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An open letter to prospective businesses looking at Peachtree City

I write this in hopes that potential entrepreneurs or businesses will overlook the seemingly endless inconsequential soap opera that our current city administration keeps airing out in public. The truth is that our city is, in fact, open for business and despite the anti-business rhetoric espoused by many on The Citizen’s blog, including our mayor, Peachtree City would welcome the opportunity to discuss our merits.

You see, that in a city of relatively affluent, intelligent, and healthy citizens it seems as if it were not for dog leash stipulations, gas powered golf carts, and now walking signs our mayor and council would not be heard, much less seen. As anyone can observe, even the simplest of issues require months of debate, name calling, and eventual legal maneuvering and after all that, nothing is decided.

I ask you to not only to see, but also experience the quiet wooded cart paths that circumnavigate the whole of Peachtree City, the spring blossoming of dogwood, cherry, Bradford pear among stately pines and oaks. The nearly tame waterfowl and wildlife that is free to live in our abundant green space offer pictorial serenity as an escape from the pressures of one’s vocation. The solitude of lakeside benches and grasses are plentiful to observe sunsets on warm days. The lonely sound of a distant nightly freight train passing north or south is likely the sole evening disturbance.

A good many of us fortunate enough to reside here take all of the above for granted and our politicians keep believing they have an obligation to fix that dream of our long-ago founders. They are those who staunchly believe there cannot be too many policemen or firefighters on duty and willingly shortchange recreation for kids in order to feel secure, not to mention curtailing programs designed for our fastest growing segment, seniors.

Those who we have recently elected have forgotten that it was developers that made Peachtree City what is today, and for it to maintain its stature, it will be developers that insure it.

Our city government is slow to realize that its sole recourse in increasing its taxes on residents only serves to enhance our surrounding communities for it is there that most who earn their livelihood here reside.

We ask that our shortcomings be overlooked because our positives far outweigh our childish governmental edicts and occasional tantrums. Should you decide to relocate or establish a business in Peachtree City it is realized that you will likely do so with professional individuals who in the future might just toss their hats into the political ring and provide some much needed adult leadership.

That is certainly not to say that we are void of good and decent leaders now, but being somewhat biased toward the place I call home, a few more good citizens wouldn’t hurt.

Michael L. King

Peachtree City, Ga.



Your article was very well written!

Meanwhile, did you read the mayor's blog right under yours!

He's talking about the importance of this upcoming election. He believes that people should keep their promises and that's what's important. Meanwhile he has openly lied on this blog regarding to his wife's recent comments. Still talking about Joey Grisham, suggesting he should be the DAPTC Director (not in a staff position), so he is still in some denial regarding the DAPTC and Mr. Grisham's reporting lines.

Of course he is taking shots at fellow council members, although he is trying to use self restraint.

It appears that all he is trying to do is focus on the upcoming election. As we know he wants Doug re-elected. Same for the other candidate who he is encouraging to run. Both are young, impressionable and easy for him to manipulate.

He is trying to act more mayorial, but its the same song.
This election is very important and we need to elect true independents who are intelligent and have time to do the work and make good decisions. Yes, good decisions, not keeping to campaign promises which the mayor feels is most important.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

I think that represents the majority view of Peachtree City. This is a wonderful place to live and any company or business that has the opportunity to locate here is a double winner - work here and the owner and employees can live here as well. I suspect that you will be hearing from prospective relocatees before the mayor will and I would certainly prefer that they talk to you first. A good positive attitude always makes a good first impression.

Live free or die!

Mike is running. Great, now we can pick upon him! That is what the positions are for in PTC.

I may be incorrect here in PTC, but my thinking is that if a new large business wants to locate here they will strictly be interested in dealing with official representatives, be they be whom they may!

They would be fools to deal with individuals critical of officials! Even when some of the criticism may be justified! There is no other way.

Also, we aren't all affluent, intelligent citizens. Yet we also have needs and also vote. It is the same everywhere and good potential corporate managers are fully aware of such facts. They avoid local politics when it comes to locating their company.

And, not all of us, maybe not even a majority, want hordes of police and firemen instead of the very best for our children and seniors! Many of our teens have enough trouble with their parents and the current lot of police. I never saw a cop growing up except on occasion. In all this we agree Mike.

However, developers are not the angels who built this place for us alone! I know it was not their intent to allow lower income into our fair city an have done their best to keep seniors out; there is no such place anymore were those mentioned here aren't included in our life.

Best wishes.

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