Letters to the Editor

Environmentalist Chase says vote no against this SPLOST

For months, I have attempted to learn just what Fayette County intends to do on each of the 181 projects on their SPLOST list.

But no matter what I have said or written, the responses have invariably been about funding those projects.

No matter how much time I have spent reviewing files or how many of the sites I have visited, I could not obtain anything near an understandable plan. I do not believe any of our commissioners know either.

If you are willing to accept unsubstantiated proclamations that they really need our money, then I guess you will vote to increase taxes. Read More»

Brown answers concerns about SPLOST being a double tax for cities

There is some speculation in Peachtree City lately that passage of the Core Infrastructure SPLOST means that Peachtree City taxpayers would be double-taxed for stormwater since they pay a utility fee as well. I truly appreciate my neighbors in Peachtree City contacting me and asking these types of questions.

Unfortunately, the city government has not sufficiently spread the word that the city’s portion of the sales tax proceeds is going toward road and multi-use path maintenance which they urgently need. Many thought the city’s projects were stormwater related like the county’s list. Read More»

BoE should restore teachers’ benefits

Recently I sent a letter to Fayette County Schools Superintendent Barrow and the Fayette County Board of Education. In the letter I asked to have the local supplement for health and dental benefits as well as the pay for two teacher furlough days restored to Fayette County Board of Education employees.

Restoring the supplements for health and dental as well as restoring the furlough days would total $4.4 million out of a budget surplus of more than $18 million.

That’s correct, the Fayette County School System has a budget surplus of more than $18 million. Read More»

BoE finances: Incredible?

Five years ago, August 2008, the Fayette County Board of Education was threatening their employees with abandoning the employer supplement paid on medical and dental insurance. I decided to attend the August school board meeting.

What caught my eye at the first of many Board of Education meetings was the financial report of the FCBOE. Each year, the FCBOE operates with a budget that runs from July 1 to June 30. A budget report is given at the monthly meetings of the FCBOE and the board members can make financial decisions with this knowledge. Read More»

Fayette BoE, invest in teachers

Dear Mrs. Key, Dr. Todd, Mr. Presberg, Dr. Bacallao, Dr. Marchman, and Dr. Barrow:

First, I want to tell you about myself. I recently had the opportunity to meet and sit next to Dr. Barrow at the American Legion Post 105 meeting in support of Legion Girls State and Boys State awardees. Read More»

SPLOST vote: It should be ‘Yes’

Recent letters and articles have been encouraging folks to vote “No” on the SPLOST. Please consider the other side of the story.

We’re going to pay for the work whether the SPLOST passes or not. There are profound cost differences that need to be understood.

The county might not have every “i” dotted and “t” crossed as far as a total 100 percent plan but whoever does?

Yes, it would be nice to know what will happen three or five years from now, but the county is simply trying to step up and be more proactive in their planning. Read More»

Brown: ‘We answered questions’

At this point, the County Board of Commissioners has done everything possible to be as open and transparent in relation to the Core Infrastructure SPLOST referendum.

There have been two critics for the proposal, Mr. Dennis Chase and Mr. Paul Lentz, who have consistently stated that they do not support it. The chief complaint was that the county was not giving them answers to their questions.

The county government has given both men access to county staff and any documentation they requested, but they continued to state they were not receiving answers. Read More»

Chase: ‘You answered too late’

A discussion of questions and answers doesn’t sound like an editorial topic. However, recent exchanges with the Fayette County Commissioners have changed my mind.

Perhaps it will be easier to understand my concerns by using an analogy.

Five hours after the final exam, a senior walks into his high school teacher’s room and hands in his test. Proudly he says, “I have answered all of the questions so now I can graduate.” Read More»

Bicyclists vs. all others: How about no-bike zones?

In reference to an article written about a young lady by the name of Amy Hill, who was hit by a golf cart driven by a juvenile, I would like to give Ms. Hill an alternative viewpoint.

I will give her the benefit of the doubt in regards to how the young cart driver was operating her vehicle.

Ms. Hill states she was heading west on McIntosh Road, in front of Huddleston Elementary school, going 26 miles an hour. That stretch of road is on flat ground starting to go down a long hill with a blind curve at the bottom of the hill. Then the road turns into an incline. Read More»

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»