Letters to the Editor

Go see ‘The Help’ but remember some realities of that time

I would like to make a few comments about the movie “The Help” written by a Georgia woman. There are a few things you should remember before you spend your hard-earned money to see this movie.

I am 76 years old and I remember the 1940s during the war years, and I also remember things my mom told me about the hard times people lived back then in the ‘20s and ‘30s. Read More»

Disabling bureaucracy

Leave it to a government agency to figure out how to waste money and to create more work for employees (so that, ultimately, more employees will be needed). Leave it to the Fayette County tax office to take the lead in this waste.

Several years ago, I applied for and received blue and white hanging tag with the image of a wheelchair. It’s the thing that allows me to use parking spaces reserved for disabled persons. The tag can be red and white; the wheelchair symbol can be incorporated in a vehicle’s regular license plate. Read More»

Calling all candidates for Nov. city elections

Nov. 8, 2011 is election day for municipalities in Fayette County. If you live in the city limits of Peachtree City, Tyrone, Fayetteville or Brooks, this election is for you.

Tyrone citizens will be [selecting] their mayor for the next four years. Tyrone incumbent Don Rehwaldt has stated emphatically that he will not run for reelection.

In addition to the mayor’s race, Tyrone Council posts 1 and 2 are up for grabs.

Fayetteville voters will choose the mayor and Council posts 1 and 2.

Brooks has Council Posts 3, 4, and 5 being voted on this November. Read More»

Girl Scouts hold successful drive

Girl Scout Troop 19341 had a successful hygiene drive benefitting Stand Up For Kids, an organization that provides showers, support and an occasional hot meal to homeless juveniles in metro Atlanta.

Through this drive, the girls collected about 5,000 travel-size hygiene items. These items enabled the girls to create 202 hygiene packets and over 600 mini-packets.

Stand Up For Kids was happy to receive the packets, as the difference between getting a job or not could be the appearance of the applicant. And that job makes the difference between living on the street or off. Read More»

After censure, now what for council?

Thursday night’s episode of Peachtree City’s ongoing soap opera is over, the mayor was censured on a predicted 3-2 vote (anyone surprised?), and I and many other residents are asking ourselves if we can simply move on.

My idea of good government is one that is effective without the fanfare of headlines or disputes that spill over into the media. In fact, I would say the best type of local governance would be the kind that is heard from as the exception rather than the rule. An acquaintance informed me that we live in a modern day Mayberry, but with several Barneys running things. Read More»

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»