Letters to the Editor

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»

Search the nation for new Fayette sup’t.

To the Fayette County Board of Education: As a homeowner, business owner and voter in Fayette County, there is a matter that I feel you should know how I feel.

Now that Dr. John DeCotis has resigned his position as superintendent, effective this June, the Fayette County Board of Education has the authority to recruit, interview, and hire our next superintendent.

This gives our school board a golden opportunity to launch a nationwide search for the best, most capable candidate for the job. Read More»

GOP reps: Budget is time for tough choices, not political rhetoric

You don’t have to look far for information regarding our state’s budget crisis.

Over the past two years, the General Assembly has had to reduce our state’s budget by almost 25 percent to keep it in balance as revenues have plummeted.

Throughout that difficult process, there has often been a spirit of bipartisan cooperation and a recognition that we need to tighten our belts and make the tough choices that families and businesses all over this state are making during this difficult economic time. Read More»

MHS & anthem: Critic should apologize

With regard to the ongoing “spirited” discussion centering around the national anthem as performed at the McIntosh/Starr’s Mill basketball game on Feb. 2, 2010, I was intrigued with the recent comments offered by Glen Allen.

It seems Mr. Allen is in a position to recommend the removal of the president of the McIntosh High School Parent/Teacher/Student Organization for offering her opinion on this subject while also bashing the parenting skills of other letter writers (including their parents) who don’t happen to agree with him on this matter. He refers to them as “The Defenders.” Read More»

Thanks from Fayette Counseling Center

Thank you for publishing the article, “A few donations needed to complete center” in your Feb. 23, 2010 edition of The Citizen. I would like to commend Square Foot Ministry for taking on this project of building a new facility for the Fayette County Counseling Center.

According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness each year, 1 in 4 individuals experiences a mental health disorder and one in 17 live with a mental disorder. In addition addictive disease affects 1 in 10 individuals and takes a toll on communities, families and our business community. Read More»

School spirit? How about bad manners?

In the Feb. 10 edition of The Citizen, Ms. Carol Jensen-Linton reported that a very large group of McIntosh High School students joined in the singing of the national anthem at a basketball game at Starr’s Mill High School. The McIntosh students joined in on the line, “and the home of the brave,” singing loudly, drowning out the Starr’s Mill student who was singing a capella, changing the line to “home of the Chiefs.” Ms. Jensen-Linton was critical of the students’ action. Read More»

Important taxing decisions to be made; come to council retreat

The annual City Council retreat is coming up the second weekend in March. This is where council discusses its priorities for the remainder of this year and they begin to discuss the budget for 2011. It is a great opportunity for citizens to be heard as well as be educated on exactly what council is considering for next year and what it deems to be priorities.

Are council’s priorities our priorities? If not, it is a perfect time to let them know. If so, it is equally important that they hear that as well. Read More»

Hey, big spender! You’re outdoing FDR

When the Democrats regained control of Congress in January 2007, they promised fiscal responsibility. They passed PayGo (pay-as-you-go) which requires Congress to find a way to pay for programs without raising taxes.

However, in their first year, they increased spending by $454 billion, raised taxes by $98 billion, and added an additional $356 billion to deficit spending. Read More»

1st, illegal hunting; now loose pit bulls

I have written you before about our neighbor who hunts on property where he has no permission to hunt. It doesn’t matter if it’s deer season or not, he hunts.

Well, the courts took care of that problem: he is on probation, can’t hunt anywhere, and can’t have guns on his property. All is well, you think. Not hardly!

Now he has two pit bulls that are running the neighborhood. I came home from cardiac rehab to find two pit bulls trying to tear down the fence to my chicken pen. I called animal protection [and] they caught one of the dogs and the other escaped. Read More»

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