Letters to the Editor

Year of change, cooperation

The year 2013 proved to be a time of governmental cooperation and change at the county.

The new Board of Commissioners began the year by settling a year-long legal dispute with the local cities over the distribution of the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST). All parties agreed the new formula was a fair compromise, saying the positive outcome was the result of the local governments making a concerted effort to cooperate with one another. Read More»

Thanks to PTC officers, EMTs

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Corporal Hughes of the Peachtree City Police Department for coming to the aid of our son after he recently had a golf cart accident.

Corporal Hughes was kind and compassionate to our son, who also suffered injuries in the crash.

We would further like to extend our thanks to the paramedics on duty from Station 83 in Peachtree City, who came to the aid of our son, as well. Read More»

Come enjoy a Xmas light show

A Dietz family Christmas invitation:

The Dietz family warmly invites you to come by our house in the Highgrove subdivision to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas.

With 36,000 dancing, flashing, and twinkling lights drawing 120-plus amps and connected to over half-a-mile of extension cords, you are sure to enjoy this year’s show.

The show runs nightly from 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 28.

On cold nights, you can listen in the comfort and warmth of your own car by tuning your FM stereo to 99.1, or you can come on your golf cart when the evenings are pleasant. Read More»

Williams errs about climate conclusions

Mr. Walter Williams’s column, “Our fragile planet?” in the December 14 & 15 edition of The Citizen was mostly factual — with one glaring inaccuracy. It was, as usual, well expressed. It was logical — until he drew an illogical conclusion and presented it with multiple logical fallacies.

First, I challenge his assertion that the 1815 eruption of the Tambora volcano “holds the record as the largest known volcanic eruption.” He left off a critical phrase: “in recent history.” Read More»

Some advice for the leaf burners

So, you do not want to pay for trash disposal and/or you want to burn items on a regular basis. Here are some of the guidelines you need to keep in mind:

Know all of the rules you are supposed to be abiding by, so you know what you have to do to appear not to be breaking any.

This one is important: Remember you and everyone in your household has to have the mantra of you are “only burning leaves.”

Make sure you have at least one pile of leaves somewhere on ground for proof they need to be burned.

You cannot think about anything, not the environment, other people, or yourself. Read More»

Visioning study is good investment

An open letter to the mayors and councils of Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Tyrone, Brooks, and Woolsey, and to the Fayette County Board of Commissioners:

You have been or will be asked to contribute, on behalf of the taxpayers of your cities and the county, to the cost of the Fayette Visioning Initiative. I am writing to encourage you to provide that contribution. Read More»

Whitehead’s ‘cops and battle tanks’ is pure fluff

I am responding in regards to John Whitehead’s article on “Why do local cops need battle tanks?” The article was written on a pure liberal-pacifist level.

As a retired law enforcement officer with over 21 years of experience, I can assure your readers that Whitehead’s article is purely fluff with no substance.

Many of the items such as the MRAPs that he refers to in his article are being incorporated by Special Response Teams and SWAT teams throughout the country. Read More»

It’s been a good year in Fayette

I have especially enjoyed this Christmas season as part of your county government. The duties of elected office can sometimes be challenging, but the rewards of service are always worth it.

Our new 2013 Board of Commissioners concentrated on delivering our local government back to the citizens of Fayette County. We resolved to bring as many citizens into the halls of government as possible. We have had great success. Read More»

Facts belie paean to Obamacare

I read Dr. Awachie’s recent opinion letter titled, “The ACA flop and filibuster,” with interest, and wish to offer a different perspective on a few of the points raised in his letter as well as address a larger issue.

Many of us who have followed the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) from its inception have heard it said that the Obamacare is a Republican creation, with the implicit question of why do Republicans now oppose that which they created. Read More»

The value of your vote is now one-fifth what it was

As I read last week’s Citizen, I was immediately drawn to the report on the front page, “2014 Question: District Voting Implementation.”

Here we were reminded that a politically appointed federal judge has decided that because no minority class candidate for county commissioner or school board had ever been elected by the majority of the county’s citizens, at-large voting must end because, as the decision states the current system is discriminatory. Read More»