Opinion

PTC Council behaving badly — all 5 of them

Scott Bradshaw's picture

This writer’s last opinion column was critical of the Peachtree City mayor and four city council members for their June 16 assault on the city’s recreation program. It was noted that their shameful action was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the column called for all five incumbents to resign from office because they had lost credibility with the public. Read More»

On the road to Perdition

Terry Garlock's picture

As the Washington, D.C., standoff intensified over the last week, our mainstream media once again did what they do best: They missed the main story.

Whether in print or by TV news, the focus was on when and how a deal would be cobbled together to raise the debt ceiling and avoid default on U.S. interest payments to bond holders. Read More»

Big Business and Big Government — A bad mix

Lance McMillian's picture

One of the most pernicious misconceptions that populates political debate is the notion that big business and free enterprise are one and the same. They’re not.

Adam Smith – the intellectual father of capitalism – wrote in “The Wealth of Nations,” “The proposal of any new law or regulation which comes from [businessmen], ought always to be listened to with great precaution, and ought never to be adopted till after having been long and carefully examined, not only with the most scrupulous, but with the most suspicious attention.” Read More»

Praying for the right (or left) result

Cal Thomas's picture

Texas Republican governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry will headline a “Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis” on Aug. 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

The ACLU of Texas and liberals are predictably upset. Read More»

Women who chase men

Ronda Rich's picture

One day, I realized that a guy friend had mentioned a woman several times over a couple of weeks, saying in casual conversation that she had called and invited him to various places.

“She invited me to the ballet on Saturday night. I don’t really want to go,” he said. “But I probably should do it, rather than sit at home.”

This upcoming piece of advice has nothing to do with the story I’m telling but I’ll offer it nonetheless: Women, if you are interested in a man, do not invite him to the ballet. It will not further your romance. Trust me on this. Read More»

PTC must justify cop car numbers

The letter from Jeff Christian in the July 27 issue of The Citizen sparked my curiosity. I wondered how one might determine if the amount of police vehicles, on hand and requested, was justified.

Being a senior citizen with time to spare, and having a friend of 50-plus years who recently retired as chief from the police department in my boyhood home town in New Jersey, I asked him for his take on our department’s vehicle proposal. Read More»

Numbers show PTC has too many vehicles

Last week in this space it was revealed that currently the Peachtree City Police Department maintains 94 vehicles. (It has since been learned that 59 of the 94 are used as transportation for officers to get themselves to and from home!)

The Police Department maintains more vehicles than there are personnel in the department. But, that’s only half the story.

The other half of the story is that Peachtree City taxpayers support an additional 94 city maintained vehicles. A total of 188. One for every 183 residents! Read More»

The lessons of the grouper: Fried or grilled?

During a recent visit to the Georgia Aquarium, I watched “goliath grouper” swim by through a viewing window that was two feet thick at the Ocean Voyager exhibit. At approximately 600 pounds, imagine the barbecue we could have with just one fish!

As I listened to the expert, I learned that eating grouper is not sustainable. Grouper can live up to 50 years, but don’t reproduce fast enough to keep up with the demand. In other words, if we keep eating grouper at the current rate, they will soon become extinct. Salmon, tuna, and tilapia are much better choices. Read More»

PTC Councilman Imker draws jeers for budget stands

I voted for Don Haddix because of his campaign promises and how he handled his agenda when he was a council member. The other council members, Fleisch, Learnard and Imker, also made and projected similar agendas during their campaigns and so being somewhat like-minded, I thought, I also voted for them.

The latter three, however, have proven to be a big disappointment on many levels. In particular, Mr. Imker.

First, Imker pledged, “No tax increase,” yet authored a 1.25 percent tax increase. He claimed, “... it will even out with the decreases in the rest of the tax bill.” Read More»

PTC Councilman Imker draws cheers for budget stands

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to Eric Imker for his positive leadership as Peachtree City Council member. In his council role, through personal commitment and self-sacrifice, he brought focus and energy to the task of ensuring efficient and transparent PTC government operations.

Until Mr. Imker arrived on council, citizens had no meaningful means of addressing budget concerns in a constructive way (two minute sound bites by citizens at public meetings do not allow meaningful input). Read More»

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