Letters to the Editor

Free speech, the public and the commission

Those of us sitting in the audience at the Board of Commissioners meeting on July 6 were totally confounded watching Commissioner Steve Brown defending the First Amendment and free speech in Fayette County government.

Commissioner Brown was battling Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan who are trying to shove a new ordinance that promotes censorship and gives Chairman Frady almost dictatorial powers down our throats. Read More»

Why skip grades

The website www.doe.k12.ga.us will show Mrs. Schmid where to get the information about costs and alternatives to the gifted program.

I’m glad you agree the gifted program is not perfect. I believe it is important to bring attention to this issue in a time where most attention in classes is focused on students near the bottom, thanks to the No Child Left Behind Act.

I graduated in this county and personally was in the gifted program since third grade, and I began AP classes in 10th grade. Read More»

Bike rider sees signs of the times from teens

While bicycling the other day, I was privileged to be addressed by some passing motorist. I usually experience this right after graduation, but it appears I will get to be so blessed through the summer.

I am so uplifted when this occurs. I get to experience the benefits of the fine education of our youth. Their extensive vocabulary is so extensive. It consists of words that rarely exceed four letters and three syllables. They also express the extent of their intelligent quotient by the number of fingers they can raise.

’Tis always an uplifting experience.

Bicycling on,

Von Woods Read More»

PSC Chairman: No electric competition

I sent this response to Mr. Cupertino’s email which was published in your paper on June 28, 2011, “Who’s protecting us from Georgia Power?”

Mr. Cupertino, thanks for the mail. Let me see if I can answer your questions. Read More»

Compare prices of Ga. Power, EMC

Commissioner Wise, thank you for the courtesy of responding to my email regarding the higher and higher cost of electricity provided by Georgia Power.

I read and reread your response several times and unfortunately, I must admit, I’m a little bit baffled by your comments.

Essentially, I believe you are espousing the belief that we the people (that live in Georgia and other Southern states) chose over ten years ago not to have competition in the area of retail electricity providers and that essentially you believe that we are better off for it. Read More»

Gifted students skipping grades? That’s a bad idea for many reasons

I am responding to Matthew Boyle’s letter that suggested gifted kids skip grades in order to save money.

Your opinion has to be one of the most short-sighted letters I have ever read. I have two children in the Fayette County Schools who could most likely be chosen to skip grades. First of all, the vast majority of gifted kids are NOT Albert Einstein. They are just extremely smart, quick and hard-working kids who need extra challenges in school. Read More»

Fired employees not only ones treated shoddily by PTC Council

The City Council’s controversial action in approving a sweeping revamp of Peachtree City municipal programs — in the process ousting Randy Gaddo, director of leisure services, and Scott Christopher, recreation facilities manager, from their jobs and demoting City Planner David Rast — highlights the urgent need for improvement of Georgia’s open meetings law. Read More»

Why would 3 commissioners ignore public?

The June 23, 2011 Board of Commissioners meeting will long be remembered as the most well-attended meeting in a very long time. Every seat was taken and people had to stand in the back of the room. But before you get too impressed, that crowd of people from all over the county ended up leaving disheartened and aggravated once again. Read More»

Are PTC drivers ignorant of pedestrian laws?

To the residents of Peachtree City and surrounding areas, do any of you know what the Georgia law is concerning pedestrians in a crosswalk?

The law states: “Drivers must ‘stop and stay stopped’ for pedestrians, not just yield to them.”

Many of us work on Ga. Highway 54 near the Chase Bank. Because of the various restaurants in our area, we are asked to park in the Office Depot parking lot and walk across the street (the road that goes into Walmart). We each walk across that street at least twice a day, many times four times a day. Read More»

If you can’t afford tip, stay out of restaurant

Since I retired five or six years ago, one of the things I like to do is go out to eat, particularly at a local Waffle House.

I’ve thought about what I’m going to say for a long time, and the time is now. Plain and simple — if you can’t afford to tip the waitress, you shouldn’t be in the restaurant.

I understand the occasional bad service issue, but this is quite another matter.

Today, as I sat in one of my usual spots, I overheard someone mention, “So the bill is $21, so the tip would be $3.” Read More»

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