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Outdoor burning ban is lifted. That’s great. Just when the weather cools down and we can turn off the air conditioning and open the windows. Guess we will have to hold our breath until the ban goes back into effect. Why can’t you just be a good neighbor and bag it and take it to the recycling center?

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Nothing lowers the quality of life in a town more than that angry, thumping, heartbeat noise that is popular with a few idiots and their “pimped” cars. I’m trying to have a nice evening on my back porch and suddenly it feels like there’s an earthquake or explosion somewhere. It’s a LOUD bass noise. I can’t believe this is acceptable in Peachtree City. Then I realize the source of the noise and I can’t help but feel like I live in some sort of ghetto. Low quality living. I don’t know where these individuals come from, but I think it’s time we silence the blaster tubes in their cars. Extremely loud noises are universally unacceptable. I should not have to tolerate sonic assault. It is a violation and these youngsters should be taught what is and isn’t appropriate and considerate in a civilized society. I am asking, as a citizen of Peachtree City, that the police please step up enforcement of the noise ordinances. Toughen the penalties if necessary. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. If you live near Ga. Highway 74, Peachtree Parkway, Robinson, Crosstown, or Hwy. 54, you definitely know what I’m talking about. Let’s find a solution to this growing problem. This is the #1 quality of life issue in Peachtree City, as far as I’m concerned. Thanks for reading my rant.

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I was sorry to hear the PTC Council is still considering a ban on gas carts. I use the paths for walking and for my electric cart and have for seven years, and during that time I have very seldom encountered a gas cart. I don’t believe there are that many here. The carts are not that loud and the smell of fumes lasts only a few seconds as they pass. They certainly do not pollute the the air as much as the numerous semi-trucks that travel Hwy. 54 through town day and night. I also don’t recall any of the council members saying they would ban gas carts before the last election. To do it now would be unfair and an abuse of power. What next, will they mandate hybrid autos for all citizens in the city? We are all hunkered down now waiting to see what the federal government will do to us next. We shouldn’t have to worry about our City Council in the same way.

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Thought I’d seen it all until I saw a bicyclist on Hwy. 54 in the middle of town, texting while driving a bicycle through town. I was behind him for a while and thought he was either drunk or impaired, but when I pulled up beside him, he was texting. This is just the greatest country in the world: you can ride down a major highway and text on your phone at the same time.

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I’d be delighted to share the road with cyclists. Is your bicycle licensed and are you paying insurance to drive it on the road? If not, hop on the cart path and quit blocking traffic on Hwy. 74 and 54 and endangering the public on Peachtree Parkway north and south.

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Aren’t bicyclists adorable in their brightly colored “Sesame Street” Speedo outfits? They look so manly and feminine.

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I have no problem with sharing the road with bicyclists. Although if I am going to share the road with them, I think it should be mandatory that they have their bicycles inspected yearly, pay taxes on them and have them properly licensed to use the roadways.

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Bicyclists on Peachtree Parkway north and south and on Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 74. Why not let golf carts travel on these roads also? They are more visible and provide more protection than on a bicycle and can travel just as fast or faster than a bicycle.

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Seen on the golf cart path: a blue stretch golf cart with five or six little children under 5 years old, and the Mommy (or babysitter) driving with one hand and talking on the cellphone with the other. May I ask why is it so important that you talk on the phone and jeopardize the lives of those small children? You are really a sad person.

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Someone keeps building sidewalks. These sidewalks start nowhere and end nowhere. There seems to be no logic to their location or purpose. It is the Fayetteville city planners or the county. Spend our money wisely, and this is not it. Let’s look at Whitney Street. The potholes are not deep but they can rattle your teeth and might burst a tire. City Council does not seem too concerned right now, but next year is an election year for some. Let’s see if anything happens then.

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After a 4.5 percent pay cut this past year for ALL Fayette County Board of Education employees, and a one-time “bonus” check of 1 percent of that back this year, many in the schools have found they are not being treated equally. The teachers were given a step-raise that gives them a raise for the years that they have served in the field. That is great and they deserve it, but what about the staff that work so hard to support the schools and the teachers? Although the board gave the teachers step raises, they did not give that step raise to staff positions or parapro teachers. Considering that HR only gives one year of credit for two years of work in any field and the 4.5 percent pay cut that everyone took, why are they left out? Some employes have 14 years of more experience in their field and are only given credit for six. To add insult to injury, they may have worked in the school system for four or more years, which would normally give them two steps, and have NEVER gotten a raise. Is this fair? Some of the full-time parapro teachers make so little that they have to go and get free meals at school just to feed their kids. For being the “best” school system in Georgia, are we really making it worthwhile for the good people to work for the FCBOE? How good do we want to be if Clayton County pays better?

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I have been living in a rental house for a little over two months that is found to have a mold problem. My health has suffered, and I was blessed to quickly find another place to live to get my children and me out of this unhealthy environment. I am a teacher in Fayette County and a single mother who is temporarily handicapped due to complications with a knee replacement surgery and a subsequent surgery six weeks later. Teachers get paid once a month, and my ability to move is limited. One of my coworkers caught me in an emotional state a couple days ago. I shared my plight with her. As a result, she has organized people (some of whom I do not know) to show up at my house on Saturday morning at 9 to help me move. I just wanted to let someone know that there are some seriously wonderful people in in Fayette County.

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I just returned from the members-only presale at the Friends of the Library book sale. When I got there at the opening time, an obvious book dealer was already indiscriminately grabbing handfuls of books and filling large boxes with them. He filled box after box as he grabbed books from under people’s noses. I was very offended that he was taking so many books away while I was looking at them. While I understand that the library benefits from huge sales, I think a dealer should only be allowed to shop after the rest of us have had a chance. A book dealer should not be allowed to shop before members and the general public. Even if the dealer has bought a membership in order to snag a lot of books, he should still not be allowed to make his huge purchase until the afternoon of the regular book sale day. We members are book-lovers who eagerly anticipate the book sales to find books by favorite authors. This man was only interested in taking what books he could grab and then selling them in order to make money for himself. He really took my joy out of the anticipated book sale.

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Why do road workers in Fayetteville decide to paint lines and arrows during school rush hour traffic on the main road through Fayetteville. Why not do this at night during non-busy hours. What is the road department and/or DOT thinking? Oh, maybe they aren’t.

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Although it was recently reported that Peachtree City and Tyrone have some of the lowest violent crime rates in the Atlanta area, we need to take off our rose-colored glasses and look at how crime has continually increased here over the years. We should all ask our sheriff to start the ball rolling to make these thugs not want to go to jail for free room and board and basketball. If our inmates were treated like those in Maricopa County, Ariz., and had to wear pink jumpsuits, work on chain gangs, give up smoking, coffee and unrestricted TV, that might just be a deterrent. Ask the sheriff to make the inmates clean up these blighted and foreclosed homes to help better our community. If he did this, he would be as popular as Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has been reelected an unprecedented five times. Take note, Sheriff Hannah.

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Why do we need a gate at Kenwood Park? There are plenty of Clayton County kids in our schools; why not the parks too?

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When I go to my son’s honor roll awards event I prefer not to have 40 minutes of black history month presentations forced on me. Let’s keep on task and honor those students that have worked hard for good grades. Inman Elementary, I’m looking at you.

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I am an American. I am also a Muslim and the mother of a young man who was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center nine years ago. This loss has been made even more painful by the attitudes of a growing number of Americans toward people of my faith. Please, please, try to understand that the great majority of Muslims are very much like you. We too want to see our children and grandchildren grow up in a safe and peaceful world. Do not judge an entire population by actions of the fanatic few. Anti-Islamic rantings, such as several published recently in this newspaper, are adding to the prejudice and misunderstanding that hurts us all. I thank those voices that have spoken out in defense of reason and tolerance. I wish I felt courageous enough to sign my name.

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The Tyrone mayor has been trying to get the council to hire a part-time code enforcement officer. After reading the minutes of the last council meeting, I can only surmise the reason a part-time code enforcement officer is not hired is because Mayor pro tem Furr stated, “In these economic times, we ought not to be too hard on the towns’ businesses.” As a taxpayer of Tyrone, I expect the council members including Mayor pro tem Furr to enforce the town ordinances in good and bad economic times. To do otherwise is a violation of her oath of office and she and any other council member that refuses to enforce the town ordinances should be removed from office.

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How hard would it be for the owners or operators of Marnelle in Fayetteville to enforce safety laws? If you’re going to post speed limit signs in the community, then find a way to put some actions behind the signs. Also, how many arrests have to made for driving without an operator’s license before you can remove them completely? One kid has been hit in the community. Will it take a kid being killed before someone enforces the law?



Regis who? Some day-time soap opera?

Campbell's picture

The Fayette Freethought Society will be hosting their 3rd annual Darwin Day celebration in Peachtree City. The event is free and open to the public. Join in the celebration with other science enthusiasts, view science exhibits and enjoy some Starbucks coffee and birthday cake. Barnes & Noble will be on hand with a terrific assortment of evolution-themed books for sale.

When/Where: February 12th, 2011 (7-9PM) at the PTC Starbucks (next to Stein Mart)

For more details, visit our website at

<strong>"This will be Darwin's 202nd birthday, to be celebrated by the GLOBAL community as a toast to the common good of all humanity....One experiences an intellectual freedom of understanding by realizing that all living things on earth have a common evolutionary history that connects us all."</strong>

I'm a bit perplexed with UGA's football recruiting this year.

They've landed two of the best receivers in America in Malcolm Mitchell (WR) and Jay Rome (TE). They're well-stocked at Quarterback for the next 4 years with Aaron Murray and this new guy Christian LeMay. They even gave a scholarship to the best long-snapper in America.

What I don't understand, though, is with an offense that's obviously going to be pass-oriented for the next few years, six of the seven offensive linemen who have committed to UGA come from high schools that have run-oriented football programs. They've never learned how to pass-block, and now they'll have to do on-the-job training for a high profile SEC school?

All I can think of is that UGA must believe that all-world high school running back Isaiah Crowell is going to commit. I don't think this is going to happen, his mama likes those nice people at Auburn.

As the bagman at AU is being watched very closely by the FBI. :) Actually, I think it's down to UGA and that order. And maybe it's the bama guys watching the bagman...but I digress.

As far as the OL recruits, most High Schools in Georgia run a run oriented offense. And as far as UGA, you will find that under Richt they have been very balanced in run/pass regards. Almost 50/50 run plays to pass plays.

All that said, recruiting is going VERY well this year. Better times ahead for us Dawgs.

Great googly moogly, the UGA defense got a tremendous upgrade in the past 48 hours and will likely get better. #2 State overall Ray Drew signed with the Bulldogs (after he was promised David Pollack's old number 47), and Isaiah Crowell took Auburn out of the running. Crowell now will choose between Bama and UGA this week, just like you predicted.

All-world Defensive End Jeofrey Pagan got a release from his Clemson scholarship because he says he now wants to play for Georgia. (Of course, he got a release from a Gators scholarship because he wanted to play for Clemson....)

If UGA signs Pagan and Crowell, they'll have the #3 recruiting class in the entire NCAA FBS division. Even if they don't, they'll still be #8 in the nation....not bad for a 6-7 team. Texas is #1, Bama is #2. Sorta makes up for losing Butthead Rodgers at the last minute last year....

Oh and that all-world receiver in Missisippi that the dogs wanted to make part of their all-all-world receiver corps? Singleton? He got arrested for beating the holy hell out of his 16 year old girlfriend, seems he had an arrest record under another name, too. He got an Ole Miss scholarship.

Well, Crowell made it official today, signing a letter of intent with UGA.
He's the best running back of the entire class of 2011, so UGA recruiting run-blocking tackles makes sense now.

Auburn stole the best offensive tackle from Texas today, they now have the #1 and #3 offensive tackles in America. A bit scary.

Tre Jackson reneged on Tech and signed with FSU.

Pagan flirted hard with UGA after dumping Clemson but he would have had to compete with Ray Drew for serious playing time so he opted for Alabama.

An excellent recruiting class for UGA. I'm excited about Crowell, but it's worth remembering that Caleb King was a 5-star prospect too, and he's been a bust for UGA.

I see your point about CKing. That said, I would rather take my chances with a top recruit than not.

Looks like a great overall class.

Anyone know why it is not in the weekly paper anymore?

It is not necessary that we know such things as to why "anything" in this paper. No explanations are required. It was titled incorrectly anyway.

DarkMadam's picture

This is just my best guess, but it has come to my attention lately that the slogan of the paper "have your say", is only acceptable to The Citizen if they can censor it first. Just a guess.

I think it says "have your say," and then about 7-800 words describing what one can't say.
Some of the words used such as "harrassment," etc., have many meanings, but the newspaper knows what they mean precisely.

ilockemup's picture

The former Mayor of Griffin says that our District Attorney Scott Ballard "either needs to enforce the law vigorously and/or get a job as a social worker." He praises the Sheriff's department and the City PD but criticizes Ballard and gang.

Read Letter to the Editor on "Copper thieves keep stealing" :

NUK_1's picture

I was astonished that he won re-election after nailed as totally lying in regards to the non-existent subpoena that "forced" him to testify as a character witness to a child molesting slimeball who he just gushed over, but that's there one of dem good 'ol boys in Fayette.

Sine his re-election, Scotty's even more stupid and arrogant than ever before as witnessed by how he horribly he handled the whole "investigation" into the Judge English fiasco and how he managed to again to completely 100% lie about what existed on a recording with Judge Edwards.

Of all the local FC elected officials, Ballard is easily the worst of them all and WAY more embarrassing than even a Brown, Haddix, Imker, Smith, Maxwell, Smola, etc.
This guy is in a position of serious power and has been shown over and over to have ZERO integrity. Great job, Old Guard of Fayette!

Geez, I thought Scotty was supposed to be tuff on crime?

I guess the crook must've been a member of DA Ballard's church...

I mean, if someone has more than an ounce of POT, it's off to the pokey they go for YEARS.

hutch866's picture

Welcome back you bed wetting, gotta sit down to pee, officer type Airforce puke.

I yam what I yam

Cyclist's picture

Go easy on those airfocre types.

Anyways, hello from Singapore (SIN) where the local time is 0246 and forecasted high for today (Monday) is about 90.

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That where they make those "Sling" thingys?

Cyclist's picture

I don't know about that. I just got into the hotel. Will do a little shopping tomorrow.

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kevink's picture

When I am in a warm place, I DONT RUB IT IN :-D. Me and them singapore slings get along real real nice. And her bar friend mai tai has a nice personality too. But I've learned it's best to stop at three because they begin to turn evil on you if you don't. Safe travels Cyclist! Hurry back to the rain and wintry mix.

ps. Hutch: I'm having lunch with the guy who does your taxes. You sure you don't want to take them there insults back???? :-p


Vote Mytmite in 2012!

Cyclist's picture

Boy its been warm here in SIN. ;-) Sorry Kevin, hate to tell you this, its been close to 90 every day. After all, SIN is only 80 miles north of the equator. Afternoon rain showers do help to bring them temps down.

Went to the <a href=""><strong>cruise ship in the sky</strong></a>. They finally finished it and what a sight from the observation deck!!!

Sorry PTC O, was not able to make the butterfly park as my team wanted to do and see other things as this was their fist time here.

At 0330, it's off to the airport to catch brand X airlines to HKG.

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Singapore Slings.

Gin, Brandy, Pineapple juice and a bunch of other "seasonings."
Foamy on top.
Mostly pre-mixed nowadays from a dispenser.

PTC Observer's picture

I guess you're getting up.

If you have a chance while you are there go to the Singapore Butterfly Garden. You will never regret it, you go over on a skylift to the island.

Here's the link:

Cyclist's picture

I just got up and having breakfast at the Singapore Hilton. Anyways, thanks for info. I'm here for the week so that should be doable.

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about an hour ago. Sure fills out a pair of jeans nicely, don't he? I was checking out the eye candy. Oops, no, that's just wrong. He was checking out the candy. Or something like that. Oh never mind, I'm just gonna go watch those football players today. Don't care who wins, as long as it isn't Ben the pig.

NUK_1's picture

Says he doesn't believe government should lead by referendum, which sounds nice except he's using that excuse to try and get cover from the fact that his fundie ideals are very inconsistent with the citizens he represents and his only argument is some fundie nonsense against liberty and people/local government having the right to make the choice themselves.

Always NOT amazing at all that big-talking Repubs who always run on "limited government" do a 180 the moment they get elected and have a chance to dictate to the masses.

mudcat's picture

Whatever. How about letting each county or city decide and let them decide how to decide? Could be referendum, could be city council or county commission vote. Could be just beer and wine. Could be liquor. Just get the state out of the way.

What you have now is a law saying no one has the right to decide anything on Sunday sales and it applies to every single county in the state. That doesn't make any sense.

If it were to come up, "Mitch" would have to be against a U.S. constitutional amendment to outlaw drinking alcohol again, wouldn't he?

These few woods would again be full of moonshiners!

Didn't Randall used to close eyes on stills until a complaint came in from a friend? Just like he did on the courthouse crew (bunch).

Nuk, perhaps we can find a way to allow him to spend more time in Sharpsburg after next election cycle. Shame on him and all the other self-serving politicos who refuse to allow citizens to choose.

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"They" decided in their little private caucus where they can hide from the voters(and campaign donors) what their true intentions are that the Sunday Alcohol Sales bill doesn't have majority support amongst the brain-dead Senate Repubs, and to not bring the bill forward.

It's really nice as a lying politician to be able to hide and get cover from the voters by having a "caucus" so every member can go back to their constituents on either side of the issue and claim "I was with you on this." Instead of a simple up-or-down vote, the Senate Repubs have yet again shown the dangers of having a one-party state government and of closed government.

Even Casey Cagle said this was unprecedented in shutting-out the Dems and everyone else from having input on what bills advance to the floor or not. It just shows you how the fundies lack the courage and conviction to come out and publicly vote YES or NO on a rather simple issue. They don't have the guts to face the voters and all the small businesses with their so-called "principles" and this is the only way for them to weasel out of having to vote.

The "normal" legislative flow is to introduce a bill, assign it to a committee, and if it is voted out of a committee it goes to the entire legislature for an up or down vote.

This flow was sabotaged by the democracy-hating Fundamentalist faction within the Republican party. They demanded...and got....a closed door caucus of just Republicans together. 17 Fundie Republicans demanded that the legislation NOT be subject to an up/down vote, even though the bill was successfully voted out of committee. The spineless Republican leadership acquiesced to the democracy-hating Fundamentalist faction, in the interests of "party unity".

Bottom line: Georgia remains one of 3 states in the USA with no Sunday package sales. No up/down vote for the legislation.

Georgia Republicans like legislatin' their own morality for all of us.

It's ridiculous they can't even get the local jurisdictions a CHOICE in this matter.

The Wedge's picture

I do not think that the sale should be state managed. If a locality wants to impose a ban, then fine. Now the funny thing is why this is being managed by the state when it fits much easier in the preceps of interstate commerce than some things that are federally controlled. We are a people of strange contradictions.

Has to do with religion wedge!

Cyclist's picture

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! What a bunch of bovine manure. Perhaps our esteemed Republican State Senator could elaborate on this and maybe even tell us how he voted. How about it, sport? Please tell us why - as adults - we don't have a say in the matter!

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See what happens when you flee the country and leave the nutless in charge?

Cyclist's picture

I'm packing as we speak. Flying to DTW and then home on Friday. BTW, I thought you were the responsible adult for the week. How did you let this happen? ;-)

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You don't wanna stay there long--it was 72 degrees hr this pm! On the Sunday thingy, guess I got distracted and thought there were actually some adults in charge in theSenate--damn--I hate to be wrong!

Cyclist's picture

here in Fayette County. Because of this simply gorgeous weather, there is now one less Pyrus calleryana AKA Bradford Pear tree in the world. I'm now free of those wretched thingys. Time to celebrate!!!!

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Yes, a wonderful day.

You haven't seen anything bad about trees unless you have some of those sweet gum trees.
The nastiest, filthiest mess in all seasons! Ruins driveways, also.

Cyclist's picture

If it wasn't for the seed pods it wouldn't be that bad of tree. The Bradford pear that I dispatched yesterday was one of three that I planted just over 20 years ago. Bad idea.

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Great day.

carbonunit52's picture

Are you going to call for a coffee to celebrate the marvelous weather?

Cyclist's picture

Would this coming Friday (25) work? I believe we did the last one in Fayetteville so this one should be at PTC.

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carbonunit52's picture

I am a working stiff, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to whenever PM, so it would not work for me, but it would work for many others I suppose.

Cyclist's picture

You know, one day we are going to be retired like roundabout.

Anyways, I'm traveling on Saturday so that's out for me. How about the following Saturday (March 5)?

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Will someone pls tell me what this "work" stuff is all about?

Cyclist's picture

It goes like this; I goes to work so I can get paid which allows the boss to spend the money. It really is quite simple you see. ;-)

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carbonunit52's picture

I have to go to work so this, (_!_) doesn't get kicked out into the street. I really did not want to be the one that had to tell you.

Oh, many apologies--after 42 yrs with the same employer and being completely retired for more than 10 yrs, I've sorta lost touch! In the greater scheme of things, that means I can pretty much handle a coffee call most any day. I do have some things to do on a routine, like the Fitness Center from 9-11am M-W-F.


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