What’s being pumped into those LP tanks?

As you well know, all of us are going through hard times; money is short. I want to know through your newspaper if anyone other than me is having problems with LP gas.

I know the weather is colder, but we are using our furnace the same amount of time, but the gas only lasts for days instead of a month like it used to, and the price per gallon is 2.89.

That means 100 gallons of LP gas cost almost $300, and for the elderly retired people who live on $600 a month, that leaves little for food and meds. Read More»

McIntosh students disrespect our national anthem

I have lived in Fayette County for almost 15 years and have been proud of the patriotism exhibited by our citizens toward the flag, the national anthem, and our veterans.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, I was greatly disturbed by the behavior of the vast majority of 300-plus McIntosh students that attended the basketball game at Starr’s Mill High School. Before the varsity boys’ game, a Starr’s Mill student sang the national anthem a cappella. All of the students stood and faced the flag. Read More»

Logic, not class warfare

My response to Matt O’Neal’s letter (Feb. 3) on solving the immediate fiscal needs of our state government is that the government owes its citizens the duty to protect them, and the citizens in turn have the duty to fund their government adequately.

As the rich have more to protect than the poor, it’s appropriate they pay more. There’s no class warfare there, just logic.

Claude Y. Paquin

Fayetteville, Ga.

In praise of PTC’s Imker

Recently John Munford wrote a wonderfully written article, “Councilman: PTC has too many workers” (The Citizen, Feb. 3, 2010). At a time where spending has gotten so out of control with federal and local governments, [Councilman Eric] Imker brings common-sense economics back. This lone wolf seems to be making a huge splash for a newly-elected councilman, one that was way overdue.

I praise Imker’s tough stance on cutting taxes, balancing budgets, and cutting spending. I applaud Imker on his lone voice that we don’t need to enlarge the Ga. Highway 54 golf cart bridge. Read More»

Some local businesses break wage law in paying teen employees

We send our children to school for 12 years, and in their 12th year, they are allowed to do a work program. Sounds good. How much do they teach in this work program, or do they just get rid of them for the remainder of the day? Let me tell you what they don’t teach our kids before they go into the workforce. Read More»

Save blame for later; right now Haiti needs mercy and our love

The recent earthquake in Haiti is a disaster of incalculable magnitude. Haiti, a nation only a few hundred miles from the coast of Florida, is in another struggle for survival.

Life in Haiti is not easy. It lacks many of the institutional structures that provide for the basic well-being of the population. A devastating earthquake has rocked the island nation that is already the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Read More»

Thanks for helping soldiers’ families for holidays

Dear citizens of Fayette County: Wow! It was absolutely amazing to see the faces of so many brave little soldiers at Fort Benning when Santa came into the room laden with all of the wonderful gifts you so generously donated this past holiday season.

I know it’s a cliche, but they lit up like a Christmas tree and their collective glee sounded like a chorus of angels.

What a joy it was to be able to see these children having such a good time when so much of their days and nights revolve around wondering when – or if – mommy or daddy is coming home from the war. Read More»

Time to expose progresssives for what they are

The progressive movement is on the move again – the lunatic fringe of liberal thinking. It is the home of everything that you despise, such as income tax, prohibition, and the Federal Reserve. The United Nations is also progressive. The President and Secretary of State have referred to themselves as progressives.

Progressivism is the idea that people are the cause of problems and only big government can provide the solutions. It is the idea that life is just too complex for the little people to understand. Read More»

Westmoreland right on most things: Get government out of the way

This is in response to Robinson, Carter and Browning.

I recently read your articles blasting our fine representative Westmoreland in The Citizen.

While this is not an attempt to cover every point the three of you tried to make, here are my thoughts:

If President Obama were clearly interested in keeping us safe, he would immediately fire his attorney general for not allowing the interrogation of the Christmas day terrorist for more than 50 minutes. A detective would have spent more time questioning a shoplifter than that. Read More»

Why independent voters will decide the outcome of the 2010 elections

Last month, the independent voters of Massachusetts unleashed their frustration with the Obama administration by electing a Republican to a seat held by the Democrats for almost 50 years.

Republicans should not think that the Massachusetts win means voters have seen the light and are returning to the GOP. Remember, in the Bay State Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1 and independents outnumber the Democrats 2 to 1. Read More»