FreeSpeech for 07-28-10

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On the edge of forever

She’s finally resting quietly now. The starched white hospital sheets, void of any warmth or comfort, slowly rise and fall with each wonderful breath. If she awakens, she will want her blue blankie, the one she’s had since high school. Old and tattered, it has seen her through many a crisis. Hopefully it will see […]

The dirt road

Over the past several years, I have heard a number of country songs referring to “dirt roads.” Usually, the singer is remembering his or her childhood with fondness and especially the friends and family that lived along the dirt road. Dirt roads seem quaint and reminders of a better time. In the song, “Red Dirt […]

Lessons to be learned from the July 20 vote

Fayette County Republicans Tuesday ended the one-term political careers of two well-connected county commissioners and extended for another four years that of a late-blooming school board reformer. In the process, voters resurrected the electoral fortunes of a twice-defeated former Peachtree City mayor, elevated a political novice to the county commission and sent a nearly invisible […]

PTC budget talks: Double-dipping a non-issue

Peachtree City’s budget crisis has its citizens debating — a charitable description — the appropriate mix of cutting city staff, cutting city services or raising taxes. Amidst the verbal rock-throwing is an assertion that city employees will double-dip into taxpayers’ pockets at retirement since they have both a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution […]

The blood of the Tea Party

I’ve never participated in a Tea Party rally. My natural habitat is a classroom or behind a keyboard. That said, I’ve had a lot of contact with Tea Party people, and, of course, I hear the angry charges from those doing their worst to discredit the movement. For what it’s worth, here are some personal […]

The American voters have made a big mistake

The latest Washington Post/ABC News Poll tells the story: Nearly six in 10 voters say they have “just some” or no confidence in President Obama to make the right decisions for the country. America — or at least the part of it that voted for Barack Obama for president — has made a big mistake. […]

The power of a thank you note

When Dixie Dew got a box full of doggie treats from one of her fans, she wagged her tail and jumped around the kitchen, eager to dive into them. “Now, Dew, you know you’ve got to write a thank you note for these,” I lectured as I permitted her one of the treats. There was […]