‘Mark My Words’ – Part II

The new book I’ve written about Mama is a compilation of past columns about her as well as new stories that give an insight into this remarkable woman and irrepressible, sometimes exasperating, Southern character. “Mark My Words: A Memoir of Mama” (available from booksellers and www.rondarich.com) is something I will always be proud of. Often […]

PTC not as good as we think we are? Really?

I’m certain that I was not alone when drawn to read about Mr. Thompson’s quote in last week’s Citizen. That’s just good newspaper, good old fashioned “clickbait.” However, after reading the article, I am still left with a nagging thought about that quote. Exactly who is the “we” to whom Mr. Thompson refers? If he […]

Mr. Rosemond, stop blaming mothers for mental ills of children

Mr. Rosemond, this past week I read your column titled “Stop Pampering, Indulging, Cocooning Kids“ in our local newspaper, The Citizen. I certainly agree with one of your main arguments: persistence, disappointment, and personal responsibility are absolutely critical in the development of healthy and resilient children. But I don’t understand why you chose to deliver […]

Compare 2 17-year-olds

Audie Murphy vs. David Hogg. Both were 17 years old when events changed their lives. Audie Murphy killed 50 Germans shooting atop a burning tank in a fierce World War II battle, himself wounded, saving his buddies’ lives. Murphy became the most decorated WWII soldier. He received the Medal of Honor. David Hogg, Parkland shooting […]

Ask Father Paul

DEAR FATHER PAUL: We are a Christian couple with a (sometimes) unruly child, age six. We know what all of the so-called experts in child psychology say about child discipline. But what does the Bible say about correcting a child’s unacceptable behavior? No Name. DEAR NO NAME: The Bible plainly teaches that child discipline is […]

Legislative winners and losers

The second half of Georgia’s biennial legislative session that ended March 31 turned out to be surprisingly more intensive than expected. Election-year sessions are typically low-key and feel-good; everybody wants to leave ASAP to begin fund-raising, which is prohibited during the session. In summary, legislation moved on transportation, taxes, education and criminal justice reform. It […]

Stupid, tasteless homeowners

[Editor’s note: The City Council of Peachtree City voted 5-to-0 last week against adopting the ordinance that would have set house color standards.] About the time I think that I’m going to have nothing to write about, along comes the government to bail me out. In Peachtree City, the City Council was debating whether you, […]

Stop pampering, indulging, cocooning kids

By John Rosemond Do we – here in the USA, that is – or do we not have a child and teen mental health crisis and if the answer is yes, we do, then what should be done about it? Without doubt, the answer is yes, we do have a child and teen mental health […]

A monster of a story

With the reboot of The Blob, The Mummy, Frankenstein, and monsters like Godzilla soon to be scaring moviegoers once again, I feel I must go over monster rules. Follow all the rules and you’ll at least have a chance of survival. Choose not to and, well, it’ll be your last monster movie. That is if […]

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed when he stepped from his second-floor hotel room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., to speak to Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) colleagues standing in the parking lot below. An assassin’s bullet ended the life of the 39-year-old activist who had […]