Letters to the Editor

Bike crash and defensive driving

While reading the story of the triathlete, Ms. Hill, who crashed with a young golf cart driver in PTC, a few thoughts come to mind.

First off, I agree with Ms. Hill that anyone allowed to drive a golf cart on city paths without direct supervision should at least have a driving learner’s permit which would require passing a basic rules of the road test.

But more to the point is an old term, defensive driving.

I do not know if this is what is taught in Driver’s Ed these days, but it was a primary phrase when I was receiving instruction way back in the ‘70s. Read More»

How Gen. Grant became Mr. Grant

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(This is the second of a three-part series on the discoveries made after a visit to Charlie Tinker’s grave.)

Upon discovering Charles Almerin Tinker’s leaf-strewn grave in Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y., we — one of us more than the other — began to study the names and dates engraved on the towering monument.

Three of his children, all born after the Civil War ended, were named in honor of men that Charlie had apparently held in great esteem: Lincoln, Stanton (Secretary of War, Charlie’s immediate boss) and Grant. Read More»

No paydays for any Fayette feds

With regard to the subject story published in your paper on 10/11/13, you list only two people in Fayette County who have been impacted by the ongoing government shutdown: one TSA employee and an ROTC student being denied his physical.

The fact is that ALL government employees in Fayette County (FAA included) are being affected.

Even those who are excepted/essential and working will NOT be receiving paychecks until the government reopens. Read More»

Scout takes Citizen to woodshed

My name is Matthew Hyle. As part of my Communications Merit Badge, I have to write to the editor. I was having trouble deciding what to write to you about. Mr. Munford’s article, “Airshow will fly; no shutdown hitches,” solved my dilemma.

First of all, Mr. Munford’s statement, “The partial shutdown of the federal government has had at least a limited effect on Fayette County,” is an understatement.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of federal workers in Fayette County who have been furloughed or are working right now without being paid, my mother included. Read More»

Don’t stigmatize those with OCD

In an average elementary school there are likely five children suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

In a medium to large high school, there are typically 20 students battling OCD.

And in a workplace of 500, there would be about five employees who have OCD, most likely hiding their symptoms from their colleagues.

OCD is in our community and residents of Fayette County should not feel ashamed or embarrassed. Read More»

Why you should vote NO on the infrastructure SPLOST

The Fayette County SPLOST proposal is simply wrong. Vote NO. And here is why you should vote no. Fayette County is taking the wrong approach to stormwater management and especially to funding stormwater projects.

The first thing the Fayette County Stormwater Department should do is create a Master Stormwater Drainage Plan. Read More»

Grady Ave. project threatens quality of neighborhood

We live in the historic Victorian on the roundabout at Grady Avenue and Beauregard Boulevard and strongly oppose the proposed “Stella Place” on Grady and its apartments.

We have visited our neighbors on and around Grady, including those in Beauregard Trace and Sparrows Cove, to discuss “Stella Place.” The overwhelming majority strongly oppose the development and, in particular, any apartments on Grady. (No one favored the development.) They were eager to sign a petition against the development. Read More»

Tell F’ville Council if you don’t like high density development

This is a heads up that the Fayette City Council will be holding a hearing on the 376 units on 38 acres this Thursday night at 7 p.m. If you oppose high density development in Fayette County, best be there. And thanks to all the people who responded to my last letter. I have printed the emails and taken them over to the city of Fayetteville.

As a quick review: This project first went through the City Planning and Zoning Department. There were several hearings and at each one of those hearings citizens made their concerns known. Read More»

Dumping animals a problem here

Many of Fayette County’s challenges are addressed in letters to the editor. I would like to mention an issue that is unknown to many residents and not discussed much publicly, but is well known and experienced by animal rescue groups as well as by residents who have experienced the problem first hand.

There is a serious overpopulation of cats!

In the past, cats have typically produced two litters per year, but that seems to be increasing, perhaps due to Georgia’s mild climate. Kittens as young as four months can get pregnant, often surprising their owners. Read More»

Writers on shutdown display their own indulgences

As expected, The Citizen of Wednesday Oct. 9, 2013 had articles attempting to show the correctness of the government shutdown orchestrated by our politicians in the Congress. The submissions by Mr. Garlock and Congressman Westmoreland did this. If the media had not been blanketed by hourly coverage of this deadlock, one would have swallowed whole the spin of both writers. Read More»

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