Letters to the Editor

Help military families during holiday time

This month we celebrated Veterans Day, a day set aside to acknowledge the price some have paid for all of us, and to say thank you for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of all of us. When those brave men and women take their oath, there is nothing in it that says they will make that sacrifice in exchange for a lifetime of adulation or reward. They are serving a higher purpose, and that’s all the reward they need. Read More»

PTC pay hike close to unethical action

The Citizen headline on Nov. 5, 2014, was, “Pennington fires back at pay raise critics.”

My opinion is the headline should have read, “Pennington fired for misleading City Council and taxpayers.”

Pennington’s points in The Citizen are mumbo jumbo at best to try to temper public awareness that he misled the council and the taxpayer. Read More»

School endangers elementary kids

I am very concerned about a situation at a Fayette County elementary school.

Drivers picking up children after school are instructed to not get out of cars to buckle small children into car seats but drive forward to a designated area, pull over, then strap the child in.

Not all vehicles are configured so that the driver can reach into the back seat and fasten the child into the car seat. With those vehicles, the driver has to get out into the traffic lane. Read More»

PTC’s recreation budget is out of control

For the last four years we have been told by now-Mayor Vanessa Fleisch and council members Kim Learnard and Eric Imker that we have a great budget, all is under control, our priorities are sound and there will be no more tax increases from 2015 on.

I gave many warnings, which were ignored, that we were at a tipping point that can no longer be ignored. Sadly, too many think if a majority, any majority, comes up with an answer they must have knowledge and facts behind them. Read More»

Election wave swamps Democrats, puts GOP on hot seat

I’m waking up and looking at the morning news this morning, and what it headlines is the results of yesterday’s mid-term election. The Republicans have won almost every position that they have run for. Incumbency has been a minus. The people want “change.”

Can you imagine a worse nightmare than being a member of the steering committee of the national Republican Party today? It was a “sweep” by your political party in almost every elected position yesterday and your party is in the hot seat. Read More»

Congratulations to Fayette Bar Association

Congratulations and thanks to the Fayette County Bar Association.

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations and thanks to the Fayette County Bar Association for its role in recognizing the 10th anniversary of the Fayette County Justice Center.

These local attorneys donated, placed and unveiled a commemorative plaque during the celebration event, praising the “dedication and commitment put forth by the judicial staff, elected officials and, most importantly, the citizen taxpayers who funded the construction” of the judicial center. Read More»

Still no evidence for PTC pay raise

In the Oct. 8 edition of The Citizen, Peachtree City Councilman [Mike] King was quoted saying “Being in the 35th percentile is an embarrassment. We’ve got a chance to do something that will force the can not to be kicked down the road. From a business standpoint, you get what we pay for.”

In my opinion, the embarrassment is that Councilman King and the PTC Council obligated PTC taxpayers to over $600,000 in new spending on a whim without doing any homework. Read More»

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»

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