Letters to the Editor

Tea Party applauded for activism, but it should avoid social issues

There has been quite a debate going on recently regarding the Tea Party Agenda and government spending. As a result of irresponsible spending our country is so deep in debt that no one seems to know how to deal with it.

Our elected officials in Congress have been spending our (the taxpayers’) money as if there was an unlimited supply of it. All the while they are taking money under the table from corporate special interests to do their bidding. This must stop immediately. Read More»

Support Haddix for spot on transit board

By now, many of you know that Mayors Ken Steele (Fayetteville), Dan Langford (Brooks) and Gary Laggis (Woolsey) voted Nov. 8 to replace Mayor Don Haddix as Fayette’s mayoral representative on the Regional Transportation Board. Ken Steele voted for himself. Mayors Haddix (PTC) and Don Rehwaldt (Tyrone) did not attend. Read More»

Haddix booted for original thinking

How sad that Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix was summarily fired from the Atlanta Regional Commission roundtable for suggesting that Fayette County should consider joining the Three Rivers Regional Commission instead.

If not applauded for his courageous, “out-of-the-box” thinking, at least he should have been heard, especially since it affects our pocketbooks. Instead, he was politically “lynched.”

I don’t know if his idea is a good one or not, but such creative thinking is rare, and deserving of thoughtful debate in the newspapers and on the street.

J.D. Holmes Read More»

Unanswered questions about PTC remaining in ARC

Was the recent vote by Peachtree City Council members Imker, Fleisch and Learnard to ask for a new representative to the Regional Transportation Roundtable, (in effect voting to remove Mayor Haddix from that position) in Peachtree City’s best interest?

Mayor Haddix had floated the idea of moving Fayette County from the Atlanta Regional Commission to the Three Rivers Regional Commission. Had Mayor Haddix’s idea been properly and publicly debated with all the facts known ahead of time so an informed decision could have been made? Read More»

What kind of pull do these guys possess?

For some time, the West Fayetteville Bypass Coalition has been trying to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) to exercise its regulatory authority to grant and conduct a public hearing so that more Fayette County individuals might be given an opportunity to express their feelings on the project now known as “Veterans Parkway” before the dirt starts turning. We have had no success to this point. Read More»

Reader takes exception to story about Gathering Place costs, uses

Your newspaper ran an article in this weekend’s edition entitled “$850K price tag put on expanding Gathering Place for bridge games.” I was at the City Council meeting that was discussed in that article and I did not hear some of what Mr. Munford reported.

I have talked to several others who were also at the meeting and they agree with me. Read More»

Losing Democrat slams Yates’ values

Now that the election is over, I want to thank the many citizens of Fayette, Henry and Spalding counties who supported and encouraged me throughout my campaign.

I count myself among the majority of Americans who favor term limits, and who believe that good government requires active involvement of the citizens, not merely accepting incumbents who have repeatedly run unopposed. Read More»

In Haddix coup, Steele is kingpin

Quite a few of us who follow local government issues, actively involved in a revival of Fayette County ethics, land use standards and common sense conservatism, attended last Thursday’s City Council meeting in Peachtree City.

We were attending the council meeting in the hopes of brokering the peace between three council members (Eric Imker, Kim Learnard and Vanessa Fleisch) and Mayor Don Haddix. It has been no secret that a rift exists and the ability to agree to disagree has fallen by the wayside. Read More»

$1.8 million for golf cart bridge? Ridiculous

The idea of spending $1.8 million for a golf cart bridge is unbelievable! Spending this kind of money would be a waste beyond compare.

Why is it needed, how many people will use it and benefit from building it? I don’t believe answers to these questions justify funding it.

Anyone on the PTC council who would vote for SPLOST to fund this bridge to nowhere should be immediately declared insane and put in a mental hospital.

We cannot afford to build or fund these types of extravaganza. There is no real justification for the bridge. We just don’t need this type of senseless spending. Read More»

PTC's McMullen deserves better than he got

The Citizen’s recent article, “PTC city manager ousted; documents show rift with mayor,” will be one of the final articles written about Bernard McMullen, Peachtree City’s city manager since 2003; and although it certainly gets the reader’s attention, it is not at all representative of Bernie’s legacy. Read More»