Letters to the Editor

To departing teacher Sue Seifert, thank you

It was a few weeks ago that we learned one of the finest people ever to teach in Fayette County would not be returning to Oak Grove Elementary School.

It was our hope that our granddaughter would have her as her teacher this year, as she had taught our two youngest daughters many years ago, and they blossomed upon experiencing her instruction.

But sadly we learned that Sue Seifert would not be returning to Oak Grove to teach. She was leaving the vocation that not only she loved, but excelled at. She will be caring for her father, and how fortunate he is to have such a daughter. Read More»

Debt debacle: Is it really Tea Party’s fault?

The Tea Party may be a small group of people, but they certainly are active in the South Atlanta Area. Recently, they have been compared to terrorists that are “holding the economy hostage.” But how accurate is that?

First off, the GOP-controlled House, with many Tea Party freshmen, passed a budget drafted by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican. How long has it been since the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a budget? Oh, that’s right, eight years. Read More»

Are F’ville officials responsible for yellow restaurant?

I am a citizen of Fayette County and I am very disturbed by the color of the outside paint on the La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in almost the center of [Fayetteville]. The first time I saw the horrible “mustard yellow” color, I thought that I was in a time warp and was in Riverdale.

Are we going to let restaurants paint their buildings any disgusting color that they want to? If we are, why are the powers that be so against more than two signs at restaurants, such as Longhorn. Read More»

Tea Party too dogmatic on taxes, but Democrats demonize success

Many aspects of the debate about taxes trouble me.

On one hand, the Tea Party and certain Republicans are absolutely intransigent about not raising taxes, to the point of it being an article of blind faith.

And yet, I can’t escape the fact that when Clinton raised taxes in 1993, the economy improved and in a few short years there was a surplus.

And several of the candidates for the Republican nomination increased taxes as governor. So, raising taxes isn’t always horrible or anathema to the Republican party. Read More»

Fayette would be mistaken to leave regional library system

Election to public office confers no special knowledge, expertise, or wisdom. Witness the Fayette County Commission’s ongoing spat with the PINES Library System.

What does membership in PINES bring? Let’s start with what PINES stands for: Public Information Network for Electronic Services. At heart, PINES is information. PINES includes:

• A set of computer software that allows a library card holder to search the collections of nearly 300 public libraries in Georgia, to order books to be delivered to his or her home library, and to be notified when the book is received. Read More»

Warning on ripoffs on manicures and pedicures: Get pricing in advance

This is advice to all those women (and men) who have manicures and pedicures. Be advised! Last Saturday I had a pedicure and my daughter had both a manicure and pedicure here in Fayetteville (and her eyebrows waxed).

The salon employees did not ask me what I wanted, so they did a lot of massaging and scrubbing on both of us.

When I went to pay the bill it was outrageous: $75. It was not at all the prices that were advertised on a large sign posted at the front of the store. Read More»

Taxes and the meaning of Obama’s ‘shared sacrifice’

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President Obama is right. When he talks about the “Bush tax cuts,” the President bemoans the fact that these cuts inequitably distribute the tax burden among Americans. Instead of this inequality, he argues that we need to return to tax rates that promote “shared sacrifice” and ensure that all of us pay our “fair share” of earnings to the federal government. True enough. Read More»

F’ville’s Steele to run for reelection

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as mayor of Fayetteville for a number of years. Municipal elections will be held in November of this year and I hope I have continued to earn your trust and confidence and look forward to your support.

The city of Fayetteville has been fortunate for quite some time in that we have chosen to elect individuals that have held similar beliefs as to the responsibilities and obligations of local government. There is a consensus among your local officials that the smaller and least intrusive the government the better it serves the people. Read More»

Steele trying to run from transit support

Although I couldn’t attend the last Fayette Board of Commissioners meeting, I contacted a friend who was able to go. He said there was another large crowd in attendance.

People are finally beginning to wake up and, more importantly, show up.

By the first meeting in April of this 2011, more local citizens had attended Board of Commissioners meetings than all of the meetings in 2010 combined. The main reason for the boom in attendance is people are very angry over the previous board’s and the three current holdovers’ total lack of respect for their constituents. Read More»

Brown: PTC Council’s censure of Haddix’s free speech is troubling

You have, no doubt, heard the expression, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Another reality alongside that statement is it disappears so slowly you do not realize you are losing it.

Freedom of expression is part of the bedrock of our country. Our country works because our people can publicly address both the good and the bad with honesty and candor. Likewise, countering public expression with yet more public expression, regardless of controversy, is permitted. Read More»

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