Opinion

Sallie’s swan song?

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

I guess this is it. Time to take off the mask. Time to say “thank you” to those who have said “thank you” to me, usually in the grocery store, and I’ll admit I’ve deceived you all in the pretense of being a credible writer/reporter/story teller.

Well, to be honest, there’s been no pretense here. Some of it has been pretty good, some of it awful, blame, when we go astray. Read More»

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»

What a difference a speech can make

Bonnie Willis's picture

It was the day after the country celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK). The rhetoric of Dr. King’s great speeches was still fresh in my mind. Then I viewed the president’s sixth State of the Union speech last week.

Not coincidentally, this speech took place on the sixth anniversary of his historic 2009 inauguration speech that inspired a nation and gave many hope that his election marked the turning point in our nation’s history.

So, with the speeches of these great orators fresh in my mind, I asked myself, what difference can a speech make? Read More»

Ga. General Assembly convenes

Matt Ramsey's picture

On Jan. 12, 2015 the Georgia General Assembly convened for the first day of the 2015 legislative session. It is always an exciting day at the Capitol to see your legislative colleagues that you have not seen much, if at all, in the months since the last day of the prior legislative session. It is also a great day because it is always attended by legislators’ friends and families. Read More»

GOP abortion bill failure

Cal Thomas's picture

As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual “March for Life,” the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an antiabortion bill that restricted abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest, with exemptions allowed only after a police report had been filed. This after a small group of moderate Republican female lawmakers challenged the bill and lobbied for a less restrictive measure.

Politics wins. Life loses. Read More»

Tax your brain with defense against demagoguery

Walter Williams's picture

When gasoline sold at record prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, “I think it’s time to say to these people, ‘Stop ripping off the American people.’” When the average price of regular gas was close to $4 a gallon, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for Congress to look into breaking up giant oil companies. The claim was that “Wall Street greed (was) fueling high gas prices.” Read More»

The fire — and our memories

Ronda Rich's picture

We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was, my sister and I, and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

“I refuse to cry,” I said evenly. I’ve been crying too much for the past several years over too much loss. Those I love as well as material but sentimental possessions lost to both thieves and a misfortunate plumbing disaster at Mama’s house that had flooded to ruin so much she left behind. It was time to follow the example of my people and stoic up.

But still ... Read More»

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»