Opinion

It’s time to chart a fundamental new course in PTC

Scott Bradshaw's picture

Three candidates are running in the upcoming election for two available posts on the Peachtree City Council. George Dienhart is unopposed for the post being vacated by Doug Sturbaum and his election is certain regardless of his political views or vision of the future of Peachtree City.

There are early indications that his views are more in line with Mayor Don Haddix than with other sitting members of the council. Read More»

Sales taxes: an unfinished story

Claude Paquin's picture

It was three years ago that the citizens of Fayette County raised their sales tax to 7 percent. It stayed at that level for one year, then came back down to today’s 6 percent.

In an effort to ensure our voters were exposed to what he thought might be an informed opinion on the subject before casting an important vote, The Citizen editor, aware of my tax expertise, suggested at the time that I contribute my thoughts on what our citizens were being asked to consider. Read More»

Perry’s flat tax vs. Cain’s 9-9-9

Dick Morris's picture

I used to like the flat tax. In fact, I used to propose exactly what Rick Perry is now pushing: an optional flat tax allowing taxpayers to either make their way through the labyrinth of IRS fine print in search of deductions or simply pay a flat percent of their income in taxes and be done with it. Read More»

It’s none of my business

Ronda Rich's picture

“This is none of my business,” I said aloud to myself in a valiant, noble effort to mind my own business.

But has that ever stopped me. Nope.

“I am not getting into the middle of this mess,” I continued.

Do I ever listen to myself in these moments of reprimand? Nope.

“People actually buy books and newspapers for your advice,” myself said to myself. “Surely there’s benefit in what you have to say, for the opinion you have to offer.”

Should that make any difference in whether I speak my mind for free? Whether I offer advice which I regard as sterling and sage? Nope. Read More»

Piedmont Fayette not seniors’ friend

As seniors in Fayette County begin the arduous and gut-wrenching (yes, it is for us 65 and over) task of Medicare’s 2012 “open enrollment,” we find ourselves confused and not sure who we can trust in our healthcare community.

Pay attention closely, seniors. Check with all your insurance reps, i.e., Humana, Medicare, Kaiser, United, etc., to know what you’re going to pay for being an “out-of-network” hospitalized senior at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Read More»

No provisions for the handicapped at FCHS

I visited your [Fayette County High School] stadium on 10-28-2011 for the Sandy Creek vs. Fayette County High football game.

I was appalled when I got there and saw there was no handicapped seating.

I go all over to high school football games in Georgia. I am a 62-year-old amputee in a wheelchair. Every high school stadium I have visited has a section for wheelchairs.

I paid $7 and had to park my wheelchair next to the bleachers on the 10-yard line and could hardly see the game from ground level. Read More»

Imker: ‘Realist’ for doing smart things

The end of the campaign season is near. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to share with the people of Peachtree City the accomplishments and decisions I’ve made while a council member.

In every case my choice has been and will continue to be based on what is in the best interest of the citizens.

I have accepted no campaign contributions. Nor did I two years ago. I wanted to emphasize that I work for the citizens and no one else. Read More»

Allen: Will work for low taxes, consensus

I believe in the following principles of low taxes, keeping our communities safe from crime and limited government.

While on the Peachtree City Council I will:

• Work to gather consensus on our common goals with other Peachtree City Council members.

• Seek input from you, Peachtree City’s citizens, on issues that are important to all of us so that we can work towards our common goals. Read More»

Learnard: Imker is a ‘budget genius’

When I read the headline story in The Citizen on Oct. 29, I was shocked. George Dienhart, a candidate for City Council Post 2, stated his assumption in the race for City Council Post 1 – a race in which he is not involved – that Steve Allen would be easier for me to work with on City Council than Eric Imker would be.

I would like to thank The Citizen for allowing me to clarify my own position. In the two years I have served on City Council Post 3, I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Eric Imker. Read More»

Allen offers reason, reconciliation

I made a new friend today.

I met Mr. Steve Allen today after church. We talked for over an hour about his love of family in particular and his appreciation of and concern for all the things that make Peachtree City, Ga., the special place that we all cherish.

Mr. Allen is a gentleman by all contemporary standards. His interest in our city is the interest that any of us have for our home. He truly is concerned about the direction in which some would detract us from the original plan that is a proven success. Read More»