Letters to the Editor

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»

PTC Councilman Imker seeks budget input

Please join me Saturday, July 9, between 10 a.m. and noon at City Hall to discuss the city’s proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget. It is on the city’s website.

Council has scheduled a budget workshop for Monday, July 11, 6 p.m. at City Hall where details will be discussed.

Although no votes will be made at the workshop, compromises will begin to take shape as we move towards two public hearings in preparation for a final vote on establishing the FY2012 budget at the Aug. 4 City Council meeting. Read More»

PTC parade: Where’s patriotic music?

Peachtree City is one of six cities in the running for Most Patriotic Town, so where was the patriotic music in our 4th of July parade?

From the looks and sounds of the one-hour-and-20-minute parade, it was all about candy, advertising fliers, rock, heavy metal and rap music.

There was one lone bagpiper, one float, and one band playing patriotic music.

What about “God Bless America,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America the Beautiful,” and how about military songs honoring our brave men and women fighting for our freedoms?

Carol Case Read More»

Who’s protecting us from Ga. Power?

[The following letter was sent to Georgia Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise.]

When I called to complain to Georgia Power’s (no) customer service for the unprecedented increase in my electric bill this year versus last year .... I was given this simple answer;

“Everything we do is approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission”.

Well, if that is a fact, please help me understand the following:

1. Since I do not have a choice of electric companies (I know that this is a fact) then why was this outright monopolistic situation approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission? Read More»

Save money, let gifted students skip grades

Currently in Fayette County, students in elementary school who typically do really well on tests and are recommended by a teacher are asked to join the gifted program.

This program challenges students to ability level, but the dollar amount spent per child is higher for gifted students than non-gifted students, due to smaller classes in the gifted program, and teachers are required to obtain extra certifications. Read More»

PTC Council’s firing of Randy Gaddo was ‘misguided and myopic’

Our City Council and mayor made a misguided and terrible decision when they voted to endorse our neophyte city manager’s recommendation to decimate our Leisure Services Department and the associated citizen commission. Read More»

Fayette County financial disaster is looming

Citizens of Fayette County, if you are proud of this county and enjoy living here and the services provided, it is time to become involved in its future financial stability.

As most of you know we ousted two of the former commissioners in a landslide vote during the last election because the commission was not governing according to the will of the people.

What many of you do not know is that the three remaining commissioners have banded together and continue to make decisions that they support rather than those supported by the citizens. Read More»

Brown: HB 240 could have saved the budget

He grabbed the paper with conviction and read the letter from Standard & Poor’s giving a glowing picture of the county government’s finances. There it was with proof and certainty, nothing else need be said.

The error Commissioner Lee Hearn made in his best attempt at dodging accountability for a looming crisis was he forgot the large audience was a group of seasoned, intelligent people not willing to eat the propaganda. Read More»

A dissenting view of the West Bypass: How about some facts?

I occasionally read The Citizen to catch up on local news. As a result, I am aware of the disagreement within the County Commission regarding the West Bypass.

I do not have an opinion on whether the bypass is good or bad, because, despite the many letters published on the subject, many authors typically turn to personal attacks and insults.

I don’t ever recall reading a rational, respectful, “just the facts ma’am,” pro-and-con description of the issues involved. Read More»

Lunch last week with the Speaker

Last week 25 members of various metro Atlanta tea parties received an invitation from Newt Gingrich’s staff to meet with the former Speaker. His birthday was last week and I suppose he wanted to be back in Georgia with family to enjoy it, and take the opportunity to hear from some local grassroots organizations.

After the staffer’s customary “How are you?” I had to ask, “I just heard that a dozen of Newt’s staff quit, so I ought to be asking, how YOU are?” A chuckle at the other end. Read More»

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