Opinion

Why is Walgreens allowed to deface PTC?

I cannot emphasize enough how dismayed I am about the proposed Walgreens site plan.

Given the history of this parcel, and the time and effort that went into maintaining the aesthetic value of this most important intersection, I expected that the expiration of the deed restrictions on the Ga. Highway 54/Peachtree Parkway corner Ruby Tuesday property would be handled by the city reaffirming its promise to its citizens and reinstating the restrictions before they expire, so that nothing more intense than is there now can go in. Read More»

Nanny state cram-down: ObamaCare nationally, bypass locally

No matter how loud the public’s vociferous outcry, once again the “nanny state” government is cramming down our throats a bitter pill to swallow, but now it is administered on a local level.

This time it’s not a national healthcare plan that the majority of Americans don’t want or need. It’s a “road to nowhere” that local Fayette County politicians are telling us we must have.

The West Fayetteville Bypass, Parkway, whatever the popular name is this year, is gradually becoming a reality, whether the public wants it or not. Read More»

County commissioners ignore Fayette voters’ clear directions

I live in a very quiet, well-maintained neighborhood. In the coming months, however, those conditions will change drastically.

All the families who live on Janice Drive in the northwest part of Fayette County will have their lives, neighborhood, and property values torn asunder by the West Fayetteville Bypass.

The WFB thoroughfare will obliterate the home next to mine and will run next to our bedroom windows. Our property values will be destroyed, not to mention our sleep. Read More»

Commissioners choose to ignore Fayette voters

I read today in another newspaper that commissioners Hearn, Horgan and Frady have vowed to support the West Fayetteville Bypass, and will not provide our new commissioners, Steve Brown and Allen McCarty, with any assistance in keeping their campaign promise to the voters of fighting the road.

In short, they have decided to take a position against the very voters who ousted commissioners Smith and Maxwell over their pro-WFB stance. Brown and McCarty made stopping the WFB their central campaign plank. Read More»

Bikes on roads are safety issue, not rights

This is a follow-up letter to a recent [letter] of mine that was published in recent weeks. A response from a Mr. Rick Sanderson leads me to believe there is some misunderstanding about the issues.

I see there is no disagreement about the absurdity of banning gas golf carts, but when I mentioned that recreational cyclists should use our path system instead of the roadways, I was not comparing the two issues. I was merely giving the council an issue worth addressing, as opposed to the potential gas golf cart ban. Read More»

Tolbert: Qualifications for BoE include organizing, managing budget

My name is Sam Tolbert, and I have lived in Fayette County for 24 years. As a candidate for Fayette County Board of Education, Post 5, I am a semi-retired senior manager and most recently worked as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Gordon College in Barnesville, Ga.

My qualifications/accomplishments are:

• Board member Georgia Tech International Standards & Quality, Southern Tech Center for Quality

• Conducted continuing educational classes for Georgia Tech, Southern Tech and Dale Carnegie Institute

• Board member and lead auditor for Georgia Oglethorpe Award committee Read More»

Rep. Ramsey: Attacks on longtime Rep. Yates raise laughable non-issues

It is the home stretch in the 2010 election season and this is the time when candidates begin to say and do strange things in the hopes of winning office.

Just this week, I read with a mix of disdain and amusement the attack on my good friend and state House colleague Representative John Yates by his Democratic opponent.

For those that don’t know him, John Yates is the only World War II veteran serving in the Georgia General Assembly. Read More»

Living in the moment

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A reader who responded to a recent column about dealing with Parkinson’s disease gave me permission to use her remarks with her name attached. I’m going to share her thoughts, but I think I will not name her since this is such a personal conversation.

It’s enough to say that she is a Fayette native and teacher, married and the mother of three nearly grown children. She is also a gifted writer, so better you should read her words with no intrusion of mine. (I changed her husband’s name.) Read More»

PTC UPDATES – Week of Oct. 11, 2010

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Lots of chances for public input this week, plus safety reminders for pets, paths, and golf cart charging. Read More»

Teams on 'The Apprentice' try to go viral

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Oh, “The Apprentice,” how frustrating you can be.

I’ve been watching “The Apprentice” this season because Fayetteville resident Kelly Smith Beaty is a contestant. I think it is important to see not only where she finishes, but how she gets there. In the earlier episodes, Kelly has been quiet and in the background. Would that change this week?

No. Read More»

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