Letters to the Editor

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Commissioner Wise, thank you for the courtesy of responding to my email regarding the higher and higher cost of electricity provided by Georgia Power.

I read and reread your response several times and unfortunately, I must admit, I’m a little bit baffled by your comments.

Essentially, I believe you are espousing the belief that we the people (that live in Georgia and other Southern states) chose over ten years ago not to have competition in the area of retail electricity providers and that essentially you believe that we are better off for it. Read More»

Gifted students skipping grades? That’s a bad idea for many reasons

I am responding to Matthew Boyle’s letter that suggested gifted kids skip grades in order to save money.

Your opinion has to be one of the most short-sighted letters I have ever read. I have two children in the Fayette County Schools who could most likely be chosen to skip grades. First of all, the vast majority of gifted kids are NOT Albert Einstein. They are just extremely smart, quick and hard-working kids who need extra challenges in school. Read More»

Fired employees not only ones treated shoddily by PTC Council

The City Council’s controversial action in approving a sweeping revamp of Peachtree City municipal programs — in the process ousting Randy Gaddo, director of leisure services, and Scott Christopher, recreation facilities manager, from their jobs and demoting City Planner David Rast — highlights the urgent need for improvement of Georgia’s open meetings law. Read More»

Why would 3 commissioners ignore public?

The June 23, 2011 Board of Commissioners meeting will long be remembered as the most well-attended meeting in a very long time. Every seat was taken and people had to stand in the back of the room. But before you get too impressed, that crowd of people from all over the county ended up leaving disheartened and aggravated once again. Read More»

Are PTC drivers ignorant of pedestrian laws?

To the residents of Peachtree City and surrounding areas, do any of you know what the Georgia law is concerning pedestrians in a crosswalk?

The law states: “Drivers must ‘stop and stay stopped’ for pedestrians, not just yield to them.”

Many of us work on Ga. Highway 54 near the Chase Bank. Because of the various restaurants in our area, we are asked to park in the Office Depot parking lot and walk across the street (the road that goes into Walmart). We each walk across that street at least twice a day, many times four times a day. Read More»

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»