Letters to the Editor

Lentz says ‘sorry’ for partial quote

Mr. Outlaw was correct (The Citizen Online, March 11, 2014) when he said I had left out part of a quotation about drought in the Mediterranean and West Africa.

I was responding to Obama’s prediction of drought in the U.S.A., and limited my remarks to that. In retrospect, that was misleading and a mistake on my part, and I apologize to Mr. Outlaw and the readers of this newspaper.

But (there’s always a “but”), I stand by my understanding of science and the sciences of meteorology and climatology that Earth is warming and that climate is changing and will continue to change. Read More»

Freshman decries loss of rights

[Editor’s note: The following email is from a 15-year-old freshman girl at McIntosh High School. Although she provided her name and address, we are not printing that information.]

Many students might have and should have signed the “Student Code of Conduct” in the beginning of the year. This “contract” had to be signed for students to attend classes.

Most students, me included, did not read the Code of Conduct. It was just another silly form students had to sign to please the administrators. Read More»

Remove judge from office

Our two national organizations, National Down Syndrome Society and National Down Syndrome Congress, are dedicated to serving and advocating for individuals with Down syndrome.

We are outraged by Judge Christopher McFadden’s recent overturned ruling of a jury’s guilty verdicts against William Jeffrey Dumas. Dumas was convicted of repeatedly raping a young woman with Down syndrome on Oct. 18, 2010. Read More»

No ‘right’ way for rape victim to ‘behave’

As president and CEO of the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA), I am compelled to respond to a particularly troublesome sexual assault case.

A state Court of Appeals judge recently overturned a jury’s verdict that found a man guilty of raping a 24-year-old Fayette County woman in 2010. The victim has Down syndrome. Read More»

Constitution Art. V call by Ga. legislators is a very big deal

The passage of SR 736 by the Georgia General Assembly is a much bigger event than many people seem to realize.

The Senate resolution calls for an Article V Convention of States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution. Georgia is the first state in the nation to adapt such a resolution.

Given the importance of the issue, the historic nature of being the first state and the local connection, I’m somewhat surprised at the lack of local emphasis. Read More»

Obamacare may force your kids into welfare status

In your lifetime would you have ever thought that America’s middle income children would be forced into low income healthcare systems?

A provision hidden in the shadows of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) bears serious ramifications for Middle America’s families. It will force their children to be enrolled in sub-standard healthcare and will also tighten the noose of socialist government around their necks. Read More»

Reader challenges Lentz’s quotes

Mr. Lentz, the “truth” is often in the middle. But, not always.

In response to your article, “Both sides are lying about global climate change,” I do not agree that President Obama’s assessment of climate change is alarmist. Furthermore, your argument saying that he is alarmist was extremely weak.

First, the evidence you present misquotes the IPCC by leaving out several important words. The actual quote is, “... drought has LIKELY INCREASED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND WEST AFRICA, AND likely decreased in North America ...” Read More»

Global warming: 97% bunk

In an editorial in The Citizen on Feb. 26 Joseph Garofalo makes several points about global warming (now called climate change). I would like to point out a few issues I see with his argument.

He cites a recent survey which claims that 97 percent of scientists agree that humans are causing global warming. There are numerous articles available that point out serious flaws with this survey. You can do an Internet search for “97 percent debunked” and review them at your leisure. Read More»

PTC needs — not more red lights — but a change in tactics

Before contracting for yet another traffic light at Line Creek in Peachtree City or anywhere else, consideration should first be given to updating traffic light programming as has been done in Fayetteville.

Most every traffic light in Peachtree City represents an impediment to through traffic because of outdated programming. Improving the flow of through traffic is key in mitigating the daily gridlock situation we have on Ga. Highway 54 West. And adding another traffic light with outdated programming will only exacerbate the problem. Read More»

Kindness in F’ville to a man soon to die

“Hey, Mike, I just left Broadway Diner (in Fayetteville) and something kinda neat happened. I was about to leave, when the lady said, ‘Well, I can bring your check to you now.’ ‘Well, okay. I’ll get the check.’

“And then I was packing up my leftovers and she said, ‘Somebody paid for your dinner tonight.’

“And I think, they probably left, but I don’t know who it was but, anybody you know ... Well, anyway, somebody paid for my dinner, so uh, things happen when you need it. Anyway, I just thought I’d let you know, and I will talk to you later, buddy. Bye.” Read More»

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