Letters to the Editor

West Bypass takings show loss of our rights

Concerning the unending debate over the West Fayetteville Bypass and its many tentacles: The founders never intended this kind of abuse when they wrote the 5th Amendment, which in part says, “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

You simply cannot reason that building luxury condos (or useless roads) is a public use with a straight face.

Public use is generally defined as a use that benefits the public not specific individuals. Read More»

Commissioners’ missteps have become table talk at Fayette restaurants

I am submitting some comments I made during the April 28 Board of Commissioners meeting:

Several events came together over the past few weeks that have brought me to write a letter to the editor. The culmination of these events came to a head last week over dinner with a group of friends at a local restaurant in Peachtree City.

Over the course of the evening our conversation turned to local politics. I started a discussion about county politics and the issues that were important to me, these being:

1. West Fayetteville Bypass

2. Mass transit to Fayette County Read More»

Commissioner Hearn just keeps digging his self-made pit even deeper

Here we go again with the sneaky crusade of Commissioner Lee Hearn. First, in 2010, we had a situation where a full quorum of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners was spotted having an improper meeting in a local restaurant in Fayetteville to discuss how they were going to change the county’s Board of Elections to their advantage. However, the new commissioners Allen McCarty and Steve Brown broke that up when they took office. Read More»

Healthcare bill will lower costs

Georgians don’t just need access to affordable healthcare; Georgians need greater access to meaningful healthcare. The free-market principles of competition can help drive down costs, provide for greater accessibility, and provide Georgians with more healthcare options. Read More»

AP classes: Consider the risks and rewards

Do high school seniors understand fully the risk-reward system associated with signing up for advanced placement classes? A search online will show that nearly 50 percent of students do not earn the 3, 4, or 5 on the exam to be able to earn college credit.

Also, if you plan on going to a division one school, 4’s and 5’s will probably be the only acceptable scores they will give you credit for. Read More»

Thanks for WWII Heritage days

On behalf of the history teachers of the Coweta-Fayette County area, we are most thankful to the men and women of the Dixie Wing Commemorative Air Force for hosting WW II Heritage Days at Falcon Field.

The planes, vehicles, WW II re-enactors, displays, and the entire atmosphere was a fantastic hands-on history experience that goes far beyond what a student would ever encounter in a classroom.

Above and beyond that were the WW II veterans that were able to share first-hand experiences with the public. I particularly enjoyed speaking with Mr. Ron Mooney, a Pearl Harbor survivor. Read More»

Faulty data mask BoE’s problems

At the April 19 Fayette County Board of Education meeting, the board restored effective May 1 the remaining 3 percent of the 4.5 percent pay cut all school board employees took back in 2009. The board previously restored 1.5 percent of the pay cut in February of this year.

The March 2011 fund balance of $19.9 million was at an all-time record high and the balance may reach $21 million by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2011. The March balance was almost triple the average fund balance over the past several years. Read More»

3 county emperors dressed in deception

We have three emperors in Fayette County who wear no clothes. They are dressed only in an aura of dishonesty and deception they have woven around themselves

I sat with a large crowd of people at the April 14 County Board of Commissioners meeting. One person after the next went to the podium to complain about the lack of transparency from the three emperors. In fact, “lack” is probably an understatement and “nonexistent” might be more appropriate. Read More»

What motives drive commissioners, Steele to ignore public’s will?

I hope everyone got a chance to read the recent AJC article on gang activity in the MARTA system. A group of young gang thugs assaulted two male Delta employees on a MARTA train.

The fact that violence has been associated with MARTA is nothing new. Several people were shot dead at MARTA stations recently and a woman was kidnapped. Read More»

You want cuts? Here’s a start

Face it. Someone is going to have to eat cat food!

For 30 years the U.S. federal government has spent on ever higher levels of both guns and butter financed by an ever larger deficit. It started during the Reagan years with the military buildup to win the Cold War at the same time that entitlement costs were exploding. Read More»