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PTC schools getting shortchanged

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I am the chairman of the school council for J.C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City. So what is a school council?

Every public school in the state is required by state law to have a school council consisting of the school principal, parents of students enrolled in the school, members of the business community, certified teachers and students. Read More»

Officials should encourage input

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I was in attendance for the Jan. 21 Peachtree City Council meeting and was thoroughly pleased. It appears the new group manning the helm is quite capable of piloting our ship.

My main reason for attending was the approval of a new management contract between the city and the Peachtree City Dog Park Association. The contract was approved and 100 percent of the fees collected will go toward operating and maintaining the dog park. Read More»

More to bypass story than Citizen portrayed

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I read The Citizen article entitled, “Who needs W. F’ville Bypass?” Of course, “who” is the optimal word in that headline.

If the matter did not have such significant consequences along with a huge price tag, I would have found Fayette County Chairman Jack Smith’s comments humorous. In addition, you will see a stark resemblance to the propaganda job used to sell the failed TDK Extension.

In politics, the easiest way to get something is to stretch the truth. Read More»

Highlights of 2009

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The year 2009 gave us the nation’s first African-American president, more failing economy, healthcare legislation, and the continuation of two wars.

President Obama promised us “Change we can believe in,” but that ended up becoming one of the fastest dying campaign slogans of all time. The new pitch phrase might be, “The ACORN didn’t fall far from the President’s tree,” just ask Brian Lamb, CEO of C-Span. Read More»

PTC traffic about to get worse

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To be, or not to be, that is the question. Well, Mr. Shakespeare, this tragedy will certainly be.

The journey began back in the year of 2006, and a massive rumbling stirred throughout our area when a C-7 Commercial Major Shopping District rezoning application came before the Coweta County Board of Commissioners. It was Scott Seymour of Seymour Construction and Development in Peachtree City who brought this matter to bear. Read More»

What 2010 will bring

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Here is what is scheduled for the political calendar in 2010.

President Obama’s poll numbers will continue to drop. Sure, his teleprompted speeches carry the same vim and vigor as the march to Washington campaign addresses, but fewer people are buying pomp, wishing for leadership and results instead. Read More»

Do Christmas all year

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I do not have the traditional Christian view of Christmas. Ever since my youngest days, I have looked upon Christmas as being a sort of rah-rah session for the faith, a substitute for having to pay attention on the other 364 days, replete with colored lights and pictures with Santa Claus. Read More»

GOP leaders: ‘What’s ethics?’

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Witnessing the breaking of our ethical bones, the splatter of our values and expectations, the utter hopelessness of the moment, it is difficult to tolerate the gang-like attitude of our Republican Party in Georgia.
Without a reliable leader, with few willing to take a stand, the party continues to ignore the average citizens. So weak-kneed are the party faithful that they will put up with nearly anything, claiming the ends justify the means. Read More»

PTC owes a great debt to its 2nd mayor, Ralph Jones

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[Editor’s note: The following is an appreciation of Ralph Jones, the second mayor of Peachtree City. Jones died Nov. 24.]

The year 1965 was a period of phenomenal transformation. The country was experiencing unparalleled change on all fronts, President Johnson establishing Medicare and Medicaid, passage of the Voting Rights Act, wading into the Vietnam War. Read More»

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