MHS & anthem: Critic should apologize

With regard to the ongoing “spirited” discussion centering around the national anthem as performed at the McIntosh/Starr’s Mill basketball game on Feb. 2, 2010, I was intrigued with the recent comments offered by Glen Allen. It seems Mr. Allen is in a position to recommend the removal of the president of the McIntosh High School […]

Thanks from Fayette Counseling Center

Thank you for publishing the article, “A few donations needed to complete center” in your Feb. 23, 2010 edition of The Citizen. I would like to commend Square Foot Ministry for taking on this project of building a new facility for the Fayette County Counseling Center. According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness each […]

‘Good night, Gracie’

Sometimes we catch ourselves using and reusing language, and we delete and rephrase ourselves, proud of rutting out a cliché. Half a page further on and we look at what we’ve written and without hesitation, delete it in favor of a cliché. Some clichés are just right for the job, with no apologies. Hence a […]

Two devotions for Lent

This year during Lent, the 40 “spiritual awareness” days before Easter, everyone in our congregation is reading daily devotions from “Where In The World Is God?” by Steven J. Carter. These daily meditations have been remarkably relevant and distinctly profound. I want to share two of them with you here, and make my own brief […]

Recession offers Georgia opportunity for tax reform

Georgia lawmakers are mulling tax increases and gimmicks to plug a projected budget gap of more than $2 billion, but a new Tax Foundation report cautions against such tactics and urges tax reform that will stabilize revenue. Eliminating targeted tax incentives, lowering the state corporate income tax rate and moving to a flat personal income […]

Radical Islam’s ‘Manchurian Candidate’?

President Obama’s appointment of Rashad Hussain, his deputy associate counsel, as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, charged with safeguarding and protecting “the interests of the Muslim world,” should be of serious concern to Congress and the American public. Especially since Hussain, […]

Week 5 legislative update: House to tackle budget hearings

Last week the General Assembly convened for legislative days 18-20 of the 2010 session of the Georgia legislature. We have officially reached the half-way point of the 40-day session and there is still much work to be done. Last week the Senate adopted the FY 2010 mid-year budget adjustment that was passed by the House […]

Republicans are playing shell game with property taxes

In the second full week of the legislative session, a Republican state senator introduced a brand new property tax overhaul designed to save you money. Under this legislation, he says, appeals will move faster and assessments will be fairer. Of course, all eyes turned to this “fair tax” legislation, which is exactly what the state […]

The miracle of the supermarket

In preparation for two recent back-to-back blizzards, residents in the Washington, D.C., area emptied the shelves of neighborhood grocery stores. Notwithstanding the pre-blizzard panic buying, what’s interesting is that no one was freaking out about whether the stores would be adequately stocked after the blizzards. Now think about this: there is absolutely no government planning […]

Newspapers need us; we need them

In the home in which I grew up, the daily newspaper was almost as important to our everyday lives as the Bible. Daddy came home every night, finished his supper – which Mama brought to him on a tray as he relaxed in his favorite recliner – then picked up the paper and read every […]