Letters to the Editor

Tax is not real issue; it’s how taxes are spent

Nobody likes to pay taxes, especially me. However, has everyone forgotten what pays for schools, highways, parks and other things that we enjoy provided by the government? In case you don’t remember, it is TAX! However, unless we control how our tax is spent, we are obligated to pay way more than is necessary.

Today, almost everyone demands tax cuts and less spending. However, the roads and bridges keep wearing out. This could be cured by raising tax on gas and automobiles. Read More»

Letter insults all legal immigrants to U.S.

A recent letter (“Ramsey’s punitive approach to illegals is the wrong solution”) lamenting the intention of the Georgia legislature to prioritize enforcement of the laws regarding the crime of illegal immigration was an all too common insult to immigrants.

The use of the transparent term “anti-immigrant legislation” is an immediate tip off to the anti-enforcement agenda of the writer.

Immigrants, by federal definition, enter the USA lawfully. Escaping capture while crossing our borders in violation of our immigration laws does not make anyone an immigrant ... or an American. Read More»

Apologist for illegal aliens should grasp who pays for his leniency

Last Wednesday’s paper carried a letter by Mr. Ron Chandonia that touched on a topic that deserves, and is poised to receive, considerably more involvement nationally and in Georgia: illegal aliens.

First, lets understand basic terms. Aliens (not the ET kind) are people who are not citizens or nationals of the United States. They can be here legally (comply with entry and visitation term requirements, as many students, tourists, and workers do) or illegally (they do not comply with U.S. entry laws). We have a large number of both in the U.S. and in Georgia. Read More»

Cops enforcing law, not harrassing illegals

From the letter titled “Ramsey’s punitive approach,” the author first states that he is dismayed that Rep. Matt Ramsey is against spending “one penny to allow illegal immigrants to attend our schools.”

What part of illegal do you not understand? If you are in this country illegally, staying for any period of time does not make your stay legal. Read More»

New chairman must listen to, respect voters

On their way out of office, County Commission Chairman Jack Smith and Commissioner Eric Maxwell have demonstrated that Fayette voters made appropriate choices in the voting booth this year. Commissioner Maxwell’s latest escapade to embarrass incoming Commissioner Alan McCarty and overturn the will of the voters was a glaring example of the type of politics we don’t need in Fayette County. Read More»

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»

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