Letters to the Editor

Find it in Fayette this holiday season

This is a holiday letter, so I would love to be able to relate a touching tale of family and miracles to give you a catch in your throat and really drive home the importance of shopping locally. Unfortunately, I’m fresh out of those types of stories. Instead, I’ve got a medical analogy that may help illustrate how vital this issue is, now and year-round. Read More»

Paper’s main headline ‘flops’ with reader

Admittedly, I have not read every article in your paper this week. Actually I have only read two so far. I also understand typos are going to occur and I can overlook those OK. What I do have a bit more trouble overlooking are verbal faux pas in the form of misused words. Read More»

Ramsey’s punitive approach to illegals is the wrong solution

I was sorry to read in The Citizen that GOP leaders in the General Assembly plan to prioritize anti-immigrant legislation during its upcoming session [“Tighter rules for illegals studied,” 11/24/10]. I am especially dismayed that our own Rep. Matt Ramsey is bent on keeping us from spending “one penny to allow illegal immigrants to attend our schools.”

The massive influx of undocumented immigrants from Latin America in the past 15-20 years came in response to several related events: Read More»

During the holidays, try out one of PTC’s new jewels: the dog park

Every now and then something you never expected comes your way and ends up bringing you a lot of joy. One of those rare things for me was the Peachtree City Dog Park.

I can truly say that I deeply enjoy sitting in one of the park’s many Adirondack chairs beneath a tree watching the dogs run and talking with the good friends that I have made. Nestled in the beautiful woodlands, the park is a picturesque setting that makes for a relaxing break. Read More»

A case for gas golf carts

I have been following the gas golf cart debate since my Boy Scout Citizenship in the Community merit badge class went to the August Council meeting where it was discussed.

I think we should not ban gas golf carts.

Gas golf carts do not contribute significantly to pollution for gas golf carts have better mileage than most cars. So if we wanted to slow down pollution, we should get rid of Hummers and other big gas guzzlers, for they barely get anything per gallon.

In addition, gas golf carts have more range and dependability for those citizens who depend on them for travel. Read More»

Try the Jesus way this holiday season

What Jesus would do.

There was a time several years ago when I really wanted to give myself to Jesus. I was in a church, became a deacon, joined Promise Keepers, went on mission trips, and paid my tithings. I attended a two-year Bible study and continued into a third year with the instructor of the course.

But I never really felt I knew what Jesus wanted me to do. One verse always stuck with me. Someone asked Jesus what the most important of the Ten Commandments were. Jesus replied, “Love God and love your neighbor” (Luke 10:27). Read More»

The 43% Solution: Buy your beer here

Did you ever think buying beer could lower your property taxes? I’ve got good news — it can! Here’s how.

For argument’s sake, let’s say that a local government needs $10,000 a day to operate. Simplify it further and say that $5,000 of this $10,000 a day comes from property tax revenue and the other $5,000 comes from sales tax revenue.

Every time money is spent outside of this local community, dollars are lost from the sales tax side and have to be made up on the property tax side. Read More»

Donate to ‘Wreaths across America’

For the second year now, Fayette County Post 105 has supported the local Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Falcon Field Squadron 116, in their “Wreaths Across America” program.

This program began as an effort to place Christmas wreaths on the graves of our military veterans resting in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., during the holidays.

The program has now gone national with thousands of additional wreaths placed on the graves of our veterans in local cemeteries across the country. Read More»

Decline of Fayette exceptionalism

Whiny teachers don’t speak for all of us.

This message serves to inform you that the bellyachers whining about their professional workload, expressed in a letter to the editor dated Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, and titled, “Why is this the worst school year?” do not speak for all Fayette County public school educators.

You must understand, many of our teachers have never taught outside of Fayette County, and for the ones who have, it’s been awhile now. Read More»

Help Senior Services with holiday meals

I am calling on my friends to help Fayette Senior Services meet its goal to raise $30,000 in support of our Meals On Wheels program.

As you may know, Fayette Senior Services delivers more than 40,000 home delivered meals to homebound seniors each year.

Would you please take a moment to read about our Project Love Holiday Meal Campaign and learn how you can help make a difference in the lives of Fayette County’s senior citizens? Read More»