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If PTC bans gas carts, are iPod earbuds next?

If you read The Citizen on Saturday or attended the City Council meeting on Aug. 5, you know that the mayor and his council are going to ban gas golf carts simply because they don’t like them.

No factual reasons exist to ban these carts from our cart paths. The group who owns them number only 488, and the council probably believes they can get away with this because of the small number of people who will own worthless property.

I do not own a gas golf cart but believe you should have a choice. This current mayor and council may have forgotten they represent all the people in this city and they need to leave personal agendas at home.

I know this may not affect most of you, but once this precedent is established, what is the next pet peeve they will think about banning? Maybe it will be MP3/iPod earbuds for runners on the cart paths because you cannot be aware of your surroundings and therefore you are a hazard; maybe bicycles because they are quiet and sneak up on you at a high rate of speed; maybe the size and speed of low speed vehicles will cause them to be banned; or maybe walking a dog from a golf cart.

Now do you see the potential impact on yourself? Maybe it is time to be counted and stop this trend before it becomes a routine action. Voice your opinion for freedom of choice, before it is banned and let the mayor and council know you won’t tolerate a mayor or council that dictates to the population.

Express your opinion on freedom of choice to them by emailing or calling. The following is the email address: council@peachtree-city.org or you can call City Hall at 770-487-7657.

Cliff Stern
Peachtree City, Ga.

[Stern says he has lived in Peachtree City for 15 years, is a retired Army officer, former professor at Georgia Tech and owner of a service disabled veteran owned business.]

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