Letters to the Editor

With T-SPLOST, MARTA bills us

Will you impose a 17 percent tax hike on your family? Especially if it locks you into a perpetual financial obligation with a money-losing enterprise? It would be like a coop full of chickens electing Col. Sanders as their negotiating agent with KFC.

Unlike every other tax, you, not your elected representatives, will decide next summer whether to accept such a tax and its iron-clad link to unending MARTA subsidies. Yes, even without it operating in Fayette County, we would become financially responsible for a piece of MARTA. Read More»

Westmoreland rep wrong about job fair

It seems that many facts were misrepresented in the article about the Westmoreland Job Fair.

As an organizer to this job fair, I am disappointed that the facts have been misrepresented by [Westmoreland spokesperson] Leslie Shedd.

There were 17 employers; all had at least one job; 610 job seekers; and several offers of interest if the job seekers followed up with the employers and applied online.

No one heard about three people being hired on the spot, and this would have been big news among the organizers. Read More»

Here’s a way to solve our jobs problem

Our nation is trapped on an economic treadmill. It is moving, but going nowhere.

The money printing by the Fed under its quantitative easing policies (QE1 and QE2) ignited the stock market, but created no significant bump in the economy.

The stimulus money that was spent at the end of Bush II, and the first two years of Obama, was aimed at supposedly “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects with the idea that the money would “trickle down” to the man-on-the-street who would spend it.

Well, something happened on the way to the mall, because it didn’t make it. Read More»

Questions, answers on school board issues

This is an email I sent to the Fayette County School Board. To date I have no response. I understand [School Board member Janet] Smola went all over Tyrone stating I was for closing the school. I believe a person with a little common sense would read this email and state that it is their responsibility, not my responsibility, to make decisions concerning the school system. Read More»

Do conservatives remember Bible’s commands about aliens?

Earlier this week PBS radio ran a piece about the shortage of migrant farm workers in Georgia. This morning a follow-up news item was aired underscoring this point. It seems that Georgia farmers have lost something like $70 million in unpicked crops this season. Read More»

Steele, F’ville Council back mass transit; vote Clifton, Edwards, Johnson

It is my sincere hope that the voters in Fayetteville will a cast a ballot in this year’s municipal election. Past elections have been decided by fewer than 10 votes with rarely more than 1,000 votes being cast.

Basically this means that those with a vested interest in local government are the only ones who bother to vote.

Now, if you are happy with the current government in Fayetteville, you don’t need to do a thing; the “old guard” has plenty of loyal voters who will faithfully go to the polls and see that they and their cronies are returned to office. Read More»

Allen: Election about Imker, not Haddix

My election for Peachtree City Council Post 1 has been and continues to be about the following:

Are we better off now than we were two years ago with our home values, quality of life and sustainable village plan and model?

One tactic that is being used by some Eric Imker supporters is to try and turn this election away from Eric Imker and his record and on to Don Haddix whom they dislike and have for quite some time. Read More»

Imker deserves support, not attacks

Historically, in Peachtree City there is a light turnout, less than 20 percent of registered voters, for the election of city leaders.

In the upcoming election it may be even smaller than that because we only have one contested seat on the City Council. In these financially tight times, don’t give up your opportunity to select a representative that will preserve the quality of life we currently enjoy in the most cost effective manner possible. To do that I recommend that you vote for Eric Imker for City Council Post 1. Read More»

‘We must address transportation’

While the discussion is about things ... roads, bridges, paths, the REAL conversation is about people. And the people who live or work in Fayette have some key things in common regarding what’s important to us now and as we look into the future.

1. First, we are united in our desire for Fayette to be a safe place to live.

2. We want excellent education and good jobs to provide for ourselves and our families.

3. We want a healthy environment for our home and business. Read More»

Candidate Clifton: F’ville Council needs some ‘beneficial friction’

We the citizens of Fayetteville both value and have generally enjoyed good government. However, I have spoken with many in Fayetteville who think things are not heading in the right direction.

They think, and I agree, that the long-running establishment has lost [the] small-town vision that makes our Fayetteville special. We do not want to be like the rest of metro Atlanta; that’s why we live here. So let’s do something about it. Read More»