Letters to the Editor

Remembering the homeless shelter

In seventh and eighth grade, I was completely infatuated by this beautiful young lady named Melissa. She had it all with angelic features, a warm personality and a sincerity that I adored.

Melissa and I were in the same school and attended the same church, Embry Hills United Methodist Church in DeKalb County. Read More»

Our ‘sacred lands’: One requires a little history for complete picture

When I was a young boy, we used to go to the local theater every Saturday to watch cowboy and Indian movies. Those “savages” were always the bad people, killing people that were heading westward on wagon trains. In those years, I had also heard the term “Indian giver,” but rarely gave any thought to its true meaning: Native Americans, on a routine basis, were tricked into surrendering their valuable “untitled” real estate, for trivial items of low value. Read More»

Speeding golf carts dangerous, not dogs

I am not surprised at the result of the vote to eliminate the voice command option here in PTC. I guess if the new chief of police wanted the change, the council was obliged to accommodate his request, even though none of the reported dog bites were from dogs walking off leash but dogs who escaped from their yard.

There were complaints of a dog jumping in a golf cart, or bumping into a child — “dangerous,” indeed. Complaints from a few has resulted in a big change for many responsible dog owners. Read More»

Leash law solves nonexistent problem

Eternal vigilance: This truly is the price we pay for democracy. Under the impression the City Council had put to rest any proposal for a new law concerning the control of dogs, my wife and I departed for England where unleashed dogs are practically invited to sit at the restaurant table for Sunday roast. Lo and behold, we were shocked to find that the new ordinance had not only not been placed in trash, but had been considered and passed unanimously by our “conservative Republican” City Council. Read More»

Councilwoman Learnard: The rest of the story about Low Temp

Months after Low Temp decided not to pursue a move to Peachtree City, misunderstandings still abound. This is to highlight the process that takes place when an industry such as Low Temp considers relocating to a community.

Low Temp Industries is a privately held, third generation manufacturing company currently located in Clayton County. Because they are interested in possibly expanding and relocating, company officials have been looking at several communities in multiple counties over a period of years. Read More»

PTC Council curtails 50-year privilege without any offer of proof

It was a remarkable contrast to watch the mayor and all four council members curtail a unique 50-year PTC liberty without presenting any compelling facts or trends about the scope or seriousness of the dog control issue (and how their proposal would impact it), then immediately watch a fact-filled briefing with carefully compiled slides of quantitative measures about ... garbage pickup. Read More»

Gas cart ban undermines PTC allure

Mayor and council, I’ve written in the past stating the benefits of the gas-powered golf cart. I also mentioned that I felt it undermined a right of mine to make safer, smarter purchases for my family if the ban were to go into effect. Read More»

County commissioners’ ‘blame it on the voters’ is unbelievable

I find myself absolutely amazed at the hucksterism used by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. Their theme is “blame it on the voters” and not them. Read More»

Chairman Smith again distorts, manipulates facts

According to an article written by John Munford with reference to Phase II of the West Fayetteville Bypass, Commission Chairman Jack Smith said, “County staff has indicated about 42 parcels will need to be acquired for the road, and most of the major landowners ‘have pretty much agreed’ to donate the necessary property for the project.”

Chairman Smith and John Munford failed to say that “most of the major landowners” are wealthy developers. Of course, they would be amenable to donating “the necessary property for the project.” Read More»

Reader: ‘I trust news from The Citizen, but not political opinions’

As a five-year citizen of Peachtree City, I frequently read your newspaper both in print form (usually on the front porch, Saturday morning while enjoying coffee) or online. I find your newspaper to be an excellent source for local news. When I hear of something happening I immediately go online to Thecitizen.com to verify the information, and I have confidence that your information is accurate. In fact, I can’t think of any major mistakes your newspaper made in the years I’ve been reading it. Read More»