Letters to the Editor

Mayor’s wife: ‘My turn’ for facts, perspectives missing from Page 1 story

I am Cathy Haddix and it is my turn. Time to give a lot of facts missing from the blogs and newspaper.

I had what I thought was a private conversation with Joey Grisham, the new development coordinator, at the opening of Fresh Market. As a private citizen it surprised me as to how noteworthy it has become. Read More»

PTC’s aesthetic war lost long ago

I really am getting too old for this and have not written in a long while; but the plaque in my arteries was loosened a bit when I read the article about limiting “walking signs.”

The major reason, it would appear, is it is not in keeping with the aesthetic values of our city.

First of all, the aesthetic values of our city were compromised when some individuals decided to rent out their homes and then not come by, oh, maybe once a year, to see if the yard was being kept up, there were not 40 people living in the house and the spare tires were moved from the front yard periodically. Read More»

Tea Party takes over GOP? Not hardly

I would like to take issue with the headline in the March 16 issue of The Citizen which states, “Tea Party takes over Fayette GOP.”

At our recent county convention we elected a slate of s17 officers, nine of whom have served on previous Fayette County Republican Party executive boards.

Some of our newly elected officers have recently become involved with the FCRP, but have been very active in our county through other organizations: i.e., the Fayette Local Issues Tea Party and the Fayette/Coweta 9-12 Association. Read More»

E-verify already in widespread use in Ga.

HB 87, the most potentially effective and well-written state illegal immigration and employment enforcement bill in the nation, passed the Georgia House 113-56 [recently].

“Kill the bill” faxes from the business community started coming in to state Senate offices about 20 minutes later.

The heart of HB 87 — the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 — is the requirement that all Georgia employers with more than four employees swear to use of the no-cost federal E-verify program, making it difficult to hire illegal, replacement labor. Read More»

We have to be vigilant about protecting our low-density way of life here

A multitude of us are in favor of preserving our quality of life in Fayette County, the envy of many. Unlike many of the counties in our region, we have something worth fighting for if you look at the statistics.

In reality, the only way to hold onto quality of life is not trust the local government (including Steve Brown) and get informed and personally involved. I can give you dozens of examples where elected officials have been ousted because the citizens found out (many times too late) their course had been radically altered. Read More»

Public should pack commission meeting

Last year, a majority of our voters decided that it was time to take back Fayette County. They voted in commissioners Allen McCarty and Steve Brown, whose major campaign issues were no SPLOST, no mass transit, and fighting the West Fayetteville Bypass.

Unfortunately, the three other commissioners are still in favor of building the road. While the new commissioners are hard at work opposing the bypass, commissioners Frady, Hearn and Horgan have continued to turn a deaf ear to the public’s outcry, steadily growing louder. Read More»

Unemployment: Lessons of history

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By Richard K. Vedder and Lowell E. Gallaway

If we ask the question, “Are there lessons to be learned from history?,” the likely answer is, “Yes.” On the other hand, if we inquire, “Do we learn from the patterns of history?,” the probable answer, regrettably, is, “No.”

To illustrate this cognitive dissonance, all we need do is explore the history of the last two major business cycle downturns in America, that beginning in the third quarter of 1981 (National Bureau of Economic Research dating) and the present episode, which the NBER dates as commencing in the fourth quarter of 2007. Read More»

Another view of apartment vote

After watching the eventual acceptance of Norsouth senior apartments coming to Peachtree City off of Newgate Road, I am bringing to you a different perspective, mostly because people should know that this has the potential for being a very positive thing for our city.

Right now it seems a bit tainted due to the legal circumstances surrounding the approval of the development, but rest assured this housing option for seniors could serve a great need, especially given our renowned status in 2008 as one of the Top 10 Places to Retire. Read More»

County manager, attorney at odds with taxpayers; both should go

I agree with the sentiments expressed in the letter to the editor from Peachtree City resident Jim Richter.

“As someone who couldn’t take it anymore and began getting active by attending Board of Commissioners meetings, it is becoming more obvious every month that Jack Krakeel and Scott Bennett are a driving force behind the scenes for continuing the West Fayetteville Bypass and keeping us in the regional mass transit plans,” Richter said. Read More»

County badly failing its own mission statement

When you visit the Fayette County, Ga., website and scroll down to the county commissioners, you’ll find an interesting set of criteria. They’ve listed visions, missions, and other criteria we should all use to measure their performance. I’ve listed some of them below, and then applied a few observations I made.

I got into this because of all the hoopla that has been going on at the commissioners’ meetings that I’ve attended. Most of what’s happened occurred before the two new commissioners were sworn in. I’ve listed the criteria they published in quote marks, and my observations follow. Read More»