Letters to the Editor

Mayor should seek compromise on DAPC

As a concerned citizen of Peachtree City, I attended the City Council meeting on July 15, 2010 and was appalled at the antics I witnessed by Mayor Haddix when the council was discussing the Development Authority tasks.

Other council members tried to engage the mayor for ideas and to get specifics on what he would do with the $150,000 he wants allocated to the DAPC, but to no avail. Read More»

The MEANER Act of 2010 can save all of us

I was at a breakfast joint the other day and I ordered two eggs over medium, grits and toast. Unfortunately, the short order cook has a different definition of “over medium” than I do and when I pressed my fork into the first egg, it was extremely runny, so runny in fact that I couldn’t eat it.

I thought about returning the eggs to the waitress but she didn’t seem like she was having a good morning and seemed rather unapproachable about the subject of returning something. Read More»

Part 2: Where are the jobs Obama promised?

A year ago I wrote a letter asking where are the jobs the Obama administration promised to the American people.

As you recall, in December 2008, President-elect Obama and his economic advisors told us the stimulus bill would prevent the unemployment rate from going above 8 percent (at the time the rate was around 7 percent). Read More»

Into his 2nd year, how is Obama seen now: Messiah or merely a Prince?

“Men have imagined republics and principalities that never really existed at all. Yet the way men live is so far removed from the way they ought to live that anyone who abandons what is for what should be pursues his downfall rather than his preservation; for a man who strives after goodness in all his acts is sure to come to ruin, since there are so many men who are not good.”— Machiavelli, “The Prince” Read More»

Want public transit? Start one up

Public transportation is a great idea for all those that feel a great burst of empathy in their lives.

I suggest these people form a public transportation corporation and invest their money in this effort.

It would work like this:

1. Their money in this corporation would furnish the operating equipment and the day-to-day operating revenue to furnish this service.

2. At the end of the year, investors would split the profits or they would be required to pay the shortfall in revenue to keep their empathy level operating at a high level. Read More»

July 14, 2010 — Political letters that didn’t make it into print edition

[Editor’s note: The following are political letters that were not included in the Wednesday print edition because of space limitations.

Smith’s position on SPLOST refuted by fellow Commissioner Maxwell

Jack Smith is under the false belief that we are “mandated“ to spend the SPLOST funds on the West Fayetteville Bypass. The pro-SPLOST commissioner penned an article in The Citizen dated June 15, “Smith Takes Aim At Brown,” which says “Brown will try to negate a voter mandate to do what the political winds tell him to in order to get more political support.” Read More»

Does anybody in local government understand debt?

When one contemplates the size of our national debt, currently at $12-13 trillion, give or take a couple hundred billion, and then realizes that there are states that cannot meet payroll without help from the federal government, we simply shake our heads in frustration.

Our blowhards in Congress with little or no business experience from which to draw speak like they know far better than average Americans who actually work and raise a family, all the while balancing their checkbook. Read More»

Fayette needs public transportation

I am disgusted at the ones running for County Commission always throwing off on county transportation.

If you were older, poor and no longer could drive, you lived alone, whether in city or county. No family to help. Alone. How would you get to the doctor, grocery store, drugstore, church, other older friends. How?

Our Fayette County needs transportation for all senior and younger citizens who need to get out of their homes. Read More»

Cave: Priorities include fiscal responsibility, keeping qualified teachers

My name is Charlie Cave. I am a candidate for Post 4 of the Fayette County School Board. I have been a resident of Fayette County for 17 years. My lovely wife Mary and I have four children and seven grandchildren. Our youngest child was in the first graduating class of Sandy Creek High School and we have a grandchild in the Fayette County School System now. Read More»

Todd: To change faulty policies, re-elect me

The election for Post 4 on the Fayette County School Board is the most significant in recent memory. The School Board is dominated by the Smith-Smola coalition and has eliminated policies that set expectations, established board minutes that are meaningless, constructed schools that are not needed, refused to establish a reserve account for budgetary purposes and purchased millions of dollars worth of land for possible resale.

The financial drag on limited financial resources for construction costs will continue for years and will limit district options for maintaining system quality. Read More»

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