Pilgrimage to the monastery

When I first moved to Georgia in June 1983, it wasn’t too long before I discovered the existence of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Ga. I visited once during the day and there discovered that one could stay overnight at the guesthouse for a modest fee. I don’t remember when it began […]

The mad summer scramble

Across this town there is a whiff of anticipation in the air. Days on the calendar are being marked off, and the hands of the clock slowly tick around the dial. Yes, the end of the school year is fast approaching. Schools around this fair town of ours are full of two kinds of folks […]

How much did your assessment increase over last year?

How much did your assessment increase over last year?

With tax assessment notices having been mailed recently, many Fayette residential property owners are seeing double-digit percentage increases in their home values. The Citizen editor, Cal Beverly, got a 20 percent increase in assessed value of his Peachtree City home in one year, which followed a 16 percent increase last year. How about you? Email […]

Totalitarianism in colleges

Parents, taxpayers and donors have little idea of the levels of lunacy, evil and lawlessness that have become features of many of today’s institutions of higher learning. Parents, taxpayers and donors who ignore or are too lazy to find out what goes on in the name of higher education are nearly as complicit as the […]

Mr. President, stop the insults

During an interview last June in his New York office, I asked Donald Trump about his use of language that many considered insulting and divisive. “Will there be a pivot for you from the primaries to the general election campaign?” The candidate said “I agree” about the tone of the campaign and that he intended […]

Rodney teaches me to bush hog

After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in. I inhaled deeply and leaned forward, my elbows resting on my knees. “Rodney, I hate to ask you this.” Clearly I did. It was hard. “I know you’re so busy.” […]

Imker plans to reduce tax rate

I am running for mayor of Peachtree City. The following are some of my goals for the next four years: 1. Reduce the tax rate by at least one mill. Given recent fair market value increases, property taxes need to be lowered by at least 1 mill. The recently passed SPLOST has more than enough […]

A letter to a dead addict

In November of 2013, we lost our beautiful niece Sadie, age 19, to a heroin overdose. She was a cheerleader, on the dean’s list and graduated with honors. No one knew she was on heroin. She hid it well. Just a few days ago, we lost another dear friend to an overdose of heroin and […]

Health insurance before Obamacare

Does anyone remember what health insurance was like before Obamacare? I do and so does George Will, renowned syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author. On the Feb. 21, 2010, edition of ABC’s This Week, conservative columnist George Will — a critic of the plan backed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats — cited […]

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