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A Thanksgiving story

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A Thanksgiving story

By Cal Beverly

I have a Thanksgiving story. It happened two years ago.

A few days after receiving a new lens in my eye to correct a clouding condition called cataracts, I awoke on a Saturday morning just before Thanksgiving to find my newfound sharp vision in that eye had gone blurry.

There was no pain, just blurry where there had been sharpness. I panicked. Why do emergencies mostly happen after hours or on weekends, when your regular doctor is nowhere to be found? Read More»

Minimize religion in public office

Terry Garlock's picture

David Barlow’s recently misplaced theological rant from his County Commissioner’s chair illustrated just how misguided it is to preach personal religious views while conducting the business of voters. I’ll share some related thoughts.

I recently gave my young adult daughter a little book I wrote for her and had bound – trying to boost the chance she would read it – chock full of my advice on a number of subjects. Read More»

Elites’ contempt for you

Walter Williams's picture

Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and paid architect of Obamacare, has shocked and disgusted many Americans.

In 2013, he explained to a University of Pennsylvania audience: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.” He added that the “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” Read More»

Cooking with a friend

Ronda Rich's picture

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren’t planned. They’re born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

That’s how my longtime friend, Karen Peck, and I began cooking our Thanksgiving meal together. First, you must know this: Our friendship, strong and true, dates back to the long ago days of braces and freckles. Karen still has her freckles and two years ago, when a front tooth started to move, I went back to a retainer. Some things never change. Some things change back and forth. Read More»

Volunteer to dig out Lake Peachtree

Having previously opined in these pages my personal angst related to empty grassy knolls where there once was a lake and the sense of urgency that I believe needs to attend the planned dredging and repair of the Lake Peachtree dam spillway, one might assume that maximum dredging is also my desire.

To the contrary, I look at the maps offered showing the extra slivers of shoreline that would be dredged with a cost borne by the city citizens and have to say, “No way”!

First off, the cost estimate seems ridiculously high, has way too large a variance and includes way too many “unknowns.” Read More»

PTC Public Works should repair dam

Why is Mayor Fleisch not ordering the repair to the spillway? Why are the Peachtree City Council persons not serving the people who voted them into the positions they now have?

Is there anyone in Peachtree City who does not understand that the Georgia Dam Authority, the EPD and the USGS do not have the authority to tell Peachtree City citizens that they cannot repair the spillway?

I have written articles in The Citizen explaining why this repair is an in-house problem and that the Peachtree City Public Works Department should repair it and refill the lake. Read More»

PTC senior staff, end the lies. Here’s a pay solution

At the Nov. 20, 2014, Peachtree City Council meeting, I witnessed growing disquiet among citizens who appear very frustrated at being effectively shut out of deliberations that involve decisions of great importance to the long term financial viability of PTC.

The frustration, in my opinion, is resulting from a less than honest PTC senior staff that refuses to provide basic information to the public, and by a PTC Council that is not requiring enough transparency. Read More»

Who does Pennington work for?

Members of the City Council, I read The Citizen on a weekly basis to keep up with what is going on in Peachtree City. I am writing to you to express my concern about the events leading up to the recent split vote granting employees of PTC pay raises.

I never attended a city council meeting and I was never involved in any PTC activity mainly due to work, family and other commitments. After reading The Citizen, I feel I must voice my dissatisfaction on the decision of the three members who voted yes for the pay raises and the PTC city manager. Read More»

Haddix: I’ve been vindicated

The purpose of this letter is to comment on what City Council members Eric Imker and Kim Learnard had to say on the employee pay increase. It is not to try to evaluate the data officially collected or take a yea or nay position on the increase itself.

Understanding their mindsets is critical to understanding what they said and why.

Learnard is now trying to backpedal on her no vote. If she truly wanted more information before being able to vote, she would have abstained. Compounding this she now says she wanted more information for the taxpayers on their upcoming tax increase. Read More»

A Democrat woman’s perspective on David Barlow

I met David Barlow in the spring of this year, after he made some disparaging remarks on Facebook about female Democrats. His comments left me mad enough to spit nails, as my mother would have said, and I requested a meeting with him to discuss them.

He replied immediately, and we set a date for me to come to the office and talk. I walked in and introduced myself as a Democrat who was very unhappy to be pigeonholed, to be dismissed as one dimensional, just a member of a registered political party. Read More»