]> The Citizen Online - Editorial Opinions http://archive.thecitizen.com/taxonomy/term/31/0 Opinions expressed by The Citizen.com en Visit our new (beta) website http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/42263 <p><strong >Updated —</strong>The Citizen is moving next week . . . to <a href="http://www.thecitizen.com/">our new website</a>, and we want to invite you to take a pre-launch tour. <a href="http://www.thecitizen.com/">Click here to go to the new site.</a></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.thecitizen.com/">new site</a> is scheduled to go live this weekend and officially be open for business Monday, March 1.</p> Editorial Opinions Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:19:43 -0500 Merry Christmas, 2009, ‘to all people’ http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/41189 <p>Americans have celebrated 232 Christmases since we declared our independence from Great Britain, 219 since our federal government was implemented under the new Constitution.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 22 Dec 2009 16:07:13 -0500 Time flies when you're having fun http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/38224 <p>When all the big dates and events pop up in my life, a column is sure to follow. Skeptics would say it is because I am a cheapskate and writing sappy columns is a cheap gift, but, in truth, these columns are popular outside my household as well. I want to thank the nice people who say hello to us in the grocery store and say things like “ I read your columns all the time.” It makes us feel like Brangelina. Not as wealthy or glamorous, but still, thank you. Also, Ernest Hemingway once said that “good writing is true writing,” and when I open myself up to talk about my personal life, the truth, which we know is out there, gets delivered to the page.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 21 Jul 2009 17:07:07 -0400 Why buying local is good for you http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/35506 <p><strong >Guest Editorial</strong></p> <p>There are two hardware stores near my house. One is a big name-brand store that has everything I need at lower prices, open seven days a week. The other has inconvenient hours — they close at noon on Saturdays — and prices are a little higher. They don’t have nearly the same selection either.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 10 Mar 2009 16:37:28 -0400 An Editorial Opinion http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/29681 <p>The four sheriff candidates, five board of education candidates and the district attorney of this judicial circuit all have refused even to answer The Citizen’s tough questions for our online political forum.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 01 Jul 2008 17:25:19 -0400 Local legislators raise auto insurance rates http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/26734 <p>Here’s something you will not hear any of your local legislators taking credit for: Raising your automobile insurance rates.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 25 Mar 2008 16:34:55 -0400 What city is Chief Heaton representing? http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/26733 <p>On Good Friday at the state Capitol, Fayetteville Police Chief Steve Heaton attended a news conference as a representative of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, according to a story in the Southern Voice, a newspaper for the metro gay and lesbian community.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 25 Mar 2008 16:33:04 -0400 District voting bill reeks of secrecy http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/25900 <p>Last week, many of the county’s political leaders and residents were stunned to learn that yet another district voting bill was about to be brought before the General Assembly.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 26 Feb 2008 16:36:37 -0500 Finding Your Folks: Coleman Owen's estate sale http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/25732 <p>About five years ago when a bunch of us were desperately searching for any scrap of evidence which showed our Robert Boyd's ancestry, a fellow researcher and cousin, Dick Stewart, sent me a sheet of paper which popped my eyes wide open. It was the results of an estate sale in Newberry Co., S.C., for one John Boyd, known to most of us as John Boyd of Ballymena, great-grandfather of the Boyds buried at Bethany UMC in Fayette County.</p> Editorial Opinions Genealogy Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:13:53 -0500 PTC roads sale: Only winner is developer http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/25664 <p>Last week the Peachtree City Council voted 3-2 to relinquish its interest in two roads off Ga. Highway 54 West in favor of a retail developer who wants to build large retail “big box” stores.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:16:09 -0500 Strike up the bland http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/25663 <p>The Summer Concert Series at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater will kick off with Huey Lewis and the News, which is great, but the series quickly slides back into its old ways afterwards with a lot of repeats and retreads.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:14:49 -0500 East Fayette: Some plain talk is needed http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/25419 <p>For almost a year, the Fayette County School System has been involved in the process of trying to draw new elementary attendance lines for the 2008-2009 school year. The system told parents and voters that this round of boundary hearings would be different since an expert consultant and parents were involved in the process.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 12 Feb 2008 17:56:06 -0500 ‘Real Cats’ should show some real class http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/25418 <p>Dozens of area students signed national letters of intent last week, accepting scholarships from colleges and universities around the country and pledging to attend and play for that school. The students had ceremonies before their friends and family, often with club coaches and college college coaches in attendance.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 12 Feb 2008 17:55:31 -0500 PTC Council, don’t open Pandora’s big box http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/25163 <p>If the Peachtree City Council votes Thursday night to abandon two roads to a developer, the city would be all but paving the way for a big box store.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 05 Feb 2008 18:01:33 -0500 Fold the ‘hold it’ policy http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/25162 <p>It’s time for educators to fold their ‘hold it’ policy.</p> <p>Last week, it was revealed that Fayette County High School has adopted a new bathroom policy for its 1,300 students.</p> Editorial Opinions Tue, 05 Feb 2008 18:00:30 -0500