Letters to the Editor

Should grand jury investigate Hearn?

The public comment portion of the meeting of county commissioners on May 12 was revealing. The comments were primarily directed at Commissioner Lee Hearn, who was absent. The comments were critical of his appointment of his first cousin Addison Lester III to the election board and the fact he did not reveal his relationship to Mr. Lester. In fact he tried to hide that information by stating he knew Mr. Lester from church. Read More»

People losing faith in county government

We’re well beyond the point of ridiculous on the newest appointment to the Fayette County Board of Elections. Commissioner Lee Hearn shouldn’t have been appointing his cousin to oversee his election results in the first place. Mr. Hearn is smart enough to know right from wrong. Read More»

A plea to help Booth Middle School science stars go to Olympiad

When you think about what creates quality of life in Fayette County, the school system has to be part of your equation.

Our school system has been able to attract excellent quality faculty, people who are passionate about what they do. I have seen the quality first hand.

In my time volunteering at J.C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City, I have reviewed the strong testing results and read the student surveys where a significant majority of the students find the school an enjoyable place to learn. Read More»

Which side of the alley is mayor on?

Wow, talk about betraying your constituents! Recently Mayor Haddix said to Wilshire homeowners he would fight hard to get a massive bowling alley put in across from Publix on Ga. Highway 74 South at the Senoia turnoff. His statements were AFTER about 30 homeowners had firmly stated the many reasons it was bad for them and the city.

Did you really listen to your constituents, Mr. Mayor? Or did you allow your love of bowling and dollar signs cloud your reason? Read More»

Council must be more proactive to save PTC

Lately, it has been apparent that Peachtree City no longer plans ahead. Instead we find ourselves reacting to whatever comes our way and trying to make it work.

What has happened?

What happened to the town that told everybody how it was going to be and as a result businesses felt privileged to build here? Now it seems like we are the ones that bow down to whatever is presented to us and we are constantly compromising.

Take the bowling “center” proposed for Ga. Highway 74 South across from Wilshire Estates and adjacent to Somerby senior living facility. Read More»

Why do commissioners keep secrets, vote with no explanations?

You get a funny feeling after reviewing some of the recent decisions by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners, and maybe a few questions.

There is a great deal of curiosity (suspicion?) regarding what Commissioner Lee Hearn, Commissioner Robert Horgan and Chairman Herb Frady are really up to lately.

Disbelief creeps in when you see the three commissioners spending $89,000 in tax dollars on paving a dead-end gravel road with two houses on it at the same time they claim there is no funding to do far more important projects. Read More»

O, the deceptions, the conflicts we could name

It appears that there will be a significant cost overrun to build the West Fayetteville Bypass along Tillman Road.

I was advised that there are five springs that feed water into the road area. I’m also told that the county engineer and former land acquisition specialist recently left that area stating that they were going to have to redesign the road to allow for the additional wetland problem that has been encountered.

According to the owner, the county indicated that it would have to take additional land borings to determine what would have to be dealt with. Read More»

West Bypass takings show loss of our rights

Concerning the unending debate over the West Fayetteville Bypass and its many tentacles: The founders never intended this kind of abuse when they wrote the 5th Amendment, which in part says, “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

You simply cannot reason that building luxury condos (or useless roads) is a public use with a straight face.

Public use is generally defined as a use that benefits the public not specific individuals. Read More»

Commissioners’ missteps have become table talk at Fayette restaurants

I am submitting some comments I made during the April 28 Board of Commissioners meeting:

Several events came together over the past few weeks that have brought me to write a letter to the editor. The culmination of these events came to a head last week over dinner with a group of friends at a local restaurant in Peachtree City.

Over the course of the evening our conversation turned to local politics. I started a discussion about county politics and the issues that were important to me, these being:

1. West Fayetteville Bypass

2. Mass transit to Fayette County Read More»

Commissioner Hearn just keeps digging his self-made pit even deeper

Here we go again with the sneaky crusade of Commissioner Lee Hearn. First, in 2010, we had a situation where a full quorum of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners was spotted having an improper meeting in a local restaurant in Fayetteville to discuss how they were going to change the county’s Board of Elections to their advantage. However, the new commissioners Allen McCarty and Steve Brown broke that up when they took office. Read More»

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