Letters to the Editor

School administrators have shared the pain

Recently there has been a lot of concern about our excellent Fayette County schools, given the dire economy and the impact it has on our school system. As the spouse of a front-line teacher, the father of a student, and an advocate for our schools, I too am very concerned.

Mr. Ralph Trapaga, a Delta pilot, is worried that Dr. DeCotis has not “done the right thing” and shared the pain of our front-line teachers and their families but instead has hidden behind his contract and taken “full pay until the last day.” Read More»

Board member Marion Key makes dialogue easy

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to my Fayette County School Board representative, Marion Key.

When news of the search for a new superintendent of schools came out, Marion agreed to sit down with several concerned parents in our community, hear our concerns, and answer questions as best she could. She was able to meet with us on a very short notice.

She explained the many possibilities involving public input, a contracted search firm, qualifications, and timeframe. Read More»

Camp Ivy for kids needs help

I would appreciate very much anyone contacting me if they have some good information that we need.

For 31 years we have rented Calvin Center in Hampton, Ga., to host our camp for children with the chronic disease, Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes. We will not be able to go back there this year. Read More»

‘I confess’ — but to whom?

He committed adultery. Tried to cover it up and finally resorted to having the husband of his bed partner killed.

It is an ugly picture. It gets worse. The adulterer goes on as if nothing has happened, for almost a year. Well insulated by his high political office, he thinks he is protected from any accountability.

Then his guilt is exposed. A man of God shows up and, on behalf of an offended, righteous God, says to King David, “You are the man.”

The king had committed a grievous evil. Finally David confesses: “I have sinned against the Lord.” Read More»

A history of misuse of parliamentary procedures by Democrats

The year was 1994 and President Clinton was trying to get his healthcare reform bill passed through Congress. In the beginning, the public supported his and Hillary’s healthcare reform. It sounded good on paper. At the time, the Senate like the House was controlled by Democrats. The Democrats held a 14-seat majority in the Senate (57 Democrats, 43 Republicans). In the House, the Democrats held 258 seats to the Republican’s 176, with one Independent. Read More»

Rep. Fludd needs an economics lesson

Here we go again with another tax on the “evil rich.”

It seems as though Rep. Virgil Fludd has gotten marching orders from President Obama with his tax policies.

And when was the last time that the government proposed a temporary tax with the promise to repeal it at some point? Ask the voters in Richmond Hill, Ga., when their leaders proposed a “temporary” SPLOST in 1973.

Obviously, Mr. Fludd does not know the basics of economics in that when you raise taxes, revenues go down. Read More»

Bost’s ad flyer usurps Tea Party’s identity

I received an insert in The Citizen [March 3, 2010] announcing a “TEA PARTY” held by Harold Bost on behalf of a local PAC. The all-caps format of the invitation makes it unclear whether the gathering is part of the growing “Tea Party” grass-roots political movement, or if they’re simply having a party, serving tea, and capitalizing on the name.

If the PAC wishes to consider itself part of the “Tea Party” movement, however, it should stick to tax-and-spend issues. Read More»

Imker & budget issues

I am writing to express (belatedly) my sincere gratitude for the recent budget workshop held by PTC Council member Eric Imker last January.

It was refreshing to see how committed Mr. Imker is in dealing effectively with the current economic challenges as they relate to the PTC budget.

It was also rewarding to see how constructive and professional the PTC residents were in their comments and participation.

Mr. Imker not only solicited and recorded ideas and information, he also came prepared with budget worksheets that he prepared himself. Read More»

Too much work has gone into Kohl’s plan to just dismiss issue

First, I would like to say that this is my first editorial and I am only writing it because I and others were denied the right to public comment in regard to the new amendment to the CCD development on Ga. Highway 54 during the first City Council meeting of (2010) with our new council and mayor. So here it goes.

Since most of you don’t know me, I have been a resident of Peachtree City for 16 years and a homeowner in Planterra Ridge for 14 years. I moved here, like most of you, for the strict zoning, conservation of green space, and neighborhood concept. Read More»

Fayette school chief’s pay 55% more than governor

Last year, I personally called the office of Fayette County School District Superintendent John DeCotis to determine if he would be affected by the 4.5 percent across-the-board pay cut that he imposed on all teachers, secretaries and other school district employees for 2009.

His secretary assured me that he would be equally affected but, as evidenced by his 2009 income, this is clearly not the case. Read More»

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