Letters to the Editor

Regional sales tax plan skews to costly but little used mass transit

Next year, we’ll have the choice to tack another 1¢ onto our sales tax for 10 years to fund transportation projects throughout the 10 counties of the Atlanta region. If a majority of the region’s voters approve the measure, everyone must pay the tax whether their individual county favored the measure or not. Read More»

PTC’s Mayor Haddix and ‘Two-Gun’ Crowley

Watching the City Council Meeting last Thursday night (streaming video) reminded me of a true story I read years ago about “Two Gun” Crowley. The mental disposition of “Two Gun” is a lot like our current mayor in Peachtree City, Don Haddix. The events of Crowley are found towards the beginning of one of the best personal and business relationship management books ever written called “How To Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie, 1937. It is apparent that the mayor has never read the book. The true account of “Two Gun” Crowley is described in the book as follows: Read More»

State law clearly allows Fayette to use SPLOST for stormwater costs

The 2004 SPLOST ballot over the years has gotten a great deal of publicity for being unspecific. However, one thing that was specific was the language that appeared in it ...”a special 1 percent sales and use tax to be imposed for road, street and bridge purposes in Fayette County.”

We are now faced with an $18 million liability of bringing up our storm drains, culvert, and related items to good repair status. Certainly not the billion-dollar storm sewer task facing the city of Atlanta, but nonetheless large to us. Read More»

Stop trying to sell fur-lined gloves to PTC’s voters

Let’s imagine a situation in which a shop owner, in some far away place, asks the opinion of the employees in his glove shop in Peachtree City. He wants to know if they think fur-lined vs. unlined leather gloves will sell better here in Georgia.

There are five employees and three of the five explain that they think, because of our climate, that fur-lined gloves would not sell well. The other two feel that fur-lined is the way to go. Read More»

PTC must justify cop car numbers

The letter from Jeff Christian in the July 27 issue of The Citizen sparked my curiosity. I wondered how one might determine if the amount of police vehicles, on hand and requested, was justified.

Being a senior citizen with time to spare, and having a friend of 50-plus years who recently retired as chief from the police department in my boyhood home town in New Jersey, I asked him for his take on our department’s vehicle proposal. Read More»

Numbers show PTC has too many vehicles

Last week in this space it was revealed that currently the Peachtree City Police Department maintains 94 vehicles. (It has since been learned that 59 of the 94 are used as transportation for officers to get themselves to and from home!)

The Police Department maintains more vehicles than there are personnel in the department. But, that’s only half the story.

The other half of the story is that Peachtree City taxpayers support an additional 94 city maintained vehicles. A total of 188. One for every 183 residents! Read More»

The lessons of the grouper: Fried or grilled?

During a recent visit to the Georgia Aquarium, I watched “goliath grouper” swim by through a viewing window that was two feet thick at the Ocean Voyager exhibit. At approximately 600 pounds, imagine the barbecue we could have with just one fish!

As I listened to the expert, I learned that eating grouper is not sustainable. Grouper can live up to 50 years, but don’t reproduce fast enough to keep up with the demand. In other words, if we keep eating grouper at the current rate, they will soon become extinct. Salmon, tuna, and tilapia are much better choices. Read More»

PTC Councilman Imker draws jeers for budget stands

I voted for Don Haddix because of his campaign promises and how he handled his agenda when he was a council member. The other council members, Fleisch, Learnard and Imker, also made and projected similar agendas during their campaigns and so being somewhat like-minded, I thought, I also voted for them.

The latter three, however, have proven to be a big disappointment on many levels. In particular, Mr. Imker.

First, Imker pledged, “No tax increase,” yet authored a 1.25 percent tax increase. He claimed, “... it will even out with the decreases in the rest of the tax bill.” Read More»

PTC Councilman Imker draws cheers for budget stands

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to Eric Imker for his positive leadership as Peachtree City Council member. In his council role, through personal commitment and self-sacrifice, he brought focus and energy to the task of ensuring efficient and transparent PTC government operations.

Until Mr. Imker arrived on council, citizens had no meaningful means of addressing budget concerns in a constructive way (two minute sound bites by citizens at public meetings do not allow meaningful input). Read More»

Debt debacle: Tea Party has done lasting harm

The Tea Party and its assemblage of semi-informed radicals likes to reflect upon the Founding Fathers. Sometimes they have trouble with just who comprised those Founding Fathers. They seldom have trouble finding a quotation out of context on a subject out of context with an interpretation in conflict with the body of work which otherwise comprised that founding father’s ideas of government, governance, and life. Read More»

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