Letters to the Editor

Book lover asks for help to save B&N

A month ago I heard sad news for our community that the Barnes & Noble bookstore located in Fayetteville is about to close.

I remember when I first moved to Fayetteville and I did not have a job, friends and family, so I used to go frequently to the bookstore and spent many hours there, lost in the reading of different kinds of books, eating a delicious desert, with the help of such as wonderful workers who were ready to help every customer. Read More»

Judges go bad and public stays in dark

The world within our judicial branch can be a creepy place at times. The average citizen has no idea about some of the frolicking that takes place behind the scenes at some of our houses of justice. In fact, to be totally honest, I had to think very carefully before writing this out of fear of retribution from the Superior Court one day. But here we go. Read More»

Fayette Commissioner Eric Maxwell announces reelection bid

On Feb. 6, 2006, I announced my first candidacy for the Fayette County Commission with a campaign slogan of “Time for a Change.” During the last three years, following my election, I am proud of the changes I have brought to Fayette County.

I am sure that anyone who has ever been elected and then sought another term talks about running on their record. I am no different. But I back this up with a list of some of the milestone events that have taken place since I took office on Jan. 1, 2007. Read More»

Camouflage future cell towers in PTC

I have lived in Fayette County/Peachtree City for over 20 years. Recently I have seen in the paper talks about cell towers and how we need additional cell towers in PTC.

In driving west on Ga. Highway 54 past Peachtree Parkway you can see the cell towers in the distance and how much they stand out on the horizon. In driving south on Ga. Highway 400 past the toll plaza you see the cell towers are made to look like pine trees and they are not such an eyesore. Read More»

Lower taxes not solution to all ills

David Epps’s column called “an oppressed minority” is an example of how ideology can get in the way of rational thinking. In this case, it’s the ideology of less government. While it is certainly true that small businesses are having a hard time, his assessment of why and what to do about it is not well founded. Read More»

Folkertsma ‘obfuscates,’ fails to make case against progressives

The title was “Progressives Destroy Constitution” and the author, a Dr. Marvin Folkertsma from some place called “The Center for Vision and Values” where Cal now apparently turns when he’s looking for an answer but not a reason.

Most noticeable in Dr. Folkertsma’s endless chain of quotations was the absence of any quotation from even one of the 55 men who attended the Constitutional Convention. Also noticeably missing was any evidence to support the title which in his defense, may or may not have been the author’s. Read More»

Chamber: Regional transportation SPLOST is good for Fayette

Last week, the Georgia General Assembly, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan effort, passed legislation that allows voters to decide in regions throughout Georgia if they want to approve a 1 percent sales and use tax for regional transportation investments.

As a broad overview, the legislation creates 12 regional districts across the state. “Regional roundtables” comprised of local elected officials (county commissions chairs and a mayor from each county) will develop a project list to be voted on by citizens in the 2012 general primary. Read More»

Georgia fails to fairly fund Fayette schools

Recently there has been discussion about state funding for our schools and whether the state of Georgia has met its obligation to our excellent Fayette County Schools.

Given the Quality Basic Education formula (QBE), contained in the Georgia law, and other data, I submit that Georgia has failed to fairly fund our schools under its own law and has instead used taxes paid by Fayette County taxpayers to fund other schools. Read More»

E-collar exactly wrong answer for dog leash

Yesterday when I opened the paper, I read the front-page article about leash laws in Peachtree City and the issue of unleashed dogs on the paths and streets. What caught my attention first and foremost was what I consider a downright dangerously wrong statement regarding electronic training collars.

A man was quoted as saying: “I guarantee you, you crank these up and you can get a dog to stop whatever he’s doing, the bad behavior, 100 percent of the time.” That is a very startling, and very wrong statement. Read More»

Some simple changes would improve traffic without new roads

The West Fayette Bypass will consume over $24 million. At our recent “Fayette Forward” forum, I offered more cost effective alternatives to facilitating traffic flow through our county:

1. Reprogram traffic lights. The most effective method of improving traffic flow and mitigating expensive road projects is to facilitate the flow of through-traffic. Read More»

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