Opinion

The woes of even legal immigration

As a U.K citizen living and working legally in the U.S., I must respond to Bob Ross’s reference to “orderly processes” for would-be legal immigrants (The Citizen, 2/2/11).

The immigration system is completely broken. There’s no orderly process.

In 2005 I applied for a specialty technical position in Atlanta, with one of the world’s top media companies. I got that job on merit, as “there was no qualified American wiling or able” — that’s the INS rules.

It took me four years to get to the U.S. due to INS visa issues. Read More»

PTC police: Have they gone too soft?

Are PTC police too soft? Or just too busy harassing citizens to catch the real bad guys?

I was reading in the paper about the robbery that took place at the PeachMac store at The Avenue on Jan. 26. And how the police were able to pursue the suspect’s vehicle that left the scene, but terminated their pursuit along North Peachtree Parkway because the suspect was driving recklessly. Read More»

Former candidate Wilkerson: Fayette must move to district voting

How much longer can the two main governing bodies of Fayette County (County Commission and School Board) pretend to be living on an island? As much as our leaders try to ignore it and convince us likewise, Fayette does not exist on an island unto itself. Actually, the School Board has done a far superior job than the County Commission in governing as part of a much larger society than just the island of Fayette. However, this cannot be said of the County Commission. Read More»

PTC author’s Civil War book for children libels the South, omits facts

Carole Marsh of Peachtree City is author and publisher of a series of booklets called “The Student’s Civil War,” designed for grades 4 to 8, marketed nationwide.

The series consists of six booklets; I have read only the one entitled “What Was The Civil War All About?” This one is, without a doubt, the most important and I wanted to see their answers. In the research process, Mrs. Marsh and her team, she says “... assembled more than 200 books and even more magazines, pamphlets, newspapers, and other information from the past...” as reported in a large article by The Citizen on Jan. 12. Read More»

Our leaders today are the modern Herodians

Sitting in church the other day, when I should have been paying attention to the readings and sermon, a thought came to me.

I began thinking of St. John the Baptist and how he was murdered by Herod at the behest of his wife, Herodias. John was killed not only because he “spoke truth to power,” but because he spoke about the sexual morality of the person in power. Read More»

Think through trade barriers

Free trade should not be voted down by politicians looking to advance their own agendas. While some gain a great deal from trade and some do not, overall the allocation is efficient and more goods are enjoyed overall. The refusal to renew the contract with no tax imports of Columbia and Ecuador most likely will harm consumers by higher prices incurred. Read More»

Steele takes a beating at Fayette GOP breakfast; Frady should resign

I want to applaud Commissioner Steve Brown on his recent presentation to the Fayette GOP. It was truly an example of truth speaking to power.

I noted commissioners Hearn and Horgan were present and both were clearly attempting to connect with the people. They would not be there if it were not for the fact they fear us, the “Take Back Fayette County” people who got Smith and Maxwell defeated in the recent elections. Read More»

Frady, Horgan and Hearn guilty of fiscal irresponsibility on West Bypass

Many of us Fayette citizens are appalled at Fayette Commission Chairman Herb Frady’s lack of respect for open government.

Commissioner Steve Brown had every right to speak on the West Fayetteville Bypass during the commissioner reports section of the meeting and Chairman Frady knows it.

Chairman Frady needs to know that if he is going to be a leader, he needs to be ready to accept some criticism. Chairman Frady, unfortunately, is not ready to be big enough to allow words of disapproval regarding his pro-developer stance on the “road to nowhere” labeled the West Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»

Frady not worthy to be chairman of commission

Last [month] the citizens of this county witnessed an absolute travesty as the new commissioner chairman, Mr. Frady, threatened to silence another commissioner, Mr. Steve Brown.

Mr. Frady’s behavior was appalling and in no way necessary. Last I checked this was not a dictatorship; this was an elected position that was to represent the citizens of this county. Mr. Frady has proven he is not worthy of holding the chairman position and elections cannot come soon enough. Read More»

Birds could use a hand, er, a claw

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If you are a knowledgeable avian aficionado, you can take a break from today’s column and go refill your bird feeders.

Winter, especially one as prolonged and bitterly cold as this one has been, is one of the two times in the year that bird lovers ask me what birds need to survive. The other is early spring, before berries and bugs mature. Summer and fall needs are easier to answer, with the wealth of seeds they contribute to the birds’ menu.

Actually bird feeders provide only about half the food birds eat, with the rest found in the woods and fields. And city neighborhoods. Read More»

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