Thomas Sowell: The great escape

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Many of the issues of our times are hard to understand without understanding the vision of the world that they are part of. Whether the particular issue is education, economics or medical care, the preferred explanation tends to be an external explanation — that is, something outside the control of the individuals directly involved.

Walter Williams: What will they learn?

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When parents plunk down $20, $30, $40 and maybe $50 thousand this fall for a year’s worth of college room, board and tuition, it might be relevant to ask: What will their children learn in return?

Sallie Satterthwaite: Four Cities - first two of four

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There are so many interesting places to visit in the world, and life is so short, one wonders how to choose. There are those who believe travel should begin and end in their native land, depriving themselves and families of the wonders of the rest of the world.

Terry Garlock: 40th anniversary: Woodstock and I

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If you were at Woodstock 40 years ago, you might remember the music, peace and love from that monumental event as if it were yesterday.

Ben Nelms: America: The path ahead, part 2

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Governments erode as they exert control that sooner or later diminishes human rights.

I think that, unless it is altered, our future will see past governmental/societal models morph into something relatively new and better suited for today’s more technologically-proficient systems of mass control.

Steve Brown: Recognize your teen’s problems

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We always like to think that “our child” will always behave well, follow school rules and obey the law. However, every year a whole host of students manage to wind up in trouble at school or violating the law.

Ronda Rich: The power of writing it down

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Just this morning, I turned the page of a book and was immediately and delightedly reminded of the power of words on paper.

Father David Epps: The danger of the dominant partner

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In England, the Charity Tribunal, a judicial body, has ruled that Catholic Care, the adoption agency for the Diocese of Leeds, must cooperate with homosexual couples who wish to adopt children, according to a news item in The Catholic World Reporter. The agency now faces a terrible choice.

Rick Ryckeley: Simply human

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Next month Best Friend Mitch will be going through the same shoulder operation that I underwent last December. He’ll be out of work for six months.

Sally Oakes: Trusting in God’s love

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There is a series of questions asked of persons to be ordained (ordinands) in the United Methodist Church. They include things like, “have you belief in God?” and “Do you find the precepts of the United Methodist Church to be consistent with Christian doctrine?” There are a number of others, but that’s the gist. However, there are two that stand out to me: “Are you going on to perfection?” and “Do you expect to be made perfect in love?”

Dick Morris and...: Rebutting Obama on ‘death panels’

On Friday, Aug. 14, The New York Times ran a front-page story “rebutting” the “rumor” that Obama’s healthcare plan calls for the creation of “death panels” to decide when to pull the plug on sick patients. The rebuttal misses the fundamental truth of the death panel charge.

Ben Nelms: America: The path ahead, part 1

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“Where is America headed?” and “Who is in control our destiny?” As before in our history, these questions are being asked by some today. Everybody’s got an opinion. Here’s mine in abbreviated form.

Dr. Kevin Demmitt: Next for Clayton State–Fayette: A campus, via SPLOST?

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I knew CSU-Fayette had reached a new level of success this week when I found myself going from classroom to classroom to see if there was space to squeeze in more desks.

Ronda Rich: The worry of hosting, cooking

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Early on that Saturday morning, the phone had rung as I puzzled over the recently acquired digital camcorder, wondering why on earth I had purchased such a sophisticated one.

Judy Fowler Kilgore: The milestone and the glitch

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I passed another major milestone in my life a couple of months ago. I have been the official religion editor for The citizen for 10 years — one seventh of my life. Before that, I was a graphic artist here at The Citizen, starting in 1993.

Cal Beverly: OPINION – Democrats’ healthcare and small business

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Part 2 of the continuing horror

I’m reading the thousand-plus-page House healthcare act from the perspective of a small-business person running a business of under 20 employees.

Father David Epps: The trial

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I was put on trial last week. I didn’t even know that I had committed an offense but there I was facing a judge with a prosecutor and defender on either side of me.

William Murchison: The Great American ‘Oh, Yeah?’

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Did, too!

Didn’t either!

Oh, what a wondrously enlightening healthcare debate we’re having. Democratic hotshots, from the White House on down, blame the throngs protesting at town hall meetings. Baloney. It’s the hotshots who are most to blame.

Rick Ryckeley: I’m sorry

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For almost eight years now I’ve written this newspaper column. That’s over 390 stories about boyhood friends, family, and life’s observations through the somewhat distorted eyes of yours truly. Never once have I had to say I’m sorry. Depending on whom you ask, an apology for some of the things I’ve done, and penned, is long overdue.

Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts

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Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Different people have very different reactions to President Barack Obama. Those who listen to his rhetoric are often inspired, while those who follow what he actually does are often appalled.

Walter Williams: Politics and blacks

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President Barack Obama won an unprecedented 96 percent of the black vote. That’s not much of a news story since blacks typically give their votes to the Democratic candidate.

Father Paul Massey: Ask Father Paul

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Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible

Pastors get some of the most interesting questions from people they meet and people in their congregations. Here are some questions that I have received during my years of ministry and via email for this column.

Cal Thomas: Democrats to all of us: Don’t sweat the details

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote an op-ed column for The Washington Post last week in defense of the Obama administration’s efforts to “reform” healthcare.

Steve Brown: Chairman’s bypass for developers

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I was amazed at how many people were shocked to discover Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith was on the board of directors for the Bank of Georgia (owned by Georgia Bancshares, Inc.).

Ronda Rich: What has become of the drifter?

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Not long ago, headed down Interstate 20, somewhere near Augusta, Ga., I saw a sight, not particularly unusual but thought-provoking, nonetheless. One detail caught my attention.

The Citizen: Cowardly Donkeys need to find cowardly lion’s courage

By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.

I am dismayed that recent town halls across the country have been curtailed or canceled as spineless legislators refuse to face their constituents to hear average American citizens voice their fears and worries about what may be happening to their healthcare under the current “reform” proposals from Washington.

Cal Beverly: OPINION — Democrats’ healthcare = horror for small businesses

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I’ve downloaded the healthcare reform act known as HR 3200. I’ve read the first 170 pages of the 1,017-page bill (probably about 170 pages more than most members of Congress).

My initial impression: God save us from Democrats. Unlike many pieces of legislation, this bill is worse even than its opponents are depicting it.

Father David Epps: Delays

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Last month when I was flying home from another state, my flight was canceled. The cause, I was told, was the weather. There were no other flights out that day so I had to retrieve my car from the rental agency and find a place to stay for the night. Since I had an appointment I really needed to keep the next day, I reported to the airport at 0430 (4:30 a.m., half an hour before the Marines wake up at Parris Island) in order to catch the first flight of the day.

William Murchison: Clink, clank, clunker

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You can’t make this stuff up. First, the name of the program — Cash for Clunkers. Then the origin, the fountainhead — to wit, the U.S. Congress. Then the results: unexpected demand for participation, unanticipated shortages of cash, bureaucratic unresponsiveness, public and congressional consternation.

Rick Ryckeley: Mom math

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The knowledge kids gained while in school last year has slowly ebbed away. The three “R’s” of reading, writing, and arithmetic were replaced by the three “S’s” — swimming, swinging, and bikes.

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