Letters to the Editor

Disrespect shown to PTC taxpayers

Dear Peachtree City Council members, I am disappointed in the recent vote to approve a second pay raise in a year to city employees which was not planned into the budget and will lead to future tax increases on the taxpayers of this city who you were elected to represent.

Why did the taxpayers not have a say on which firm was chosen to conduct the pay survey?

Why was the vote rushed before the public can see and understand the results of the survey and schedule the proper public hearings on the matter? Read More»

PTC pay raise based on questionable study

The Peachtree City Council recently voted a second increase in salary for city employees for the coming fiscal year that will increase spending by over $900,000. Why I am concerned: Read More»

Watch out for ARC blatant power grab

To: All Elected Representatives (state and local)

CC: The ARC Board, Media

 Subject: Atlanta Regional Commission Proposed Bylaws Change

 This letter is to inform you of the proposed governing bylaws change for the Atlanta Regional Commission. There has been very little coverage in the media and the last two monthly newsletters from the ARC have not made any mention of it. The changes are being characterized as just “housekeeping” since they were last modified in 1971, although we believe they are far more sweeping and significant than just housekeeping. Read More»

PTC needs its own development authority — again

As promised, this is a continuation of my letter of last week concerning the road trip to Franklin, Tenn., which included then-Council members Kim Learnard, Vanessa Fleisch, the Chamber and Bob Ross from the Tea Party and Republican Party.

Why has Franklin had such successful growth when Peachtree City has not? Read More»

What’s right with Fayette Chamber?

After over a decade at the helm of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, I have let our board and staff know that it is my plan to retire from the chamber Dec. 31 of this year.

It has been such a privilege, honor and blessing to have had the opportunity to lead this incredible organization. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t been inspired and humbled by the opportunities our team has to make a difference through our efforts at the chamber, not only on behalf of the businesses and organizations that make up our membership, but also for our Fayette community. Read More»

Online water bill pay not such a good deal

I saw the article in The Citizen where the Fayette County Water System has joined the 21st Century with online bill pay.

Well, not really. Turns out you cannot automatically have your water bill charged to a certain credit or debit card. You have to manually log in each month and pay each bill when it becomes due.

This is an improvement? Even more annoying is you are charged a $3.95 service charge for each payment. I think I will stay with my bank’s online bill pay that is free.

Kathryn Bailey
Peachtree City, Ga.

Response to ‘Government Party’ column

Thank you for this outstanding article.

I am from California, my husband is from Nevada. We were in Nevada this summer discussing this very topic. Two of Jim’s small-business-owning brothers had more disturbing stories.

In Reno, Nev., when you call in sick you are (rightfully) paid. However, the government employee who works for you then gets time and a half. Apparently there was a scheme where firefighters intentionally called in sick and their buddies would cover that shift.

They racked up quite a nice supplement salary. Read More»

Visioning comparison to Franklin, Tenn., was off base

As I look around I see a political tornado in action. Believing now is a good time for a historical review, looking to the future and truth testing a lot that has been said. The 2012 bus ride to Franklin, Tenn., serves as a good filter for starting the endeavor.

Remember the big build-up for the special learning and study trek to Franklin, Tenn.? The foregone conclusions as to what would be found and brought back to help us, here? The affirmation of these conclusions upon return? Read More»

VA has been a life-saver

In 1965 I was graduating from high school. We were a poor family with five children and college was never an option for either my brothers or I but since one of my classes was “General Business,” the class was given an assignment that we would all either provide the teacher with college applications or a certificate from the Ohio State Employment Service that we had registered with them. Read More»

VA, Army have some work to do

If you think that the VA is the bad organization or agency, dig deeper. They are the end to a flawed process at the Wounded Warriors Transition Battalions (WTB) or units that were put in place to help soldiers receive the benefits they are entitled to and help them to smoothly transition back into their community.

However, that is not the case because some soldiers are not being treated for total injuries or mental problems and some leave in more pain than when they came into the WTB process. Read More»