Letters to the Editor

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»

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»