Letters to the Editor

Why is bypass so crucial?

Why does the bypass have such strong support from commissioners Frady, Hearn and Horgan? Do you ever ask yourself that question?

The road goes nowhere, it is wasting millions of dollars and there has never been a road study to support why it should be built.

The hidden force that has convinced the group of three, that this road is a must build, should make most people with common sense more then a little suspicious of the commissioners’ motivations.

I say hidden force because those people have never come forth to the public to state their reasons for supporting this road project. Read More»

PTC, honor and other intemperate thoughts: Haddix deserves censure

The ongoing saga involving our current and former mayors can best be described as nothing more than blight upon the reputation of our fair city. For a sitting mayor to accuse anyone of conducting city business while intoxicated (or partly) literally years after the fact and not surfacing the issue when it allegedly occurred demonstrates a character flaw I call cowardice. If it did not occur, then the man has proven himself a purveyor of prevarication. Again. Read More»

Help bring the Appling Sword back to Georgia

In 2011 Georgia residents have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute in a tangible way to preserving a unique part of Georgia history: bringing the Appling Sword back to Georgia.

The Appling Sword is an elaborate ceremonial sword commissioned by the Georgia Legislature in 1814 to be presented to Lt. Col. Daniel Appling, a native of Georgia and a hero of the War of 1812. Read More»

Haddix expresses ‘regret’ to Logsdon

The time has come to make a reply to the article in The Citizen concerning Harold Logsdon suing me in court for defamation, resulting from an email exchange on the subject of extended alcohol hours of sales. Read More»

Where’s Citizen scorn for gateway bridge?

Please tell me how the city’s incessant drumbeat request for funding of the “gateway bridge” has escaped resounding scorn and ridicule by [The Citizen].

Were you (or a representative) not at the County Commission meeting in January where the city’s mayor and engineer unabashedly and candidly admitted to missing the federally mandated deadline for final funding request submission? Did you not hear them cavalierly state that the city’s submission was several weeks past the more than once communicated submission deadline? Read More»

Brooks official confesses: I appointed cousin to cemetery committee

Bravo to Carolyn Cary for sounding a voice of reason amidst the recent brouhaha over Lee Hearn’s nomination of Addison Lester to the Election Board. The fuss, which she so eloquently derided, is much ado about nothing, a tempest in the proverbial teapot.

I’ve known Commissioner Lee Hearn as a fellow resident of the Brooks community for 15 years. I know him to be honest, community-minded, plain-spoken, and straight as an arrow.

I know Addison Lester only by reputation, which is excellent, and by the reputation of his old-line Fayette family, which is also beyond reproach. Read More»

Citizens are my boss

The Wednesday meeting was a planning meeting, not a vote for policy.

I voted to carry the public agenda issue forward to the regular commission meeting, where the public will see what and who votes for citizens’ rights.

I am of the opinion and belief that the public comment section of the commission agenda be the FIRST item on the list.

The citizens need to freely express their opinions on the agenda items so that the commissioners will have an understanding of the citizens views of all items.

Our citizens are the BOSS. Read More»

Commission counts bees ahead of budget wreck

Our county is headed for a train wreck and our elected commissioners can’t seem to get anything done to prevent or even recognize it. The last workshop held June 1, the commission debated/discussed and argued for 40 minutes and could not agree on how many honeybees a resident could have in their front or back yard.

With all the many things that are affecting this county and its citizens, one would think the commission could get their act together. But, no, they can’t seem to agree on anything, not even bees. Read More»

Budget unsustainable, but Frady tries to shut out public comments

As someone who has been active in local politics for over 15 years, I ask you to heed the warning of Commissioner Steve Brown regarding the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget. Read More»

Frady, Horgan and Hearn continue to tune out voter complaints

Commissioner Frady thinks the public comment portion of the commissioners meetings should be moved to the end of the meeting. He claims the people are boisterous and that Boy Scouts sometimes are in attendance. He has got to be kidding.

The only person that is boisterous is the man yelling and slamming the gavel when Steve Brown is making a point. There is audio and video of all these meetings that will prove this point. Read More»