Letters to the Editor

Reader: ‘I trust news from The Citizen, but not political opinions’

As a five-year citizen of Peachtree City, I frequently read your newspaper both in print form (usually on the front porch, Saturday morning while enjoying coffee) or online. I find your newspaper to be an excellent source for local news. When I hear of something happening I immediately go online to Thecitizen.com to verify the information, and I have confidence that your information is accurate. In fact, I can’t think of any major mistakes your newspaper made in the years I’ve been reading it. Read More»

Threat to liberty? Look out for PTC

We had the dubious pleasure of attending the Peachtree City Council meeting last Thursday evening, where once again we saw the tyranny of the hysterical minority win over the rights of our citizens to enjoy the privileges they have held here for years.

The Citizen reporter present at the meeting has misrepresented the actual content of the discussion and did not even mention that there were a lot of Peachtree City citizens who had voiced opposition to the proposed new leash law. Read More»

Lessons learned in Low Temp debacle?

On Aug. 11, 2010 The Citizen’s headline read, “PTC fees kill industry deal, 165 jobs.”

The article contained excerpts from a letter written by Low Temp President Ben Casey to the city explaining why he had terminated his plan to relocate his company to Peachtree City. The following excerpts stood out quite prominently:

“Due to the mounting project costs associated with the sewer, tap/impact fees, landscape requirements and overall land cost, we have determined that the project is not feasible today. Read More»

Walgreens unresponsive to PTC homeowner’s repeated letters

Below is a copy of the letter I sent to Scott Moore of United Retail Development and Brenden O’Brien of Walgreens back in July of this year.

Dear sirs, I am writing as a citizen of Peachtree City, Ga., that is concerned about your company’s plan to build a 14,000-plus-square-foot store on a site that now holds a 4,500-square-foot Ruby Tuesday restaurant. Read More»

County commissioners ignore voters, press on with West Bypass

If you had any doubts that your votes for Allen McCarty and Steve Brown for the at-large county commission posts were the right decisions, the current county commissioners gave you all the confirmation you need last week when they decided to move forward with Phase II of the West Fayetteville Bypass.

The unmitigated gall of the current Fayette commissioners taking the next step on Phase II of the bypass even though the public has loudly cried the road is not wanted is another horrible example of the government’s total disrespect for the average citizens. Read More»

Commission acting like Democrats

It is so discouraging to know that our local Republican elected Board of Commissioners is behaving like the activist ultra-liberals in Washington, D.C., that we have come to despise.

Is there anyone besides the developers who own the land who honestly thinks the West Fayetteville Bypass is a good idea? Please, give us a break! Read More»

Public servants or Caesar Augustus?

It saddens me to see that none of our commissioners are supporting the public the way they used to do. The commissioners run the county, but are supposed to support the will of the majority of voters.

No clearer picture of the will of the voters was painted than the July 20 Republican Primary Election. It was a case where just about everybody who was anybody in Fayette County endorsed the incumbent Commissioners. Read More»

Commissioners bulldoze bypass

County Commission Chairman Jack Smith, Eric Maxwell and the other three sidekicks are hell-bent to get the West Fayetteville Bypass Phase 2 underway before Smith and Maxwell leave the board after being soundly defeated in the Republican Primary on July 20.

The arrogance of Jack Smith continues to shine brightly. You would think he would have gotten the message from his big defeat in the primary that we the citizens of Fayette County do not want the West Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»

We must guard the rights of all citizens

I was disheartened to read David Epps’s opinion piece in last weekend’s issue of The Citizen. It is bad enough that Fox News pundits and self-serving right wing politicians are drumming up Islamophobia in this country. It is more than sad when our religious leaders join in that noise. Read More»

Ramadan dinner & Grandma’s potluck

When I was a child, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ Methodist church in Winder, Ga. It was a tiny little church, full of wonderful people with warm hearts who took care of and loved each other. In my 40 years, the church has not changed a bit, and many of the same folks still attend every Sunday. Read More»