Letters to the Editor

Climate ‘warming’ should be ‘change’

Global warming is over. It is a tired and trite phrase and presents a poor picture of reality.

It is time for a new paradigm: global climate change. The greenhouse effect, which traps heat in Earth’s atmosphere warming the land and the oceans, is only one aspect of global climate change.

Heat-powered high and low pressure systems such as the “arctic vortex” that pulled freezing air into Fayette County recently are another.

Rising ocean levels from thermal expansion and melting ice are another. Read More»

Will Peachtree City be divided into 2 voting districts?

The title of a Bob Dylan song says it well, “The Times They Are A-Changin.’”

That is very true for the county and County Commission. For those not sure of what is going on and its meaning, it bears serious examination.

How have the commissioners been elected to date? The county was divided into three geographical areas know as districts. Each of those districts produced commission candidates for one post each, specifically Posts 1 through 3. To run for those posts you had to live within the district the post represented Read More»

Labor’s defeat by Boeing portends bad news for working class, decline for U.S.

Late last week while having my morning coffee I listened to an interesting news item aired on NPR. It briefly reported that the Boeing Company and its machinists agreed that if Boeing manufactured its latest model aircraft in the Seattle area, the machinists would give the company significant wage and benefit concessions. Read More»

Water system is mismanaged

When I asked the cost of the park at the foot of Lake McIntosh, I was told, “One hundred and fifty thousand dollars.”

That sounded low, so I read minutes of the Water Committee and of the Board of Commissioners.

I found nearly $1 million in expenses, not counting some roadwork done by county Public Works, but including $5,000 for a bronze and granite monument to “memorialize” about 30 politicians and Mr. Tony Parrott. (You may recall he was demoted following the 2013 “stinky water” and other debacles.) Read More»

Barlow uses ‘snide, personal attacks’

I was very disappointed to read the article that headlined your Jan. 1, 2014 edition of The Citizen, the article which uses snide personal attacks from Mr. Barlow, a fellow Fayette County commissioner, to malign Commission Chairman Steve Brown.

Surely Steve deserves better than to be tarred with the scandalous brush of someone with an obvious vendetta against him.

So the Atlanta Regional Commission “despises” Steve Brown? Are we to take Mr. Barlow’s word for that, or did anyone actually contact a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission to find out what the real situation was? Read More»

4-way stop: No promises

I believe that I am the person who initiated the request for some accommodation to allow golf carts to cross Redwine Road at the Quarters/Birkdale intersection.

The presidents of the Whitewater Creek and Highgrove subdivisions have shared my interest in finding a way to meet this need.

After considerable discussion we all agreed that the most practical approach would be to install a four-way stop at the intersection. Read More»

Can we even believe Barlow?

After reading the article about Brown vs. Barlow I had to respond.

First, the article says, “Barlow contends if Brown wants to publish his title with such writings, he should get input from his fellow commissioners before sending them, or instead simply sign it in his individual role as ‘Fayette County Commissioner.’”

Since when does someone with a title have to ask others if he has permission to use it? Is this in the rules somewhere or is Mr. Barlow just making up things as he goes? Read More»

Barlow and schoolyard pettiness

Commissioner David Barlow has made his feelings known, in no uncertain terms, about Commission Chairman Steve Brown. However, he has failed to say that Steve Brown works longer and harder than any other commissioner on the board.

Chairman Brown works for this county no less than 10 to 14 hours each and every day.

He attends meetings throughout the region and state that the other commissioners could attend, but don’t. Mr. Brown regularly attends ARC, regional transportation, adjacent county meetings, etc. Read More»

What has Barlow accomplished?

After so many accomplishments by the 2013 County Commission, I was appalled at Commissioner Barlow’s irresponsible comments about the commission chairman in last week’s paper.

Citing a lack of leadership by the chairman is awfully rich coming from Mr. Barlow, who in my recollection hasn’t initiated, coordinated, and completed a single action of significance to Fayette County’s citizens. Read More»

Chairman Brown defends his position, freedom of speech

If you read the newspaper last week, you will know there was a unique expression of dissatisfaction with my performance as county commission chairman in 2013. A few people who know us wishes this could been settled behind the scenes, but it is what it is, and I really do not think it would have made much of a difference anyway.

The news media was informed my removal was necessary because I was only able to attend a few of the various Christmas parties held in different departments. That is certainly true as I did have schedule conflicts and work projects that got in the way. Read More»

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