Letters to the Editor

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»

BoE, county commission get failing grades

Just try to find someone who will give this bunch of incumbents, with the exception of Dr. Bob Todd, a good grade on anything. They may have to repeat a grade because they didn’t learn much in the previous session. Personally, I think they ought to be expelled for good.

The Board of Education under the leadership of Chairman Terri Smith has jumped out of the plane without a parachute. They built all these schools we didn’t need and are closing other buildings after we just renovated them. Read More»

Introduce your child to ‘John Adams’

Parents and grandparents, the HBO seven-episode series “John Adams” is an outstanding story of a key founding father, with the background of the conflict with the British, the Revolution and the founding of our country.

This story is told with production values through the roof, a gift to every American in my view, and every adult should watch it. It is a gripping story of the life of one imperfect lawyer and farmer, the impact he had on our country, and how he would never have achieved much without his best friend and confidant, his wife Abigail. Read More»

S. Atlanta Tea Party: No endorsements

As members of the South Atlanta Tea Party Board of Directors (SATP), we want to say how grateful and proud each of us is to be able to work within this patriotic organization. It is our goal locally, as well as nationally, to promote forums, discussions, and events that bring candidates into focus for you, the American voter. We believe that an informed electorate will make informed choices. Read More»

A Tea Party member gives inside viewpoint

I am a supporter of the South Atlanta Tea Party Patriots and felt obliged to respond to some of the statements made by Timothy Parker in the June 9 issue of The Citizen.

Mr. Parker’s overall complaint is that Tea Partiers are nothing but sloganeers that distribute pamphlets that don’t give detailed explanations of their views to get you to join and help vote out Democrats. Read More»

County Commission Chairman Jack Smith takes aim at Brown

I am Jack Smith, your Fayette County Commission chairman and a certified public accountant. I am running for re-election to Post 4 (an at-large seat) in the July 20 Republican primary election, and I ask for your vote and support.

Your vote for me can be cast now in early voting or on July 20th — either way it is a vote for sanity in managing your tax resources.

There are four groups of people who may read this letter:

1. Those who know me and know I have selflessly performed a lifetime of honest, ethical, trustworthy and dedicated service to the community; Read More»

Steve Brown has fought to check local government abuse here

The sad reality is that “politics” is a part of public government, which is a part of our existence. The other side of the coin, however, is that people all across the country are getting very tired of all the politicians who totally ignore their constituents.

Incumbents are falling like flies because they don’t have what it takes to stand for what the people want. Fortunately, there have also been (and are now) men and women who stand on the front line to make things better. Read More»

Summer drivers, put down the cellphones, buckle up in the trucks

Just in time to save lives during the busy summer holiday travel period, Governor Sonny Perdue has signed three highway safety measures that will become the rules of the road on Georgia’s streets and interstates: the teen cell phone use while driving ban, the all driver texting while driving ban, and the pickup truck safety belt law. Read More»

Sallie sings different song now for Obama

Don’t you just love the optimistic and assuring words of Sally Satterthwaite? (“We’ll be back after this,” 6/2/10) My, my, how times have changed for the better.

Just a few short years ago when George Bush was President — the one who Ms. Satterthwaite said was the worst President ever — she agonized over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the President’s insensitivity to the American public. Why, she even reasoned that his poor grammar surely had to be cause for alarm. One sensed that she was sincerely concerned over the fate of our republic and how we could ever possibly recover. Read More»

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