Letters to the Editor

Lake Peachtree will rise again

There has been a lot written about Lake Peachtree and it has begun to resemble a made for television drama with lots of speculation floating in the air.

I think it is obvious by now that some patience will be required on everyone’s part as all of the parties — county, city and state — work their way through the process.

From the local government perspective, we are all rolling with the punches at this point. Initially, the county government, through the county’s water system, was all geared-up to dredge Lake Peachtree with water in the lake, referred to as wet dredging. Read More»

Disabled veterans’ pay stays on the cutting floor

Some that maintain a sense of humor wear caps embossed with the words, “Dysfunctional Veteran – Leave Me Alone,” but the government won’t leave them alone; because it’s about money.

Others are fitted for prosthesis, feel their bodies deteriorate from Agent Orange, or live in a mindless prison due to what they have seen and cannot process. The government does not want to leave them alone either — because it’s about money. Read More»

‘Little, out of the way church in F’ville’ celebrates nature, diversity

There is a little, out of the way church in Fayetteville that does it with a twist. With a small but very diverse congregation, the Episcopal Church of the Nativity opens its doors and its arms to all who come. And all of those who do come find peace, joy and community.

Reverend Rita Henault stands in front of the altar as she says, “I really like the way nature calls through the windows behind the altar. That seems so much more peaceful even than stained glass windows.” Read More»

U.S. has forgotten how to fight a war

Writer Cal Thomas said in his opinion of June 18, “While it’s true we can’t be the policemen of the world, we can be its prisoners in a world ruled by Islamic fundamentalists.”

Iraq? It’s deja vu all over again. America has lost its ability to fight an opponent.

In Korea in the early fifties, America fought not only the North Koreans but also fought the communist Chinese and Russians, and since American forces where below the 38th parallel in Korea only at the request of the Korean people, America fought to “defend” that nation and fought on the defensive. Read More»

Apartments get less scrutiny than car wash

Fayetteville Council: We will be missing your approval of the PCD rezoning because of a prior commitment.

I attended two of the three Planning and Zoning meetings about the apartments to be built at the Villages at LaFayette Park. I knew that our subdivision was in trouble at the first meeting. The questions were about water features, paint colors, and elevators; not about what was happening to the PCD.

Our only hope is that you will consider the following:

1. Limit the development to 190 units, which still will be denser than any other apartment complex in town. Read More»

What about Marine held in Mexican jail?

Some reports state that there are 25 to 30 million illegal aliens in the United States today. Regardless of what any reader believes, feels, is outraged about, disgusted, or even saying this is okay, what about Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi?

Sgt. Tahmooressi is a decorated U.S. Marine who has served two tours in Afghanistan. A veteran, who unintentionally crossed over the Mexican border, was arrested by Mexican police who threw an illegal weapons charge on him, and is now held in a prison near Tijuana. Read More»

Fayette’s fiscal proficiency earns triple-A credit rating

Our county staff revealed some exceptional news last Thursday. Standard and Poor’s has upgraded its rating on Fayette County’s general obligation bonds to the highest possible AAA rating.

Fayette County is now part of a very small group of elite counties in Georgia who are demonstrating outstanding fiscal accountability and proficiency to merit the significant upgrade in stature.

Clearly, entering this group of counties, one that can be counted on a single hand, is all the more amazing considering the deficit spending of past years and a stagnant revenue stream. Read More»

Reflection on Obama’s foreign policy ‘blunders’

Reading the various whining columns of the regular “struggling” prognosticators and certain right-wing commentators, one would think that this special country is in danger of immediate relegation to the dust heaps of history. Read More»

Brown: Thanks for support

I want to thank those citizens who took the time to vote and please know that I shall continue to give you my very best efforts on behalf of all citizens of Fayette County.

Special thanks goes to my family and my legion of campaign friends who helped me get my message across to the voting public. It was truly humbling to watch so many people give of their valuable time and financial resources to aid my reelection. Read More»

MOMS Club of F’ville thankful for generous givers

Sometimes reading the local news can make it seem as though Fayette County and the city of Fayetteville are in a period of contention, marked by an “Us vs. Them” mentality. I wanted to take a moment to relate the experiences I’ve had as a new(ish) resident to the county, which have demonstrated the very opposite.

I was pregnant with my first child when I moved to Fayetteville in 2007, and knew no one in the area. Without a support system, I found myself isolated and knew I needed to take action to prevent myself from sitting alone in the house every day with a newborn. Read More»