Letters to the Editor

County made us an offer we couldn’t refuse

Here we are now, two-and-a-half years after we received formal notification from Fayette County that our property would either be taken peacefully for the West Fayetteville Bypass, or forcefully by condemnation.

The county commissioners at that time were totally reprehensible in their refusal to see the vast public opposition to the project. It was like talking to five stone faces. I may have well as spoken to Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson by going to Stone Mountain with my megaphone. Others feel the same way. Read More»

A tragedy at Toomer’s Corner

Today I am an Auburn fan. Now I am a UGA grad and proud member of the Bulldog Nation, but today I join everyone in the South to mourn the potential loss of the 130-year-old live oaks at Toomer’s Corner on the Auburn campus after a misguided individual poisoned the trees with herbicide.

You might not consider this event a “tragedy.” No one was killed or injured. But there are levels of tragedy and this one is sad on many levels. Read More»

GOP is ‘spinning, outright lying’ about budget

The budget crisis presently facing the nation is monumental and perplexing. Revenues are down and virtually all government organizations are struggling to meet their fiscal obligations.

I have to say, however, that the elaborate charade being played out in the Congress is absolutely ridiculous.

On the left we have the Democrats being accused of trying to stimulate the economy by spending tax revenues to create jobs. Read More»

Residents ask PTC Council to do nothing: Leave Crosstown Rd. as is

Peachtree City Council seems ready to run a STOP sign as it deals with the question of the Peachtree Parkway-Crosstown Drive intersection. Council appears to have forgotten that the first decision to be made, always, is whether “improvement” is really needed or whether someone is proposing change for the sake of change. Read More»

Name Withheld clueless on cops

I read with interest Mr. Name Withheld’s comments regarding his perceived “softness” of the Peachtree City Police Department. Early on in Mr. Withheld’s diatribe it became painfully evident that he has no clue when it comes to police work.

This past year I was fortunate to have participated in the Peachtree City Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy. I learned (and witnessed) first-hand the challenges and issues facing our policemen (and women) as they perform their duties each and every minute of every day. Read More»

Civil War book critic biased, unlike author

This letter is in response to the letter posted from Glen Allen of Peachtree City in the Feb. 9, 2011 edition of The Citizen.

I am writing as the president of Gallopade International, publisher of the “Student’s Civil War” series by Carole Marsh. In full-disclosure, Gallopade is a multi-generation family business, and I am Carole’s daughter. Read More»

Before there was Cheers, there was Melear’s: Thanks for memories

How many plates of barbeque and big sweet tea glasses have you had there?

As a babe in arms one of my first memories is making the pilgrimage from the city (Atlanta) to Fayetteville on Sunday afternoon. Our weekend entertainment was going for a ride on Sunday after church. I fell into a deep sleep in the back of a crowded car and woke up to the smell of barbeque and a magical piano that played by itself. Read More»

Legislative bill will encourage hiring even more illegal immigrants

I recently came across the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s Daily Legislative Watch and learned something quite disturbing. This legislative update contained a reference to SB 7, a bill proposed by the Insurance and Labor Committee that would essentially prevent illegal immigrants the ability to collect workers’ compensation if injured or sick on the job.

My question to the committee members is, “Are you trying to attract more illegal immigrants to Georgia?” Because with this bill, that is exactly the effect it will have. Read More»

Community should support Gathering Place

Peachtree City’s website stresses that it is a “planned community” and people are encouraged to “plan to stay.” After all, Peachtree City has been voted one of the “Ten Top Places in the Nation to Retire.”

Right now, if you are an older adult in Peachtree City, you might not agree that the city stands behind all that.

The main recreational facility for older adults, The Gathering Place, is overcrowded and it is only expected to get more crowded because of the rise in the senior population. Read More»

The woes of even legal immigration

As a U.K citizen living and working legally in the U.S., I must respond to Bob Ross’s reference to “orderly processes” for would-be legal immigrants (The Citizen, 2/2/11).

The immigration system is completely broken. There’s no orderly process.

In 2005 I applied for a specialty technical position in Atlanta, with one of the world’s top media companies. I got that job on merit, as “there was no qualified American wiling or able” — that’s the INS rules.

It took me four years to get to the U.S. due to INS visa issues. Read More»

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