Letters to the Editor

Charter school veto ‘sad’

I attended a Fayette County Board of Education meeting [July 29] and was saddened to hear the reasoning of most of the board members in rejecting the charter school application from Liberty Tech.

With the exception of Dr. Barry Marchman, this board is living in 1970. They really believe that every school can be all things to all students. Read More»

Longing for the lake’s return

Kudos to Mr. Charles Phillis (The Citizen, Letters to the Editor, July 30, 2014). We came to Peachtree City from south Texas two years ago and rented a golf cart and took a couple of days in what we thought was the most beautiful place we had ever seen, sold our house in Texas and purchased a home here.

“Sunset on Peachtree lake.“ Now what do we have? Weeds and a bunch of folks who were elected to take care of these kind of things.

And what are they doing? Passing the buck, afraid to make a stand. Read More»

About regulatory overreach

What power and what authority does the EPA and now the EPD have over states, counties, and cities? Do they have the authority to require these governing agencies to add departments to do the work already being done by other departments? Read More»

On Garlock: ‘This guy is just not right’

I suppose we could blame it on Grumpy Old Man Syndrome. You know, Cranky Old Fart. Cantankerous Aged Misanthrope. And if we did, we could just laugh and say: Well, it’s just old Terry spouting off.

But Mr. Garlock is developing an edge that is, in many ways, not easily overlooked.

I almost always disagree with his column, but there was a meanness and a bile in his latest foray that I can only assume derives from lack of cranial oxygen, and exposure to the Tea Party. Read More»

Reclaim our country from the destroyers

Mr. Garlock’s column last Wednesday expressed frustration and anger at the state of America, its future, and those who would see it brought low. I just saw the movie “America” as well. I don’t blame him one bit for feeling the way he does.

That said, I wish to offer suggestions of reforms regarding the policies, laws, expectations, and beliefs that must change to restore our nation: Read More»

PTC’s dam spillway issue is not an emergency

I have talked to many people since my opinion was published recently and those people with whom I spoke seem to think that because the problem at the spillway has been reported to the EPD and to Georgia Safe Dams, that it is too late to do the maintenance that should have been done a long time ago and that we must follow their recommendations.

But I am of a different opinion (do the maintenance and fill the lake). Read More»

Brown: Following rules on the dam

I read the letter from Mr. Charles Phillis on July 16 regarding his claims that the situation concerning the spillway and the dam at Lake Peachtree are being mismanaged.

Mr. Phillis referred the situation as an “overreaction to standard maintenance problems” from the county government.

First of all, the city of Peachtree City called in engineering consultants as owners of the dam, not the county, and upon reading the findings took the issue up with state agency that oversees such matters. That was the right thing to do. Read More»

Lake Peachtree dam debacle: Questions to be asked

I feel that Steve Brown’s letter to the editor regarding Lake Peachtree warrants a rebuttal. I’ve heard enough from government officials at all levels explaining away this mess as completely unavoidable.

Our local media deserves some criticism also. The lack of follow-up questions to government officials hasn’t served the citizens of our city well at all. Here are some possibilities:

When was the decision made to drain the lake? Read More»

Council harmony breath of fresh air

There were a number of reasons why I considered running for City Council. One was I was tired of listening to the unprofessional bickering between some of the sitting council members at that time.

I made my final decision to run for a council seat after witnessing yet another shouting match between a couple of council members at a council meeting.

I was determined that, if elected, I would do all I could to bring the council together as a professional team that worked towards a common goal of bettering our community. Read More»

America’s fights are always about freedom

It’s been my privilege the past few months to work along with pastor Dr. Knox Herdon on his American Heritage Museum. The museum is nothing but a trailer that can be hauled from place to place to display the history of America from the Revolutionary War up until the War on Terror.

No matter what time period you might be looking at inside of that museum, you’ll note that every American fighting for this nation was fighting for “freedom.” Read More»

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