Letters to the Editor

Dienhart: It was mistake to downgrade development authority

Since my opponent dropped out of the race, I requested a series of meetings with the mayor, all members of the City Council and the city manager. The mayor, city manager, and council members Sturbaum, Learnard, and Fleisch responded, and we have an ongoing dialog that will help me benefit from their experience, and become an effective public servant from the beginning of my term.

I’d like to thank them for their time — not all public servants are conscientious enough to help a future colleague. Read More»

Tea Party members are blind to costs of massive deregulation

Mr. Canin of Senoia wrote a very heartfelt letter recently explaining what the Tea Party is not. He professes the apolitical nature of the Tea Party while acknowledging that it is certainly more closely held by Republicans. He does tell us the Tea Party is not for any government which rings up a 14 trillion dollar debt. I must confess that on that particular note we can certainly agree.

But political change is not wrought by apolitical means. If one is for free markets, that is a practical statement but its enactment is guaranteed only through the political process. Read More»

Beware quicksand west of Planterra

I found myself in quicksand this morning. In a nano-second I literally stepped from terra firma to terror.

My right foot went first. I stepped on what appeared to be solid ground when suddenly I felt cold, wet, sandy, dense clay suck me down. My left foot instinctively tried to step away from the area, but the circumference was too broad.

Both feet rapidly disappeared below the earth. I was astonished at how quickly I sank. The gushy mud mixture relentlessly pulled me. I struggled to get my feet out. But both feet became completely immersed. Read More»

Don’t advertise kids

Being new to the area, one aspect new to me was the posting of signs in residential front yards that advertise it as a residence of children. In my neighborhood, one home promotes itself as the home of three high school girls. As a former Neighborhood Watch “lead” I have some thoughts on this subject.

Although Fayette County may enjoy a crime rate below that of our neighbors, it seems to me that the downside of these “advertisements” is greater than any benefit. Read More»

Candidate Allen: Imker’s hotel tax increase hurts PTC businesses

Eric Imker voted to increase Peachtree City’s hotel/motel tax rate from 6 percent to 7 percent this year. Due to state of Georgia requirements for this tax, it must be approved by the Georgia state legislature, which they did not.

However, this tax increase can be brought up for another Peachtree City Council vote and be resubmitted to the Georgia state legislature again for their approval. Read More»

Candidate Imker: 2 years not enough to get budget under control

I welcome my opponent to the race for City Council Post 1. I wrote a letter to the editor a few months ago outlining how to become a Peachtree City Council member (“PTC’s Imker gives step-by-step plan to becoming council member,” The Citizen, 01/18/2011) in hopes that more citizens would become involved in their government at the local level. Having contested races promotes open conversations between candidates which is a necessary and beneficial part of the election process. Read More»

Candidate Johnson brings ‘fresh perspective’

Ed Johnson, a 17-year resident of Fayetteville, is the newest candidate for Post 1 of the Fayetteville City Council.

Ed has tirelessly served Fayette County and has been dedicated to building bridges of brotherhood and understanding throughout the community. Read More»

Hendrickson touting ideas ruinous to U.S.

Mark Hendrickson is a fellow of The Center for Vision & Values, a nonprofit dedicated to the encouragement of Christian-based values and truth in America. That is to say, “their” ideas regarding Christian values and truth. I just looked up their website and read their relatively innocuous mission statement. Who could possibly be against Christian values and the truth? Certainly not I. Read More»

TSPLOST is about many things, but transportation is last on list

The Kingston Trio in 1959 sang about a man named Charlie who lacked a nickel to make the fare necessary to get off the Boston Mass Transit Authority (MTA) subway. Charlie was doomed forever to ride the subway, the “Man Who Never Returned.”

Today, it’s hard to relate to Charlie’s problem: a 15-cent subway fare (the total Charlie needed) is in the far past. On the other hand, the more I learn about the Transportation SPecial Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and the uses for which it is intended, the more I feel like I was trapped in a maze of politics worse than the MTA tunnels under Boston. Read More»

Coweta letter to editor - Tea Party Patriots are non-partisan

When you hear the words “Tea Party” do you immediately think about politics?  Do you think the Tea Party is politically tied to any political party? One day a few weeks ago, I went to our downtown businesses on Main Street and I asked the owners or managers if they would allow me to put a flyer in their window. The flyer was announcing that our Mayor and a State Representative would be the guest speakers at our next meeting. Read More»

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