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If the developer is allowed to build the new subdivision in
the west section of PTC, part of which is in the county, without
providing a bridge over the railroad tracks on the north side,
then someone in our PTC government should have to pay for the
bridge personally. It is simply not feasible to turn that much
traffic loose over a railroad crossing that is used by trains
many times per day. Why is it even being considered to not have
a bridge by either side? Do we already expect the taxpayers to
pay for the bridge? I tell you anyone with common sense knows
it will demand a bridge and there is no sense in killing a few
people first. Hundreds and hundreds will cross that crossing
daily. The developer will just have to add a couple of thousand
to each house or eat it out of profits.
While the PTC Mayor and the county commissioners provide the
smokescreen with their argument over who gets what share of the
SPLOST, the real merits or lack thereof in the transportation
plan get lost in the shuffle. The grand plan has developers fingerprints
all over it and should be defeated irrespective of the funding
debates. Metro Atlanta, particularly North Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett,
and DeKalb, is a living example of how more roads subsidize more
development, which brings more people, which provide the excuse
for more roads, and the vicious circle keeps looping. An east
bypass around Fayetteville, or any other bypass in
the county, just invites more annexations, higher density development,
more people, the need for more bypasses, etc. Fayettevilles
traffic mess around the square is a byproduct of the city fathers
being in bed with certain developers. Therefore, relief of
that bottleneck ought to be done within the confines of downtown
Fayetteville by altering traffic patterns and widening existing
parallel streets, etc., and not through grand new bypass roadways
for developers. New thinking, outside the old box that
has failed everywhere else around Atlanta, is called for here.
Want examples of what the old thinking/planning brings? Go up
to Roswell, Alpharetta, Marietta, etc. and see what relief such
grander new roads and bypasses provided. Then vote to send our
transportation planners back to the drawing boards
in November. Vote No.
I dont understand. Your paper said that when the developers
lawyer almost talked Peachtree City into a secret closed meeting,
it was stopped only because Judge Edwards said no, and he only
said no because The Citizen filed a lawsuit. But I thought when
the state told Fayette County they couldnt meet in secret
they said they would do it anyway. Is this legal or not? And
why should The Citizen have to pay a lawyer to make this happen?
I have to believe that Edwards was right. Could you explain this
The comments by your paper on open meetings are interesting.
The easier question might be Who does follow the rules? I
would point out Janet Smola of the school board as someone who
may not understand the requirements. She reminds us of Woody
Shellnut when they supposedly had private meetings. I think the
state court looked into the school board then and then let them
off the hook.
Nominees for open government violators? Similar to sports, youve
got performers and youve got hall of famers. You were right
to point out the former Peachy City Council as closed meeting
violators during the Annie years. Dont forget City Manager
Jim Basinger who for years always had a handwritten agenda for
the real meetings that would start at the end of
the official meeting when they would holler Executive
Session and kick the press out. They would then go in the
back and do the real business. Same thing with the Development
Authority. But even though Peachy City has some candidates, when
it comes to Fayette sunshine law violators, you have offenders
and you have habitual violators. My nominee for the Fayette Closed
Government Hall of Shame goes to Fayette County Attorney Bill
McNally. Ill buy you a steak dinner if you can publish
how much he has drained out of the county in the last five years.
Betcha cant. They have an accounting system that would
make the Enron accountants giggle.
In a response to a letter from a local Democrat, editor Cal
Beverly admits to the Fayette Citizens opinion bias. Then
he goes on to say that he prints nearly every one of
the letters he receives from Democrats. I dont believe
this is true. Im sure the vast majority of readers would
appreciate more balance to opposing viewpoints.
I have lived in Peachtree City for over six years and think
it is time that your newspaper realizes that not everyone here
is a Republican. When I vote in the primaries I see a number
of Democratic ballots are cast in my precinct. And even some
Republicans I know are questioning the direction the current
President is taking this nation. I am horrified at how easily
the current administration tries to dismiss honest citizens with
different views by calling them names, questioning their patriotism,
labeling them. It would be much more constructive if we could
tone down the rhetoric and do an honest and fair evaluation of
the issues and search for solutions. In order to do this evaluation,
we need to examine all sides of the issues. I call upon The Citizen
to present all sides so that we can think for ourselves.
Twice this past week I witnessed people running red lights (Ga.
Highway 54 at Tyrone Road and Hwy. 54 at Sandy Creek Road) and
speeding to get to the hospital. Please call an ambulance next
time. Dont make a bad situation a lot worse.
Im not so sure it wouldnt be a good idea to let
the local bank (Peachtree, I think) foreclose on the Tennis Center.
If it was such a worthwhile venture when they loaned the money
to the tennis pro then, they should want to get it for a million
bucks and run it. Or would they? I see where the local tennis
bums want the pros that are there paid better so they will cater
to them as did the employees of the movie Caddyshack. Anyway
the bank would have an employee pay problem due to the vast difference
in pay of a tennis pro and a bank clerk. Tennis lost
a million bucks, obviously, or they wouldnt owe a million
bucks for so many years. Its time the tennis bums paid
their own way.
Over this past week, I attended two emotionally charged Tourism
Association and Peachtree City Council meetings and you couldnt
have attended either without recognizing the impact of Councilman
Steve Rapson. As chairman, he calmed the crowd of over 200 tennis
center parents by calmly explaining the reasoning behind their
approach with the center. As council member, he was the voice
of reason concerning denying the Westside annexation and had
the developer agree to over 50 conditions prior to passing the
Target development. Mr. Rapson continually exemplifies his motto
of being professional, respectful and factual. Let me be the
first to ask him politely to run for mayor next year. We need
leadership and it is far too rare in politicians today.
We dont want to make the same mistake in this current
session of wars as we made in Vietnam and Korea. We ignored our
soldiers, locally. Oh, it was in the national news, but local
towns and cities simply pretended it wasnt happening, even
when the guys came home (it was guys then). Let us not do that
here in Fayette County this time. 100,000 people simply cannot
stand by and let nearly 10,000 wounded and 1,000 killed occur,
to date, and do nothing much to support these people except vote
for more bloodshed so we will be protected, we think. Does anyone
know how many are in the military from Fayette County? How many
have been wounded and maimed? Whether we agree with this war
or not, we cant continue to ignore it.
Alright, I have had enough. The citizens of Tyrone have had
to sit and watch the development go in on Ga. Highway 74 and
watch all the broken political promises made by our elected officials.
We were promised a progressive tree buffer law like the one that
Peachtree City has and our Town Council let the developers cut
down EVERY tree in front of the Publix and across the highway.
What really makes me angry is that Mayor Sheryl Lee erected one
of her large campaign signs in the middle of the treeless mud
as though she is proud of what they have done. Is the tree butchering
developer giving mayor Lee a campaign contribution too? Money
really is the mothers milk of politics. Well, we all know
that the mayor must be extremely happy that our Town Council
cut all the trees down because her campaign sign can now be viewed
clearly from what was once a tree-lined pristine highway. Shame
on Paul Letourneau too for allowing the trees to come down and
supporting Mayor Lees efforts to make Tyrone look like
Im casting my vote for Grace Caldwell for mayor of Tyrone.
I am very tired of reading about how Sheryl Lee has preserved
our rural quality of life since she has been mayor. What a joke.
Theres development on every corner of Hwy. 74 in Tyrone.
It seems like every time a developer goes to the podium to ask
for land rezoning or a variance, their wish is granted. I want
a mayor who is not developer friendly and will look
out for its citizens and not bend over backwards to help every
developer in town. I dont want our town looking like Riverdale
in 10 years.
Dick Cheney got his flu shot, Congress got their flu shot (Saxby
was first in line), all employees of Congress got their shots,
all doctors got their shots, all their employees also, everybody
at the health departments got their flu shots, all politicians
locally, for the most part, got their flu shots, and their help.
Im not sure about town and county employees, but it would
be interesting to see. This list could go on and on, but space
doesnt permit. The point is that it has always been obvious
that very sick and elderly people and very young children would
be first in case of shortage, or simply whether you just want
to get one or not when there is plenty of supply. One year of
the wrong vaccine and the next year a purchasing problem is enough
to make one wonder just how stupid nearly everything is about
this current government. Just announce a shortage of nearly anything
and those in power and in the know always are first to hog in.
Should have asked Halliburton to supply the vaccine: It would
be falling out of trucks on the road.
Bard fears fear, SPLOST
Epistle to the Editor
Ive learned that nothing robs a persons mind of
all its powers like fear. This year has been a big year for making
use of the fear factor. Presidential want-to-be John Kerry has
tried to scare us into voting for him by saying that President
Bush will restart the military draft, destroy Social Security
and cause us to lose our clout on the international scene.
Deep down inside Im not sure that we can completely get
rid of fear. I do know that you can harness fear and try to master
I read the articles in the newspapers where Mayor Steve Cheery Brown
was having to reassure the villagers in the Peachy City that
Ga. Highway 54 will still be widened and that Ga. Highway 74
South will still be widened even if the SPLOST proposal doesnt
Shame, shame, on Emperor Greg Dunn for scaring the
villagers into thinking that our road projects wont be
built unless hes able to double our taxes with a SPLOST.
Emperor Dunn and the three County Commission Stooges have
almost completely neglected our old people. Some of our seniors
are going to be crushed by the extra sales taxes.
The Emperor and the Stooges wont pay for a new senior
center in the county but theyll waste hundreds of thousands
of our tax dollars harassing the High Sheriff and the F-ville Delta
Bunch City Council in court.
Our older villagers cant afford to pay thousands of dollars
more in sales taxes with the county SPLOST.
Everyone riding a golf cart past Lake Peachtree knows that the
county already makes the little people in Peachy City and T-Town
pay taxes for recreation and doesnt give us a dime in return.
The Peachy City Council even had to write a letter to Emperor Dunn
asking him to stop taxing the villagers for emergency medical
services that the county is not providing!
A lot of us Delta retirees are wondering if we will still be
drawing a pension in the near future and now the county wants
to suck the marrow out of our bones. They dont care about
us and they are just downright intolerant. Its easy to
hate people that are intolerant.
Even the Fayette Keystone Chamber of Commerce has
gotten into the high fear mode. They are always in
the newspapers telling us that we wont be able to bring
in tons of new residents in the future if we dont vote
to raise our taxes.
The villagers eating over at Partners Pizza are saying that
we dont want tens of thousands of new residents and we
like things the way they are now.
In 30 years Ive never seen the Keystone Chamber
not support a tax increase and theyre supposed to be the
voice of business. Their attitude of if we dont double
your taxes well all be doomed is pure nonsense. Stop
the scare campaign because its not working.
Ill be honest and admit that I didnt vote in the
last election. I went to a funeral of a good friend on the day
before Election Day and simply forgot to vote. I will show up
Ill be voting AGAINST dim-witted tax increases and Ill
be voting FOR President Bush who has more integrity in his little
finger than John Kerry has in his entire body.
The Bard of Braelinn
Oct. 20, 2004
While all of the socialists rant about the Timber Lake residents
protecting private property, I cant help but
pity how uninformed and eager to condemn many residents of Peachtree
City have become. I guess its the government schools and
liberal colleges around the nation that encourage emotional reaction,
rather than fact-based reason. First things first, the path in
the subdivision is not public property. It is a private path
paid for by the citizens of Timber Lake. Secondly, they have
every right to limit access to their subdivision. If they choose,
they can put a guard at a gate at the front of the subdivision
and only let friends and family enter. Not a single person in
the city has a right to their property. They pay for it, not
you. This Hillary Clinton attitude of the society being of greater
importance than individual rights is a slap in the face of every
citizen of Peachtree City that still believes in personal freedom
and liberty. While everyone is entitled to his or her opinion,
no one has the right to dictate to free Americans their ability
to protect their property, their life or their happiness. Maybe
when you parents out there actually consider teaching your kids
about respecting private property, and respecting other people
and their property, the residents of Timber Lake might remove
the gate. Until then, keep whining and teaching your kids how
great socialism is so that we can have a wonderful socialized
America in which private property no longer exists and the governments
control what once was freedom.
Between Greg Dunn and the Timber Lake subdivision I am almost
ashamed to say that I live in Fayette County. Selfish people
are incapable of loving others, but they are always interested
in getting their own piece of the pie. The more we share as a
people the more we all have. The Bard is right. We just need
to be fair and treat each other like we want to be treated. Luke
3:11 would go a long way in Fayette County.
The mistreatment and abuse of teachers by their principals is
one of the major weaknesses in our educational system. I recommend
you read the book, Breaking the Silence: Overcoming the
Problem of Principal Mistreatment of Teachers, by Drs.
Joseph and Jo Blase. This book is based upon genuine research
conducted by these respected scholars from the University of
Georgias Department of Educational Administration. From
the veteran teachers interviewed for this book, the following
are a few examples of mistreatment: Criticizing teacher in front
of students, parents, other staff, unfair evaluations based on
agenda other than students achievements, denying a teachers
request to transfer, ganging up, soliciting information
about teacher from other staff, failure to recognize teachers accomplishments,
accusations without due process, deliberate failure to provide
necessary information, lying, and many more. Then maybe you will
understand why more than 30 percent of teachers did not return
to a school.
Money to pay for roads can come from any kind of tax. The question
for us on Nov. 2 is whether we want to remain a 5 percent sales
tax county like Cobb (which is doing very well, thank you), or
get on the way to becoming a 6 percent county like Gwinnett,
a 7 percent county like Clayton, or an 8 percent area like Atlanta.
To the person who complained about Jordans Salvage last
Wednesday: Whats more interesting, trying to spot a gem
in the junk while youre waiting for the light to change,
or looking at yet another store/fast food/gas station parking
lot? Surely that mess isnt the most pressing issue or ugliest
aspect of downtown Fayetteville. I think it adds a quirky character
to that part of town. Suggestion: If youre that annoyed
at the junk, just keep your eyes focused on that traffic light
until it turns green.
Jordans is an eyesore? Please. The new subdivisions and
shopping plazas going up everywhere are the real Fayetteville
eyesores. Like we need another batch of gaudy, look-alike homes
or another chain grocery store. Jordans is an institution,
subdivisions and new stores arent. Fayetteville has a horrible
habit of destroying its history and native culture. Jordans
is one of the few survivors. Let it be!
To all the people that stuck around and cheered for everyone
else even after their respective runners passed them at the Peachtree
City Classic: Thank you, it was a big help. You are all great
I am also a Tyrone native who had ancestors here in the 1800s.
It scares me to know that people think that going to every event
in Tyrone for the past 28 years qualifies one to be mayor. I
quite frankly want a mayor who can run the town of Tyrone without
needing everything okayed by the Town Manager Barry Amos. Im
voting for Grace Caldwell because she is well-educated on all
the subject matter required by this job and will not have to
depend on Barry Amos to make decisions for her. Its time
our government was turned back over to the citizens and taken
away from Barry Amos. Im not real sure who our current
mayor is. Is it Sheryl Lee or Barry Amos? I urge you to cast
your ballot for positive change in Tyrone and vote Grace Caldwell
mayor of Tyrone.
Ask Fayette County High School how much of a money maker a
band performance can be. Stop by their stadium on Oct. 30 and
see how many fans attend a marching band competition! All bands,
all day. Football not included. P.S. Cant we all just get
I have lived in Fayette County for over 28 years and have never
read a letter more arrogant and hateful than the recent letter
from Gerard Jansen concerning health care and insurance. Rather
than being thankful for his good health and good fortune, he
damns those who are less fortunate and uses his religion to support
his views. God save us from Christians like Mr. Jansen. By the
way Jansen, the Medicare premiums are controlled by a law that
was enacted several years ago, and are based on a formula that
was approved by both the House and Senate. It was supported by
both Democrats and Republicans. If you dont like the Medicare
program you are free to drop out at any time and then pray to
whatever God it is that you worship that you never have a major
Mr. Jansens recent letter to the editor Oct. 13) really
amused me. Since he has his own business, he states he has depended
on himself for his needs and has done without a lot of luxuries.
He also states even though his wife, who obviously works for
Delta, has to take a 10 percent pay cut, it is a lot better
than no salary, insurance or flight privileges. Give me
a break! Somehow I find it hard to understand how flight privileges
can be used in the same sentence with salary and insurance. After
retirement, my husband went back to work to help pay for our
outrageous health care costs. Had we been smart, I should have
gone to work for Delta and then we would have it all, salary,
insurance and those ever so important flight privileges too!
Peachtree City businesses, please dont take down your
bragging rights. Those businesses that have put health and safety
of their customers and employees first (when it was voluntary)
should keep your Green and Blue smoking signs up and brag. You
tried; you did it before it was required. You are the responsible
businesses that set the standard for everyone else. Those who
still have trapped indoor smoke have NO sign requirement. Your
red Smoke Present sign can still give the warning that because
of the competition for liquor sales, people under 18 cannot enter.
You need to keep trapping indoor smoke until broader legislation
can protect your profits.
PTC Council member Judi-Ann Rutherford, get your facts straight!
You proclaim that there are 35,000 tax paying citizens of Peachtree
City. Do your research. Check the U.S. Census. Approximately,
13,000 PTC citizens are under the age of 18. Very few young adults
older than 18 are homeowners. There are only approximately 2,500
senior citizens over the age of 65 in Peachtree City. Shame on
you for being the lone hold out on the senior tax exemption!
Conservative legislators across the state have explained that
gays are wrong, that they are sinners, and
that they live a life that is not in accordance with the
teachings of the Bible. These legislators and the Georgians
who back them have not taken their argument against gays to the
next step, and that is deciding how to treat people who are gay.
If you believe that being gay is wrong, then ask yourself how
Jesus Christ taught us to treat people who are wrong. The answer
is clear, simple, and unconditional: Love thy neighbor. If you
consider yourself to be a Christian, then you must love thy neighbor.
True Christians do not speak out against anyone; instead, they
choose to love thy neighbor. It is not, Love thy neighbor
provided they make choices you agree with, or Love
thy neighbor provided he is not gay. Using the Bible to
justify put-downs is a total contradiction. And Christians who
use the Bible to justify their hatred of gays have a lot in common
with Muslim extremists: They all use religious doctrine to justify
Im a conscience-voting Christian who doesnt see
abortion as the only critical moral issue in this election. Republicans
have cleverly hijacked abortion to secure the Christian vote,
while secretly, even overtly, committing acts which these Christians
either ignore or mustnt see. John Dean, council to President
Nixon, declares this administration to be more secretive and
corrupt than even the one of his impeached former boss. They
speak loudly about their faith, but their actions are different.
Is it moral to profit from war and special interests? And why,
even pre-9/11, have they fought to hide what other administrations
have openly shared? Jesus strongest condemnations were
against those who duped and took advantage of the less privileged
for selfish gain. This describes the actions of this administration.
Should we vote based on one moral issue, or should we hold our
leaders morally accountable for all of their actions?
If I understand things correctly, the DOT did not include the
Ga. highways 54-74 intersection in the budget for the widening
of hwys. 54 and 34. Well, maybe by 2006 when hwys. 54-34 are
done, the PTC Police Department will have collected enough in
traffic fines to finance the work without the help of the DOT.
Its a goldmine, when you have the traffic lights timed
to get you halfway across the intersection on a green light,
but traffic comes to a dead stop in the middle of the intersection
till after the light turns red. What should we do, back up?
Who in the world is Howard Mead and where did he get all of
the money to run those incessant TV ads?
Why is the legislative system being blamed for the very activities
law enforcement is put into place to protect against? A liquor
license in Tyrone is being described as a plan for more
DUIs and deaths on Hwy. 74. This area was described as
an alcoholic community. Dont overlook the association
between irresponsible, selfish behavior and a lack of self control.
DUI is completely preventable through simple, smart planning.
A taxi ride across the communities of PTC and Tyrone may cost
as much as $15, but how much was your bar tab? All bar managers
and staff are able to arrange a cab ride for any customer, which
is a nicer and more affordable ride than with the guys who drive
the white cars with the big, blue stripe. Please dont confuse
capitalistic freedom with individual irresponsibility.
I dont care how many excuses the federal administration
makes, there is none for the current flu shot fiasco. The obviously
inept director of the CDC and the Surgeon General have simply
gone along with the hard heads in this administration who think
nothing should be needed from Washington, not even leadership
for our national health. It is not like this lack of vendor situation
hasnt been known; it has. Britain, long ago, went to at
least five suppliers for vaccines. They saw the need for more
than one or two suppliers since anything can happen in that business.
Our childrens vaccines arent in much better shape
in case of a terrorist virus attack and yet all we do is blow
up Iraq to solve the problem. Also, it should be obvious to us
all that we will buy drugs from foreign countries when our drug
companies dont want to have to make them competitively,
but we will not buy drugs from Canada because that would hurt
our American drug companies. Another thing: I am a very senior
citizen with heart and other problems and need a flu shot but
my doctor or clinic doesnt have any, or didnt want
to fool with it, not sure which. The county nor the towns have
done a thing to tell people like me where to get one and when.
That is a shame. We are talking about health problems, not welfare.
The continuing and controversial fussing about the posting or
placing of images of the Ten Commandments in government buildings
or on public land reeks of something more than protecting Christian
religion. If one assumes that our citizens who are not Christian
such as; Muslims, Hindus, various Oriental religions, Native
American religions, and on and on, have a right to live here
without being singled out as something inferior as far as our
government is concerned, then how can we justify the endorsement
in our government of only one belief? It really is an individuals
right to make his choice as to how he best can serve his God
and hope to have an afterlife. Ten different people will each
interpret the Commandments in a slightly different way if asked
to describe in detail what one means. Arent these rules
just a way to try and keep order?
This item for Free Speech isnt likely to be printed anyway,
due to the screen name, (Almostfreespeech) if for nothing else.
However Ill say it anyway for my own archives. Since our
current administration (Attorney General) wont investigate
or prosecute any of the corporate crooks, New Yorks AG
again today found that some of the thieving bank and insurance
companies and their agents have been cheating us all to provide
huge salaries to jobs that shouldnt exist. Our own county,
Fayette, has scores of these people also and a great deal of
our economy depends upon their jobs, I fear. It is a false economy
in many ways and will fail if not corrected, but the worst part
is all of us who have donated the cash from our retirement and
stock savings to support these leeches. Just add up all the losses
over the last four years just in our county by individual count
and you will see what I mean.
The only group in our country today who can be bigger frauds
than what our old nineteenth century, uneducated, self-anointed
traveling preachers were is our current crop of ultra-conservative
and ultra-liberal politicians, and radio and TV commentators.
I do hope our local county is not loaded with these types. Another
one, it appears, since he so far hasnt denied it, fell
today. Fox Networks biggest money maker. Add to that Gingrich,
Clinton, Limbaugh, Bennett, and many others, even here in Georgia,
and it seems to be getting dangerous for our governments
survival. What are we doing wrong to promote such pretentious
people into positions of influence? Obviously, there is too much
money involved for one thing, but I think, maybe the real problem
is that we choose to overlook such egregious fallacies in order
to elect someone for our own benefit at the extreme expense of
many others because we simply dont care much for others
plight. I dont think this attitude is taught in our schools
or our churches. It is taught at home.
Oct. 13, 2004
Four Nights in October at The Fred: Why not do a
story on how it is OK for the Christian rock show to blow me
out of my home, but I never hear the other concerts? Im
writing this from my mothers house in Chicago because I
dont want both of my children kept awake until midnight
like last year. I believe in God, but I dont need Christian
music blasting into my house in the middle of the night.
So, Line Creek Baptist has moved. Its a good thing that
the King of Petitions didnt find out or hed
really have been busy! After all, does Peachtree City need another
gas station? The traffic caused by all those vehicles with full
gas tanks would be so annoying. Boy, those pesky Lutherans have
set such a bad example for the churches in this town. Or is it
that the Lutherans just dont want to be left behind by
the Baptists? Speaking of petitions, didnt the petition
king complain about the church only having 400 or so voting members
out of the listed 1,800 members vote? How does that percentage
compare to the 800 signatures last listed in the paper for the
petition drive. Lets see, 800 out of 34,000? Sounds like
a landslide to me. What a lulu; its all making me coo-coo!
As a Fayette County native and my family being part of the Tyrone
area since the late 1800s, I have known Sheryl Lee, Tyrones
long-time citizen and current mayor. She has been involved in
almost every community function the town has ever had. Sheryl
is very proud of the community. She has been a school crossing
guard, volunteer recreation director for Tyrone and much more.
The positive spirit and leadership she has shown in the community
is the reason I will be casting my ballot for Sheryl Lee. She
has for the last 28 years dedicated her time and efforts into
what we Tyronians and area citizens know as Founders
My get-it-off-your-chest question and sound-off concerns Jordans
Salvage in downtown Fayetteville. No doubt he is a fine charitable
citizen of our city but isnt enough ever too much? How
in this world does he inventory for tax purposes? And, if he
hasnt made enough profit by now to build himself a tin
building or warehouse, then its time to clean up or ship
out. I care about his interest and well-being, but what other
business can be allowed to continue in such a jungle of junk
stacked all over the city block he owns. It just looks junky
and ugly and I think it is time to clean up what looks like an
infested junk yard. No disrespect to Mr. Jordan himself, but
I question city officials who allow this awful eyesore to go
on any longer.
Thank you, Steve Brown, for stepping up to the plate to get
to bottom of a number of baffling issues in this city, namely,
the development authority fiasco. How is it they were never able
to properly account for themselves for 10 years and almost hoodwinked
the council into approving funding they had sole control over?
I want to see those properly executed loan papers. I dont
think they exist. Who should be responsible for their inability
to follow standard written procedure? Certainly not the citizens.
The tennis center was another murky mess. Thank you, Steve Brown,
for your persistence. Those underhanded deals should have been
disclosed long before the three to four years it finally took
to get to the bottom of them. We know you ran on a platform of
no new development. Thank you for reviewing all angles of the
West Village situation. We need a road to the north. The government
will never be able to accomplish it. Look at the time its
taken to get Ga. Highway 54 to the widening stage. We appreciate
your efforts to get citizen input for the project. and thank
you buster for your welcome comments. Direct-PAC keeps trying
to accuse the current administration of destroying the city.
Thank you, Steve Brown and City Council, for cleaning up the
past messes and illegalities
Long live the Bard and the Duchess. For those folks that are
bothered by it, just dont read it. Ignore them. Having
a sense of humor is good and all theyre doing is poking
fun at politicians. So what? Werent the very first letters
to the editor not signed way back in 1776? I cant blame
them for not putting their name in there. You saw what happened
earlier. Some slimy trial lawyer will file a bogus slander suit
just to force the letter writer to rack up a legal bill so that
they stop writing. And that works. Then the trial lawyer crawls
back under the rock and sues a hospital or a doctor or something.
So I hope they keep writing and I hope The Citizen keeps printing.
Well, Col. Greg One Star Wannabe may be right on
something: Getting the facts on property seizures. He has been
battling Sheriff Randall and Little BJ over the money and property
that the sheriff seizes. Greg says shows us the numbers. They
say no (and not that politely). Channel 2 I-Team
Reporter Mark Winnie has done a couple of shows on a sheriff
near Fayette that is in hot water over the exact stuff. It seems
that they have been playing footsie with property and cash and
are sharing all kinds of cars, property and stuff all over the
county. Maybe Dunn is right. Buying BJs helicopter without
telling anybody including the commission first was a slap in
the face. As a taxpayer, you ought to wonder where and to whom
all the cash and property they seize is going.
I totally agree with folks not knowing what to do at a malfunctioning
traffic light. Also, the media does confuse things by saying
use it as a four-way stop. Malfunctioning is not totally out.
Totally out is when you treat it as a four-way. If its
flashing, you do what the lights show. I have one question, however.
How does a red light flash yellow?
I have difficulty imagining the educated residents of Timber
Lake have thoughtfully considered the ramifications of their
desire for exclusive golf cart paths. Look at the implied inverse.
When they want access to PTCs paths, should we require
user fees since they are not city residents?
I cannot believe the Timber Lake residents who put up a iron
gate to keep people out. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
It sounds like you are acting like children who dont want
to share their toys. I just wonder what gives any of you the
right to decide who can and cannot use the public paths? If you
werent willing to share them then why have the paths there
in the first place? Dont you have anything else going on
in your lives that you are that concerned about who uses the
paths? Before we know it your subdivision will be handing out
to tickets to intruders!
As usual, The Citizen only gave one side of the story in the
Timber Lake cart path issue. A quote from Mayor Steve Brown reads, Every
single subdivision in Peachtree City has cart path access. Herein
lies the problem, Mayor Brown. How many subdivisions in Peachtree
City do not have cart path access and must cut through other
neighborhoods to gain access? To my knowledge, every neighborhood
has access to the cart path system. With the addition of the
path to Highgrove, Whitewater Creek and eventually New Haven,
our neighborhood will be a golf cart cut-through for
over 1000 homes. I dont think any other neighborhood would
want to see themselves in this situation.
Shame on Timber Lake residents. How can you keep the rest of
us out after the city tied you into our path system? In the spirit
of our community, take down your iron gates. Why is your safety
more of a concern than the rest of Peachtree City?
Oct. 6, 2004
Well, looks as if we will soon have a cemetery on stilts on
the west side of town, and a traffic madhouse at the intersection
of Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway. Isnt it odd that
everyone else will be able to get around these two gridlocks
once a convenience store and a Walgreens is built, but the good
church people cant now? Money always talks.
The bicyclists do have the right to be on the roads, but do
they feel like they do not have to abide by the rules of the
road as other vehicles? If you do not want to be injured, I appeal
to you to also consider four-way stops. That means you wait your
turn like any other vehicle (yes, that means full stop and not
cruising on through) and that does not mean you hide on the passenger
side of a car and go when that car goes (you dont move
as fast, remember). Yes, you do have rights on the road, but
you must also take responsibility when it comes to your safety.
Common sense, if you have any, please use it.
The band students work just as hard as the football players
and the band practices on asphalt in the middle of July. Their
practice field is the parking lots at the schools, not the football
fields. This is a great article on fine arts. Let your readers
know that the Fayette County Tiger Marching Band is going to
London, England for the New Years Day Parade. So if they
see anyone washing cars or selling cookie dough, it is to raise
the money to go.
Can any restaurant owner explain why diet lemonade has replaced
regular in so many local restaurants? Bring back the good stuff!
Oh what a tangled Tyrone web we weave
With anonymous vents
made to deceive.
For complaints on our mayor were never heard,
by a new old-bird.
Now anonymous negative vents do
Grace, I trust youll reap what you try to sow.
I think Sheryl Lee is the best candidate for the mayor of the
town of Tyrone. She has consistently shown that she truly cares
for the town and its people. I have personally seen her involved
in every event in this town in the last 20 years. I dont
think we as a town could find anyone more dedicated to making
Tyrone a better place to live than Sheryl Lee.
God help all you Tyrone folks if Grace Caldwell becomes your
mayor. God help you all.
I sure hope that I can get some free advertising from the Fayette
County government. Maybe I can get my business listed on all
county letters or something like that. I mean, if the countys
Web site has the name and a direct link to a private company,
why cant I get free advertising as well? I guess the county
is paying this firm, so why do they get free advertising? Maybe
county contractors should be paid and be able to hang large signs
right on the Administrative Complex. Like stadiums, maybe the
Administrative Complex should be renamed the Flush Your
Drain Plumbing Company Administrative Complex. Oh, wait
a minute. Those companies pay to name those stadiums. My mistake.
Please tell all the stupid people traveling from Fayette County
to Riverdale Ga. Highway 85 that a red light that is completely
out should be treated as a four-way stop sign. A red light that
is flashing yellow is a caution light and to be treated as such
(Dont stop, but proceed with caution) and of course a flashing
red light means you stop and only go when traffic allows. I have
heard so many radio and TV stations announce this incorrectly.
Most people are not doing this. Late again because of the stupidity
OK, I am sick to death of The Bard and The Duchess. Whatever
happened to your must sign letters policy? This is
nothing but slamming people with no pretense of class or literary
I would be willing to bet the company store that Buster the
Barb of Braelinn is really Mayor Brown the village
Anyone who parked their car at The Avenue parking lot in Peachtree
City (down toward The Bread Company) on Oct. 2 would be interested
in knowing that the film covering their car on their return was
from the hydrochloric acid solution that was being used to pressure-clean
the brick at the adjacent construction project. When questioned,
the supervisor assured me that there was no acid in the detergent being
used. However, upon further examination, the containers (clearly
marked CORROSIVE) list hydrochloric acid as one of
the main ingredients. The containers instructions also
clearly require that adjacent vehicles be protected, which obviously
was not being done. The specific cleaner being used was 600
Detergent, by Sure Klean, manufactured by Prosoco, Inc.
A police report was filed, and a complaint with the Peachtree
City Building Department is pending.
The Peachtree City Post Office needs to take a lesson in customer
service from the friendly, helpful postal employees at the Tyrone
P.O. Before the disgruntled postal customers revolt, its
time the manager takes a good look at his staff in Peachtree
City. I stood in line Friday at 10 a.m. Only one window was open
helping a customer who had at least 20 boxes she was sending
overseas. I was the first one in line and waited 10 minutes for
another window to open. In the meantime, the manager stood watching
10 more customers accumulate in line behind me. Even the one
customer being serviced thought it was strange he let the crowd
gather. She asked him if he would open a window and he said, No,
not unless I want a lawsuit. So we all waited and watched
our numbers grow. The female employee who finally appeared to
help me had a chip on her shoulder. Seems the Peachtree City
Post Office doesnt know we are customers. This sure wasnt
the only time we customers have had no service. It is a daily
event at the Peachtree City Post Office.
Hey, Jean Studdard, you go, girl!
What a heart-warming piece in the AJC Fayette Fluff this week, Spotlight
on Senator Seabaugh. They talked about Mitchs rise
to power in the state Senate starting with his election over
Mr. Empty Suit and Mitchs strong campaign backing from
the Fay-Cow Developer Crowd (Pathways/PCDC, Jim Pace, Group VI,
etc.). Mitch goes off to Atlanta, gets millions of tax dollars
for the TDK developer road to nowhere and, surprise, gets himself
a full-time job with one of the developers. Only in America!
I think the residents of the Peachtree City subdivision Fielding
Ridge should be totally ashamed of themselves for complaining
about the noise from the roller hockey rink at Kedron!
Instead of kids spending time on a sport and having fun, maybe
these same residents would much rather have the kids out on the
street vandalizing their homes or doing drugs or drinking alcohol
or some other illegal activity? Come on, people, there are a
lot worse things to be complaining about! How about all the kids
that are going off the beaten track of the cart paths to smoke
weed or drink alcohol? Why not go seek out those kids and complain
about that instead. Or better yet, get a life! These kids are
out there having fun and staying out of trouble; get over it!
So now the city has to spend more money erecting a wall so it
can drown out barely audible noise! Give me a break. We live
about two miles from Riley Field at Peachtree City Elementary
and can clearly hear the football games, and I think its a great
sound. Wow, kids having fun and not getting into trouble; what
Mr. Gerard Jansen must live in the same altered reality in which
President Bush resides. Do Republicans just not get it? A problem
not handled by individuals or businesses becomes a burden on
society. Mr. Jansen asserted that health care provided by the
employer is not a right and that companies who are struggling
to survive should not be burdened with employee health care.
First, how long could the dedicated, loyal employees of Delta
stay around to help dig Delta out of the hole if they do not
have health care? Not for long. Second, if businesses do not
provide health care for their employees, then who should? Are
we to leave the dead and dying in the gutters of Fayette County?
Wouldnt that be a violation of some county code or wouldnt
everyone run over them in their SUVs? No, Mr. Jansen, we cant
leave them in the streets even if you might want to do so. If
their employers dont provide health care, then they wind
up going on Medicaid and then we all pay for their health care.
Get it now? Either the businesses foot the bill or you foot the
bill: Which is it going to be? John Kerry and John Edwards have
a plan to provide health care for those who need it and a break
for businesses to allow even those who are struggling to still
provide coverage to their employees. Alas, its not either
or; it can be both. Their plan reduces the employers plan
costs, allowing them to provide coverage and stay competitive
at the same time. The Kerry-Edwards plan will reimburse businesses
for 75 percent of the cost of catastrophic care by providing
small businesses with tax credits to help them provide health
insurance for their low and moderate-income employees (employees
who would wind up on Medicaid otherwise). Their tax credit would
cover up to 50 percent of the cost of the employers share
of the premiums. The Kerry plan will also reduce medical malpractice
premiums by requiring a qualified specialist to certify a cases
merit before it is allowed to move forward and will make available
non-binding mediation in all malpractice claims before cases
proceed to trial. Under his plan, lawyers who file frivolous
cases would face tough, mandatory sanctions for the next 10 years.
You see, Democrats can walk down the street and chew bubble
gum at the same time.
Tom Delay, the Texas congressman, charged with an ethics breach:
I dont see how that is possible since he has never had
any ethics to breach. Another one of those radical, anything-goes
as long as the result is what we want, ultra, neo-Christian conservatives
who we no longer need is Tom Delay. Finally got rid of Newt and
Barr; now for a few more.