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Senate notes: Budget, immigration, tax reform are coming

Sen. Ronnie Chance's picture

This past week the Senate approved its version of the FY2012 Budget, by a vote of 47-4. This concludes the Senate stage of the process, and the bill will now go to conference committee for finalization.

The Senate FY2012 Budget focuses on enhancing customer service by moving funds to the Department of Revenue’s customer service department and the licensing section of the Secretary of State’s Office. Additionally, the Senate proposal adds more agencies to “shared services,” which includes combined payroll and other services for greater efficiency. Read More»

Mayor Haddix: Street signs, walking signs and new business

Don Haddix's picture

With everything going on I will be writing more columns to try to keep all the issues up to date.

On the street sign article, that illustrates why so many taxpayers get frustrated at what appears to be Peachtree City government wasting a lot of money.

First, the federal government mandated signs be 9 feet tall instead of 6 feet. Then they changed the mandate on letter size and type. Then the reflective properties of the coating. All of that costs the city money but none is funded by those putting the mandates on us. It really adds nothing to Peachtree City but another bill. Read More»

Masters brings back memories of past champions

Loran Smith's picture

AUGUSTA – Last week was one for reminiscing about milestone victories — principally, Jack Nicklaus winning his sixth Green Jacket here in 1986 and Gary Player becoming the first international winner fifty years ago.

In the last 25 years — since Nicklaus won his 18th major — all Masters, except 1997 when Tiger Woods won by 12 strokes over Tom Kite (270 to 282), have been decided by five strokes or fewer. There have been eight playoffs during this time, and more often than not only one or two strokes separated the competitors who finished first and second. Read More»

Holy Week points to the ultimate sacrifice, then good news of Easter

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

Last Wednesday, the processional carrying the body of fallen soldier Jeremy Faulkner passed our church on the way to the funeral home in McDonough. Faulkner was killed March 29 when his unit came under enemy fire in the Konar Province of Afghanistan.

Faulkner’s body was flown to Falcon Field in Peachtree City, arriving around 11 a.m. Then Patriot Guard Riders and law enforcement officials escorted his body through Fayetteville and Lovejoy and into McDonough. Citizens lined the route to wave flags and show respect for this Griffin High School graduate. Read More»

Confessions of a television addict

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Now at the age when many parents deny they watch TV, Dave and I can look down our noses at TV fans who set their personal lives’ agenda to correspond with a favorite show. We watch very little TV, we repeat, smugly.

We were married so long ago that television had not yet scrambled high enough to throw a clear signal across the Pennsylvania hills and valleys in which we lived. If you could just make out that the shadow on the screen was the hero and the one on the left the villain, and as long as you could hear the dialogue, why, that was enough to follow the plot and marvel. Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of April 11, 2011

Betsy Tyler's picture

Library entrance repairs (lower level), Great PTC Path Cleanup, Paint the Town Purple, Landlord Training, Water Restrictions, and more . . . Read More»

Some roads shouldn't be taken

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The light changed to green, and a decision had to be made. Straight ahead was the business meeting for which I was an hour early. To the left was a much different destination, a trip down memory lane. It was to be a lane filled with potholes, dangerous curves, and what might be a cliff at the end.

I turned left and pointed the nose of the car down Mt. Olive Street and towards the elementary school that bore its name. It had been a long time since I’d travelled this way, even longer still since I walked those pathways. Read More»

Obama's 'flip-flops'?

David Epps's picture

President Barack Obama has come under fire in recent days both from the political Left and from the Right for “flip-flopping” on campaign promises.

Among the so-called flip-flops are the following:

• Candidate Obama promised to close Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) while President Obama has kept it open.

• Candidate Obama said he would repeal the “Bush tax cuts” while President Obama has left them in place.

• Candidate Obama supported the healthcare single-payer mandate while President Obama compromised and dropped it from his healthcare proposal. Read More»

County stormwater fees unfair to many

Dennis Chase's picture

On March 28, the Fayette County Stormwater Management Stakeholder Advisory Group held their third meeting to address the need, or lack thereof, for an expanded stormwater effort.

Following the second meeting, and because I expressed serious concerns about the county proposal, I met with the Fayette County Stormwater Department staff twice and once with the consultant hired by the county to establish a Fayette County stormwater utility. Read More»

Spreading wealth the right way

Cal Thomas's picture

During the 2008 presidential campaign when candidate Barack Obama told “Joe the Plumber” that he wanted to “spread the wealth around,” it sounded to a lot of conservatives like socialism: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” in the words of Karl Marx. Read More»

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