Opinion

Why mass transit for Fayette is a bad idea

Commissioner Allen McCarty and I were the only commissioners to vote in favor of keeping Fayette County free from the intrusion of mass transit as we have enjoyed throughout the generations.

One of the themes behind the regional transit plan dubbed “Concept 3” is providing a unified, seamless transit network which incorporates the development of land use regulations that encourage high density, urbanized development around the proposed transit nodes, including Fayette County. Read More»

Get Fayette out of ARC, or ARC out of Fayette

On March 3, 2011, Commissioner Steve Brown addressed the Fayette County commissioners. He attempted to fulfill his campaign promise of fighting mass transit by proposing a resolution to ban mass transit projects in Fayette County.

He eloquently showed how the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is trying to network mass transit and development throughout greater Atlanta. He focused upon our low population density and quality of life as distinguishing factors unique to Fayette County. Read More»

Help Mexico solve illegal immigrant problem

I watched a very sad movie on Netflix recently, titled “Which Way Home.” It was a social and cultural documentary about the plight of the children of Mexico and Guatemala, left behind when their families travel to the land of opportunity to find work.

These children decide to take it upon themselves, to “ride the rails” of Mexican trains, atop railroad boxcars. Read More»

Neither unions nor Democrats are solely to blame for financial woes

Please, if you failed to read Dr. Mark Hendrickson’s article of the week past, go back and read it. Dr. Hendrickson has a few themes which I would like to discuss.

1. The nation is in a financial crisis because public unions have held government and the people hostage to lavish pay and benefits packages.

2. These lavish packages were made possible by the mandatory appropriation of union members’ dues, which then go to Democrats who turn around and grant huge remunerations to the favored unions. Read More»

Parents preached unions, but public unions must sacrifice too

My parents too came from very poor families. My dad was raised in Rex, Ga., and mother in Tucker, Ga. Neither finished high school, but my dad did have enough math training to help me with my algebra. He didn’t arrive at the answer like I did but he got the right answer.

When I saw Timothy J. Parker’s letter to The Citizen, March 2, 2011, I felt I had to respond.

Dad and Mother both worked in a hat factory for a while. Then sometime early in life Dad joined the union and when I was 6 he was sent to Savannah to work in the shipyards building ships for World War II. Read More»

The summer of '99

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The Summer of ’99 will go down in our personal history as one of the best we’ve had together.

We didn’t travel to speak of. Didn’t do much boating. The weather was not especially pleasant.

But this was the Summer of the Boat. This was the summer we refurbished, added to and made a 25-foot Nimble Nomad our own.

Two previous owners had loaded her with toys that would have taken us years to add. Life jackets for more people than the boat would comfortably carry. Electronics Dave had only dreamed of. Pots and pans, plates and tableware – even a tinkly little set of wind chimes. Read More»

Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of March 7, 2011

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Concert tickets, safety reminders, project updates and more . . . Read More»

What day is it?

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I’ll be the first to admit it’s been a long time since I’ve known what day of the week it was. And for once, the guys at the fire department won’t laugh at me because of a story. If they’re honest, they’ll admit that they lose track of days as often as I do.

Now being confused isn’t a new state for me; just ask some of the guys I work with, but this time my befuddlement has nothing to do with getting older. It has to do with every day being Friday. Confused? Well, welcome to my world. Read More»

Warriors and heroes

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On Feb. 13, 1970, I arrived for Recruit Training (now called “Basic Warrior Training”) at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, Platoon 223.

My father warned me that it would be tough. I had no idea just how tough. I had played football in junior high and high school for five years and for one season after high school. I lifted weights and had been taking karate lessons for about four years. I thought I was prepared. I was not. Read More»

President becomes chief judge, nullifies law

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President Obama has said his view of same-sex “marriage” is “evolving.” Apparently he thinks that the law should be based on a kind of Darwinian jurisprudence which allows it to “evolve” and become whatever the ruling politicians at a given moment say it is (or isn’t). Read More»

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