Letters to the Editor

It’s Westmoreland who doesn’t ‘get it’

I believe that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland’s trashing of the President was totally uncalled for. It is Westmoreland who doesn’t “get it.”

President Obama inherited all the mess from Bush, now the Republicans are trying to pass the blame to Obama.

I don’t agree with all in the healthcare bill, either. However, something must be done to control the healthcare costs. Instead of calling names, a child’s tactic, try sitting down and talking about how to make it better. Read More»

PTC Girl Scout Troop urges recycling

Ever found a place in nature that made you just drink in the beauty of the natural world? Ever stopped to wonder how many of these special places exist in our rapidly industrializing surroundings? Ever thought of the water, mucky and contaminated, that used to be crystal clear?

According to the Utah State Recycling Center, recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. Read More»

Make all cellphones hands-free, ban texting

In last week’s edition, you included a letter from a driver who had experienced a crash due to another driver using a cellphone while driving.

The following day there was news on the radio that “There was no evidence that cellphone use while driving increased the risk of a traffic accident.”

That was patently rubbish. I stood at an traffic light intersection in Atlanta last week and had to wait while the traffic released from the light at the previous intersection passed my position. Read More»

Columnist Williams omitted Haitian history

In a recent editorial, Professor Walter E. Williams states that the reason why natural disasters take fewer lives in this country is because we have greater wealth and that Haiti is suffering from self-inflicted poverty. Please allow this 55-year-old educated black American to share with your many readers some little-known history about Haiti and France that the professor somehow conveniently omitted. Read More»

Crosswalks: Laid-off teachers could use the money

[Recently] I wrote on the waste and worthless projects our government creates in the name of “your tax dollars at work.”

Since it was published, I have received several calls from concerned citizens agreeing that this project should never have been started. I also received a letter from one of our county commissioners, and that is what i would like to address. Read More»

Our taxes at work: Crossings to nowhere

Can someone explain why we have crosswalks with electronic crossing guides at several locations in Fayette County when in fact, there are no sidewalks on either side of the road and where pedestrians do not cross the road?

Seems like a terrible waste of taxpayers’ money.

Jerry Elder

Tyrone, Ga.

City locks restrooms from its own citizens

We have a group of over 50 casual tennis players that use the Glenloch tennis courts so we do not conflict with the more serious tennis players who use the tennis center.

A few months ago, we tried to obtain a key to the restrooms at Glenloch. We sent emails to the recreation staff that were never answered. We offered to put up a $75 deposit for a key. We sent one of our players to the recreation department, and were told that only people that were doing business with the department could have a key. I guess this doesn’t apply to soccer players — they get a key. Read More»

Healthcare: Why have Ga. Democrats been silent?

For the past year, Americans have heard quite a bit about post-partisanship and the promise of a new kind of politics. During the 2008 campaign season, the rhetoric soared, as did expectations.

Now, as 2010 begins, and we take account of 2009, it is abundantly clear that word has not been met with deed. In fact, the only thing new in Washington is the sheer magnitude of the partisanship, pork-barrelling, and promise-breaking. Read More»

Imker: Never have I supported raises for PTC Council members

I do not and have never supported a pay raise for myself as a city council member. So don’t bunch me in with those that do.

The previous council (2007) authorized the pay raise from $6,000 to $12,000 per year for council members. By choice, I and others have decided to keep the job pay budgeted at $6,000.

I understand the implications of budgeting for all city paid positions. When the economics turn around, then and only then will I consider pay increases. Read More»

Cellphones cause wrecks — here’s proof

On Sept. 10, 2009, I was involved in a rear-end accident. I was traveling north on Ga. Highway 74, traveling in the right lane doing about 50 mph. I had begun to slow down because the traffic ahead of me was slowing down to enter Interstate 85.

All of a sudden I looked into my rearview mirror and noticed a car was right on my tail. In a matter of a microsecond, between my telling my wife that “that idiot is going to hit us,” the actual collision occurred. Read More»

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