Letters to the Editor

Does anybody in local government understand debt?

When one contemplates the size of our national debt, currently at $12-13 trillion, give or take a couple hundred billion, and then realizes that there are states that cannot meet payroll without help from the federal government, we simply shake our heads in frustration.

Our blowhards in Congress with little or no business experience from which to draw speak like they know far better than average Americans who actually work and raise a family, all the while balancing their checkbook. Read More»

Fayette needs public transportation

I am disgusted at the ones running for County Commission always throwing off on county transportation.

If you were older, poor and no longer could drive, you lived alone, whether in city or county. No family to help. Alone. How would you get to the doctor, grocery store, drugstore, church, other older friends. How?

Our Fayette County needs transportation for all senior and younger citizens who need to get out of their homes. Read More»

Cave: Priorities include fiscal responsibility, keeping qualified teachers

My name is Charlie Cave. I am a candidate for Post 4 of the Fayette County School Board. I have been a resident of Fayette County for 17 years. My lovely wife Mary and I have four children and seven grandchildren. Our youngest child was in the first graduating class of Sandy Creek High School and we have a grandchild in the Fayette County School System now. Read More»

Todd: To change faulty policies, re-elect me

The election for Post 4 on the Fayette County School Board is the most significant in recent memory. The School Board is dominated by the Smith-Smola coalition and has eliminated policies that set expectations, established board minutes that are meaningless, constructed schools that are not needed, refused to establish a reserve account for budgetary purposes and purchased millions of dollars worth of land for possible resale.

The financial drag on limited financial resources for construction costs will continue for years and will limit district options for maintaining system quality. Read More»

Animal rescue center needs help with golf cart

Noah’s Ark Animal Rehab Center and Children’s Care Home, Inc. is seeking a golf cart replacement.

Located on 1,200 acres in Locust Grove, Noah’s Ark cares for over 1,000 animals, both wild and domestic, in a park-like setting.

Up to 30 neglected and abused children are also given shelter and professional care.

Since admission is free, literally hundreds of busloads of school kids visit monthly. Many of the handicapped visitors are ferried around the park on golf carts. Recently one of the two older model carts finally died. Read More»

Political letters that didn’t make it into print edition

[Editor’s note: The following from supporters of local political candidates are letters to the editor that did not make it into the print edition of The Citizen because of space limitations.

In the interest of timeliness, we publish them here online in the order in which we received them.]

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[Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan.]

HISTORY OF THE WEST FAYETTEVILLE BYPASS PROJECT Read More»

Taxpayers treated unevenly in PTC recreation funding

The problem with Peachtree City recreation is simple: there is not a fair and equal equity distribution of taxpayers’ dollars to each specific sport.

To simplify, one would assume that as a tax-payer, our recreation dollars should be distributed equally, based on the percentage of participation in each given sport. This is simply not the case.

For example, and to oversimplify, let’s assume for the sake of discussion, that $100 from each Peachtree City homeowner is allocated to our city’s sports related recreation. Read More»

Councilwoman Learnard: PTC is working toward a sustainable budget

Since the first of June, your Peachtree City Council has spent an unprecedented amount of time hammering out a budget for the coming years. After five public workshops and hundreds of additional hours of research and discussion, a sustainable budget is now on the near horizon.

Budget solutions have not come easy. Like most American households, Peachtree City spent decades taking for granted a thriving economy, multiple home sales, new developments, low unemployment, and booming businesses. Also like most American households, habits from the past have come back to haunt us. Read More»

School board has used new schools as ‘battering ram’ to land use plan

Controversy about the last school board building program continues with issues related to the placement and number of schools being constructed.

First, board records (CitiGroup Prospectus 2005) show that the system administration and school board were planning to build schools with a capacity of 3,000 more students than would be enrolled.

That number is equal to three elementary schools and one middle school. This means that the cost to operate these schools is paid entirely by local taxpayers. Read More»

Todd’s cost-savings equal bigger class sizes

Last week, Dr. Bob Todd, a sitting school board member, gave us his observations regarding our school system’s financial position, his speculation of cause, and a general promise to fight the people and policies that have resulted in one of the top school systems in the state. Read More»

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