Opinion

Steele’s plans bad for all of Fayette

It is time for some blunt talk about the deceptive practices surrounding the West Fayetteville Bypass. It was clear for most early on that the Road to Nowhere was improper. The fog has lifted even more for the remaining holdouts because of recent newspaper stories detailing the development plans along the bypass. Read More»

Big secret revealed: West Bypass is absolutely a developers’ road

The Citizen reveals the big secret. The West Fayetteville Bypass was not built for traffic relief in downtown Fayetteville.

This road was approved for developers at a cost of many millions of dollars.

The Rivers Elementary School was also built for developers at an approximate cost of $11 million.

Neither of those projects made any sense until the secret was revealed. Our elected officials have given (my guess) $60 million from the taxpayers but public officials did not want the taxpayer to know what was the driving force behind these gifts. Read More»

Fayette’s officials cater to special interest groups

Mayor Steele, architects, developers, and other county officials have painted a very pretty picture with the West Fayetteville Neighborhoods’ West Bypass development. In fact, it reminds me of Disney World. They have packed an entire city into 2,000 acres.

That is known as a “high density” development.

Everything looks great on the surface, but when you strip away the shiny new candy coating what lies beneath?

The Waterlace community was also a developer’s dream. However, it now sits overgrown with weeds. Read More»

Steele, Frady show why officials can’t be trusted

To Mayor Ken Steele, Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan I say, gentlemen, what we have here is a failure to communicate.

It’s become so obvious that the West Fayetteville Bypass is about nothing other than our tax dollars going to pay for increased development in the center of the county that any of us would be a complete fool to think otherwise. The excuses keep changing from month to month and it proves how government can’t be trusted to do the legitimate work of the people. Read More»

Allen: Will support Public Safety

Today, Peachtree City has a relatively low crime rate (thank you, Chief Clark and the Peachtree City Police Department). However, we have to be thinking about what is going on around us to maintain our safety. We are an island of relatively low crime surrounded by areas of significantly higher crime.

Firstly, the most obvious thing we need is to at least maintain the same number of reliable police cars we currently have. Peachtree City’s current 10 police cars all have very high mileage and were requested to be replaced. Eric Imker voted to replace only nine of our 10 police cars. Read More»

Thank Imker for strong budget

In these difficult economic times, Peachtree City has received an AA-1 rating from Moody’s and an AAA rating from Standard and Poor’s, quite an accomplishment. Out of all the cities in Georgia, only three have an AAA rating, Roswell, Alpharetta and Peachtree City.

Our city uses a multi-year financial model. We don’t just plan for today; rather we pass a budget for this year and plan for the next four years as well. Read More»

Support from Mayor Steele’s wife

My name is Debbie Steele. Please take a moment to allow me to share with you the personal side of Mayor Ken Steele.

Ken’s life has been that of “service” to God, family, country and community.

After graduating from college,he was commissioned and entered flight training with the U.S. Navy; this is when we married.

Ken served seven years in the Navy, which included a Vietnam tour of duty. He then entered another service career with Delta Airlines. This spanned 30 years. Read More»

Overeager servers spoil dining

I have noticed over the past few months when we have gone to the restaurants the waiters and waitresses are overly eager to remove plates and anything from the table while people are sitting at the table.

A few weeks ago I had three plates in front of me and I would get food from each one. The waitress noticed the plate not directly in front of me and snatched it up.

I said, “Can you wait until we leave the restaurant to clean the table, we are not finished yet?” Read More»

Missing Roy already

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The tribe lost another of its giants last Wednesday, and we are all diminished by his passing.

Roy Henson was 81 when he was felled apparently by a massive heart attack, at home in Peachtree City.

If you wonder why you’d never heard of him, it’s just that there are only so many hats a man can wear at one time. I don’t think that any two obituaries that have published since last Wednesday had exactly the same list. Read More»

Don't blame Fred

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The stock market was about to take another dive, and this time I didn’t want to go down with it, but what to do?

At stake was my small retirement fund. I don’t have many more years to work, and I certainly can’t afford to lose any of it. Then again I can’t afford to pull it out in a declining market.

I saw it all coming about four months ago. So, how did I have such clear insight to the impending crash? Why, I just listen to the voice in my head.

I call him Fred. Read More»

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