Letters to the Editor

Incumbents, do you hear us now?

Prior to the primary election we heard the rumble of the voters and their loud objections to the 2009 SPLOST referendum.

The election on July 20 signified the official turning of the page on politics as usual in Fayette County.

Just a couple of weeks ago, incumbent politicians of all different stripes gathered for the photos that lined full-page color campaign ads. They were the inglorious symbols of political deafness in Fayette County. Surely Smith and Maxwell will be reelected. Why else would creditable politicians plant their name with two corrupt (who lost big) commissioners? Read More»

Results show voters can be led, not driven

I would like to thank commissioners Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell for their past service to the Fayette County Commission.

In my humble opinion, voters in our county made a decision to replace these two commissioners because they did not share the vision of governance offered by these two individuals.

I would hope that the remaining commissioners would take note that voters in Fayette County can be led, but not driven. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Read More»

Message: Redirect SPLOST funds now

The election rhetoric is finally in the rearview mirror and we can all redirect our collective energy to Fayette County’s future. Commission incumbents and challengers laid out for voters two opposing directions on spending any more 2004 SPLOST dollars for planned Phases II & III of the West Fayette Bypass (WFB): We could either accept or reject the project. Read More»

Fleisch: Discussion on DAPC post should not be an adversarial battle

How to bring new businesses to Peachtree City? That is the question that will continue to be debated until the 2011 budget is finalized in the next few weeks. We as a council all want to bring businesses into the city to fill our industrial and commercial areas, but we differ on the way to achieve this goal.

Currently, the city has a wonderful group of volunteers on the Development Authority which has taken on various projects to help retain and recruit businesses. They currently have a budget provided through our taxpayer dollars in the general fund of $35,000. Read More»

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»