Letters to the Editor

Unused W. Bypass funds should be used to build bicycle lanes

Now that the Road to Nowhere is mostly complete, I have a suggestion for using some of the money that will be saved by not building the full length of this boondoggle.

The recent opening of the road section between Eastin and the traffic circle at Lees Mill Road has resulted in minimal traffic on the road, although that may increase when the section on to Ga. Highway 92 is completed. Read More»

Chief: F’ville one of safest cities

According to a recent safety poll conducted by the national security firm SafeWise, the city of Fayetteville was named as one of the top 50 safest cities in the state of Georgia.

SafeWise compares data from the FBI Crime Reports and other in-house research of Georgia cities with a population of 5,000 or more to compile an annual list of the safest cities in Georgia. Read More»

Climate change: 97% of scientists agree

There has been a heated battle for years between the backers of scientific climate change and the deniers.

A much cited peer-reviewed scientific literature, examining 11,944 climate abstracts from 1991 to 2011 matching the topics “global climate change” or “global warming” determined that among abstracts they expressed a position on, 97.1 percent endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming.

Wow, I would think only the theory of gravity may have a higher consensus. Read More»

Both sides are lying about global climate change

Our chief executive officer, Barack Obama, has again shown that any leadership he might exercise is based on fear. It’s an ancient ploy: make people afraid of something, and then tell them that you (and only you) can save them.

Like others before him (Al Gore comes to mind), Obama appealed to fear by saying in a Feb. 14, 2014 news conference: “A changing climate means that weather-related disasters like droughts, wildfires, storms, floods are potentially going to be costlier and they’re going to be harsher.”

That is, in my opinion, duplicitous to the point of being a lie. Read More»

King and the Hwy. 54 traffic light

This is in response to Councilman Mike King’s letter to the editor in the Feb. 19 issue of The Citizen.

After reading Councilman Mike King’s letter I can only say this is his attempt to schmooz the way, however lamely, for yet another traffic light along the 54 West corridor.

Am I missing something here? What sane-thinking person, anyone who has experienced the grid lock and colossal inefficiency of this traffic nightmare, could possibly even imagine yet another traffic light let alone suggest “reasons” for one. Read More»

King: Reasons to OK new light

Having served as a councilman for the past 90 days, by any standard, makes me no expert in all things Peachtree City.

The experience and wealth of knowledge possessed by Mayor Fleisch and council members Learnard and Imker along with their willingness to work in harmony for our city is a rare commodity as compared to other locales.

Couple this with being able to work alongside my long-time friend Terry Ernst makes this experience that much more enjoyable.
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Rep. Westmoreland MIA on farm bill vote

“Catfish are jumping and the cotton is high” are lyrics from the song “Summertime.” I think this is the way all of the benefactors feel after pushing the farm “pork” bill through.

This is the condition of the benefactors of the latest government giveaway — pure lard in the form of the just passed farm bill with our tax dollars given to cronies, special interests, big agriculture, and campaign contributors.
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Chance phone call

Majority Leader Ronnie Chance is my state senator.

He does not return my phone calls.

Am I the only one?

Gloria Ferrell

Peachtree City, Ga.

Challenging ‘the world seen through Steve Brown’s eyes’

With the acceptance of Judge Timothy Batten’s redistricting map, it is time to look at this year’s commission election. Since I live in Peachtree City and reside in the new District 3, as does Steve Brown, that is the focus of this letter.

In discussing Steve Brown with another person, they made an excellent statement. That being, “The world seen through the eyes of Steve Brown,” meaning he does not need engineering reports or any other data to decide the right answer.
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Dam park is boondoogle

I opposed the recent county-wide infrastructure SPLOST in part because I did not want to give the Fayette County Board of Commissioners a slush fund with which to pay off political debts and buy votes, and in part because the so-called “plan” for spending that money had more holes than the board’s collective heads.

More recently, I called the board to task for spending nearly $1 million of water system customers’ money on a park, including $5,000 for a monument to memorialize themselves and other politicians. Read More»