Letters to the Editor

Chairman Smith says one thing on transit, votes for another

Is anybody else concerned about the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde incumbents on the Fayette Board of Commissioners?

Jack Smith swore to us that he didn’t support mass transit in our pastoral county. Then we find The Citizen article, “Commission Chairman Smith explains his ‘Yes’ vote for mass transit in Fayette.”

Wait a minute, I thought Jack didn’t support mass transit.

Smith’s opponent, Steve Brown, looked up the records of the regional government meetings and found Smith voted in favor of a plan calling for transit buses in Fayette County. Read More»

Just ‘change’ the name and interview with Chairman Smith could be one with Obama

I was amazed when I read an interview with Commissioner Eric Maxwell. The title of the article was “Maxwell says policy of change will continue.”

What amazed me was that if you changed a few words, the article could have been from an interview with Barack Obama. Read More»

‘Ruby’ for Walgreens is not a good swap

Walgreens wants to tear down Ruby Tuesday? That’s one of my favorite restaurants: Great food, nice restaurant, nice-looking building.

And they want to put up a building three times that size? They will have to borrow parking space from Rite Aid.

Why not put Walgreens in the old Kroger space, across the street? They would have a lot more parking spaces. Read More»

McCarty: Will treat citizens with respect

My name is Allen McCarty and I’ve lived in Fayette County for 15 years. As a candidate for county commissioner, I feel the voters deserve to know exactly who I am and what I stand for.

I’m not a politician; I am a retired television engineer with experience primarily in management, broadcasting, and station construction. I’ve built TV stations from Atlanta to Salt Lake City, working very closely with all phases of government in the process. Read More»

Maxwell: Will fight MARTA ‘’til hell freezes over’

It appears to me that there are those who wish to distort the facts concerning the role that the current Fayette County Board of Commissioners has with current transportation issues. I write this letter to set the record straight and to address some of the misinformation that is being spread as a result of contested political races. Read More»

Run for the cure? How about racing to find the cause of cancer?

To start with, let me say I have had breast cancer. Thanks to a wonderful female doctor who found mine in time, I am still here 10 years later.

Now to my point of view that gives me a sick feeling in my stomach each and every year women get all worked up for the Susan G. Komen run for the CURE. Read More»

Brown: Personal attacks meant to distract from facts

First, I send warm thoughts of thanks to all our mothers and grandmothers for Mother’s Day. I am involved in a lot of community activities, and have proudly served along side some of the wonderful moms in Fayette County. No one multi-tasks like a Fayette County mom.

In addition, congratulations to all of our new graduates. I am certain your families are bursting with pride over your achievement. Read More»

Young columnist to be commended

Congratulations to Michael Carroll, sixth-grader at J.C. Booth Middle School, for his outstanding essay (“Serving homeless people gives new perspective on our comforts,” published in the May 5 issue of The Citizen.) I’d give him an A-plus for content as well as quality of writing. Read More»

Commissioners Smith, Maxwell must answer for West Bypass

I came across an old article dated July 16, 2009 where Jack Smith was quoted as saying, “Voters approved the (West Fayetteville) bypass in the last SPLOST. The money is there. the only thing that can stop that project from moving forward now is a court order.”

Yet, seven months later, the project has stalled. It’s now in the hands of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where it has been sitting since early March. Read More»

Feds and oil slicks just don’t mix well

Too bad it’s been a slow news cycle. It seems as if there’s nothing to talk about. So, let’s talk about the little oil puddle in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ever hear of a fire boom? Not to worry, apparently, the federal government forgot what they are as well.

A fire boom is a large structure that can be towed to an oil spill during its early stages to burn the oil off of the water. Oddly enough, this keeps the oil from washing up on the shore and killing off wildlife and destroying local economies. Read More»