Letters to the Editor

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»

Steve Allen: Why I’m running against Eric Imker for PTC Council

This is my introduction and reasons why I am running for Peachtree City Council Post 1.

My wife and I have been married for 14 years and we have two children. My career, which is in the Information Technology (IT) industry, has spanned more than 30 years in sales, development and delivery positions responsible for growing multi-million-dollar revenue streams and achieving budget productivity objectives. Read More»

Trolley tales: The myth of ‘grants’

The Citizen reported it: Peachtree City may get a Tourism Product Development Grant to cover part of the cost of a “film tour trolley.”

A grant. Makes it sound as if someone else were paying for it, right?

Sorry, that’s not true. Any “grant” money we might get is just our own money, paid in taxes to some government agency, and returned to us minus a brokerage fee.

Not only are we paying the full cost of the trolley, but we’re also paying for the privilege of begging a bureaucrat to return our own money to us. Read More»

Sidewalks to nowhere in a city of cart paths

The forethought and design of Peachtree City and the 90 miles of paths intertwined within makes it an ideal place to live. Whether you’re walking, running, cycling or carting, the paths provide a means of fun, safety and access. It eliminates the danger and congestion of automobile traffic, crosswalks, and red lights. Wow! What a concept!

Sidewalks in Peachtree City, you have to be kidding! Have you seen them? They’re not even sidewalks. Just mere cement pads to identify crosswalks. What a joke, besides a waste of time and money that could be used elsewhere. Read More»

Why is our tax money going to communists?

It would be interesting to see a tally of how much tax money Peachtree City collects from refugees of communism, having escaped Europe, Asia and Latin America.

From military members who have fought with service and blood against communism and from families who have lost loved ones in this never ending fight.

Yet the Peachtree City Council sees it fit to use part of this tax money, the people’s money, $50,000 to support a communistic enterprise masquerading under the name of SANY, subsidizing them, so they can compete in free world markets. Read More»

The absurdity of Fayette subsidizing the feds

The majority of our Board of Commissioners, composed of Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan, continue to astound us with their unbelievably poor decision-making abilities.

You’ve got the West Fayetteville Bypass, the appointment of relatives to oversee their re-election campaigns, an illegal meeting to take control of the Board of Elections, the vote to keep Fayette County in the regional mass transit plan and the rejection of the proposal to use HB 240 to save the 2012 budget. The list goes on and on. Read More»

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