Opinion

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»

Debt debacle: Tea Party has done lasting harm

The Tea Party and its assemblage of semi-informed radicals likes to reflect upon the Founding Fathers. Sometimes they have trouble with just who comprised those Founding Fathers. They seldom have trouble finding a quotation out of context on a subject out of context with an interpretation in conflict with the body of work which otherwise comprised that founding father’s ideas of government, governance, and life. Read More»

Councilwoman Fleisch: PTC great in many ways

Peachtree City is such a great place to live, we all know it, and the rest of the country is learning it too.

We were recognized by Family Circle magazine as the second-best place to live in the country for families. Of course, anyone who lives here knows that PTC should have come in 1st place.

“Drop Dead Diva” and other film/TV productions continue to find their way to our area, and the SANY Corporation is still building its facility, which means more jobs for our beautiful city.

There are good things happening across the city that sometimes get overlooked. Read More»

PTC Library much more than ‘nice to have’; it’s vital to city

The Peachtree City Library is much more than a “nice to have” place. It is a vital part of our community.

The library is essential to children whose school libraries are open for only 30 minutes or so after school hours and not at all on weekends.

The library’s 96,000 books, music CDs, movies on DVD, and audio books are checked out nearly a half a million times each year by the more than 250,000 people who visit the library.

The 2011 Vacation Reading Program saw 1,921 children and teens sign up, to read more than 15,000 hours and over 240 books, respectively. Read More»

Library is one of the ‘essential’ services of PTC; don’t cut funds

Re: Cal Beverly’s recent editorial concerning our library. Our Peachtree City Library is not only the heart of this city, but it is her very soul. At no other location do all our citizens, young and old and in-between — of all faiths, all races, of many national origins and native tongues — come together in one place to make use, for free, of a veritable treasure trove. Read More»

Commission’s ‘Gang of 3’ champs at spending

I’m constantly amazed at the liberal leanings of the Gang of Three on our Fayette County Board of Commissioners. The exploits of Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan are proof the gang has little trouble spending our tax dollars as fast as they collect them.

While their constituents were worried about their personal finances, the Gang of Three decided to spend almost $90,000 to pave a dead-end gravel road with only two houses on it. They can’t balance a budget but they can surely waste our money on paving dead-end roads. Read More»