Does God consider you faithful?

James Merritt tells about a member of the first church he pastored in the backwoods of Kentucky. The man’s name was Raleigh Matthews. He lived on the same farm and attended the same church his entire life. He was a soft-spoken, low-key humble man who, on the surface, wouldn’t seem to have a lot of […]

Special Olympics

This past weekend I watched the opening ceremonies of the International Special Olympics. The country of Austria hosted this event for the second time, the first time being in 1993 when it was held for the first time outside the United States. It was an impressive ceremony and made you so thankful that there are […]

Lessons of Middlebury College

Many people seem shocked at the recent savagery of a mob of students at Middlebury College, who rioted to prevent Charles Murray from addressing a student group who had invited him to speak. They also inflicted injuries requiring hospitalization on a woman from the faculty who was with him. Where have all these shocked people […]

America’s longest war

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend $1.4 billion of New York’s resources to solve the persistent problem of poverty in central Brooklyn. If he wins legislative approval, Cuomo, a Democrat, intends to spend the money on affordable housing, job training, anti-violence programs, recreational space, even obesity. Some cynics suggest the proposal is targeted at boosting […]

An old back road

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place so dear to my family. A place where faith and calloused hands fought poverty and poverty gave birth to dreams and eventual escape. My ancestors sowed there so we could […]

Learn to get along without SPLOST

Cal Beverly is voting “Yes” on the SPLOST. What a shame. I remember all the other SPLOSTs that he opposed. He stood for common sense and fiscal conservatism. But alas, no more. Who could forget SPLOSTs from the past? The Fayette County Board of Education convinced us that we needed a SPLOST that built a […]

Article misstates P&Z timeline

Your article titled “South F’ville Rezoning case headed to Fayette Court”, dated March 8, 2017, incorrectly implies that I was a planning and zoning commissioner in 2014. I did not join the P&Z board until 2015, and I recused myself and left the room for the entire hearing when the annexation and rezoning agenda items […]

Reasons for yes vote for SPLOST

Why vote YES for the SPLOST? Here is why. We must not neglect our infrastructure. The current corrugated metal pipes under our roads are decades old and have caused huge problems throughout Fayette County. If you can recall the 2015 Christmas flooding, at that time a subdivision road collapsed and left residents stranded. In all, […]

Yes on SPLOST: The P’s have it

If you are still undecided about your position on the March 21 SPLOST referendum, please consider three big P’s before you vote: Namely Pavilion, Piedmont and Pinewood. Regardless of how you feel about the Pavilion and whether you personally shop there, if you drive through any time of day you will notice a large percentage […]