Opinion

True price of air conditioning

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The Wife just stood there. First she giggled; then she started to laugh. And for a change, the laughter wasn’t directed at me. Her mirth was in response to what I thought was a simple question.

“Where did the large black spot on the inside of the bedroom dresser drawer come from?” The answer she finally gave was so unique it had to be true. It was a tar ball stain. But that’s the end of the story. This is the beginning. Read More»

Gas prices, public comments, sneaky council

Scott Bradshaw's picture

Most Georgians depend on cars, trucks or diesel-burning equipment for their livelihood. A hypothetical commuter driving 70 miles round trip at 18 miles per gallon paid approximately $500 annually for gas in early 2009. This commuter is now paying $1,100 per year for the same trip to work. The cost of commercial airline fuel has increased by more than 50 per cent in the past year, raising ticket prices and lowering corporate bottom lines. Read More»

As Britain goes, so goes U.S.A.

Cal Thomas's picture

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — The extinct political slogan, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation,” may be supplanted by what is happening in the United Kingdom.

There is a form of functional political illiteracy here that does not bode well for the United States should it follow Britain’s very bad example, particularly on matters involving immigration and healthcare. Read More»

Here’s how you do it

Ronda Rich's picture

My brother-in-law, Rodney, is a farmer of the most admirable kind. He farms, despite the heartbreaks, hard times, hot sun and little pay, because he loves it. Not even the relentless stronghold of healthy kudzu could choke the passion for farming from him. He is devoted to the land and what it brings. Good or bad. Read More»

Stormwater fees necessary to assure we have clean water

John Mrosek's picture

Trivia question: What President signed into law the Clean Water Act Amendments to cover stormwater issues? If you guessed President Ronald Reagan, you were right.

Every President since the one who first adopted the Clean Water Act (President Richard Nixon) has signed into law increased standards for air and water pollution. Why then are we so surprised to be billed an additional “stormwater fee”? Read More»

Stormwater fees unfair, arbitrary, reveal incompetency

Dennis Chase's picture

For each of the past several years, the state of Georgia has found the Fayette County stormwater programs to be in compliance with their permit. Therefore, a new Stormwater Utility in Fayette County is not intended to comply with any deficiency; its only purpose is to collect more money. Read More»

Haddix expresses ‘regret’ to Logsdon

The time has come to make a reply to the article in The Citizen concerning Harold Logsdon suing me in court for defamation, resulting from an email exchange on the subject of extended alcohol hours of sales. Read More»

Where’s Citizen scorn for gateway bridge?

Please tell me how the city’s incessant drumbeat request for funding of the “gateway bridge” has escaped resounding scorn and ridicule by [The Citizen].

Were you (or a representative) not at the County Commission meeting in January where the city’s mayor and engineer unabashedly and candidly admitted to missing the federally mandated deadline for final funding request submission? Did you not hear them cavalierly state that the city’s submission was several weeks past the more than once communicated submission deadline? Read More»

Brooks official confesses: I appointed cousin to cemetery committee

Bravo to Carolyn Cary for sounding a voice of reason amidst the recent brouhaha over Lee Hearn’s nomination of Addison Lester to the Election Board. The fuss, which she so eloquently derided, is much ado about nothing, a tempest in the proverbial teapot.

I’ve known Commissioner Lee Hearn as a fellow resident of the Brooks community for 15 years. I know him to be honest, community-minded, plain-spoken, and straight as an arrow.

I know Addison Lester only by reputation, which is excellent, and by the reputation of his old-line Fayette family, which is also beyond reproach. Read More»

Citizens are my boss

The Wednesday meeting was a planning meeting, not a vote for policy.

I voted to carry the public agenda issue forward to the regular commission meeting, where the public will see what and who votes for citizens’ rights.

I am of the opinion and belief that the public comment section of the commission agenda be the FIRST item on the list.

The citizens need to freely express their opinions on the agenda items so that the commissioners will have an understanding of the citizens views of all items.

Our citizens are the BOSS. Read More»