Letters to the Editor

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»

Thanks and an invitation from Fayette CARE Clinic

As we celebrate our 10-year anniversary this year, we must reflect on how far we have come from our humble beginnings.

In 2004, the Fayette CARE Clinic began in a renovated house with a $2,000 grant, and one donated exam table. The Fayette CARE Clinic was founded on a simple belief that every Fayette County citizen should have access to quality healthcare.

Today that dream has become a world-class medical office facility that in 2013 served 3,434 Fayette County citizens. Read More»

Fayette Samaritans needs your help after the holidays are over

For over 20 years, Fayette Samaritans has served families in our county that are in critical need of food, clothing and emergency financial assistance.

During 2013, donations remained consistent but families needing assistance nearly doubled. In October through December of 2013, Fayette Samaritans provided assistance to families on over 700 occasions.

With such a demand our resources were depleted. The cupboard was bare.

When our situation became known, the people of Fayette County responded with generous hearts and open hands. Read More»

Many military families had happy holidays because of you

As many of you may know, for the past 12 years I have, with your help, made it my mission to help the children of deployed and wounded service members through my charity, Embracing Military Families. And every year, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our community.

In the fall, I wrote to you asking once again for your support. I offered this quote, often erroneously attributed to George Washington, but true nonetheless: Read More»