Back in 1937 . . .

When she talked about those tribulations back in 1937, her feeble voice crackled with both age and emotion. With over 70 years separating then from now, the grief still lingered but wisdom had covered it like moss on a riverbank. In those days, the poor were really poor, their backbones hollow from lack of food […]

Dave remembers

It takes two people to get one of us through life, we’re fond of saying. What one of us forgets, the other may remember. Taking meds on time or missing a well-known turn in the road or catching a favorite TV show, we share the memory banks. But memories from childhood or youth – if […]

PTC accumulated debt requires SPLOST fix

The City Council is moving forward on a number of fronts to resolve a variety of needs and concerns facing Peachtree City. A lot of issues have been ignored and postponed that can no longer be neglected. Until Councilman Doug Sturbaum and I began addressing the issues of funding in recreation about a million dollars […]

Tax bill is needed to preserve Ga.’s hospitals

By Sen. Ronnie Chance and Rep. Matt Ramsey Thank you for the opportunity to provide additional information on HB 307, critical legislation aimed at shoring up our state’s healthcare system. There is a great deal of misunderstanding and misinformation surrounding this measure, largely due to election year rhetoric, and we hope to provide some clarity […]

Local churches resurrect cooperative community service activities

Back in 2004, we began a city program in Peachtree City called “Community Action Day.” The notion of using the city as a conduit, connecting churches, civic groups and private businesses, to aid residents in need proved to work incredibly well (archive.thecitizen.com/archive/main/archive-040507/news/ptc-08.html). Funds were raised, materials were donated and volunteer labor was brought in from […]

Keepsakes live long in family Bible

At a cafe in Biloxi, Miss., friends and I were chatting over coffee when we were joined by a man who is a business associate of one of my friends who was sitting at the table. He pulled up a chair, plopped down and launched fast-paced into conversation. He was straight-forward, minced no words and […]

Obama: Gas us with no fear of nukes

If any nation wants to attack the United States with chemical, biological or electromagnetic pulse weapons, it need not fear nuclear retaliation as long as it has no nuclear weapons and abides by the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Obama has announced. So, as New Yorkers are coughing their lungs out from mustard gas or dying in the […]

Saving money and lives

Budget overruns, furloughs, lay-offs, the terrible strain of the past few years’ financial crisis – those of us who are not directly affected still find ourselves paying higher gas prices and trying to spend less at the supermarket. Prescription drugs are so expensive we sometimes cheat and skip a day or so, taking the ones […]

The Rocky Balboa of college basketball

This was the year I became a Butler University basketball fan. For me to become a fan of a non-Southern college sports team is quite out of character. I was born and raised some 90 miles northeast of the University of Tennessee, and it is said that on a clear day during football season, you […]

Spring cleaning

Once again, the all too familiar scourge has descended upon this town, covering everything in a gritty yellow powder. Yep, pollen season is upon us once again, and, pardon the pun, it’s nothing to sneeze at. Unlike other springs, though, somehow this year we went from winter straight into summer. Lucky for me, I was […]