Letters to the Editor

Haddix plays political game to city’s detriment

I read with interest Mayor [Don] Haddix’s letter, “Which is the real Eric Imker?” (The Citizen, July 20,2011). Having attended each of the budget meetings last year, some lasting past midnight, the mayor’s letter was a mystery to me.

I had spent many hours reviewing Councilman Imker’s proposed cuts that would have prevented a tax hike for Peachtree City. After carefully reviewing his proposed budget cuts I can categorically state that my opinion is that there was nothing illegal, unfeasible, or not doable as Mayor Haddix states. Read More»

Imker: PTC’s budget plan remains on track

Thank you for your questions, comments and many ideas you have sent and discussed with me over the past year and a half, especially regarding the budget.

And, thank you for allowing me to serve as a council member for the last 19 months. Only 19 months and what a ride it’s been! Read More»

Big boxes are not the answer for PTC

Sales taxes aren’t going to rescue the Peachtree City budget, and selling on the cheap city property near Line Creek so another big box store can be built is a short-sighted plan.

This new shopping center will not generate more sales tax, but only shift sales and sales taxes from the Target and Kedron Kroger, Peachtree Crossing, Westpark, Braelinn, Publix and Peachtree East and other existing shops. (There may be a brief surge as people explore the “new,” but after that, sales will fall to today’s levels.) Read More»

Mayor Haddix: ‘Which is the real Eric Imker?’

“’You ran on the premise of no tax increases,’ Posey said of Imker, ‘... And I think this is the time to rein in the belt, not spend, spend, spend.’”

“Imker later noted that he devised more than $2 million in budget cuts last year that were defeated on separate council votes. And because the city faced a severe projected budget shortfall, the other choice was to raise taxes, Imker said.” Read More»

Thanks for returning driver’s license in S.C.

I recently spent some time in Cherry Grove, S.C. While I was there, I lost my driver’s license at a public fishing pier.

I was beside myself trying to find it, but I just couldn’t remember where I could’ve lost it.

I received an envelope in the mail on Monday, July 11; in it was my driver’s license with a short note that said, “I found this in the public fishing lot in MB, hope you had fun, Tacie from Peachtree City, Ga.”

I would really like to say thank you to this person and may God bless you. There are so few people willing to do the right thing nowadays. Read More»

Obama waging class warfare on unemployed

The Senoia Tea Party Patriots are calling on President Obama to stop waging class warfare on the backs of the unemployed as a smokescreen to keep overspending.

During the debt ceiling debate, the President has cast his opponents as wanting to put “a gun against the heads of the American people to extract tax breaks for corporate jet owners” and the President said he would not “balance the budget on the backs of middle-class families and working-class families.” Read More»

Tell Fayette board, ‘Keep Chris Snell’

With regard to your article on the possibility that Chris Snell will be removed as director of the Fayetteville Library due to lack of funds, I am shocked to think anyone in county government would allow this to happen.

Without question, it has been her leadership that has made the library a place where all Fayette County citizens’ needs and interests are met.

As a senior citizen in this county, few services are available to us for the tax dollars we provide. We need to find the local funds necessary to keep Chris as the library’s director. Read More»

F&HH exhibit bulldog tenacity on bypass

For those who came in late, the West Fayetteville Bypass (“WFB”), better known as “the road to nowhere,” is a project that has become increasingly controversial over the past three years.

When the voters narrowly approved the 2004 SPLOST package, the WFB was buried deep inside as “a road, street or bridge project.” It was not identified by name on the ballot. As a result, most people don’t realize they voted for it. Read More»

A parable of Washingdon: Folks decided to take in laundry

There is a town, not far away, whose people woke one morning to find that the town’s industries had shut down. There were no jobs. The people wondered how they would earn their living.

One man decided that he would earn money by doing his neighbors’ laundry. The neighbors were busy complaining that they had no jobs, and were happy for this man to do their laundry. A woman on the next block saw what was happening, and offered to do her neighbors’ laundry. Read More»

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»