Letters to the Editor

Library is one of the ‘essential’ services of PTC; don’t cut funds

Re: Cal Beverly’s recent editorial concerning our library. Our Peachtree City Library is not only the heart of this city, but it is her very soul. At no other location do all our citizens, young and old and in-between — of all faiths, all races, of many national origins and native tongues — come together in one place to make use, for free, of a veritable treasure trove. Read More»

Commission’s ‘Gang of 3’ champs at spending

I’m constantly amazed at the liberal leanings of the Gang of Three on our Fayette County Board of Commissioners. The exploits of Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan are proof the gang has little trouble spending our tax dollars as fast as they collect them.

While their constituents were worried about their personal finances, the Gang of Three decided to spend almost $90,000 to pave a dead-end gravel road with only two houses on it. They can’t balance a budget but they can surely waste our money on paving dead-end roads. Read More»

Supports council’s censure of mayor

We commend the City Council of Peachtree City for pursuing the censure of Mayor Don Haddix and representing a large number of voters in our great city.

This strong step hopefully will stop the negative situations, letters, blogs, etc., that he generates and gets involved in while representing Peachtree City.

Ideally the censure can be accomplished with decorum and Roberts Rules of Order in effect at the meeting.

The atmosphere and tension between the mayor and others he “works” with must stop if Peachtree City is to continue as a “best city.”

Dixie and Dave Jennings Read More»

Questions about uses of ‘The Center’

Several years ago a church was brought in packaged in several trailers, not your average church by any means.

We have had our beautiful old Ebenezer Methodist Church here for years and it’s like part of the family.

The other church closed recently and has been vacant for several months and no one could figure out what happened.

Then the other week a sign went up, something like “The Center.”

I stopped by on Thursday since several vehicles were in the parking lot, knocked on the door and a lady came to the door. Read More»

We’ve sent all our good jobs overseas

Tea Party Republicans see the crisis as the government employs too many people. American corporations are making higher profits by not employing Americans but cheaper overseas labor, now their consumers. Read More»

In PTC, too many cop cars & officers

Peachtree City Police maintain 94 vehicles to issue an estimated 7,130 citations and warnings to residents this year.

As of last week, the Peachtree City Police Department had 94 vehicles on its books. Vehicle types include 68 Ford Crown Victoria sedans, 13 sport utility vehicles consisting of eight Ford Explorers, two Ford Expeditions and three Chevy Tahoes, as well as one Ford F-250 pickup truck, a Ford Mustang and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Ten miscellaneous other vehicles round out the list.

And the Police Department wants more! Read More»

Local shrubs, curb cuts and stupid waste

In a town not far away or long ago, a woman stood on her porch and watched as a state department of transportation truck pulled onto the highway median. Two men with shovels got out and began to work. One man dug a hole; the second man filled it in. They moved about 15 feet. The first man dug a hole; the second filled it in. The woman walked to the edge of the road and called, “What on earth are you fellows doing?”

The first man replied, “The guy who plants the shrubs is out sick, today.” Read More»

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»

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