Opinion

PTC, power company are charging taxes upon taxes

In sixth grade, my arithmetic class included fractions and percentages. Hated them, then; hated them, now. Never thought Id need them. Didnt, for a long time, not until I took a hard look at my electric power bill.

Sales tax on electricity is 6 percent. Okay, I understand that. Georgia Power is selling me a product. I pay sales tax on it.

But when I multiply the cost of electricity by 6 percent, I dont get the same cost for sales tax that is on the bill. Read More»

Dienhart is the right choice for PTC Council Post 2

I recently had the opportunity to contrast the two candidates for Peachtree City Council Post 2: George Dienhart and Scott Brown.

Dienhart was certainly the more impressive candidate. Of the two men, Dienhart appears to have a plan that supports our village concept while bringing new jobs to the city. He also had a plan for how to deal with the current City Council controversy.

I believe that it is going to take a strong leader to deal with the energetic personalities of Don Haddix and Erik Imker. After hearing the two men speak, Dienhart was the obvious choice. Read More»

Golf carts & handicapped parking: something’s wrong

Do I like golf carts?

No, when you are driving down Spear Road at the speed limit and come around a curve and all of a sudden there is a golf cart in the road going 10 mph what an idiot.

Now lets talk about the newly renovated shopping center next to Kmart. I never shop in Peachtree City; parking space is the problem. When I had open heart surgery, I was in a coma for a month and in the hospital for three months and I had to learn to walk again, so handicapped parking is a must for me.

My favorite hair dresser is now in a salon near Kmart, so I went there for a hair cut. Read More»

Frady, Horgan and Hearn refuse to help taxpayers

Dear Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Robert Horgan and Commissioner Lee Hearn,

Many of the citizens of Fayette County have developed a keen interest in local politics over the last couple of years. Unfortunately, this interest wasnt created out of admiration of your actions.

Our interest in your actions originated out of distrust and a yearning to save the community we hold so dear.

Any budgetary process, whether its your personal finances or the management of a county government, depends upon your ability to make modifications as the economic environment changes. Read More»

Brown: 2 of us tried to stop wasteful county spending, but 3 said no

The frustration level is extremely high at the county government level. First, a new ordinance was passed on a 3-1 vote to force citizens to register to speak at government meetings. The new ordinance is so broad in its restriction of free speech that any comments that might embarrass the chairman or the other commissioners are now cause for removing a citizen from a public meeting (I am not making this up). Read More»

Company gone

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

This is the column intended to wrap up our summer travelogue, complaining gently about six loads of wash, mostly bedding, finally finished and folded. Dave’s such a good fellow, did his best to take up some of the inevitable burden. Because of the heat, we did not spend a lot of time outdoors when we could get almost the same experience within.

And we (or the young people) did a lot in those three weeks, in no particular order:

· Big beach and little breakers on each side of the Florida peninsula

· Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

· Church Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of Aug. 29, 2011

Betsy Tyler's picture

Email issues, Council Meeting, watering restrictions, golf cart decals, securing vehicles, and more . . . Read More»

Not a good situation

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

It was the kind of situation you think could never happen to you.

Believe me, it could.

I had not planned on going swimming in the Gulf last week. Women my age don’t need to show off the veins and bruises of their scrawny bird legs on the beach. But it was the evening before we were due to leave Anna Maria Island, and just dark enough to hide the scars on legs that had 75 years of hard use. There were very few other vacationers on the sugar-fine beach, and no threatening sun. Read More»

The English Teacher

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Mrs. Newsome was my tenth-grade English teacher at Briarwood High School, home of the Mighty Buccaneers. For years I’ve written about her and how she was a stickler for the Queen’s English. Her red correction pen, now infamous, was used often when it came to me. My book reports and term papers were returned with so many corrections they looked as though they were bleeding. Read More»

The wussification of American kids

David Epps's picture

Back in the spring some bureaucratic types in the Great State of New York announced plans to ban certain kid’s activities on playgrounds. Legislation was apparently introduced to “protect” kids from the horrors of dangerous activities.

What was banned? Games like “mumbley peg,” which all the kids in my neighborhood played back in Tennessee, a game that involved throwing knives? Nope.
BB gun battles, which I also regularly engaged in during neighborhood conflicts in the surrounding woods? Nope.

How about model rocket fights? Those were pretty cool. Read More»

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