Letters to the Editor

Learnard: ‘Stop the insanity!’

Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in certain minority groups.

Most lawsuits that arise under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act involve challenges to at-large election scenarios like the one we have here in Fayette County.

Section 2 litigation usually involves a claim that an entity such as a county, a city or a school board is in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, resulting in an inability of minorities to elect a candidate of their choice. Read More»

FCHS senior gives MHS freshman advice on manners

Although Andrew Russell beat me to the punch, I decided to submit my letter in refutation to March 18’s letter “Freshman decries loss of rights,” which is why you’re reading this right now.

Much like Andrew, many of my peers at Fayette County High School and I were bothered to see such a horrid display of self-control from the MHS freshman, in the form of her bumbling letter defaming McIntosh High’s policy on technology use (a county-wide policy, in this case more specifically directed towards phones). Read More»

Argument by NAACP fails

Thank you for your well-written letter exposing the hypocrisy of those behind the NAACP lawsuit.

If there was any truth to their argument that the County Commission was not interested in the concerns of those living in what is now District 5, how much less are they now going to be interested when four of the five commissioners no longer need be concerned with their vote? Read More»

MHS senior: That’s not how we respond

As a senior at McIntosh High School, I was horrified to see this whining under the guise of a poorly constructed argument be revealed to the general public (“Freshman decries loss of rights,” The Citizen Letters, March 19, 2014).

Therefore, I wish to attempt some PR damage control, as she is not the ideal representative of my generation.

Firstly, of course we didn’t read the Code of Conduct (also, why is “rule book” in quotes? Is it some sinister creature in a clever disguise?). Read More»

County engineer: Stormwater fee ‘barely allows’ top priorities

[Editor’s note: The following was written in response to a Fayette resident questioning the county’s use of fees collected from the stormwater utility fee.]

A copy of your comments regarding the stormwater utility fee was forwarded to me. I’m writing you to 1) acknowledge receipt of your letter; and 2) clarify some points that many people are confused over. No one likes additional fees and the frustration can be especially high when it is based on bad information.

Some points of clarification: Read More»

Lowry: Voting suit not about electing blacks

I am writing to debunk the recent article ... in the Atlanta Journal Constitution regarding district voting in Fayette County. The article ... and articles written in The Citizen newspaper have portrayed district voting as being about getting blacks elected to public office in Fayette County. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The lawsuit brought by plaintiffs and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) was not about getting African Americans elected to office. Read More»

Editor: Lowry’s letter contradicts itself

Mr. Lowry, your letter misrepresents The Citizen’s reporting of the plain facts and seems to contradict itself:

1. “The lawsuit brought by plaintiffs and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) was not about getting African Americans elected to office. It was about getting people elected to office, regardless of their race or ethnicity, who will represent the interests of the people who live in District 5.”

Then you seem to refute that by saying: Read More»

Letter misses the point of Obamacare: 44 million need more

No, no, no, I reject both of the premises in Mr. Kinsman’s recent letter to The Citizen (“Obamacare may force your kids into welfare status”).

Firstly, using a government program like Medicaid or CHIP does not predispose one to accepting a “nanny state” environment.

There is nothing insidious in the use of government programs. We pay taxes and all of society benefits from the things we provide to each other with that money.

The parents who I know who use Medicaid or CHIP as their children’s health insurance provider are happy with the access it gives to the healthcare system. Read More»

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»

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