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We have had Hurricanes Charlie, Frances, Ivan and now Jeanne,
so is LULU next? If so, it is likely to be very local in nature
with the eye of the storm squarely on Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran
Church at the very heart of Peachtree City. Since Hurricane LULU
would be a Locally Unwanted Land Use the after-effect
could be even more devastating than a storm. It could easily
set a precedent that spawns a LULU 2 Commercial re-zoning, LULU
3, LULU 4. Prevention charts the best course. Chicago-based Windy
Walgreens commercial re-zoning request should be denied.
Thank you for the article about the book used by the school
system that does not reflect the true contributions of African
Americans to Georgia. One would have to ask who is the author,
and where have they been for last several decades? Congratulations
to the parent who challenged the textbook. Hope it is eventually
banned because it will do more damage than good to all of our
children regardless of ethnicity.
Im tired of contrived alterations of the truth presented
to our students as history. I agree with that parent, the whole
truth should be presented to our children, not anyones
version of an historical period. If its the truth, it should
A sitting [Fayetteville police officer] is not directing. The
one I saw sitting in his car was talking on a cellphone, so I
dont think he was baby-sitting. And there was
a [patrol] car down the street running radar. The lights on Ga.
Highway 54 eastbound were flashing yellow, and folks were stopping.
You only treat a light that is not working as a four-way stop,
not one that is flashing red/yellow. A little traffic directing
could have eliminated a big back-up on such a busy road instead
of relying on good drivers/bad drivers. Courtesy
and lack of road rules make dangerous bedfellows.
Im so glad that Grace Caldwell is taking a stand to lower
taxes in Tyrone. The town needs someone well-educated on this
matter to help us out. Kudos to Lyn Redwood for supporting her
request. Too bad the rest of the panel doesnt seem to mind
that Tyrone has the highest taxes in the county. Ill certainly
remember this when Im at the polls voting in November.
Too bad for Lake Pendleton that Mayor Lee is a good buddy to
every developer in town. Wonder wholl pay for all the problems
at the lake? Im sure the taxpayers will, since nothing
is ever the developers fault in Tyrone. I urge all citizens
of Tyrone to vote developer friendly town officials
out of office.
Tyrone Founders Day: What a big mess! Why was it moved
to Handley wetland Park? Maybe because town officials
want a new town hall sitting on Shamrock Park! I bet Grace Caldwell
will keep our youth playing at Shamrock Park and move Founders
Day back to where it belongs. I heard the current leader loved
it being at Handley Park.
The doctors office in the renovated old house at the intersection
of Ga. Highway 74 and Redwine Road has been occupied and open
for months. Yet, the contractors sign is still out front
getting free publicity. And we thought Fayette Countys
sign ordinance was so tough!
Theres a new tongue twister in PTC. Peter Pfeifer picked
the pockets of the poor pitiful patrons living in Peachtree City.
How many problems did Peter Pfeifer pose upon the Peachtree City
patrons by not preparing a fair SPLOST proposal? The commissioners
letter to the editor was a complete joke about how Peachtree
Citys money is everybodys money. Oh, how deceitful!
Commissioner Pfeifer is a blasted hypocrite. His we need
to thank Greg Dunn made me want to scream. Perhaps Pfeifer
can explain why he voted against the county recreation plan because
it excluded Tyrone and Peachtree City and for some reason its
okay to do the exact same thing with $120 million of road funds.
I am glad someone is rattling their cage because the county governments
shifting reactions are proving to me that they are afraid to
tell the truth.
Why are people with no names such as the Duchess and the Bard
being printed in the paper and not using a name as the paper
claims you must do? These people are using pseudonyms and not
real names and one individual has been printed four consecutive
times in this paper.
I noted with amusement the letter writing campaign from Democrats
in last weeks paper blaming President Bush for the health
care crisis, global warming, and the path of hurricanes. What
a busy guy. Hes probably also responsible for the fleas
on my dog and the leak in my basement. How desperate can they
get? Most Democrats dont mind the war in Iraq, they just
hate that Bush thought of it first. Most Democrats just cant
stand that Bush won the election no matter how many recounts
were made showing he did. And Dr. Doom (John Kerry) going around
acting like everything in the country is a failure just doesnt
To the parents spending quality time driving their
children to school, while taxpayer-funded buses go around half-empty,
you are caving in to your childrens perception there is
something low-class about riding the school buses.
They would be better socialized by riding with their peers to
and from school, learning to get along with others instead of
being insulated from the give-and-take that is part of everyday
life in the real world.
Some things cant be sent as letters to the editor with
identification. That is why there are hot lines, drug lines,
free speech, etc. I dont really know who Mr. Robert Peterson
is. He called our mayor immoral for doing due diligence about
the bank loan that the bank made illegally. They messed up, not
the town. Banks make bad loans all of the time and have to eat
them. Just because the money was used to cover authority expenses
doesnt make it right. Just dont let the lawyers get
all of the money.
I hate to see Fayette Music Merchants close for business. The
shop was the most interesting in the area, as they stocked the
best vintage and high-quality used instruments in the area. The
deals that I have received over the past few years have been
unbeatable. But, most importantly, the proprietors have become
my friends. Mitch and Susan, I wish you the best as you move
Mission Accomplished in Iraq? I dont think
so! If President Bush actually believes that then he must be
living in some alternate universe that I thought only existed
on an episode of Star Trek. Mr. Bush, heres
a dose of reality for you: Americans are dying. They are dying
every day on your watch. Forty-two Americans died in Iraq in
June, 54 in July, 66 in August, and 54 soldiers have already
died in September. No, explaining this away as the fuzzy
math you debated with Al Gore. Lets not forget the
civilians that are dying simply because they couldnt find
a job here in the good ol USA. They got their $300 tax
checks and then had their jobs outsourced or downsized. To feed
and clothe their families, they took dangerous jobs in a dangerous
place. For that, they were beheaded. Thank you, Mr. Bush. Nor
should we forget the 1,100 Americans who were injured in Iraq
in August. Mr. President, staying the course in the
face of certain disaster is the very epitome of hardheadedness
and stupidity. Making a flip-flop to a better plan
and a smart course correction is called wisdom. Ill be
making the wise choice on Nov. 2, when I cast my vote for a stronger,
safer America and for John Kerry as president.
Fayette County hasnt quite got there yet, (total polarization
due to religion) but it now appears that the Republican candidate
for president will win the next election in spite of nearly everything
else being wrong. Now, Im for family values and religion,
whatever that means. Different for many, but religion alone cannot
dictate the outcome of an election. Separation of church and
state (government) is essential and we are losing it.
To Ms. LeGay Saul, your letter concerning your grandson Jacobs
fight with cancer and your seeking answers was very touching.
Id like to give you my opinion based on difficulties and
tragedies in my own life. I wouldnt give you the fundamentalist
religious answer that God needs more angels and Jacob is next
in line, but that is told to comfort you. We are not the diseased
sick body we drag around. We are an eternal soul who has lived
before and will live again. We come to earth to experience life,
show love, learn lessons and to teach others on a polluted, materialistic,
often violent unhealthy planet. A far wiser person than I once
said, The earth is a bad camping trip and the food sucks
too. Our bodies are designed to age and die and return
to the source, some earlier than others. I believe we make plans
and commitments before we come to earth of what we plan to accomplish
while here. This doesnt always indicate that well
have or need a long life span to do it in. Your grandson sounds
like one of the Indigo Children as written about by Lee Carroll
and Jan Toler, who are highly advanced children who come here
to help others and the planet in difficult times (now) and to
reveal higher truths and wisdom. It looks as if Jacob has already
taught you and others and been an inspiration and a blessing
in his short life. Maybe this was his goal on earth and he may
or may not (only God knows) have accomplished it. As for the
girls who committed the murder of ones grandparents who
are talking, living on and will have a future life. I dont
think theyll have a happy life or future but guilt and
mental pain will predominate. But their soul is on a path too
even though we dont understand it. Man always has the free
will to take a wrong turn. God always gives man that. And I commend
you for bringing up a sensitive serious subject. This paper is
so heavily into printing political issues, even from anonymous
humorous people with pseudonyms.
Sept. 22, 2004
Why werent Fayetteville police directing traffic at Ga.
Highway 54 and Jeff Davis Boulevard when the lights were out
instead of sitting in their car a quarter of a mile down the
road waiting for someone doing 36 in a 35?
Thank you for finally recognizing high school football in Fayette County as it should be. Your sports section has gone from boring to a major highlight of my newspaper reading since you have enhanced this section. You have great pictures and intelligently written articles, something other newspapers in the county have been unable to accomplish. Keep up the great coverage!
PTC is a great place to live, but it is sad that kids given many opportunities still find time to vandalize. I post this because I found someones frog statue in our back yard last week. I am assuming that kids on a golf cart removed it from someones yard and placed it in our backyard. Maybe I am too quick to blame teens, but I think it is unlikely that families or senior citizens would get such a thrill from a meaningless act such as this. You may publish my e-mail address so that this statue may be returned to the proper owner: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTC tree rules: This is just another example of government getting in where they dont belong. A $25 permit from the city just for taking down a tree? Lets see, I need a permit, purchased from the city, if I want to put up a fence. And now, maybe a permit, again purchased from the city, if I want to take down a tree that might be threatening to fall on my house? If my neighbor wants to take down all his trees, thats his business. As long as he doesnt touch the citys greenbelt, of course. We dont need government for this stuff.
I was quite concerned to see the proposed changes to the tree ordinance in Peachtree City. As I read the rhetoric Sept. 8, I was to gather that Councilwoman Judi-ann Rutherford was the only person present with genuine concerns for the people who live here. Nobody is speaking of the fact that pine trees destroy the natural environment, forget about the pine beetles. How many of the trees being taken down are due to residential and commercial development? Are they subjected to the same restrictions (watering) and ordinances as the residents? After all, who has more of a vested interest in this city, homeowners, or big businesses? Restaurants and retail businesses moving in to take advantage of the revenue to be made here seem to be able to slash as many trees as necessary to build these establishments. After this we are left with the traffic problems and that means more slashing of trees to relieve traffic problems. In just four years I have seen more traffic lights installed than I can count on my hands and toes together. These businesses are not creating jobs for the residents in our town. The average income of a household in Peachtree City exceeds $59,000 annually. I dont know of any of these businesses that are paying these amounts to its employees. When are limits going to be placed on the industrial and commercial businesses putting up shop here? I love this city, but the city must trust that its residents live here for the unspoken reason of property value protection and country club amenities along with the beautiful landscapes. Why are so many businesses being allowed to destroy the tranquility that once resided here? Hey, I have an idea, lets kick some of the businesses out and plant trees in the vacant lots, then allow our residents to enhance their property as they see fit.
School start dates: In 2005 school begins on Aug. 8? Ridiculous!
Regarding the Fayetteville vs. Riverdale comparison using the Captain Ds picture, I think that if certain people were not involved in the planning of Fayetteville, we would definitely be an extension of Riverdale. Unfortunately, with the growing number of chicken-wing joints and dollar stores from the courthouse going north on Ga. Highway 85, we are not too far from it. I think the same people who have maintained a conservative approach by keeping out the better restaurants and retail have potentially caused more damage in the long term. We need growth as a city that parallels modern business. This means no more dollar stores, gas stations, chicken-wing joints, fast food joints, or craft shops. Somebody needs to wake up or we will be like Riverdale.
Over the last several months, I have noticed a low-flying (500 feet maximum) helicopter flying over my neighborhood in south central Fayette. It is colored red and I believe it is a medical transit helicopter. It takes the same vector (most of the time) north and south twice a day at least. I would like someone to confirm the purpose of the helicopter. Also, I would like to know why it must fly so low over residential homes. There must be a better vector to take or can it fly a little higher so as to minimize the noise? Can anything be done regarding this? Should it be taken up with the transport company or county officials? I would have never thought living in Fayette County, Ga., would be similar to living in LA.
Sept. 8, 2004
Notorious for its self-serving exaggeration, the Weather Channel
has at last met its match in the form of an honest resident of somewhere Florida.
A typically over-zealous correspondent was standing in someones
backyard, staggering around and screeching about how nasty the
conditions actually are. Suddenly a local resident appeared unexpectedly
near the camera and proceeded to say in total defiance, No
problem, no leaks, no damage, all is good, and strolled
casually back into his home. No wonder people dont leave
when the weather really is bad!
It was an absolute joy to read in the newspaper that Mayor Lee
of Tyrone has a challenger in the upcoming election. The conflict
she has as a county employee and being our mayor has left our
town on the short end of the stick. When the newspapers reported
that our town was being shortchanged on recreation funding from
the Fayette County government and Mayor Lee didnt speak
up on the issue, I lost all faith in her. We elected Mike Smola
to the Town Council because he said that he would stand up for
us and he didnt do anything either.
Why wasnt there any truthful news reports about the 7,500
gallon sewage spill a few weeks ago that went into the creek,
here in city Of Fayetteville? Vandalism? Yeah, right! The only
alarm that was sounded was a report from a concerned citizen
who saw all the dead fish. Where are the signs posted warning
citizens about sewage in the creek? I have seen kids playing
in this creek numerous times. With hundreds of fish killed, I
pray it wont be a child next time.
I bet if a developer wants to gut a field of every tree to build
houses, Peachtree City will let them.
Hey, Cal, lets start balancing your Republican rag a little
more by publishing some Free Speech from either centrists
like myself, or the left. Who knows, you might even pick up a
few more readers by doing so.
North Fayette bank held up Monday. Why did this
story appear on page A10 and not on the front page?
I condemn President Bush for politicizing the unfortunate events
of 9/11, but its my guess is that his people told him, You
have nothing else to use as a platform for reelection.
Free Speech for 9-01-04
Regarding the comment about a more gentler and sensitive U.S.
anthem at the Olympics: I am glad to hear it as it should be,
with respect and reverence, instead of someone singing it as
though they were auditioning for American Idol.
Hey, Wal-Mart! Who approved your No Overnight Parking signs?
A simple check shows most Fayette County branches, and one in
Newnan, stay open 24 hours. Are you now providing valet and other
transportation services for your night-side employees? Even MARTA
got this one right; their signs state No 24-Hour Parking. Is
this this the product of poor translation from cheap outsourced
sign work? Not impressive for an organization that takes such
pride in supporting local school systems.
Hey, Peachtree City athletes: A bike race is fine, a wonderful
thing. But, it might be a great service to the citizenry to place
notice around in convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores,
as well as the newspaper. There are a lot of business travelers
in this area who dont get the paper regularly, and if it
was announced only there, the info was missed. There are people
who have to go to work Saturday mornings.
Sundays Aug. 29 Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an advertising
section for Walgreens which shows their Atlanta store locations
on a map. Very prominent is a red star labeled Peachtree City,
open 24 hours a day. Has a deal been made before it even goes
to the PTC planning committee and city council? Walgreens is
a big enough company to know where their stores are located.
Something looks criminal to me but does anybody care?
A spokesman from Christ Our Shepherd recently told local homeowners
that Walgreens offer of $3.5 million for the church property
was the answer to a prayer. I must be missing something. The
church building is worth at least $3 million, and the land has
been appraised at almost $2 million, giving a total property
value of about $5 million. It just doesnt compute that
selling for over a million dollars less than its equity value
is the answer to a prayer. Assuming a familys average weekly
church offering is $25 ($1,300 per year), it would seem that
the church, in its willingness to sell, would be sacrificing
the weekly offerings of 700 families for a year to make up for
its equity loss, and at the same time be giving up perhaps the
prime church location in PTC. Go figure.
Sounds like a lynch mob is arisin in Peachtree City: Lets
get those Christ Our Shepherd folks! Shame on them for wanting
a place for their kids to play other than the parking lot. How
dare they even think of leaving a space theyve have obviously
outgrown even if they were to build additional buildings on that
little corner. And, hey, maybe they can build a parking deck
on top of the steeple. Now that would look great! The church
folks arent looking to get rich. The only people that get
rich are the developers when a rezoning takes place. I dont
think anyone should begrudge COS from making some profit so they
can use it to put into their new church. When we sell our homes,
isnt that we all hope to do, better ourselves?
Thank God that Mayor Brown, Emperor of Peachtree City, has initiated
his war on kudzu. Now that the summer is over, it should be a
much easier battle to win. Mr. Mayor, could you start the war
in the spring next year, before it has had a chance to spread?
Let me get this straight: More than 200 Vietnam Swift Boat veterans
come forward with specific details that contradict John Kerrys
recollections of his four-month tour of duty, and the media attacks
them incessantly as pawns of George W. Bush. Max Cleland, in
a made-for-election-year photo op, makes the outrageous and unfounded
claim that the Swift Boat Vets for Truth have been paid by the
President to attack the Democratic candidate. Cleland gets nationwide,
live coverage. Democratic backer George Soros spends more than
$3 million of his money for attack ads against Bush on Moveon.org.
Also, attorney Joe Sandler is employed by both Moveon.org AND
the Democratic National Committee, advising both groups on strategy
and plans of attack. Meanwhile, John Kerry, while decrying ads
questioning aspects of his service, has multiple links on his
campaign website suggesting that Bush is a coward, a deserter,
and that he paid someone off to stay out of Vietnam. What is
the medias balanced reporting on all of this?
President Bush is vilified on a daily basis, baseless accusations
made against him are reported as gospel truth, and Democrats
demand that First Amendment rights of American citizens be trampled.
The Democrats get a walk. What is wrong with this picture?
If you were a bank, would you lend Peachtree City any money
Is anyone else out there aware that it is perfectly legal, in
the state of Georgia, for one to marry their own first cousin?
Yet we are constantly receiving anti-same-sex marriage propaganda
in the mail. Am I to assume, then, that the objections to certain
couples wishing to tie the knot rest solely on the fact that
they have similar reproductive organs? If we are entitled to
denying certain people the privilege of holy matrimony perhaps
we ought to just take the next step and insist that every couple
wishing to marry must first make an appearance before a jury.
That way maybe we can prevent people from getting hitched if
we are opposed to interracial wedlock, or do not believe that
a Christian ought to marry a Jew, or simply because we feel that
the couple looks stupid together. By what (and whose)
standards do we, as a society, deem a union acceptable or unacceptable?
And should we be afforded the right to keep a couple in love
from marrying if our particular religion states that it is an
insult to the sanctity of marriage? Where do you draw the line?
Something positive about education: Special thanks to Coach
Scott Schmitt for his fine work with our state champion ladies
soccer team. His efforts with our football team is also appreciated.
Coach Schmitt epitomizes the titles Coach and Teacher. Thank
you for all you have done and do for our children at McIntosh
All the ridiculous free-rent deals, short-term leases, and other
incentives offered by the apartment complexes in Fayette County
(Fayetteville and, yes, Peachtree City) are inviting a transient
population who will move from one place to the next, with no
pride of ownership, and wreak havoc with property values of the
homeowners. Wake up!
Is there nothing to be printed about the November election or
county tax questions, or lawyers? If not, I wont waste
After reading what cat owners, who release their cats upon the
neighbors, are saying about the right to turn them loose at will,
I guess I just havent been getting their logic. These people
consider these cats in the same category as bald eagles and fish:
They have a right to make messes, kill birds, scratch car hoods
trying to get warm, even eat rabbits. I just didnt understand
that right. However, if a dog is seen in the street playing with
children, the dog catcher is called immediately. He is a dead
dog if he touches a privileged cat. Litter boxes are the things
you people need: clean up your own mess.
Has anyone yet seen the plan that was formalized to go in a
different direction at the PTC airport when it was decided to
terminate a manager in order to hire a new manager to implement
a new plan? Now, maybe the old manager needed to retire, I dont
have any idea, but I thought by now we would be informed as to
the grand plan for the airport. Sure would be prudent for the
public to know the grand, interlocking, plans for the airport,
new sewer system, rebuilt safer cart paths, four laning of the
North Parkway, four-laning of South Hwy. 74, extension to Coweta
County at TDK, a large childrens recreational and arts
facility in PTC, the payoff of the million bucks to the bank
for the tennis facility, and many other obvious things that prudent
planners usually enumerate for the citizens.
The Atlanta area is fortunate that we have some of the cheapest
gasoline in the country, in spite of Fayette being one of the
highest in the area. About two years or so ago we had 75-cent
gasoline here. However every time the price of crude oil went
up a dime per drum, the price at the pump jumped immediately,
if not sooner (on anticipation), a proportional amount until
we reached the $1.80 per gallon level in this area. Now that
there are about two months until the presidential election in
November, I have noticed that a jump from $40 per barrel to about
$50 per barrel has actually caused gasoline at the pump to decrease
10 to 15 cents per gallon. In my opinion this difference will
be made up later at or near the election. I do hope an investigation
will be made before we elect these kind of people for four more
If a $275,000 home in Peachtree City now has to pay approximately
$3,100 tax each and every year, does it make sense to assume
that the apartment or condo complexes pay anywhere near that
much tax for each unit on those properties? If they did, a tax
bill for a 250-unit complex might be $775,000, that is if every
taxpayer were being required to pay their share. Im willing
to assume that they should only pay 75 percent as much tax as
a homeowner, which would bring their bill to $581,250. Or, if
there were only half that many homes in a complex (125), then
the bill might be $296,625. If this is not true, and you know
it isnt, then we are taking advantage of people who sacrifice
in order to buy their home instead of renting. This is the same
unfairness that is built in to the collections made from Fayette
businesses for their inventories each year. Ever try to figure
out how, say, a jewelry store or auto lot pays so little taxes
on Jan. 1 inventory value, yet show enormous sales for the year?
Smoking is OK in bars because the bar might lose money to another
county who allows smoking in bars. Is this what I am reading?
Is drinking in a bar so intrusive, so invasive in ones
life now, that we even consider allowing the existence of a proven
health hazard for everyone near the smoke? If religion is the
opiate of the masses, as Marx said, then whiskey in bars must
be its replacement. Too much whiskey is bad enough, and most
do drink too much in a bar in order to lose their inhibitions
and become friendly, but to add smoke to this recipe by law seems
unreasonable. Im sure all who are in favor of smoking in
bars only have one drink and one cigarette, but the rest there
OK, folks, lets have a little refresher on this beautiful,
beloved, beguiled little Southern town of Plum-nilly. Forgot
about that, didnt you, because so many are not from around
here? Plum out of Coweta and nilly out of Fayette. Hence, the
problem: We must not look to Fayetteville to cure our problems
and never look to Coweta for help. First, Coweta people only
want to drive through our town causing our traffic problems by
not knowing what to do with two lanes to drive in (so ride in
the left Democratic lane), non-tipping at our restaurants, standing
and scratching during our concerts and wondering why no one understands
what they are saying. Fayette looks at PTC as the upstart. So
what if we were only created in the last century; that does not
mean we dont what is going on. No one knows who the first
mayor of Fayetteville was either. I have suggested so many changes
for our town for improvement, but alas only a few have been adopted,
so lets run these by again in hopes the mayor in the last
years of his political career might try to do something good
for our town for a change: Re-elect no one; a 50-cent toll for
using Ga. Highway 54 eastbound 5-11 a.m. and westbound 3-8 p.m.
at Line Creek bridge; dont use the gym for a temporary
library when you can use the Kmart after Target runs them out
of town; plant tomatoes in the dog park; have Coweta County annex
Planterra Ridge (half our problems would complain somewhere else);
increase speed limits in all neighborhoods (the police are only
ticketing Hispanics); if you cant drive on the street by
yourself, you cant drive a golf cart on a path.