Opinion

Obama’s latest jobs gambit

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

If you watched President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress, you didn’t see anything new. He did what he does best — campaign for re-election and pay lip service to private enterprise and fiscal responsibility while proposing more top-down economic planning that (despite his claims to the contrary) will surely plunge the government more deeply into debt; that is, if Congress gets stampeded into passing the proposed “American Jobs Act.” Read More»

Obama’s speech: Back to the future

Thomas Sowell's picture

Those who are impressed by words seem to think that President Barack Obama made a great speech to Congress last week. But, when you look beyond the rhetoric, what did he say that was fundamentally different from what he has been saying and doing all along?

Are we to continue doing the same kinds of things that have failed again and again, just because Obama delivers clever words with style and energy? Read More»

Ruby, don’t take your love to town

Ronda Rich's picture

It wasn’t long ago that a friend of mine – a West Coaster no less – got onto the subject of country music. Some he likes, some he doesn’t, he said. Then, he laughed and recalled one that he had recently encountered.

Somehow, he had run across the country classic, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.” A bit condescending, he chuckled over its lyrics. He had gotten the title wrong and most of the lyrics but I knew what he was talking about.

“Oh my gosh!” I exclaimed. “That’s one of the great story songs of all times. It’s a classic and certainly not anything to scoff at.” Read More»

Steve Allen: Why I’m running against Eric Imker for PTC Council

This is my introduction and reasons why I am running for Peachtree City Council Post 1.

My wife and I have been married for 14 years and we have two children. My career, which is in the Information Technology (IT) industry, has spanned more than 30 years in sales, development and delivery positions responsible for growing multi-million-dollar revenue streams and achieving budget productivity objectives. Read More»

Trolley tales: The myth of ‘grants’

The Citizen reported it: Peachtree City may get a Tourism Product Development Grant to cover part of the cost of a “film tour trolley.”

A grant. Makes it sound as if someone else were paying for it, right?

Sorry, that’s not true. Any “grant” money we might get is just our own money, paid in taxes to some government agency, and returned to us minus a brokerage fee.

Not only are we paying the full cost of the trolley, but we’re also paying for the privilege of begging a bureaucrat to return our own money to us. Read More»

Sidewalks to nowhere in a city of cart paths

The forethought and design of Peachtree City and the 90 miles of paths intertwined within makes it an ideal place to live. Whether you’re walking, running, cycling or carting, the paths provide a means of fun, safety and access. It eliminates the danger and congestion of automobile traffic, crosswalks, and red lights. Wow! What a concept!

Sidewalks in Peachtree City, you have to be kidding! Have you seen them? They’re not even sidewalks. Just mere cement pads to identify crosswalks. What a joke, besides a waste of time and money that could be used elsewhere. Read More»

Why is our tax money going to communists?

It would be interesting to see a tally of how much tax money Peachtree City collects from refugees of communism, having escaped Europe, Asia and Latin America.

From military members who have fought with service and blood against communism and from families who have lost loved ones in this never ending fight.

Yet the Peachtree City Council sees it fit to use part of this tax money, the people’s money, $50,000 to support a communistic enterprise masquerading under the name of SANY, subsidizing them, so they can compete in free world markets. Read More»

The absurdity of Fayette subsidizing the feds

The majority of our Board of Commissioners, composed of Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan, continue to astound us with their unbelievably poor decision-making abilities.

You’ve got the West Fayetteville Bypass, the appointment of relatives to oversee their re-election campaigns, an illegal meeting to take control of the Board of Elections, the vote to keep Fayette County in the regional mass transit plan and the rejection of the proposal to use HB 240 to save the 2012 budget. The list goes on and on. Read More»

Councilwoman Fleisch: Recalling the days that changed our lives

Early last week, while doing things in and around Peachtree City, I overheard a conversation between two women. They were discussing the 9/11 remembrances going on across the country; the gist of the conversation was this: “that it was time to get over it.”

I was flabbergasted and couldn’t believe what I had heard, “get over it.” As I watched the memorial service at Ground Zero Sunday morning I couldn’t get that conversation out of my mind as I watched the names of those who perished that day scroll across the TV screen. Read More»

PTC needs ‘plastic bag’ law for dog gifts

As the crow flies, the distance from my back door, to the cart path is about the same distance as from the goal post to the 50-yard line.

No referee would be needed to come to the conclusion that my back yard sometimes has the aroma of a cow barn. Many people in PTC have dogs, and I have yet to see more that one dog walker in a hundred with a plastic bag hanging out his back pocket. Read More»

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