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I thought the previous bosses of PTC had served the citizens
poorly; but the Nannies in charge now are even worse. They have
stepped over the line in their so-called concern for our health
when they banned smoking on privately owned commercial property.
They have effectively said we arent smart enough to choose
whether to eat or work where smoking is permitted. These socialist
politicians are of the same mind set as the ones who passed the
campaign financial law that lets foreigners donate to our political
campaigns. We need to replace these misguided dunderheads as
soon as possible.
It is sad that Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church has agreed
to sell its prime piece of property in the center of town, without
securing a suitable location for the new church. I believe that
COS is now desperate to find land and will settle for almost
anything, when in fact there are architectural drawings in existence
for expanding the church on its present location. Havent
they ever heard that location is everything?
I agree with Father David Epps that Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran
Church has a right to benefit from the sale of their property,
but I do not agree that they have a right to benefit from a rezoning,
which belongs to the community.
As to the intersection at Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway,
where the Lutheran Church sits, it is just a matter of time until
this intersection is probably going to be worse than the 54/74
intersection for traffic. This intersection was foreseen 25 years
ago as the main intersection in town. The fact that it isnt
four-laned yet and two churches sit on opposite corners means
nothing to the progress of this corner. The near build-out of
Peachtree City means that commercialism there can, and will,
now run rampant. When you see a town government even considering
changing this particular corner to commercial zoning (I understand
a massage parlor is the unnamed other commercial venture there),
you can bet protective zoning is all done in Peachtree City.
The only people who have defended the rezoning of the Christ
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church site to allow a Walgreens drug store
live in Tyrone and Coweta County. Although these nonresidents
have a right to express their opinions, I hope the Peachtree
City Council is more interested in what the residents of Peachtree
City have to say: Do not rezone.
David Epps was incorrect when he stated in a recent editorial
that Christ Our Shepherd would die if it couldnt move from
its present location at the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Peachtree
Parkway. As a member of this congregation, I am aware that there
are preliminary architectural plans to provide more building
space at the present location and additional parking as well.
We will still have to avail ourselves of some available parking
across the street, but other churches (such as the Catholics
and Methodists) do this routinely.
In a world of six billion people and all their problems, it
is preposterous to think that our Creator has decided that a
Lutheran Church in Peachtree City, Ga., is to be blessed with
an offer from a drug store for their property. Personally, I
think He stays as far as He can from any business dealings, much
less one of this magnitude.
To the person that was upset with Fayette voters electing good
ol boy uneducated Westmoreland to Congress: What
an elitist attitude you have to dictate that only college graduates
should represent a district in Congress. This makes me think
about Harry S Truman. This president had to deal with ending
WWII, rebuilding Europe, providing opportunities for our war
veterans, forcing integration in the military and removing a
popular general from Korea before he triggered WWIII with China.
My, oh, my, just imagine what this uneducated good ol boy Harry
Truman could have accomplished if only he had his college degree.
I could not believe I was hearing right when Lynn Westmoreland
spoke on the night of the runoff. He was trying his best to convince
us that he ran a clean campaign. He did his best to discredit
Dylan Glenn on the last days of the campaign. I know for a fact
that he actually went into some counties and asked voters if
they knew Dylan Glenn was black. Is this the type of representation
we want in Washington? His Democratic opponent looks better every
day. And I dont even know her name.
Jim Watson was framed and he has every right to voice his opinion.
Keep up the fight, Jim, because there are a lot of supporters
and you will win! By the way, I am not related to the Watsons.
I nominate Chick-fil-As Dan Cathy to be on the board of
directors for Delta Airlines. Could you imagine an airline where
all the employees said, Its my pleasure to serve
My family had dinner Saturday night at [a Fayetteville restaurant].
Going into the restaurant was a little scary and it wasnt
even dark, but coming out of the restaurant after a fabulous
meal was downright terrifying. I would have felt better if one
of Fayettevilles finest had been in the parking lot. In
fact, it might be a good idea to step up the patrols in that
neighborhood, especially after dark.
Has anyone besides me noticed that the version of the American
National Anthem that is used in the medal ceremonies at the Olympics
is a kinder, gentler, more sensitive version than
renditions used in previous Olympic Games. I am sooooooo thrilled
that we dont want to offend anyone! Please pass the Pepto-Bismol.
I live off of South Jeff Davis, a two lane road with terrible
traffic. So what does Fayette County decide to do? Lets
build not one but two very large sub-divisions and really make
a traffic nightmare. Where will the children of these subdivisions
go to school? How many accidents will occur from people trying
to get onto Jeff Davis from the existing roads? Wake up Fayetteville
and Fayette County. You said you didnt want another Riverdale
so someone better wake up and not only plan the community better
but stop making it so difficult for decent restaurants and businesses
to come in. Why cant there be a Longhorn, Outback, Red
Lobster in Fayetteville? Why isnt there a decent park-playground
in Fayetteville for the children?
Gee, so the pretty girls on Fox News have your shorts in a knot
and the only news outlet that doesnt just repeat the Democrats blather-of-the-day
cant possibly be fair and balanced? I guess
youd rather watch Baba Wawa swooning over the likes of
Fidel Castro. By the way, how were those flies you had for breakfast?
After reading about the Peachtree City fire chiefs dilemma
about manning the fire stations, responding to calls, and potentially
having to temporarily close a fire station due to a shortage
of personnel, I have three very simple questions: (1) Did our
chief have to temporarily close or operate any station below
the specified standards during the 2003 or 2004 Public Safety
Games because of the availability of personnel; (2) did employees
of the city participate in sporting events outside the city,
on city time, while being compensated; (3) did we have to temporarily
close or operate any fire station below the specified standards
when our public safety equipment and manpower was sent to the
recent summit on the Georgia coast?
Looking forward to the Fayette County Board of Commissioners
and county administrator putting out a local language guide for
newcomers. There was a meeting about the Fayette County
Transportation Plan. Most people consider transportation
as the vessel for getting somewhere. Clarity would help! Then,
theres Peachtree City with its phony tourism association
that has yet to produce a single tourism-related project, and
instead narrowly focuses on specific entertainment and leisure
facilities. Tourism includes the hospitality industry, lodging,
dining, transportation, and those associated accommodations.
Tourism is not a groundless slogan.
It is a shame that Fayette County teachers (particularly elementary
ones) have to spend so much money out of their own pockets for
supplies and copy-work. I have several friends who teach at Hood
who tell me their copy-work allotment has actually been decreased
this year (no less students though). If you ever go to Office
Depot you will see what I am talking about. Teachers are lined
up trying to get copy work done paying out of pocket. I know
some teachers whose husbands have actually bought copy machines
for them. Lets provide our teachers with what they need.
As a frequent flier on Delta Airlines, I receive many updates
and specials on air fares. These are VERY competitive, if not
the lowest on the market today. It sure would be nice if the
newspapers for Atlanta could rally around the airline and try
to help, rather then continually beat it up. The problem goes
deeper then the pilots pay. The integrity, ability and
dedication that Delta Airlines employees have is unsurpassed.
It sure would be a shame to see the organization sell out for
lower quality, less experienced and less expensive employees
just to stay afloat.
I have hesitated to comment upon the Epps column about child
discipline because I kept thinking it was some kind of joke that
I didnt get. However, in reading some of his other columns
I have concluded that he is serious. I also grew up seeing ignorant
people destroying their youth by such comments as he wholeheartedly
seems to support (knocking their head off, slapping their eyes
into the back of their head, etc), but my family for the most
part didnt need to do that to teach tolerance, discipline,
and love. It is mostly a matter of time spent with the child
and enough money for food, it seems. Now I know, as he so desperately
tries to explain, that Mr. Epps probably didnt say
such things to his own children, so I dont know why he
wishes me to do so. This sort of thing falls into the same category
as the mother in Wal-Mart yelling continuously at her 3-year-old
to stop that, over and over and over, until he hears
How do the auditors of the local bank, which has about a million
dollars coming from the Tennis Center, carry the million on the
books? How does the Tennis Center carry it on their books? Maybe
they dont have books; maybe that is the problem. Authorities,
Aug. 18, 2004
Now that Sallie has spoken, I suppose the free speech section
will be either eliminated or have to put up with a bunch of new
rules. All life is not funny, ironic, or sweet, as
Sallie said, but real hard work to call idiots on their trespasses.
One sure way to destroy free speech is to do anything to limit
it other than yelling fire in a public building,
when there is none. I suppose we have to put up with crotchety
editors who refuse to print items they deem ignorant, bad politics,
or ad revenue disruptional.
Way to go, Fayette. You just elected an uneducated good
ol boy to Congress. When asked by The Citizens
reporter to what he attributed his win he said, Cal Beverlys
endorsement of Dylan Glenn. At best, thats a joke.
At least, its a blatant disregard for the many constituents
in Fayette County, who read his free essays in The Citizens
political forum and the many letters for and against his candidacy,
and decided to cast their vote for him. In a moment of glory,
after winning a higher seat than a man with no college degree
deserves, the ingrate does not thank his supporters. Westmoreland
needs to learn some manners before he gets to Washington. Cal,
do you still say he would make a good representative?
Screaming like mashed Comanches. This sounds like
something from Dantes Inferno. That is what Father David
Epps of the Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church in Coweta
County labels any opponent to Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Churchs
proposed Peachtree City rezoning for a Walgreens in his column, Church
move is the right thing. However a commercial rezoning
simply is not. Move if you like, just please do not rezone to
move. This mashed Comanche, whatever that is, respects both churches,
so please stay away from the bully pulpit. That is, unless a
mashed Comanche is a good thing.
I have tried to read up on the Lutherans wish to sell
out to another drug store for big bucks and I am still undecided
as to what is right. For the life of me I couldnt decipher
what [Citizen columnist Sallie] Satterthwaite said, for or against.
For, I guess, but with an apology, and I guess the papers
editor is for selling only to a smaller church. Everyone knows
such lands are practically free initially to churches and schools
in order to promote real estate and housing sales. However, they
sign nothing that says they cant sell the property when
the price is right. I have another suggestion: In most towns
when a church gets full and cant be expanded up or sideways,
the Second Lutheran Church of (fill in the blank) is created
somewhere else. That way all the memories are right there in
First Church, forever. I know it is tempting to take five mil
and run, but that is not what it is about, is it?
It is time for Ms. Watson to give up her witch hunt for the
Fayette County Sheriffs Department. The citizens of Fayette
are not going to abide by all her petty demands on how the sheriffs
department should be run and who should be in charge. It seems
to me that the majority of the county is very satisfied with
how our sheriff runs his department. I believe that his 28-year
history as sheriff speaks for itself.
As I passed the stopped vehicle, the driver had that familiar
stone-faced expression that one assumes when pulled over by the
police, something like a deer caught in headlights. But it was
the officer who caught my attention. This man was standing squared
off before the miserable motorist, with his elbows bent slightly
back and his palms at his sides, as though he thought it was
high noon in Dodge and he was about to clean up the town. Around
his waist he wore a belt that presumably carried every possible
accouterment of law enforcement, including Bat Rope. His meaty
head sat squarely upon his shoulders, unmediated by any semblance
of a neck, and was adorned with the sort of military cut that
one might expect to see atop an elite Army Ranger. You know the
kind: Baby-butt-bald on all sides, leaving only a patch of hair
at the top. This is the sort of cut that ought to be fodder for
lawsuits (e.g., Johnston vs. Cost Cutters), as it makes its wearer
vaguely resemble a catbird. My guess is that it is calculated
to intimidate, which it most certainly does. And it seems that
more and more local law enforcement personnel are coming to look
like the cast from Blackhawk Down. I hope someone
is keeping these guys on a short leash. They scare the bejeebers
out of me.
FYI, chastised is not spelled c-h-a-s-t-i-z-e-d. Chastise is
defined as (1) to punish, esp. by beating, (2) to scold or condemn
sharply, (3) [Archaic] to chasten. Politely pointing out an error
is not chastising someone!
I actually believed what I read in the newspaper on Aug. 11
and called the mayor of Peachtree City to complain about the
annexation issue only to find out that in three years he has
never annexed any property into the city. When I got an explanation
of what was proposed for the westside site and the road connection,
I agreed with the mayor. Cal Beverly is getting all steamed up
over a plan that he has never seen. He needs to give the plan
an opportunity to be seen before casting judgment.
Just for the record, the Chamber of Commerce never polled its
members about the SPLOST. I did not receive anything asking for
a vote. In fact, I was told that the Chamber was just approving
of the SPLOST method and not the actual SPLOST plan that
the county proposes. Our businesses in Peachtree City are
going to get ripped off by generating the SPLOST tax revenue
and not receiving a decent share of the funds. Ever since Bob
Lenox got on the Chamber board they have always opposed Peachtree
City just so he could get even.
Let me get this straight: Fayetteville has two Wendys, three
McDonalds, two Chick-Fil-As, numerous Mexican and pizza restaurants,
three Waffle Houses, three or four barbecue places, two Krogers,
two Publixes, two Walgreens, three Eckerds, and soon two Zaxbys.
I probably missed some. Why cant we have a Steak and Shake,
Chilis, Mellow Mushroom, Popeyes, Longhorn, something
different, Mayor Steele? Stop annexing land for more homes that
will be on the already malfunctioning sewer system, and will
put more children in our crowded schools. Put some good restaurants
on the sewer system instead, and properly maintain the sewer
system that we have.
An old adage once said, When the going gets tough, the
tough get going. Now it has been changed to, When
the going gets tough, Ill scream racism!
To the person who was upset over the neighbors cat disturbing
your birds: Tell your birds to quit eating my worms!
Developers who denude the area of its trees and replace them
with poorly built homes often choose prestigious sounding names
for their new neighborhoods. Oxford Estates, Cambridge Square,
Fox Glen, that sort of thing. The names rarely if ever reflect
reality. My own subdivision has the word Stream in
its name, though, to my knowledge, there is not such a rivulet
anywhere nearby. One new subdivision along Oakley Industrial
Boulevard, just south of Ga. Highway 138, is in close proximity
to a sewer treatment facility, with predictable consequences.
A realistic name here would be Poogas Place. But perhaps the
one realistic subdivision name in the area is along New Hope
Road: Argonne Forest. Remember when New Hope Road was a winding
country road, wooded on both sides for much of the drive, where
it was relatively safe to walk or ride a bike, and where you
would often see deer and other wildlife along the route? These
days, thanks to local developers who are snapping up every square
inch of sod, the forests Argonne, the deer Argonne, and days
of quiet serenity, too, Argonne.
Our local news anchors are way behind the times it seems. England
TV has begun to broadcast (to Europe only) with women stripping
gradually all the way to the nude. The only thing close to that
we have is FOX news and their women who pose with their skirts
about 2/3 of the way up, with about a 20-degree low camera angle.
OReilly hasnt joined in yet. If FOX is balanced and
fair, then I am a toad.
The economy is definitely strange when I make more money on
my credit cards cash-back bonus award than I do on a similar
amount held in my banks savings account. My heart goes
out to all of our fixed-income senior citizens.
As planned, oil will soon reach $60 a barrel. At that point
our oil companies will start pumping from the low pressure wells
in this country, but it wont ever reduce the price again
at the pump or for clothes or plastics or anything else made
from oil. Why? We are at war forever. You figure out what the
old seven sisters are up to.
Come on, Ms. Ashley Watson. Signing and sending your convicted
murdering fathers thoughts and letters from prison is getting
to be a little in the face of the citizens of Fayette County.
Enough is enough! You will always have the right to disagree
with the conviction and no will ever begrudge you that right.
What you dont have is the right to keep dredging up you
fathers hatred that he has for the honest, hardworking
law enforcement officers that are dedicated to protecting and
serving the whole of Fayette County while you are pretending
that these are your thoughts. Its time to get out from
under your fathers manipulative stronghold, and maybe its
time for the paper to move on from your hidden agenda.
The Lone Ranger, hero of old, used to call his loyal sidekick,
Tonto. This is Spanish for idiot, of course. Dont ask what
kemo sabe (what Tonto called The Lone Ranger) means. The point
is, unless you joke about hip-hop or MTV now, no one under 35
understands a darn thing you try to have a sense of humor about
during a conversation. Its pretty sad, I think.
Why would anyone want to exhume our liberal war dead? In the
last quarter of a century, conservative administrations have
treated the military more effectively than their liberal counterparts.
Thank God, the current conservative leadership has assumed responsibility
for the liberals neglect of our nations defense.
Do we want Mr. Kerry, who promises to conduct a sensitive war
on terrorism, or Mr. Bush, who has taken the battle away from
the streets of New York, and placed it in the terrorists backyard?
Personally, I sleep better at night knowing a conservative administration
is patrolling our nations interests. When it comes to defense,
Im for keeping the liberals buried.
Free Speech for Aug. 11, 2004
Most of us have realized for some time Deputy Sheriff Bruce
Jordan enjoys the media spotlight. But now hes crossed
the line by giving what the Atlanta Journal described as disturbing
detail in the recent double murder case. Revealing to media
such graphic details, to include allegations that the two juveniles
were romantically involved and details of how the murders were
committed, is just plain stupid. No doubt, defense attorneys
will have a field day with this when it comes time to seat a
jury. How could a judge not grant a change of venue when this
irresponsible law enforcement officer has provided such detail
apparently for the sake of seeing his name in print. Sheriff
Johnson needs to reel his deputy in and advise him such publicity
is unnecessary since the next election is four years away. And
if what Jordan did was shameless, The Citizen needs to take a
long look at itself as well. Was it necessary to print the photos
of two 15-year old juveniles in bullet-proof vests and shackles?
Sure, they are accused of murder, and if allegations prove true,
they committed a heinous crime. But they are still juveniles
and still innocent until proven guilty.
Is there not one liberal out there who could be a contributing
writer and spare us some of the blather we are constantly
subjected to in The Citizen? And why are they contributing
writers? Could they not get a job as a paid writer? What
are their journalistic credentials? And one last thing, Dr. Herndon,
pro-choice does not translate to pro-abortion. It means exactly
what it says: Choice.
On Walgreens.com, the company and stores are consistently referred
to as Walgreens. All of the store signs say Walgreens. Please
stop referring to the proposed store at Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree
Parkway as a Walgreen.
If youve passed Christ Our Shepherd on a Sunday or worse
on a Wednesday night when there isnt a policeman directing
traffic, youve seen a lot of near misses with cars and,
worse, pedestrians. I doubt if a drug store is going to have
that many people entering and exiting at one time onto the Parkway
or 54. I say let the folks go; they deserve a new place to grow.
The folks have blessed the community for years; maybe its
time the community blessed them and not made it harder for them.
Normally no one would give a flip if a church, such as the Lutherans,
wanted to move their church. Let them move it. However, to put
more commerce (24/7 type) in that area is another nail (like
54/74) in the Peachtree City coffin. If you want to see how much
they want to obey Gods blessing, just refuse to change
the zoning to commercial and see what happens. I really get ticked
off when I see Gods name used in such a sleazy manner.
What they want is a humongous new building to whet their pride.
It was so interesting to see an attempt at resolution of the
mess that is going on at Delta in the Free Speech last week.
Too bad there has not been more public questions about the death
of Delta. If Joe Average Citizen knew more of the
details of the pilot-management fiasco they would want your paper
to provide more details. Fayette County is the home to many pilots,
but there are more non-pilot employees and retirees who will
have to bear the losses if this small number of money-handlers
dont get together. Five thousand pilots wanting more than
they need; 120,000 employees and retirees wanting just enough.
Monday [was] the first day of school for Fayette County schools.
I feel very sorry for the little kids who have to stand up in
front of their class and say, My dad is a Delta pilot.
The gnarling and gnashing of teeth caused by Newt Gingrich endorsing
a not-so-favorite son for Congress in this district should come
as no surprise. Gingrich undoubtedly has destroyed the old Republican
party in this country with his ill-conceived campaign while he
was in Congress to gain control of Congress. The party the Republicans
have now is one who votes for anyone who espouses, but may not
use in his own family; no womans right to control her body;
must continually preach from the stump, whether sincere or not;
would like all poor devil homosexuals severely hidden from view;
and lowers taxes for our most well-off taxpayers who mostly dont
pay any higher percentage than our middle-incomers. Such polarization
is totally unhealthy in the long haul. Occasionally, there must
be something good that a Democrat does, but to witness our current
Republican party vote, you would think they would be drawn and
quartered if they even thought maybe health care was a right,
or we should take the dignity away from old people who didnt
get wealthy while serving their time.
To the couple stopped by the PTC police, its no secret
to the demographically recorded 6-percent minorities in the area
that there does exist a condition of Driving While Black or Walking
While Black. It is certainly curious that the force does such
a great job of keeping the area safe enough that an individual
can walk to ones destination at night, but when innocently
minding your own business, obediently walking on the path, a
police car will zoom up and block your path, or a passing police
car will not only shine a spotlight in your face, but then turn
on the blue flashing lights when you have not [committed] any
crime or behaved in any untoward way, which the officer HAD to
have observed as they approached you from behind. Peachtree City
is now home to late night and 24-hour establishments. Why is
the city kept safe enough for one to walk, then they are interrupted,
without cause, when they do? When my behavior is not suspicious,
why is it anyones business where Im headed? People
that work the same hours as the night-time patrolmen are victimized.
When people that work dayside shop, eat, and generally enjoy
the area, they garner no undue attention. Does it occur to the
night-time officers that there are people in other industries
working their same shift?
Last week, I read how a citizen had been stopped some 10
times by the Peachtree City Police Department. I find that
figure to be a little exaggerated. First off, I know for a fact
that the Peachtree police have video recording systems and microphones
rolling during all traffic stops. Plus, they are required to
complete a vehicle information form to ensure that they are not
profiling people of age, sex or race. So, to the person who said, It
seems very strange to me that we have never been stopped in our
new Ford Focus which we bought new in 2000. Hey, buddy,
that sounds pretty good. I can do the math. 2004-2000 = 4 years
without being pulled over. Thats sound good to me. If you
really have a complaint about being pulled over, test the police
records. They are there for a reason and I am glad that this
city has a proactive police department. It keeps the crime rate
low and the nice houses around here stay nice. Keep on cruising
in your Ford Focus, dude! By the way, that is the key here: you
drive a smaller, compact car and you do not speed as much!
Probably the best-run meetings of any kind that I have ever
witnessed were the two non-smoking ordinance workshops and the
last City Council meeting. Mayor Brown did an outstanding job
of taking on a difficult issue and managing a crowd that was
50-percent pro and 50-percent against while bringing the matter
to a mutual consensus. The three meetings lasted for hours and
much to the mayors credit he let everyone have an equal
opportunity to express their opinions. In my 15-plus years as
a corporate management trainer, I have seen big-name managers
shrink in fear at the thought of taking on such a fiery audience
that was so soundly divided. Congratulations to the mayor for
making the task look easy.
Senior citizens living in Fayette County are wondering what
is happening with senior services in our county. We understand
an excess of $1 million and some donated land on which to build
a new center is available and sitting on hold. However, information
concerning the money, land and plans to start on a center is
very difficult to obtain. I would like to see someone of authority
address this subject in a public forum such as your paper. It
seems the other counties around us, i.e., Clayton, Coweta, Carroll
and Henry, have very nice senior centers, so you would think
with the money and land available, someone could get the ball
rolling and let the citizens know whats going on.
To all who see fit to constantly complain about our president
and those who are in office or running for office. Do you vote?
Probably not! Do you support a cause? Probably not! Have you
ever run for any position in office? Probably not! Do you do
anything besides complain? Probably not! Why not try praying
for the men and women who represent our country, instead of complaining
about them. Or run for president yourself! I do vote!
If you are a nonsmoker, still willing to be damaged or die from
inhaling trapped indoor second-hand smoke, why arent you
Sheriff Johnson and his team are doing a fine job of protecting
the citizens of this county. For that they should be applauded.
However, why is it that they refuse to follow the same rules
as all other county departments and agencies? Why do they refuse
to account for the drug money that they receive? The federal
government has said that they will not change the process of
giving in drug money to the sheriff because there is no federal
prohibition against doing so. They did not sanction the sheriffs
non-compliance with county ordinance. That crucial point seems
to be lost in all the noise being generated by the Sheriff to
mask his unwillingness to follow the rules like everybody else.
The money is the sheriffs to spend regardless, the county
commission (despite the misconceptions or misrepresentations
put forth by some here and elsewhere in this paper) does not
want, nor could they take the money. They only want
to be able to know how the money is spent, how much and by whom,
as required by county ordinance. The only monies spent in this
county that are not part of public record, available for all
citizens to see, are spent by the sheriff. What is he hiding?
Double dipping on expenses? Unnecessary expenditures? Expenditures
that do not comply with county, state or federal law? If any
other government entity or elected official were to blatantly
disregard the law in this way they would be booted out immediately
and justifiably so. Allowing this kind of lawbreaking to continue
under the guise of Public Safety is just wrong.
Where are the ones who once demanded that the taxpayers pay
the bank the million bucks for the million bucks taken home in
salaries from the tennis center (check it out, they made that
much over several years)? What is the new executive just hired
by the tourism group making in salary? Whats his job? Dead
silence. What will the new executive at the amphitheater make
in salary? Dead silence. Since the police department takes in
as much in fines as they cost in salary, what is the problem
with hiring more? Shouldnt those $600 ambulance rides pay
for something? Hospital now up to 900 employees for 100 beds
and emergency room and several questionable treatment clinics?
Dead silence. We are creating a false economy on the backs of
the jobless and destitute. Selfish.
I believe we should go over all war records of vets who died
for their country and deny valor records and medals to anyone
of them showing liberal leanings. We should also dig up all service
men in Arlington Cemetery that show liberal leanings. This is
what vets of America want. They are telling Americans that liberals
cannot defend this country without being reprimanded for their
service. It is wonderful that vets have chosen a man who never
did jack for his country and they call him the real hero. God
Im convinced that you would not print such a story about
Bush or Gingrich or Cheney as you printed from a contributing
editor last week about Kerry. It is time you dropped the so-called Free
Speech section, since it isnt.
So, you say, Bush is horrible
and Kerry is wonderful. Lets
look at Kerry and his buddy Edwards. Kerry returned from a 16-week
tour in Vietnam and immediately set about denouncing the military
as a bunch of violent thugs, thus turning the country against
men who sacrificed themselves for our country. He now constantly
cites his military service as his key qualification for office.
He became quite the media darling in his anti-war days and rode
the momentum to get elected. He married an heiress, but after
several years and a couple of kids, divorced her to marry Teresa
Heinz, another heiress with more money than the first (bonus!).
Now, he has 30 years of government service, but for some reason
seems to totally ignore his record. Why? Because of his inconsistency
and his bizarre mixture of positions that offend both parties.
For example, hes supposed to be a great champion of labor,
but he voted for NAFTA and for normalized trade with China. He
voted against the first Gulf War, but voted for the current one.
Now, he goes around saying that Bush misled us into
war, but Kerry himself agreed with the intelligence two years
ago and affirmed that Iraq had WMD. And lets not forget
Edwards. While hes going around talking about making things
more affordable, he made his money by driving medical costs through
the roof with specious lawsuits against obstetricians. He also
complains about two Americas, yet is himself an example
of how hard work can elevate you from a poor mill workers
son to a multi-millionaire, with none of the government
assistance he constantly clamors for now. All politicians fudge
the facts a bit. They are not saints, after all. But these two
men are so fundamentally hypocritical and contradictory in their
beliefs (again, Kerry believes that life begins at conception,
yet favors unrestricted abortion rights for all women, including
minors) that one must seriously question their judgment and ability
I didnt vote for Bush four years ago, not because of his
party, but because I didnt feel he had the credentials
or the capability to run our country. Ive always felt he
made it onto the ballot because of his father. Well, four years
have gone by and he proved me right! He has not been good for
our country. Hes made major mistakes that have affected
all of us. When you vote in November, dont vote for a party.
Vote for whats best for our country. We gave Bush four
years and he failed. Now lets give Kerry a chance to see
what he can do for us and our country.
Free Speech for Aug. 4, 2004
Maybe Deltas board of directors should simply propose
to the stockholders that the pilots union be allowed to take
over and run Delta? That way the union could pay themselves anything
they liked from whatever is left each year, if anything is left.
After all, this is what the executives have done for years, and
they have done pretty well. Of course the company can be allowed
to go the way of Eastern, which is where they are headed, but
if the senior pilots can just sock away enough to retire, as
the execs have, until complete disintegration of the company
occurs, then that is all that is important. It is pretty evident
that they can never pay what they owe now, much less the $35
billion they will lose over the next few years of going broke.
Government guaranteed ticket prices, like $1,500 to fly to the
West coast, one way, are gone forever. All deregulation by the
feds is not bad, it seems. Only where life and limb are concerned,
such as chemical factories, stockbrokers, insurance companies,
Congratulations to The Citizen editor for standing up for the
First Amendment! That benefits all of us. At the same time, perhaps
hell appreciate judges who are a bit more activist in preserving
I work at a popular (small) food joint in Fayetteville and I
must say that the experience I have had there in the past two
months has convinced me never to work in the food industry again.
The people in this town can be exceptionally rude, particularly
those people at drive-throughs during the lunch rush. Case(s)
in point: the soccer moms in their SUVs or heinously large vans
who order three or four sandwiches and drinks and then get mad
when it takes more than two minutes to get the food out to them.
Where did the respect for others go in this day and age? Yes,
we are there to serve you, but we are only human. If you want
really fast food, go to some large conglomerate. If you want
quality, keep with the smaller joints and be prepared to wait;
the results will be much more satisfying. Also, dont change
your order suddenly and especially dont change it after
you have paid. Be prepared when you step up to order. Know what
you want, please. Finally, speak up. We workers really do want
to give you what you want and we want you to have the best meal
you could ever have. A lot of us working there are good students
who are trying to earn enough money to get by in college so we
wont have to be burdens on our parents. Just have some
patience and respect. And know that it will take some time and
it will be worth it!
I would like to commend Ashley Watson for her continuing efforts
to free her dad from the injustice dealt to him. Ashley lived
with her mom and dad for nearly 13 years; therefore, I believe
her when she said that her dad never abused her mom. Ashley,
keep up the fight and one day your hard work will pay off for
you and your brother. Might I also add, please continue with
your opinions as they are quite educational and eye-opening.
If the excuse for raising our dollars paid in personal property
and school taxes every year is that more people have moved into
Fayette County, then why arent those people paying their
share to balance the budget? The dollars paid for total taxes
(local) is approximately a three times increase over the inflation
rate for the last few years. Paying more for value received is
OK, but why lie about it? Tell us what the value received is.
In a somewhat unexpected move, the Fayette County Board
of Education Tuesday night reluctantly decided to increase the
operations millage rate for the school system. I reluctantly
feel I have to comment. Somehow I am not surprised at all. This
kind of decision by our school board has come to be expected
as normal by me. I for one will be watching who votes in which
way on this serious issue. The real question is how did we get
to this point and how to avoid solving such problems in the future
without increasing taxes.
If you are concerned with pedestrian and biking issues in Fayette
County, please feel free to join me at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FayetteBiPeds.
We need someone who can represent the 8th district, not work
for the President. Fayette County wasnt a glint in Mr.
Glenns eye until he went district shopping. You didnt
mention that this is his third run for office and that nearly
70 percent of his campaign contributions came from outside the
state, not from those he is hoping to represent. People dont
want Washington insiders who think highly of themselves (have
you seen the movie he made about his run for office and is trying
to distribute?). The people of the 8th District want someone
who at least has lived here, served the people of the district,
and dont claim themselves as a known commodity in Washington.
At least the other candidates have local ties and actually live
in the district.
Lynn Westmoreland has spent a considerable amount of money mailing
out all kinds of information on his fine record as a key state
legislator. However, there are at least two areas he has failed
to include. First, he played a key role in the de-regulation
of the natural gas industry in Georgia. This turned out to be
one of the biggest giveaways of our money in state history. Every
time you pay your natural gas bill, you should send a note to
Lynn and his buddies in the legislature and let them know just
how much you appreciate this worthless piece of legislation,
and this will go on as long as you live. Second, more than once
Lynn tried to get the legislature to enact a law to let builders
self-inspect. According to him, this would speed-up the building
process and save the taxpayers money by not having to hire inspectors.
This effort was even too much for our ethically challenged legislators
to swallow and the effort died somewhere in the process. So my
question to Lynn is, who will you represent if you are elected
to Congress? Will it be the average taxpayer or will you limit
your practice to big business and special interest groups?
Why has Lynn Westmoreland stooped to the level he has? The agreement
saying the big players would stay on the sidelines
was broken in the last hour of the last day before the election.
Why didnt he have his buddy call voters more
in advance? President Ronald Reagans 11th commandment was
shattered, as was his buddys credibility. Old
and tired ideas should be retired along with their mouthpieces.
It is way past time for younger, more educated leadership.
Eighth District Congressional candidate Lynn Westmoreland, why
are you telling lies about Mr. Glenn? I thought you were a Christian
man. Have you ever made a decision based on true facts? I am
assuming all your decisions are made on untruths, innuendoes.
Dont need you representing me!
What happened to Mac Collins? Will it be possible now to put
clean diesel engines on big trucks? He must have done something
else weird, though. What was it?
Im glad to see that Meet the Press this Sunday
morning dedicated the first 15 minutes of their show to expose
Sen. Zell Miller for the flip-flopping-fraud that he is. Just
three short years ago he was endorsing John Kerry like there
was no tomorrow, now he preaches the exact opposite. Sen. Miller
says he represents the majority of the Democrats of Georgia which
I find laughable an outright and absolute lie. History will soon
prove Sen. Miller is old school politics and is out of touch
with both parties. Miller is a shame and a disgrace to Democrats
everywhere as he continually and purposely misrepresents the
party and its vision and values. Im glad to see that most
now see him as an elderly man in certain need of retirement.
How soon after approval of the new school bonds approval and
the library bond and the new sales tax increase will we be asked
to do a water and sewer one? We bought a piece of crap a few
years ago for excess costs and now it needs more to fix it than
it cost. Why are we never allowed to see three to five year projections
of such things? You know why.
When a kid is 13, 14, 15, 16, or 17, where does he or she go
in Peachtree City, or in Fayette County for that matter, for
social occasions? At 18 they can either go to college, work in
construction, or join the army. Most kids that age simply are
not interested in the Tennis Center or the amphitheater. Some
do go to the swim center. If the amount we have invested in the
land and improvements for the adult items listed above were invested
into a youth center, not a shack like Glenloch, but something
on the order of a combined gym, game area, snack area, dance
area, etc. Then I think our kids would be much happier and better
To the person who defended the Free Speech area of the paper:
I didnt even find the section last week! It appears to
be a section that is the first to be left out for whatever reason.
Liquor by the drink, Hooters, the Pavilion, Greg Dunn. I officially
hate Fayette County. It used to be family paradise until all
the progressive morons moved in to create more of a New York
atmosphere. Cant move anywhere else because theres
nowhere to go! Heck, lets just go full tilt and let the
tattoo parlors, liquor stores, strip clubs, and pawn shops in
Fayette. We can be all upscale and sophisticated! Then, someday,
when the county is totally trashed, we can sit and reminisce
about how nice Fayette County used to be. What a joke.
The Atlanta Journal article on the building dispute between
Regency Homes and the Fedors was eye-opening. The builder stated
that these problems were the result of poor construction
decisions made by the Fedors. Does anyone else think that
is about the most ludicrous statement ever made? Also Tom McCartys
statement that the building department doesnt examine
the fill put in a ditch somehow exonerates them for any
blame in this mess is also equally ludicrous. Hello; its
called responsibility. Somebody step up to the plate!
I notice where the third church within Peachtree City is selling
a prime piece of real estate to commercial interests. These lands
are usually obtained early in the development of communities,
as are school lands, court house lands, etc., at bargain prices.
Im afraid that churches getting rich off such land sales,
even after building a new Taj Mahal (buildings dont matter,
you know). This doesnt portend to build member character
very well. There are more people now who believe in a Creator
that do not belong to these type of churches. Little
social cliques that make one feel better every week arent
helpful. What is wrong with starting another church somewhere
instead of everyone moving? Im sure there are many there
who would like to leave. Ever see a cathedral or the Vatican
The Walgreen purchase of a church, when rezoned (and it will
be) where about 20 percent of the membership voted to proceed,
is pretty standard for todays church. Everyone wants to
belong but not attend very often. Taking weekend boat outings,
fishing, movies, eating out, and just driving, are much more
important. Besides the kids wont go every Sunday. Did you
ever notice also that the ones who attend about one-fourth of
the time in the summer, especially, are the loud ones in the
The Doobie Brothers concert last Saturday was fantastic. At
first I thought it was great that there were so many candidates
out front meeting the voters. As I said, at first. No sooner
had I sat in my set and opened a drink did I begin to be bombarded
by bubbles, bubbles given out by a young lady running for office.
I didnt want to start something with the ladies blowing
the bubbles, because they were having so much fun. So I just
kept dodging the bubbles. Then a nice man sitting behind me gave
me a fan to assist in my battle. So, thanks to the man that gave
me the fan and to Dan Lakly for distributing the fan. To Alison
Chambers, choose something less annoying next time. If I havent
made a decision about who to vote for on the 10th, maybe this
will be the thing that leans me toward Dan. Also, to Dylan Glenn:
I grabbed one of your info cards from your pocket, and I will
be voting for you. Good luck!
Bill Cosby was right. A car occupied by a woman and a toddler
was recently blocking the main roadway directly in front of Wal-Mart
at the Pavilion as she waited for a parking space to become vacant.
It was obvious that the space would not become vacant for several
minutes, and I could not pass by. I gave a short beep on horn,
and the woman flipped me the bird. Traffic started backing up
behind me, and so I beeped the horn again. This time the woman
gave me the bird again and the toddler, doing his best to imitate
mommy, shook his fist at me while strapped in his car seat. This
child will probably never learn common courtesy and the correct
rules of the road, but he will know how to give someone the finger.
That ought to take him real far in life.
The Citizen News has improved considerably in the quality of
the print and in punctuation errors since the new owners took
over. Most of us make lazy errors when writing, but a newspaper
is like a bible, it shouldnt. Too bad it took a desperate
conservative slant, ignoring all things good with liberals, in
order to succeed. Real profiles in courage come from doing what
is correct and still making it. [Editors note: Of the companys
four original owners, three are still owners. The fourth is the
widow of one of the original four.]
Are you being stopped in PTC because of what you drive, or how
you look? I have lived in this wonderful city for almost eight
years with only a few things I would like to see changed. My
wife and I have been stopped by the PTC police more times then
I would like to count. It must be over 10 times. It seems very
strange to me that we have never been stopped in our new Ford
Focus which we bought new in 2000.
I have no problem with the Lutherans pulling up stakes from
the corner of 54/Peachtree Parkway if thats what they want
to do. I DO have a problem with that parcel being rezoned from
church to drugstore use just so they can collect a barrel of
money from Walgreen. It would be a shame for that entire intersection
to be commercialized. The Lutherans have performed a nice community
service just by being there. The city council should deny it.
Most cities of 40,000, with a county population of 100,000,
have a daily newspaper. I know the current Citizen News is free
(comes very late to PTC) but most would be willing to pay the
delivery charge, some reasonable subscription fee, for a decent
daily. It shouldnt be hard to get most of the Neighbor
ads if this were done right.
How much interest is being racked up against the million bucks
we owe a bank here in town for an illegal loan they made? Did
the rate change when it became overdue? Is the former tennis
pro going of to Ohio or somewhere before he pays this bill? Why
are all these items so secret? Cant we know the facts since
surely we are going to pay the bill with hotel taxes as soon
as everyone forgets the mess? This is the same way Washington
now operates: Keep the riffraff in the dark.
I dont hate Bush. I didnt vote for him but I had
hoped that he would prove me wrong. Had he shown himself to be
an exceptional man with the wisdom, honesty and intellect to
deserve to be president of this country I would vote for him
this November. I believe he has failed miserably. Kerry and Edwards
have demonstrated strong work ethics, exceptional intellect and
a desire to excel during their lives. These are traits that I
would look for in anyone I was hiring to do a difficult job.
Kerry will get my vote in November.
Without a doubt we will have to fight terrorist efforts again
here in the U.S. Probably often and for years once they are fully
organized. They really hate our guts. Im sure some of this
color changes and warnings, like the one last Sunday, are primarily
vehicles to allow our protectors to practice without getting
authorization for the money first. You dont need my authorization:
do this thing right whatever it costs. This stupid color changing
stuff is ridiculous: just say it is now dangerous in our country,
as the terrorists are getting better organized all of the time,
so quit getting excited for a week and quitting. Stay at it with
a plan. If not we will eventually end up with hourly color codes
reported just like the weather on the umpteen stations in Atlanta
is now, but with improvements. Instead of just orange, yellow,
etc., we will have something like: O6NE42imfS as the acronym.
It means: Orange, 6th state-New York, northeast part, International
Monetary Fund building, serious.