Letters to the Editor

Commissioner-elect Brown: Look for term limits, senior tax exemption

I extend my heartfelt thanks to all the voters who took the time out of their busy day to participate in the voting process. Likewise, I humbly offer my sincere gratitude to all of the wonderful men, women and children who volunteered on behalf of my campaign.

I could not have been more proud to stand next to our volunteers waving signs in the heat and humidity, preparing for forums, and encouraging as many voters as possible to get out and vote. Read More»

Commissioners, give us reasons to cheer

Congratulations to Fayette County commissioners-elect Steve Brown and Allen McCarty. You listened to what the people were saying, addressed their concerns and we elected you.

Go make us proud.

Thank you to Commissioners Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell for your service. We wish you the best in your future endeavors.

It’s my sincere hope there will be no lame duck mischief in the period from now to the installation of the new commissioners in January. Read More»

West F’ville Bypass not dead by a long shot

With last Tuesday’s election now history, the phrase “Twenty Five Complaining Landowners” now goes into the records as local buffoonery. The voters of Fayette County expressed their righteous indignation at the tactics employed by local officials to force a project on the voters that the voters didn’t want. You have to also commend them, though, for the slick way they did it.

First, they made the project literally “disappear” from the ballot by incorporating it into a laundry list of attachments that never made it to the 2003 SPOLST ballot people saw in the voting booth. Read More»

Wenzel is good choice for superintendent

I have taught in Fayette County for about 14 years. I have had the privilege of teaching under the leadership of Lyn Wenzel at two different schools.

While I taught at Flat Rock Middle in the beginning years of my career, Lyn was one of the assistant principals. Lyn expected the best out of all teachers and I admired her high standards. I learned a lot under Lyn’s leadership during my first few years of teaching.

After leaving Flat Rock I took a year off to be a stay-at-home mom. I went back to work when a position came available at Booth where Lyn Wenzel was now principal. Read More»

Alex back at home, thanks to you

I want to thank the fine staff of The Citizen as well as the residents of Peachtree City for recently assisting with a lost dog in the community.

My wife Pam and I were pet-sitting for a friend when Alex, a whippet, jumped over our fence and disappeared. Alex had been a show dog most of his life and lived in a very sheltered environment. To say he was skittish would be an understatement.

After a few days, he became feral and would not come to anyone, even its owner. The fact that whippets can dash at speeds up to 40 mph made our chances of catching him nearly impossible. Read More»

For sup’t.: Wenzel is not a leader

In the weeks ahead, the current members of the Fayette County School Board — Janet Smola, Terri Smith, Lee Wright, Marion Key and Dr. Bob Todd — will make the most important decision a school board can make: the naming of a new superintendent to head the Fayette County School System. Read More»

Wenzel is weakest candidate of the 3

Lyn Wenzel was one of two central office six figure employees that declined to participate in the voluntary furlough process during 2008-2009 school year. Over 88 percent of those asked agreed to the requested furlough days to help put FCBOE finances in a positive position.

This shows no leadership or team building and sacrifice. For her to possibly be appointed by Smola, Wright and Smith over the other more qualified candidates would certify their desire for business as usual. To me this would be disastrous. She is the weakest candidate of the three. Read More»

Memories: Hard times and a yard sale thief

I am so sick of hearing the same pitiful tale from every black person who runs for office: “I was born in a house with no electricity, no running water, I had to work in the fields and pick cotton, blah blah blah.”

Well, welcome to the real world. Back in the 1930s and ‘40s that was a sign of the times.

I was born in a house with one light bulb in the living room. The only way mother had water to cook with was when my dad ran a water line and a pump from a spring a half mile down the road (my dad could fix anything). Read More»

PTC Council must find enough money to expand The Gathering Place

At the July 15 City Council meeting in Peachtree City, the council, in their attempt to control budget costs, abandoned a proposal to place a bond issue for the expansion of the Gathering Place on the November ballot.

The bond option would greatly increase the cost of the project. The next step in the plan is to ask the consent of the public in the questionnaire distributed by the city in January. It is my hope that by January, the citizens will be made aware of the need for expanding that facility and will reply “yes” on the questionnaire. Read More»

It’s smart to fund PTC’s DAPC position

Upon reading Mayor Haddix’s letter to The Citizen June 23, 2010 edition titled, “Mayor: Honest differences of opinion exist about budget solutions,” I was very unhappy with the votes of council members Imker, Fleisch and Learnard against Mayor Haddix and Councilman Sturbaum’s proposal to increase the DAPC’s annual budget from $35,000 to $150,000.

Council members Imker, Fleisch and Learnard believe we (Peachtree City) cannot afford it. I wholeheartedly disagree with that response and agree with Mayor Haddix that we cannot afford not to do it. Read More»