Letters to the Editor

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»

If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners (BOC) has just completed the annual budget process. Every year, for the three years that I have been a commissioner, the board has established certain guidelines for the various county departments. Two years ago the BOC implemented a cost-savings plan that included no new employee positions, no promotions, no raises and all current positions were frozen with the exception of public safety (i.e., Sheriff’s Office, Fire and Emergency Services, 911 Center and Marshal’s Office). Read More»

Smith’s definition of ‘sanity’: $50 million road to nowhere

I was very surprised by Commissioner Jack Smith’s letter in The Citizen on June 16. Right off the bat, he said that a vote for him “is a vote for sanity in managing your tax resources.” Exactly what definition of “sanity” is he using to describe his actions?

This is the same guy who is building a $50 million road to nowhere with our limited resources (Georgia and federal highway departments found it did not score high enough and was too expensive). Read More»

Smith’s untruthful about bank ties

I get an eerie feeling when Fayette Commissioner Jack Smith tries so hard to convince everyone he’s upstanding and ethical. Board of Education Chairman Terri Smith tried her best to assure people that she could do no wrong, too. Look at what happened to Terri Smith, getting caught with her hands in the cookie jar by not disclosing almost $13 million worth of real estate she owned as required by state law. Read More»

Welcome to new world of ‘trillions’

We have recently been forced to come into contact with a new word: Trillion.

The new math had better prepare itself. It’s easy to spell. Just replace the “M” or the “B” with a “TR.” But do we really know what it means? A trillion is a thousand billion. Not that many of us know the vastness of a billion unless we are the offspring of some Washington politician. Read More»

The goofy world of judges and ‘hotties’

Sometimes the truth is indeed stranger than fiction; and sometimes you don’t really know what’s truth and what’s fiction.

Recently, District Attorney Scott Ballard, along with Chief Public Defender Joe Saia, released the results of their so-called, “investigation” into the Judge English affair.

I have to give the DA’s office credit. It took them just a few short days to determine that English’s affair with public defender Kim Cornwell didn’t affect any of his rulings in well over 200 cases, many of which had been reassigned to English’s courtroom. Read More»

BP boycott for oil spill hurts local people

I want to say that I am just as upset as everyone else about the oil spill in the Gulf. But the first point I want to make is this.

A well-known idiot is calling for a boycott of BP. How stupid can one human be?

If you boycott the local BP station, you are hurting the owner of the station. In the case here in Fayetteville, the owner is someone we all like and respect, and he has nothing to do with drilling oil. He and the people who work for him are just trying to work and make a living. Read More»

BoE’s Todd: Public deserves to know about issues involving schools

Public comments about ethics and disharmony by supporters of Terri Smith and Janet Smola at the May 17, 2010 Board of Education meeting was a continuation of the embarrassing and unprofessional display by the two of them at the May 4 work session.

I have voted for many things during my term and the votes were always based on the information provided by the administration and other board members. When it becomes apparent that the information that we based our decisions on was not accurate, I have pointed out, and will continue to point out, these discrepancies. Read More»

We can afford $9 a month; raise PTC taxes

I sent the following letter to the mayor and city council members of Peachtree City. Like anyone else, I prefer to spend my money on entertainment, but residents of a community need to pay for services that they enjoy and need.

I read an article in The Citizen this weekend concerning a 1.25-mill increase in property taxes. According to the math in the article, if I owned a house valued at $272,000, I would have to pay another $108 a year in property taxes.

Of course, that $108 could be used as a tax deduction on my income tax return so part of it would be subsidized. Read More»