Letters to the Editor

BoE’s Todd responds to criticism of innovation grant ‘no’

I read the recent article giving the response from each of the candidates for Post 4 on the Fayette Board of Education concerning the recent vote to not apply for a grant from the state. I was one of the three that did not vote to apply for the grant. Dr. [Barry] Marchman has given the major financial reasons for a no vote. The additional reasons for my no vote are given in the following paragraphs.

Part of the proposal called for the removal of second- and third-year courses for Health Sciences/Occupations from the high schools to be placed in a separately located newly renovated space. Read More»

Loggers gone, big, expensive mess left

[A few] days ago a reporter from a television station knocked at the door wanting to interview the owner of the house about the 60-foot-in-diameter-by-12-foot-high stack of trees in the front yard.

Just back in September a man rang the doorbell, and when I answered told me that he was from a logging company and was offering to cut down and remove trees in the yard at no cost. Read More»

Student growth model: What does it really measure?

Here are some comments about Wednesday’s article with the new test scores:

Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) — What does it really measure?

The Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) does not measure what the average person thinks of when they hear the word “growth.”

If the height of a plant was 3 inches last week and 5 inches this week, we would say that it grew 2 inches during the week. That is what we think of when we hear the word growth. Read More»

What did we learn from PTC records? Self-dealing rush

The Open Records requests to Peachtree City concerning the recent salary and compensation study and the vote to implement it are now on the www.PTCPride.org web site. The city’s response is also there.

What did we learn? Highlights are:

· The RFP seems to lead the responder to the conclusion that all is not well in PTC. In the background section there is the statement: “Since 2000, inequities and compression have developed, and the criteria and weighting of various factors of the system need to be updated.” Read More»

Land of the lost: Kedron pool is massive boondoggle

I’m reminded of the movie “An American President” with Michael Douglas and the scene where his advisor played by Michael J. Fox and he get into a heated discussion and the dialogue goes something like:

Assistant to the President, Lewis Rothschild, played by Michael J. Fox: “They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.” Read More»

Ebola: Common sense needed in Fayette Co. schools

I’m very happy to hear that the West African children did not have Ebola as stated in The Citizen Saturday, Oct. 18. However, I think we are very fortunate that they did not have it.

[System spokesperson Melinda] Berry-Dreisbach states that four of the children were monitored at school by having their temperatures taken there. They should have been monitored at home and not permitted to attend school until the 21 days had expired. Read More»

Gay marriage goes from unthinkable to law of the land

It’s hard to believe that even 10 years ago, the notion of gay marriage was still unthinkable for most Americans and that now, after such a short time, it’s on its way to being the law of the land.

Some states are holding out, but they will buckle to legal challenges and the tacit support of the Supreme Court, which held that opponents of gay marriage were “enemies of humanity.” Read More»

Imker’s budget, Learnard’s goals

In this third letter of the series, the budget and those responsible will be examined.

In 2010, when Councilman Eric Imker proposed the 1.25 millage increase, he said in five years all would be balanced with no more tax increases, period. Council members Kim Learnard and Vanessa Fleisch not only backed him, but called him a budget genius. I said it would not work and his approach would lead to unending tax and debt increases. Read More»

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»

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