Liberty charter vote a wise financial decision

Recently our neighbor Dr. Dana Spears, Ph.D. expressed her concern that our Fayette County Board of Education decided not to make Liberty Tech Charter School part of our excellent Fayette County public school system, but rather supported Liberty’s goals and expressed hope that the state of Georgia would approve Liberty as a state charter school. The difference is money. Read More»

‘Mean’ headline for Little League story

My son is a player on the PTCLL team which won the Georgia State Championship. I’m writing to let you know how disappointed I am at the headline that was chosen when they were disqualified from the Southeastern Regional Tournament. Read More»

New EPA regs could affect rates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to release regulations to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at existing power plants. The result could be more expensive electricity for Coweta-Fayette EMC’s service area residents. This means less money in your pocket.

On July 29, the EPA held their first “listening session” in Atlanta. At the meeting, many electric cooperative and utility leaders from Georgia and other surrounding states voiced their deep concerns about the economic and other unintended consequences that the carbon dioxide emission regulations could bring about. Read More»

These “Turtles” should have stayed in the shells

The Citizen's picture

By KEVIN THOMAS

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Childhood is an interesting time. We are young, inexperienced, and easily entertained. When we are children, all we need is a talking animal and we like what is right in front of us. That was the case for me at least.

I remember seeing “Shrek” in the movie theater when I was six years old, being entertained by a fast-talking donkey and an ogre with anger issues. I also loved anything having to do with “Scooby-Doo” because there was a talking dog who solved mysteries. Read More»

Mea Culpa in Kitchen

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Feel the need to come clean in a couple of borderline deceptive actions recently.

One problem with co-existing with a chronic disease is that you may try to take advantage of it. Not a really bad habit, I suppose, but I’ve got to watch closely the tendency to use it for unearned benefits. Read More»