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Gary was my friend

Ronda Rich's picture

It started one Sunday when I slid into the third row pew next to a slender man with rumbled silver hair just as the first notes of the organ announced that service was starting.

He wore a blue polyester sports jacket, plaid knit slacks, a crumbled shirt and an incredibly wide tie. He nodded and I smiled, as I noticed that one of his clear blue eyes drew inward toward his nose. A moment later, he reached into his jacket pocket, pulled out a piece of hard caramel candy and, unsmiling, handed it to me. Read More»

Dienhart: Ready to ask hard questions

[Editors note: The following was adapted from the candidates public announcement last week, which he released to the media.]

Several weeks ago, citizens from all over Peachtree City began asking themselves a question. That question is, What is my city council doing?

Constant infighting and bickering ... has done immense damage to our fair citys reputation. Instead of picturing the lush vegetation, beautiful multipurpose paths and wonderful family life that we know Peachtree City for, people now look at our city and see a place of petty squabbles and dysfunction. Read More»

Give back summers to kids, families

I was pleasantly surprised to read that the Fayette schools are considering a return to the traditional Labor Day to Memorial Day calendar (Fayette schools facing big changes, big choices, 8/24/11).

Though advocates for year-round schooling claim to have the academic welfare of children in mind, the expansion of the school year into the summer months has actually been driven by the interests of teachers and working parents mainly single parents who see the child-care afforded by public schools as yet another government entitlement. Read More»

PTCs take-home-a-vehicle policy wears out vehicles, wastes $$$

Recently in previous letters to the editor it was revealed that Peachtree City maintains a total of 188 city-operated vehicles, one for every 183 residents. It was further revealed that 94 of those vehicles are assigned to the Police Department, which is staffed by 73 individuals more vehicles than personnel.

As of July 2011, last month, 59 Police Department staff are granted the use of a city-supplied take home vehicle. What does that mean? It means that the taxpayers of Peachtree City are providing transportation to and from home for over 80 percent of the Police Department staff. Read More»

PTC, power company are charging taxes upon taxes

In sixth grade, my arithmetic class included fractions and percentages. Hated them, then; hated them, now. Never thought Id need them. Didnt, for a long time, not until I took a hard look at my electric power bill.

Sales tax on electricity is 6 percent. Okay, I understand that. Georgia Power is selling me a product. I pay sales tax on it.

But when I multiply the cost of electricity by 6 percent, I dont get the same cost for sales tax that is on the bill. Read More»

Dienhart is the right choice for PTC Council Post 2

I recently had the opportunity to contrast the two candidates for Peachtree City Council Post 2: George Dienhart and Scott Brown.

Dienhart was certainly the more impressive candidate. Of the two men, Dienhart appears to have a plan that supports our village concept while bringing new jobs to the city. He also had a plan for how to deal with the current City Council controversy.

I believe that it is going to take a strong leader to deal with the energetic personalities of Don Haddix and Erik Imker. After hearing the two men speak, Dienhart was the obvious choice. Read More»

Golf carts & handicapped parking: something’s wrong

Do I like golf carts?

No, when you are driving down Spear Road at the speed limit and come around a curve and all of a sudden there is a golf cart in the road going 10 mph what an idiot.

Now lets talk about the newly renovated shopping center next to Kmart. I never shop in Peachtree City; parking space is the problem. When I had open heart surgery, I was in a coma for a month and in the hospital for three months and I had to learn to walk again, so handicapped parking is a must for me.

My favorite hair dresser is now in a salon near Kmart, so I went there for a hair cut. Read More»

Frady, Horgan and Hearn refuse to help taxpayers

Dear Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Robert Horgan and Commissioner Lee Hearn,

Many of the citizens of Fayette County have developed a keen interest in local politics over the last couple of years. Unfortunately, this interest wasnt created out of admiration of your actions.

Our interest in your actions originated out of distrust and a yearning to save the community we hold so dear.

Any budgetary process, whether its your personal finances or the management of a county government, depends upon your ability to make modifications as the economic environment changes. Read More»

Brown: 2 of us tried to stop wasteful county spending, but 3 said no

The frustration level is extremely high at the county government level. First, a new ordinance was passed on a 3-1 vote to force citizens to register to speak at government meetings. The new ordinance is so broad in its restriction of free speech that any comments that might embarrass the chairman or the other commissioners are now cause for removing a citizen from a public meeting (I am not making this up). Read More»

Company gone

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

This is the column intended to wrap up our summer travelogue, complaining gently about six loads of wash, mostly bedding, finally finished and folded. Dave’s such a good fellow, did his best to take up some of the inevitable burden. Because of the heat, we did not spend a lot of time outdoors when we could get almost the same experience within.

And we (or the young people) did a lot in those three weeks, in no particular order:

· Big beach and little breakers on each side of the Florida peninsula

· Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

· Church Read More»

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