Letters to the Editor

PTC Council should re-hear DAPC funding plea

A couple of months ago, City Council members Eric Imker, Vanessa Fleisch and Kim Learnard voted against Mayor Haddix and Councilman Sturbaum’s proposal to increase DAPC’s annual budget funding from $35,000 to $150,000 and to eliminate all of DAPC’s funding.

Concerning the proposal to increase DAPC’s annual funding from $35,000 to $150,000, was DAPC accorded the opportunity by the City Council to publicly present what they would do with that increased funding before this vote was taken? Read More»

Republicans with victory will end up chasing unicorns on the right

By the time this collection of musings from the political left hits the paper, I feel with certainty that the Grand Old Party will have the House back.

Congressman Boehner, with gavel in hand, can begin implementing his “Hell no you can’t” philosophy of undoing two years of policies set forth by the President and his former majority; policies the GOP have resisted like mules resist tugs at their reins.

These Republican principles, which dovetail almost seamlessly with Tea Party philosophy, sound inspiring and empowering when chanted in unison through megaphones: Read More»

Think how you can ‘Thank a teacher’

Fayette County Retired Educators Association (FCREA) is proud to announce [Gov.] Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010 as Retired Educators Day in Georgia. Tyrone, Fayetteville, and Peachtree City will make presentations on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, honoring Fayette’s retired educators.

Statewide, more than 82,000 retired educators have devoted their time, energies and talents to public education, providing the educational development of millions of outstanding Georgia citizens. Read More»

Emphasis on tests destroys creativity

It was with dismay but not surprise that I read the recent letter to the editor from a group of teachers from Fayette County (“Why is this the worst school year?”).

I could immediately empathize with their sense of frustration, but recognized more importantly their loss of feelings of creativity and pride in what they do.

Education — and the educational bureaucracy — is a pendulum that swings to and fro continuously. When it reaches the edge of extreme it can stop or slow so that it no longer keeps pace with the times. Read More»

Alternatives to our paying for Atlanta traffic

Last week, I asked you to contemplate whether you could depend on the viewpoints of Fayette County’s current regional government representatives: Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele and County Commission Chairman Jack Smith. Both men have consistently supported issues which are counter to the will of our citizenry. Read More»

Local Tea Party activists have their hands full with federal outrages

Cal, I really appreciate your column regarding the Tea Party’s lack of visibility on local issues. And, yes, you are on target, more than you suspect, with regards to local relationships and self-preservation. Further, you will get no argument from me that the nanny-state disease has spread to the nanny-city and the nanny-neighborhood.

However, I can’t completely accept your challenge or premise without first putting this all in perspective. Read More»

PTC paths offer good cycle ride; stay off streets over 35 mph

I love the support I’ve received from Mr. Sanderson and others on the topic of not banning gas golf carts, but why I hopefully write for the last time on the topic is again about bicycles on our main roads. I just want to clear up some misrepresentations in the last “Citizen.”

I have no personal dislike for road cyclists. I am a cyclist that rides on our city roads. Of the 15 to 20 miles I log on a bike ride, several of those are on city streets. Read More»

Cancer ‘cure’ drives are ripoffs

First of all let me say I am a breast cancer survivor. [My husband] Mr. Saul has cancer of the colon; so far no cure for him.

Each and every year when the March for the Cure happens I become irate. It bothers me so deeply that all those women who raise money for the cure are so uninformed that they don’t understand all they are doing is marching to make money for the drug companies, the cancer doctors and hospitals who make millions from the drugs for the “cure.” Read More»

Take personal responsibility for educating yourself on the candidates

There are two things that I still believe in passionately:

1. Participation in our political process is important, and

2. Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it

By participation in our political process, I don’t just mean voting. I used to feel that way. I have voted in pretty much every election going back several decades. I felt good about it, and would privately pat myself on the back for doing so. After all, voting is the means by which our voice is heard. Right? Read More»

Vote Nov. 2 to take back country from socialistic government Democrats

Nov. 2 will be here soon so if you believe as we do then help us get the right people in office to take our country back.

We believe that the government is out of control with its reckless government spending and socialistic “spread the wealth” programs that are taking money out of our paychecks every week.

We believe that we should be responsible and accountable for ourselves and not have the government being Big Daddy for everyone and responsible for us.

We believe that we should:

Repeal ObamaCare.

We don’t and won’t socialize healthcare.

Repeal Social Security. Read More»