Opinion

Dixie Dew finally has her say

Ronda Rich's picture

I’m Dixie Dew. If you read my mama’s column weekly then you know that I’m the precious little red-haired dachshund of which she so affectionately writes every week. For the record, and not because I’m a bragger, but I am every bit as cute as she says. If anything, she downplays my cuteness.

That’s one thing she definitely tells the truth about, though some of that other stuff is embellished. Some of it is just a big lie. For one thing, I am not fat. Read More»

PTC can’t just tax its way out of budget shortages

Don Haddix's picture

As you can see, this has been a very busy year and it is far from over. The city has a lot to do and, to be honest, money along with other issues to resolve.

On the city structure change, contrary to what some have said, it was not a quick decision. A lot of time and effort went into it on many levels by many people. Read More»

PTC Council has lost its credibility, should resign

Scott Bradshaw's picture

A political lynching took place at the Peachtree City Council meeting last Thursday.

The Leisure Services Department, frequently called “Recreation,” was eliminated and two prominent recreation managers were shown the door.

The action by council to eliminate the unit was deceptive and shameful. The uncomfortable vote was unanimous with Eric Imker, Kim Learnard, Vanessa Fleisch, Doug Sturbaum and Mayor Don Haddix voting in favor of the proposal. Read More»

EPA regulations for utilities an expensive exercise in futility

Benita Dodd's picture

The federal Environmental Protection Agency was in Atlanta on May 26 to hold a daylong hearing – one of just three nationwide – on its proposed Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) regulations for utilities. The passionate – if sometimes misguided – comments came from representatives of utilities, power plant neighbors, Native Americans, environmental activists, grassroots groups and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

The Foundation’s comments focused on three aspects of the proposed MACT rules:

• The cost to industry and consumers in Georgia Read More»

PTC city manager: ‘We must shift focus’

Dear Editor and Peachtree City residents: Many of you have probably read about the reorganization of the city government that was approved last night [June 16]. You may be asking yourselves if your new city manager and the Council who hired him are completely out of their minds. I understand your concerns. Read More»

Citizens, come have your say on taxes

Last July, approximately 55 percent of those who voted in the county commissioner election voted for Steve Brown and Allen McCarty. The platform of Brown and McCarty was for change: anti-West Bypass, anti-SPLOST, and anti-mass transit. Your newly elected commissioners have been diligently working toward those ends. But they are outnumbered 3 to 2. They need your help. Read More»

Brown: Government openness, accountability has to start at local level

We are rapidly approaching one of our nation’s most sacred holidays: Independence Day.

I am often frustrated at how our modern society has smoothed all the rough edges off of the Founding Fathers through a sort of historical canonization process. The road to creating our great country was a treacherous, rowdy and often painful trek into mostly uncharted reasoning and practices.

Creating a democracy was grueling, and defending it through the generations has been equally demanding. Read More»

Open letter to Herb Frady: ‘Apologize’

An open letter to Herb Frady: Herb, I have known you for a long time, and consider you a friend. However, I have never been more disappointed in you for the way you handled yourself at the last county commissioners’ meeting.

While you might have been in your legal right, I think you were professionally, tactically, and politically wrong for not allowing Steve Brown to say his piece. You did not need to vote on anything, and so it appeared to me, and to the rest of those in attendance, that you were engaging in a petty power struggle. Read More»

Your kids will love this!

Greg Moffatt's picture

If you are a regular reader of this column or if you happen to know me, you won’t believe what I’m about to tell you. You won’t be surprised that in my home I don’t have cable or satellite television, and I haven’t watched a television series in almost 20 years. I don’t text, I don’t play video games, and I rarely recreationally surf the web or use YouTube. I write letters on paper and send them in the US Mail and my children grew up with limited exposure to the television and limited computer use. Read More»

Of names and other things

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Company is coming and I’m just sitting here looking at a blank screen, wishing something would remind me that I’ve got to get a column or two written before they arrive.

Inspiration doesn’t work that way, however, on demand. Dave says I need to get into the habit of carrying a notebook and jotting down ideas to tap later when a piece is due.

Me, keep up with a pen and pad here in the house? Surely you jest. That would be just one more thing to go missing, along with keys, cell phone, coin purse, ad nauseam.
So. Let’s just go with “stream of consciousness” here. Read More»

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