Letters to the Editor

West Bypass controversy continues to simmer

The power of each and every vote was clearly demonstrated with the results of our July 20 Primary. With the West Bypass issue being the central point of contention, Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell were defeated in 80 percent of the precincts in Fayette County.

The precincts adjacent to and surrounding the West Bypass overwhelmingly voted against Smith, Maxwell and the West Bypass. That is understandable. Those folks have a stake in this issue and they have more than educated themselves. Read More»

To be fair, PTC must reopen the Cedarcroft/Hwy. 74 cart path

Last year at a Cedarcroft neighbors’ meeting with the builder, Ravin Homes, safety, vandalism and golf cart traffic issues were discussed. There were complaints from the people that live next to the cart paths, as their homes are built too close to them. The resolution was to close the golf cart paths that bring outside traffic to Walmart through our community and redirect the traffic outside of Cedarcroft. Read More»

McIntosh H.S. should make room for carts

It is not the fault of the students that not enough cart parking spaces have been provided on campus. These students are doing their part to conserve energy, by driving carts to school, instead of the family car.

In a regular automobile parking space, you could park two carts side by side. Or perhaps four carts, if all four were of the shorter, two-seat, type.

The students, last school term, did a fantastic job of parking double, along Prime Point; however, parking there is already overloaded on school days. Read More»

Good news: State tax collections are up

July state revenues were up 4.7 percent for the month, and it is hard to portray this as anything but good news. Unless there is an unknown amount of income tax refunds laying in wait, this is a solid month of growth at $1.147 billion in revenues, or about the 2006 level.

Individual income taxes came in at $540.6 million or up 3.6 percent. Sales taxes in total were up 3.0 percent or $818.5 million. Local sales tax distribution was off by -5.1 percent but state net sales taxes were up 2.4 percent or a total of $454.9 million for the month. Read More»

Have you heard about Obama’s bank?

I used to think that some people went into politics because they had a burning desire to serve the public and make a positive difference in our collective lives. What was I thinking?

It made me wonder, after watching all of the press last week about the estimated $3 million wedding of the Clintons’ daughter, just how much these people have given of themselves to the service of our country. Or is it, how much they have been able to enrich themselves because of their service to themselves? Read More»

Wenzel unsuitable for superintendent

To the Fayette County Board of Education: I read each of the candidate’s applications and was struck by the lack of [Lyn] Wenzel’s suitability for the position in relation to the other two seemingly good choices.

Furthermore, I am surprised she is even being considered since she was a significant member of Dr. DeCotis’ totally flawed and failed administration.

I have spoken with many well-informed Fayette County residents and I can say without hesitation that none of them has a favorable opinion of Wenzel or of Dr. DeCotis’ former administration. Read More»

Let’s hear from Frady, Horgan and Hearn

I for one would like to hear from [Fayette County] commissioners Horgan, Frady and Hearn about where they stand on the West Fayetteville Bypass and the mass transit buses.

Commissioners Smith and Maxwell gave us an ear-full about how we the voters had to accept what they said no matter what. As a result, we showed them the door.

I’m hoping the other three have the backbone to do what’s right and to do what the voters have asked of them. Read More»

Put egos aside, do the right thing for PTC budget

There are a number of challenges the Peachtree City’s City Council has to face in the coming months from the 2011 millage: Whether to budget $150,000 for the Development Authority, whether to annex 70-plus acres of land to our south to allow an industrial complex, the westside annexation, and the Walgreens on Ga. Highway 54, to name just a few.

It would be a challenge for any administration. Read More»

Sen. Chance: To clear up specialty license plate confusion, here’s the deal

The passage of HB1055 brought some confusion to the issue of fees, so I’ll take some time to discuss what was changed by this bill. This week we will specifically cover specialty license plates.

Georgians are able to get a standard plate (with the peach logo on it) for $20 annually. There is a one-time manufacturing fee of $25 when the plate is first issued, which has been about every five years. Neither of these fees was changed under HB1055.

Also not impacted were fees on military plates or plates for the disabled. These were kept at the same level as before. Read More»

Dr. Todd says thanks for reelection to Post 4

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the citizens of Fayette County who worked or voted for my reelection to post 4 on the Board of Education. Your hard work and votes resulted in an impressive victory for me.

I promise that my loyalty will be to you and to the students you enroll in your schools. My commitment has been, and will continue to be, wise use of your tax dollars and the provision of quality education to all our students.

I look forward to serving you and our students for the next four years.

Dr. Bob Todd

Post 4, Fayette County Board of Education Read More»

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