Letters to the Editor

Frady’s behavior last week was reprehensible

I have been regularly attending [Fayette County] Commission meetings for over two years now. There were easily 200-plus people in attendance at [Thursday] night’s meeting, and [the] display was one of the most disrespectful I’ve ever witnessed.

Unfortunately, the citizens who attend these meetings have become accustomed to routinely being derided and mocked and having their rights trampled upon, but Chairman Frady’s behavior last night was reprehensible. He’s the one who’s supposed to set the standard, and he failed miserably. Read More»

Brown not allowed to present referendum idea

On June 9, 2011 Commissioner Steve Brown was listed on the commissioners’ meeting agenda to speak on HB240. Under HB240, the funding for infeasible or impractical SPLOST projects may be put to a referendum vote. If the public decides it does not want those projects, their funding may be used to reduce debt or property taxes.

But for that to happen, the commissioners must first agree to a referendum. Brown brought with him a 20-page PowerPoint presentation he had prepared to help communicate what he had to say. He gave copies to the other four commissioners before the meeting started. Read More»

June 9 meeting ‘most embarrassing to date’

I have attended the Fayette County Commission meetings for the last year or so, and I will admit that the meeting of June 9 was the most embarrassing to date. A major number of the public attendees were there in response to seeing how this county was going to treat House Bill 240.

To have this tabled, after having the agenda agreed upon by all commissioners at the start of the meeting, was poor judgment by the chair. Read More»

Why is bypass so crucial?

Why does the bypass have such strong support from commissioners Frady, Hearn and Horgan? Do you ever ask yourself that question?

The road goes nowhere, it is wasting millions of dollars and there has never been a road study to support why it should be built.

The hidden force that has convinced the group of three, that this road is a must build, should make most people with common sense more then a little suspicious of the commissioners’ motivations.

I say hidden force because those people have never come forth to the public to state their reasons for supporting this road project. Read More»

PTC, honor and other intemperate thoughts: Haddix deserves censure

The ongoing saga involving our current and former mayors can best be described as nothing more than blight upon the reputation of our fair city. For a sitting mayor to accuse anyone of conducting city business while intoxicated (or partly) literally years after the fact and not surfacing the issue when it allegedly occurred demonstrates a character flaw I call cowardice. If it did not occur, then the man has proven himself a purveyor of prevarication. Again. Read More»

Help bring the Appling Sword back to Georgia

In 2011 Georgia residents have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute in a tangible way to preserving a unique part of Georgia history: bringing the Appling Sword back to Georgia.

The Appling Sword is an elaborate ceremonial sword commissioned by the Georgia Legislature in 1814 to be presented to Lt. Col. Daniel Appling, a native of Georgia and a hero of the War of 1812. Read More»

Haddix expresses ‘regret’ to Logsdon

The time has come to make a reply to the article in The Citizen concerning Harold Logsdon suing me in court for defamation, resulting from an email exchange on the subject of extended alcohol hours of sales. Read More»

Where’s Citizen scorn for gateway bridge?

Please tell me how the city’s incessant drumbeat request for funding of the “gateway bridge” has escaped resounding scorn and ridicule by [The Citizen].

Were you (or a representative) not at the County Commission meeting in January where the city’s mayor and engineer unabashedly and candidly admitted to missing the federally mandated deadline for final funding request submission? Did you not hear them cavalierly state that the city’s submission was several weeks past the more than once communicated submission deadline? Read More»

Brooks official confesses: I appointed cousin to cemetery committee

Bravo to Carolyn Cary for sounding a voice of reason amidst the recent brouhaha over Lee Hearn’s nomination of Addison Lester to the Election Board. The fuss, which she so eloquently derided, is much ado about nothing, a tempest in the proverbial teapot.

I’ve known Commissioner Lee Hearn as a fellow resident of the Brooks community for 15 years. I know him to be honest, community-minded, plain-spoken, and straight as an arrow.

I know Addison Lester only by reputation, which is excellent, and by the reputation of his old-line Fayette family, which is also beyond reproach. Read More»

Citizens are my boss

The Wednesday meeting was a planning meeting, not a vote for policy.

I voted to carry the public agenda issue forward to the regular commission meeting, where the public will see what and who votes for citizens’ rights.

I am of the opinion and belief that the public comment section of the commission agenda be the FIRST item on the list.

The citizens need to freely express their opinions on the agenda items so that the commissioners will have an understanding of the citizens views of all items.

Our citizens are the BOSS. Read More»