Opinion

Mayor: Honest differences of opinion exist about budget solutions

Don Haddix's picture

After reading the articles on Council’s recent meeting and workshop, you can see we have been busy but not without controversy.

Council agreed 5-0 to increasing grass cutting on secondary roads from every 10 weeks to every month. We also added 73 previously uncut areas.

Councilman Imker’s proposals for a 1 percent pay cut, reducing retirement benefits and mandatory furloughs were rejected 4-1.

After two of us voting to eliminate 27 jobs, cut benefits, increase contribution requirements and freezing wages last year, the lack of stomach comment by Councilman Imker was unjustified. Read More»

Welcome to new world of ‘trillions’

We have recently been forced to come into contact with a new word: Trillion.

The new math had better prepare itself. It’s easy to spell. Just replace the “M” or the “B” with a “TR.” But do we really know what it means? A trillion is a thousand billion. Not that many of us know the vastness of a billion unless we are the offspring of some Washington politician. Read More»

The goofy world of judges and ‘hotties’

Sometimes the truth is indeed stranger than fiction; and sometimes you don’t really know what’s truth and what’s fiction.

Recently, District Attorney Scott Ballard, along with Chief Public Defender Joe Saia, released the results of their so-called, “investigation” into the Judge English affair.

I have to give the DA’s office credit. It took them just a few short days to determine that English’s affair with public defender Kim Cornwell didn’t affect any of his rulings in well over 200 cases, many of which had been reassigned to English’s courtroom. Read More»

BP boycott for oil spill hurts local people

I want to say that I am just as upset as everyone else about the oil spill in the Gulf. But the first point I want to make is this.

A well-known idiot is calling for a boycott of BP. How stupid can one human be?

If you boycott the local BP station, you are hurting the owner of the station. In the case here in Fayetteville, the owner is someone we all like and respect, and he has nothing to do with drilling oil. He and the people who work for him are just trying to work and make a living. Read More»

BoE’s Todd: Public deserves to know about issues involving schools

Public comments about ethics and disharmony by supporters of Terri Smith and Janet Smola at the May 17, 2010 Board of Education meeting was a continuation of the embarrassing and unprofessional display by the two of them at the May 4 work session.

I have voted for many things during my term and the votes were always based on the information provided by the administration and other board members. When it becomes apparent that the information that we based our decisions on was not accurate, I have pointed out, and will continue to point out, these discrepancies. Read More»

We can afford $9 a month; raise PTC taxes

I sent the following letter to the mayor and city council members of Peachtree City. Like anyone else, I prefer to spend my money on entertainment, but residents of a community need to pay for services that they enjoy and need.

I read an article in The Citizen this weekend concerning a 1.25-mill increase in property taxes. According to the math in the article, if I owned a house valued at $272,000, I would have to pay another $108 a year in property taxes.

Of course, that $108 could be used as a tax deduction on my income tax return so part of it would be subsidized. Read More»

New neighbors in the 'hood?

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

One afternoon last week when Dave was watering the plants a neighbor called over to tell him that she had seen a strange animal run under our screened porch. By the time he called me to come see, there was a second one, and then a third came out to see or be seen. Read More»

BoE, county commission get failing grades

Just try to find someone who will give this bunch of incumbents, with the exception of Dr. Bob Todd, a good grade on anything. They may have to repeat a grade because they didn’t learn much in the previous session. Personally, I think they ought to be expelled for good.

The Board of Education under the leadership of Chairman Terri Smith has jumped out of the plane without a parachute. They built all these schools we didn’t need and are closing other buildings after we just renovated them. Read More»

FreeSpeech for 06-23-10

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Gifts for Dad that matter

David Epps's picture

Fathers have had a hard time of it in recent years. The oldsters will remember T.V. programs such as “Bonanza,” “My Three Sons,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Cosby Show,” and even “I Love Lucy” where fathers were portrayed in an honorable and positive light. Read More»

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