Opinion

Questions about county’s 3-2 vote

I attended [the Jan. 5, 2011] Fayette County Commission meeting, and was disturbed by one particular vote. Commissioner [Steve] Brown proposed that before the commission votes on an action having a financial impact, the public be given at least a 24-hour notice. Read More»

3 commissioners show lack of wisdom

The article in the 1/5/11 edition of The Citizen concerning a special called meeting of the [Fayette County Commission] on 12/29 for the purpose of acquiring land by eminent domain was very informative on several levels.

This was not an emergency event and two of the members were losing their job in two days. The two newest commissioners, who had already been sworn in to office, attended this meeting as well.

When the commissioners went into executive session, the chairman refused a request to allow the new commissioners access to the session as observers. How is that for cooperation? Read More»

PTC strains at gas golf carts, swallows trash trucks

I am an owner of a gas cart and live in Peachtree City. I’ve lived here since 1987, and have had my Yamaha cart just about the same length of time.

I am amused at all the justification for the elimination of the carts. Most of the talk settles around the fact that they are noisy and stinky.

There is an element of truth to that, and I agree that we would probably be better off without them. The burning coal at some far off stinky Georgia Power plant is not in our back yard, so that is okay ... right? Read More»

Despite county policy, 24-hour notice goes down, as do term limits

Needless to say, it was discouraging for Commissioner McCarty and me to watch our three fellow commissioners vote against a measure to mandate that the citizens of Fayette County and the news media be notified a mere 24 hours in advance of any item coming before the Board of Commissioners for a vote.

The official Fayette County Policies and Procedures Manual plainly states, “All requests for placement of an item on the Board’s Agenda shall be submitted a minimum of two weeks in advance of the requested Agenda date,” (Administration, Commission Agenda, Section 100.03). Read More»

PTC’s Imker gives step-by-step plan to becoming council member

Many of you probably didn’t notice but at the last city council meeting an agenda item was approved stating that elections for council posts 1 and 2 are being held this coming November.

This letter is for you, the citizens, to encourage you to consider running for office. It may appear unconventional that someone in office would advise others to run for that office. But if you know anything about me, you know I don’t fit the mold of a typical politician. Read More»

Study history to discover future of our own country

The resurgence of our country can’t begin by siding with the Republicans or the Democrats. I am not saying that there aren’t good principles and good people in each party. What I am saying is that, over time, power and human nature tend to corrupt people and their policies.

Many politicians often put a “spin” on facts, so that neither present not future conditions in our country can be determined by what they say. For these reasons, I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat: I am a historian and, for this reason, I am a passionate conservative. Read More»

Healthcare put on ice here

Ordinarily, the superior, readily accessed medical services in Fayette County, from 911 emergencies to specialist care, give us a warm, fuzzy, protected feeling.

You know, someone else is ready to take care of this, we don’t have to worry?

Well, Friday morning, my husband and I both felt ill. We were nearing the weekend, doctor’s offices were closing, perhaps it would improve by itself, if not we would see our doctors Monday.

On Monday we were worse, with severe bronchitis. And functioning doctors’ offices seemed to have vanished with house calls. Read More»

Starr’s Mill-McIntosh basketball ‘Battle of the Bubble’ pure entertainment

As a long-time resident of Peachtree City, I was delighted again this year to attend the annual Starr’s Mill-McIntosh basketball extravaganza held on Jan. 4th at McIntosh High School.

This intense cross-town rivalry provides some of the best pure entertainment and visuals to be found anywhere on the unfashionable southside of Atlanta. Some of the highlights from this year’s event: Read More»

Praise for Ben Nelms’ Fluoridegate column

I just received a copy of Ben Nelms’s article “Emergence of Fluoridegate (Part I)” and I would like to tell you how much I appreciate Ben for writing this piece.

I am a parent of two children and I have been researching and aware of the dangers of fluoride for a couple of years now.

I have raised my concerns with my local water district as well as my state representative and senator and received only polite nods in response before I was pointed to the same outdated information on the CDC website. Read More»

The other story

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In a recent column I talked about playing games with my five year old son. In the column I mentioned my daughter and stated she was another story. She is. And that is an understatement.

My daughter is two, as in terrible two, which many people will try to tell you is a myth. Prior to her, my wife and I thought it was just an old wives tale. After all, our son didn’t have terrible twos. He had what we called “terrible threes” although now, comparing them to what our little girl is giving us each day, we realize he was giving us a walk on the beach in happy, dappled sunshine. Read More»

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