Letters to the Editor

PTC city manager: ‘We must shift focus’

Dear Editor and Peachtree City residents: Many of you have probably read about the reorganization of the city government that was approved last night [June 16]. You may be asking yourselves if your new city manager and the Council who hired him are completely out of their minds. I understand your concerns. Read More»

Citizens, come have your say on taxes

Last July, approximately 55 percent of those who voted in the county commissioner election voted for Steve Brown and Allen McCarty. The platform of Brown and McCarty was for change: anti-West Bypass, anti-SPLOST, and anti-mass transit. Your newly elected commissioners have been diligently working toward those ends. But they are outnumbered 3 to 2. They need your help. Read More»

Brown: Government openness, accountability has to start at local level

We are rapidly approaching one of our nation’s most sacred holidays: Independence Day.

I am often frustrated at how our modern society has smoothed all the rough edges off of the Founding Fathers through a sort of historical canonization process. The road to creating our great country was a treacherous, rowdy and often painful trek into mostly uncharted reasoning and practices.

Creating a democracy was grueling, and defending it through the generations has been equally demanding. Read More»

Open letter to Herb Frady: ‘Apologize’

An open letter to Herb Frady: Herb, I have known you for a long time, and consider you a friend. However, I have never been more disappointed in you for the way you handled yourself at the last county commissioners’ meeting.

While you might have been in your legal right, I think you were professionally, tactically, and politically wrong for not allowing Steve Brown to say his piece. You did not need to vote on anything, and so it appeared to me, and to the rest of those in attendance, that you were engaging in a petty power struggle. Read More»

3 commissioners block tax debate

It should come as no surprise that an immovable majority on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners — who put their relatives on the Board of Elections to oversee their re-election bids, push expensive and unwarranted road projects, voted on contacts and other expenditures in the millions without putting the items on an agenda, voted to keep us in the regional mass transit plans and consistently approve no-bid contracts for everything from grass cutting to engineering services — is frantically attempting to thwart a fellow commissioner from trying to rescue a failed budgeting process which w Read More»

Fayette Commission majority as arrogant as in Miami-Dade recall

As a Miami-Dade County attorney for 30 years I had an up-close look at the inner workings of the Dade County Commission. It is no wonder that many considered those workings to be similar to those engaged in by Third World countries.

I didn’t believe that it was possible that annother county commission could be so arrogant and out of touch with the wishes of the electorate. I was wrong. Read More»

Watch YouTube video to see how Frady runs commission meetings

The June 9 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners was a successful launch of Fayette County into a new orbit of ludicrousness. Houston ... can you hear us ... we have a leadership problem!

There wasn’t an open seat in the auditorium. The crowd had come to support Commissioner Steve Brown’s effort to right our county’s financial ship. Many in the crowd got up and spoke in favor of Brown’s plan to use the new House Bill 240 solution for adverting a budget crisis in future years. Read More»

Frady’s behavior last week was reprehensible

I have been regularly attending [Fayette County] Commission meetings for over two years now. There were easily 200-plus people in attendance at [Thursday] night’s meeting, and [the] display was one of the most disrespectful I’ve ever witnessed.

Unfortunately, the citizens who attend these meetings have become accustomed to routinely being derided and mocked and having their rights trampled upon, but Chairman Frady’s behavior last night was reprehensible. He’s the one who’s supposed to set the standard, and he failed miserably. Read More»

Brown not allowed to present referendum idea

On June 9, 2011 Commissioner Steve Brown was listed on the commissioners’ meeting agenda to speak on HB240. Under HB240, the funding for infeasible or impractical SPLOST projects may be put to a referendum vote. If the public decides it does not want those projects, their funding may be used to reduce debt or property taxes.

But for that to happen, the commissioners must first agree to a referendum. Brown brought with him a 20-page PowerPoint presentation he had prepared to help communicate what he had to say. He gave copies to the other four commissioners before the meeting started. Read More»

June 9 meeting ‘most embarrassing to date’

I have attended the Fayette County Commission meetings for the last year or so, and I will admit that the meeting of June 9 was the most embarrassing to date. A major number of the public attendees were there in response to seeing how this county was going to treat House Bill 240.

To have this tabled, after having the agenda agreed upon by all commissioners at the start of the meeting, was poor judgment by the chair. Read More»

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