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Gas prices, public comments, sneaky council

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Most Georgians depend on cars, trucks or diesel-burning equipment for their livelihood. A hypothetical commuter driving 70 miles round trip at 18 miles per gallon paid approximately $500 annually for gas in early 2009. This commuter is now paying $1,100 per year for the same trip to work. The cost of commercial airline fuel has increased by more than 50 per cent in the past year, raising ticket prices and lowering corporate bottom lines. Read More»

Bubbles, booze and taxpayer questions

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The Peachtree City Council is attempting to pull another “fast one” on taxpayers. Replacing the bubble that covers the outdoor swimming pool at Kedron Fieldhouse during the winter is an issue kicked around for years with very little community support. The bubble is a desirable amenity but replacement should not be a priority when the city is facing a severe budget crunch and more possible reductions in service. Read More»

Egypt shows why you can’t buy friendship

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The United States bribed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and his predecessors for decades, giving their government up to $1.3 billion annually to help maintain a well-equipped military. Our stated objective was to insure stability in the region. Stability is code for “hold the people down, keep the Suez Canal open, and honor the treaty with Israel.” Read More»

About buffaloes, metro politics and transportation issues

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A couple in White County, Ga., found a roaming buffalo trapped in their back yard swimming pool last October. County rescue workers removed the buffalo and returned it to the owner who sadly had to euthanize the injured animal.

It occurred to me, after reading the newspaper story, that a section of House Bill 277 is the “buffalo” in Fayette County’s swimming pool and deserves the poor buffalo’s fate when the legislature convenes. Read More»

Campaign money, judges’ resignations, carts

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Georgia has 159 counties and one of the key ingredients to successful state political campaigns is financial support from outside the metropolitan Atlanta area. Recent disclosure reports released by the State Ethics Commission indicate that the campaigns of three Fayette County candidates for state offices have little support from other parts of Georgia. Read More»

Peachtree City government gone awry

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I have a suggestion. The Peachtree City Council can spit in the face of taxpayers by forming a special corporation to dole out more than a half million dollars of hotel-motel tax receipts with little accountability. The council can register the new corporation with the Secretary of State as a “non profit” making it appear harmless. Read More»

Gov. Perdue’s legacy is on the line

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Education and transportation are high priorities with the public and Governor Sonny Perdue should be disappointed in Georgia’s accomplishments in these two critical areas during his seven years in office.

There are two simple principles which apply to any meaningful remedy of these shortcomings.

First, improved student performance depends on attracting better teachers. Second, metro area traffic problems can best be solved by building more roads in the right places. Read More»

In PTC, a new government comes to power

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A new Peachtree City mayor and three City Council members will join holdover Councilman Doug Sturbaum tomorrow night in the first of a series of meetings that will set new directions for the city. I voted against two of the new officials but recognize that the election is over and it is time to move forward. Read More»