Letters to the Editor

Thanks to friends after a storm

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends and neighbors on Journey’s End in Peachtree City for helping my husband and me when storms destroyed our home May 26.

We were at the movies and had no idea that storm had hit our home.

While we were gone, our friends notified authorities, helped emergency personnel secure the home, and removed trees blocking the street.

They opened their homes to us and our pets and showed us such love and support.

As we move back in, we’re daily reminded of their support and want to thank them all for such a generous outpouring. Read More»

What a letdown: PTC’s Learnard, like atheist, wants to stop prayers

What a letdown in Fayette County to read in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where Peachtree City Councilwoman Kim Learnard told a reporter that the city ought to ditch the invocation at City Council meetings in agreement with atheist activist Al Stefanelli.

Councilwoman Learnard and Mr. Stefanelli have an overwhelming desire to drag our local governments out of our Judeo-Christian ideals. Their secular humanist drive against public prayer totally neglects how those same Judeo-Christian ideals shaped our legal system and our societal values here in the United States. Read More»

Is government responsible for adding to burdens of middle class?

This is something that’s been rolling around in the back of my mind for a couple of weeks but didn’t come together until I read your report of the robbery at Target and the comments of readers.

“What’s good for General Motors is good for America.” Misquoted and misunderstood, what Charles E. Wilson, then CEO of GM and later Secretary of Defense, meant was that when America is strong, business is strong; and when business is strong, America is strong. Read More»

‘Color police’ & yellow restaurant blues

The headline on Sandy Coley’s letter to the editor (Aug. 24) asks, “Are F’ville officials responsible for yellow restaurant?”

Are the officials in her hometown of Brooks, Ga., responsible for the color of the car she drives? Or the color of the outfit she wears in public? Does she submit herself to government inspection and approval before she goes out in public each day?

She seems to think the government should be “responsible” for color scheme decisions made by private businesses, so why not private individuals? Read More»

Tell the truth, Rep. Westmoreland

I was one of the many citizens of Georgia and Peachtree City to recently receive the “Update for Seniors” report from the office of Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.

After reading the report that he espouses to be “working to protect and preserve Medicare for our Seniors,” I couldn’t let the Congressman’s information go unchecked. Read More»

Dienhart: Ready to ask hard questions

[Editors note: The following was adapted from the candidates public announcement last week, which he released to the media.]

Several weeks ago, citizens from all over Peachtree City began asking themselves a question. That question is, What is my city council doing?

Constant infighting and bickering ... has done immense damage to our fair citys reputation. Instead of picturing the lush vegetation, beautiful multipurpose paths and wonderful family life that we know Peachtree City for, people now look at our city and see a place of petty squabbles and dysfunction. Read More»

Give back summers to kids, families

I was pleasantly surprised to read that the Fayette schools are considering a return to the traditional Labor Day to Memorial Day calendar (Fayette schools facing big changes, big choices, 8/24/11).

Though advocates for year-round schooling claim to have the academic welfare of children in mind, the expansion of the school year into the summer months has actually been driven by the interests of teachers and working parents mainly single parents who see the child-care afforded by public schools as yet another government entitlement. Read More»

PTCs take-home-a-vehicle policy wears out vehicles, wastes $$$

Recently in previous letters to the editor it was revealed that Peachtree City maintains a total of 188 city-operated vehicles, one for every 183 residents. It was further revealed that 94 of those vehicles are assigned to the Police Department, which is staffed by 73 individuals more vehicles than personnel.

As of July 2011, last month, 59 Police Department staff are granted the use of a city-supplied take home vehicle. What does that mean? It means that the taxpayers of Peachtree City are providing transportation to and from home for over 80 percent of the Police Department staff. Read More»

PTC, power company are charging taxes upon taxes

In sixth grade, my arithmetic class included fractions and percentages. Hated them, then; hated them, now. Never thought Id need them. Didnt, for a long time, not until I took a hard look at my electric power bill.

Sales tax on electricity is 6 percent. Okay, I understand that. Georgia Power is selling me a product. I pay sales tax on it.

But when I multiply the cost of electricity by 6 percent, I dont get the same cost for sales tax that is on the bill. Read More»

Dienhart is the right choice for PTC Council Post 2

I recently had the opportunity to contrast the two candidates for Peachtree City Council Post 2: George Dienhart and Scott Brown.

Dienhart was certainly the more impressive candidate. Of the two men, Dienhart appears to have a plan that supports our village concept while bringing new jobs to the city. He also had a plan for how to deal with the current City Council controversy.

I believe that it is going to take a strong leader to deal with the energetic personalities of Don Haddix and Erik Imker. After hearing the two men speak, Dienhart was the obvious choice. Read More»