Letters to the Editor

Brown lacks ability to build good relationships with other officials

Among accomplishments of this county commission are empowering managers and directors to rapidly and efficiently deliver services and managing financial resources in these rough economic times. With passage of the new budget just last week, we have reduced the total county budget over seven million dollars and spent six million dollars less than the revenues received during those same three-plus years.

Savings were accomplished in four major areas: 1. Elimination of an insurance consultant and requiring proposals resulted in savings of near four hundred thousand dollars per year. Read More»

Todd: Developers may have driven schools’ locations

An earlier article in The Citizen may provide some clues as to why the current school building and land purchasing actions of the Fayette County School Board have resulted in such controversy. The most important part of the article was statements by the board chair about the role of developers in the community. Read More»

Fayette schools get high student marks

Recently, Ms. Gail Onesi offered us her assessment of our school board and its performance. While I believe that everyone has different opinions and priorities that influence them, it is also important to consider the facts. The Fayette County Schools are consistently at the top of any performance measure.

This week the annual system pass rates for the CRCT were published. Again, our Fayette schools bested all metro systems (including Cobb, and Cherokee) in every grade in every subject. Read More»

Smith: Brown’s record on display, as are signs on public rights of way

I’m Jack Smith, CPA, your county commissioner, asking for your vote in the July 20 primary. I discussed my record last week and referred you to the county annual reports for more details. I stand on that record, capped by a $6 million reduction in the county budget and a $5 million increase in cash reserves in just three years. Read More»

Brown: Smith votes for roads to nowhere, mass transit for Fayette

Incumbent Commissioner Jack Smith is getting very worried. People are not going to take accusations without supporting evidence anymore.

Hard-working people in Fayette County have watched as our county-level governments have built expensive schools (some empty, others around 60 percent empty) while they cut teachers’ pay and reduced the services. Read More»

Part 2 of ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’

Remember in November 2008 when Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said never let a good crisis go to waste? The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a crisis the Obama administration could have only dreamed of. Why?

The oil spill has given the liberals just the excuse they need to “starve this country of domestically produced oil.” The longer oil spills into the Gulf, the longer the president can use the crisis to gain support for his $1 trillion energy policy. Read More»

Smith ad untrue in many points

For the record, I want to say that County Commissioner Jack Smith’s bullet point in his newspaper piece about Steve Brown not being active in any civic efforts to better our community or metro Atlanta is not true. Anyone who knows Steve will tell you the same thing. Read More»

Voting for Brown like voting for Obama

I am Hollis Harris. My family and I moved to Peachtree City in March 1969. I worked for Delta Airlines at that time. I and many other airline people from Delta, Eastern, Southern and Northwest encouraged airline people to move to Peachtree City. The majority of the airline people are well educated and they got involved in the school system as the city and county grew. Read More»

Brown has facts on his side

When I moved to PTC in 2003, Mayor Brown was running for a second term. The letters in the paper from the developer crowd made me think he was not a very capable mayor, and did little right. Boy, was I wrong!

The special interest group prevailed, the mayor lost, and the city continues to suffer from it. Going forward I personally will form my own opinion by checking each candidate for their honesty and principles. Say what you mean and do what you say. The election for commissioner gives each of us a chance to check out each candidate and draw our own conclusion.

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Smith stands for the people

The best criteria for a candidate seeking public office should be the same criteria to use for a candidate to run a successful business: i.e.; their history of accomplishing established objectives while maintaining a balanced budget.

If successful at their jobs, the candidate for either position is a good manager. A good “manager” talks with, listens to, and responds to their customers by meeting their needs and/or solving their problems. Read More»

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