FREE SPEECH for week of Sept. 10 – 16

With the feel of fall in the air, it's a new week of Free Speech.

Registered users, post about whatever crosses your mind, on topic or off topic.

Here's one that will move no national needles or show up on any Gallup Poll; categorize it under local pet peeves.

Local bicycle enthusiasts have long demanded motorists scrupulously obey every law regarding the cyclists' rights to "share the road." Most two-wheelers, however, are not so similarly concerned about their own observance of common traffic laws — laws, by the way, that apply equally to them as to motorists. For example, once in my entire adult life, I have observed ONE bicycle rider stop at a stop sign. One rider, one time. Never before or since. They just blast on through. Exceptions: When the rider is faced with a busy four-lane road, the rider will often grudgingly pause briefly until traffic clears, then dart through the intersection, whether the light is red or green.

Second local pet peeve: I have noticed along Peachtree City's roads of late a new phenomenon: Joggers who jog on the city streets, running on the pavement in the same direction as traffic, while a cart path parallels the road a few feet away. And some were jogging at twilight, in dark clothing. This practice is not just rudely inconvenient for passing motorists, it is just unadorned idiocy. Have you seen such idiots? Or are you one of those idiots, and what on earth can you be thinking?

Here are a couple of more contributed entries to prime the pump:

"The FCBOE needs to wake up. If they do not close Brooks and Tyrone Elementary Schools along with the other closures, there will be a lot more Fayette County people without jobs. It is time for the Board to stop babying the parents in this county and stand up to them and close the schools that need to be closed. You do not have enough staff to let go to make up the 20 million required. The students will be teaching themselves because there will be no staff there due to the parents in this county always getting what they want. Stand up, FCBOE, and make a tough decision. Close the schools."

And this one from Tyrone:

"With the ever increasing code enforcement violations observed in Tyrone; such as illegal signs, illegally parked trucks, yard and property maintenance violations, etc. I would like to know why the Tyrone Council refused for more than 4 years, and continues to refuse, to hire a Code Enforcement Officer. Even a part-time Code Enforcement Officer! No other known city or town in Georgia of similar size is without a Code Enforcement Officer. Let’s bring the town up to the standards people have moved here to expect."

OK, Free Speechers, start your engines!

jamijuneevans
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Restroom do and don't

Apparently this has been an issue in the world of business for years. "customers only" Ever have you been out of the house and the call of nature comes pounding at your bladder. Yes there is a restroom a stones throw away, but you are told that you can not walk threw that door to the closest place to relieve yourself.
Well some states have adopted laws to tackle this issue and prevent business from denying usage of their public restrooms. There are 2 different sets of laws passing from state to state. 1 in which doesn't clearly state that usage of their facilities be permitted but that they just exist, and another one is clearly written that restrooms be available to anyone that is on the premisses paying customer or not. Good news for all of us Georgians. We have adopted the good one. According to the International Plumbing Code section 403.4 "Customers, patrons and visitors shall be provided with public toilet facilities in structures and tenant spaces intended for public use and utilized as restaurants, nightclubs, places of assembly, business and mercantile occupancies."
If any one has been denied usage of a restroom don't take no for an answer. First quote this law. If still no, fight back. Call your local code enforcement. You can easily obtain the # threw the internet. PTC the # online is not correct call your city hall and obtain the # from the clerk that answers the phone. It is illegal to deny access to restrooms in Georgia and the business owners can be cited and fined for doing so. If they want to allow you to suffer than you can get a little peace of mind knowing that they will suffer a pinch in their wallets.
The Subways in PTC have signs on their doors right now. "restrooms are for customers only" if you see this sign, or one like it at any business point it out and call your local code enforcement. Let them know we are sick of it.
Best of all let that business know that a nonpaying customer today that needs to use their facilities is a paying customer at some point. You deserve their respect and they need you as a patron.

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9/11 Remembrance

Terry Lynch and his family.

http://pentagonmemorial.org/explore/biographies/terence-m-lynch

And may our government continue to chase and destroy these murderers.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/10/yemen-officials-report-al-qaeda-...

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Another peever

Refer to Cal's 2nd local peeve above.

City streets that are so empty at twighlight and cart paths that are so busy at twilight. With gas at $4.00 a gallon, no one goes out in the evening any more unless they have to. Our love affair with our cars has become a love hate thing now, as you just can't or don't want to pay a fortune to go for a twilight ride somewhere with the music blaring and the evening breeze in your hair.

Thus, I think the bike riders (Cyclist?) are taking up the slack on our semi-empty roads now.

At twilight, on a nice evening, there are a massive amount of carts, walkers, joggers, runners, dogs, mutts, puppies,assorted poop from the last 4, skateboarders, perverts, doped out teens, preteen lovers, geriatric gals and guys moseying along, and illegal minorities with a minimum of 8 bodies loaded up on their ripped up, banged up 15-20 year old carts to sneak down to shop after dark, on the paths.

Makes all our local Lance Armstrongs want to play the odds of having less of a chance of being hit by a vehicle at 30-40 mph than by worrying about the maze of obstacles waiting for them on the paths. Not to mention the tree root heaves on the paths and the pothole washouts from all the rain to dodge and the tree branches and bush limbs that block your view at every turn and can leave scar tissue on your face or blind you if you don't dodge them fast enough.

Me? I'm ready for my jet-pack that I can strap on my back and fly like a bird over it all. Powered by hot air, of course, as that is what I am full of right now. No crowds, cheap, in plentiful supply, and non-polluting (well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad). Just like the guy below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-2Db2W0hjUg

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Hey moe,

Posting at 0107?????? Are you OK??

This cyclist's simple solution to those that cannot obey the rules of the road; police enforcement.

Oh, and my pet peeve; people that park in spots intended for the handicap. The way I see it, no handicap form or plate and your car gets towed and your name and picture is published in The C. (Come on Cal, lets make that happen!) Heck, I don't care what county, state, country or planet they're from. Those that use handicap parking illegally are just out-right scum.

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Cy

9/11, it is more personal to some more than others. Things will be better tomorrow. Thanks for the concern.

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Government solution - more regulation

I agree the mixing of citizens who operate at different speeds and in different directions is a huge problem and we have to solve it. Well, we can't, but government can.

Assign times for different groups - you can only be out on the paths doing your thing during your assigned time period - 3-4PM seniors walking; 4-5PM people with pets; 5-6PM teens smokin' and jokin'; 6-6:15PM skateboarders; 6:15- 7PM teens on golf carts playing loud radio; 7PM- dark normal people on golf carts;
6-7AM male joggers; 7-8AM students on golf carts going to school; 8AM - 1PM female joggers.

The rest of the time is open for anything, but you can only go east or south on odd-numbered days and west or north on even-numbered days. I think we can get all this done with 10 or 12 police officers. Need a few more ATV's.

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mudcat

Add this to your solutions. Toll booths at every major junction on the paths. Add a Dept. of Tolls to the Finance Dept. Include 7 more workers to maintain and empty the toll booths. Have a change machine, a soda machine, a few snack machines and an ATM at those major junctions, also.

A few multi-lingual toll booth employees to staff the booths at peak hours, too. Don't forget, all users pay. Collect from the little and big animal paws that will go thru. Some of the proceeds can go to handing out doggie treats to the canines as they pass thru and pay up. You know, like the banks do. Woof, woof.

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Local pet peeve

Leaving phone messages on The Citizen delivery line for the last 3 weeks about not getting the Saturday paper anymore and not getting any call back after asking for a call back to explain why the change after over 15 years of delivery. Or an explanation in the Wed. edition or online. I have an idea, but I'd like to hear it from Cal Beverly. I hope he proves me wrong.