Letters to the Editor

In praise of SCHS’s Cooper: Values win

What a joy it was to read your write-up on Sandy Creek High School’s 2010 valedictorian, Anika Cooper. Instead of rushing on to college and career, this young lady reports that she will first “travel to India this summer to spend a year working with an organization that rescues underaged girls from prostitution.”

And what does she hope to achieve in the decade ahead? Fame? Money? Nope. She says she plans to focus on helping others, “bringing justice to those who have none.” Read More»

Tea Party diversity far beyond labels

For over a year now, I have participated in and observed the machinations of local Tea Party organizations. I would like to caution those that want to label the organization in general as religious, racist or otherwise, and I include this warning to those within the movement. (My comments are in respect to the movement nationwide, not individual organizations). Read More»

PTC is NOT a private business; budget must maintain services

Now that the Peachtree City budget is in the forefront of city government once again, it seems appropriate to offer an alternate opinion to the philosophy of “I disagree with city employees who feel they should not contribute more to solving the problem. What would they do if they worked in the commercial/business world?”

The fact is that local government is not the commercial/business world. Read More»

Save the Gulf; shut down all oil wells

“Murphy’s Law” has smacked British Petroleum in the jaw.

I find it hard to believe that people are still supporting continued drilling in the Gulf, once this leak is stopped (if it ever does stop). As of this typing, we are at day 39.

There are more than 4,000 oil wells in the Gulf. A strong hurricane, aided by Murphy’s Law, could cause even more destruction along the Gulf.

It is time to close ALL of these wells, and concentrate on avenues of clean energy.

Hugh Buchanan

Peachtree City, Ga.

Former Mayor Brown a con man with trail of ethics problems

Commissioner Jack Smith has made some decisions I haven’t agreed with, but I believe him to be honest and genuinely concerned about the county and its citizens. He will receive my support in the primary election for county commission.

Steve Brown is another story all together. Brown is very personable, but so is a con man. He talks a good game, but so does a con man. And just like a con man, Brown is out for what he can get for himself. We know, similar to a con man, Mayor Brown was ethically challenged. Read More»

Brown: Chairman Smith misleads on ties with developer-driven bank, mass transit

Several key points were made at the last candidates’ forum that distinguishes me from the incumbent Jack Smith. I will offer a few of those points in this correspondence. Video clips from the forum are available on my campaign website at www.sb4faycom.com. Read More»

Smith, Maxwell taking lots of credit for other folk’s prior accomplishments

I went to watch the “Fayette County Tea Party” County Commission Forum on May 24. It wasn’t amusing, but it was entertaining, and a learning opportunity.

What did we learn? Well, it was clear that any good thing happening in Fayette County is the result of the efforts of the current commission. And, everything bad that’s happened in Fayette County is the fault of previous commissions. Especially the one just prior to this commission. Read More»

Imker: No progress on PTC budget mess

Now that Peachtree City’s proposed Fiscal Year 2011 budget has been released I need to point out several concerns.

I had previously told you we faced a $20 million ($19.6 million) shortfall over the next five years. This included next year’s FY2011 being $1.2 million short. The proposed budget still shows an $18.1 million problem for the next five years. Not only that, the solution to next year’s budget being proposed uses city reserves of $764,000 and a tax increase for $459,000. Read More»

McCarty: ‘Shocking’ how officials spend taxpayers’ money

I was very impressed by the number of people who thought enough of Fayette County to show up for the political forum on a Monday night.

Steve Brown had the quote of the evening when he said, “Our county doesn’t have a funding problem; it has a spending problem.” I totally agreed with that thought.

It’s really shocking to see how elected officials are spending our hard-earned tax dollars at the county level.

I used the example of the Board of Education wasting our tax dollars on empty and half-empty schools. I asked where the accountability in the excess spending was. Read More»

Brown: Commission has ‘gone off the deep end’ on spending; stop the bypass

I invite everyone to visit my website at www.sb4faycom.com for information on my campaign and to find out how you can help.

While the incumbents on the county board of commissioners have gone off the deep end on spending, there is a lot I can do to help the county return to common-sense conservatism.

It does not take a rocket scientist to see the West Fayetteville Bypass cannot be justified. Your vote to defeat the incumbents and elect Allen McCarty and me will be the people’s mandate to stop the foolish road. Read More»

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