Letters to the Editor

Libya war an abuse of presidential power

I seldom feel an impetus to join the bandwagon of Obama criticizers in this obsequiously Republican section of the country. Nonetheless I must decry the government’s recent decision to attack Libya, placing ourselves once more in the vanguard of half-witted nations. Read More»

Politicians make plans for Fayette’s future, but guided by what vision?

For some in our county, the answer to our future seems to be quite clear: conform. Then again, I am still having a difficult time attempting to discern what question they are answering. Even further, I am wondering if they are asking questions at all.

There appears to be this urge among the political leadership in Fayette County to follow the beaten path laid by the metro counties that preceded us in various growth scenarios. Read More»

Proposed tax on veterinary services will result in fewer animals helped

Dear U.S. Representative Westmoreland,

My name is Shannen Chabot and I am a 12th-grader from McIntosh High School. More importantly, I’m of voting age and I’m one of your constituents. As a pet owner and a veterinary technician, I am writing to express my concern regarding House Bill 385, the proposed pet tax.

First, no other professionals are being targeted by this legislation. No healthcare professionals, who are also service providers, are finding their practices threatened. Read More»

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»

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