Peachtree City

Brown: PTC Council’s censure of Haddix’s free speech is troubling

You have, no doubt, heard the expression, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Another reality alongside that statement is it disappears so slowly you do not realize you are losing it.

Freedom of expression is part of the bedrock of our country. Our country works because our people can publicly address both the good and the bad with honesty and candor. Likewise, countering public expression with yet more public expression, regardless of controversy, is permitted. Read More»

GOP wants 2 things: ‘Regain White House and enrich themselves’

The past few weeks watching congressional efforts to deal with the self-imposed debt crisis have been at once mesmerizing and disgusting.

Republican leaders harp and harp on broadening the tax base (meaning flattening it out so they pay less) and tirelessly work to protect the wealthy from any tax increases whatsoever.

As far as I have been able to see, their plan for economic recovery is nothing more that further tax breaks for the rich. They are vainly trying to convince the public that trickle down economics is viable. It simply is not. Read More»

A healthcare case for free enterprise, less government regulation

It is a hard fact that free enterprise made America into the world’s premiere, free and pluralistic country it still is today. But apparently it is not considered equally and universally that that same free enterprise will keep America a free and prosperous country in the future.

There are those that believe government is the cure-all, of which we need more. I suggest to look at another hard fact: the public sector requires lots of funds but does not produce any [funds]. Only the private sector can produce the revenue that enables government to exist. Read More»

Disabling bureaucracy

Leave it to a government agency to figure out how to waste money and to create more work for employees (so that, ultimately, more employees will be needed). Leave it to the Fayette County tax office to take the lead in this waste.

Several years ago, I applied for and received blue and white hanging tag with the image of a wheelchair. It’s the thing that allows me to use parking spaces reserved for disabled persons. The tag can be red and white; the wheelchair symbol can be incorporated in a vehicle’s regular license plate. Read More»

Girl Scouts hold successful drive

Girl Scout Troop 19341 had a successful hygiene drive benefitting Stand Up For Kids, an organization that provides showers, support and an occasional hot meal to homeless juveniles in metro Atlanta.

Through this drive, the girls collected about 5,000 travel-size hygiene items. These items enabled the girls to create 202 hygiene packets and over 600 mini-packets.

Stand Up For Kids was happy to receive the packets, as the difference between getting a job or not could be the appearance of the applicant. And that job makes the difference between living on the street or off. Read More»

Baskin to lead services at The Center, New Gate

On Aug. 27 and 28, New Gate Church will host Paul Baskin for worship and prophetic ministry. Baskin served several years as the worship leader at IHOP in Kansas City.Baskin will lead in worship and will also minister to individuals prophetically — and often that comes out as a song for or over that person.

New Gate Church, has partnered with Get Real Ministries for two venues for Baskin, which will allow for more people to benefit from his ministry. Read More»

McIntosh grad wins national art contest

Melissa Woodbridge with her winning piece, “Surreal Self-Portrait.” Photo/Michael Boylan.

Melissa Woodbridge, a 2011 graduate of McIntosh High School, entered the Creative Self-Expression Show contest, The Great Frame Up’s art competition last year and was one of the two finalists.

As one of the two winners, Woodbridge won a $2,000 scholarship and a trip to Santa Monica to meet Jane Seymour, the official spokesperson of the competition, earlier this summer. Read More»

PTC makes MONEY top 100 list

Yet another accolade has poured in for Peachtree City.

This time, MONEY magazine has placed the city in the top 100 “Best places to live” in its annual rankings. Specificially, the city ranked 91st of all communities considered for the contest.

The magazine cited the benefits of the city’s 90-plus miles of golf cart pahts, particularly as an alternative to what it called “pollution-spewing, street-clogging cars.” Read More»

NAACP’s district voting lawsuit may affect PTC, Tyrone

A federal lawsuit challenging the way elections are conducted for Fayette County’s board of commissioners and board of education could have a significant impact on next year’s election, and on voters in Peachtree City and Tyrone in particular. Read More»

Summer concert series ends with double bill

The Frederick Brown Jr. ‘The Fred’ Amphitheater will close out its 2011 BMW of South Atlanta Summer Concert Series on Saturday, August 20 with a double bill featuring 10,000 Maniacs and Edwin McCain. Enjoy a fun-filled evening under the stars when gates open at 7 p.m., with Edwin McCain performing at 8 p.m., and 10,000 Maniacs taking the stage at 9 p.m. Read More»

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