Letters to the Editor

Online water bill pay not such a good deal

I saw the article in The Citizen where the Fayette County Water System has joined the 21st Century with online bill pay.

Well, not really. Turns out you cannot automatically have your water bill charged to a certain credit or debit card. You have to manually log in each month and pay each bill when it becomes due.

This is an improvement? Even more annoying is you are charged a $3.95 service charge for each payment. I think I will stay with my bank’s online bill pay that is free.

Kathryn Bailey
Peachtree City, Ga.

Response to ‘Government Party’ column

Thank you for this outstanding article.

I am from California, my husband is from Nevada. We were in Nevada this summer discussing this very topic. Two of Jim’s small-business-owning brothers had more disturbing stories.

In Reno, Nev., when you call in sick you are (rightfully) paid. However, the government employee who works for you then gets time and a half. Apparently there was a scheme where firefighters intentionally called in sick and their buddies would cover that shift.

They racked up quite a nice supplement salary. Read More»

Visioning comparison to Franklin, Tenn., was off base

As I look around I see a political tornado in action. Believing now is a good time for a historical review, looking to the future and truth testing a lot that has been said. The 2012 bus ride to Franklin, Tenn., serves as a good filter for starting the endeavor.

Remember the big build-up for the special learning and study trek to Franklin, Tenn.? The foregone conclusions as to what would be found and brought back to help us, here? The affirmation of these conclusions upon return? Read More»

VA has been a life-saver

In 1965 I was graduating from high school. We were a poor family with five children and college was never an option for either my brothers or I but since one of my classes was “General Business,” the class was given an assignment that we would all either provide the teacher with college applications or a certificate from the Ohio State Employment Service that we had registered with them. Read More»

VA, Army have some work to do

If you think that the VA is the bad organization or agency, dig deeper. They are the end to a flawed process at the Wounded Warriors Transition Battalions (WTB) or units that were put in place to help soldiers receive the benefits they are entitled to and help them to smoothly transition back into their community.

However, that is not the case because some soldiers are not being treated for total injuries or mental problems and some leave in more pain than when they came into the WTB process. Read More»

The PTC pay raise and the 35% lie

Last Thursday’s actions and vote by the Peachtree City Council reflect yield to the pressure of the self-serving and money-grabbing interest of the city’s employees.

During that meeting, the behavior of a boisterous and intimidating self-serving audience, representing but a minute fraction of PTC’s residents overcame reason and reality.

I do not believe the PTC Council to be ill-intended in serving the city and its residents vs. the interest of a small portion of self-serving; hence I conclude their vote represents a yield to a well-orchestrated pressure. Read More»

Brown: The story of one woman’s remarkable victory

Recently, I twice had the opportunity to spend time with local citizens to discuss how they could get involved in local government and make a difference. Both times, I brought up Kathy Cheney.

Kathy Cheney died on Aug. 10, 2014. We are all better off because she lived. Read More»

Another hero is gone: Farewell to the colonel

Words do not flow as in prose at such times as these. Rather, my thoughts fall from my mind in random shapes and sizes that must combine as a picture puzzle, but all I see right now is broken.

Peachtree City and the United States lost another hero last week to the wars in Iraq. Out of respect to his wife left behind, I’ll not identify this man here but those who knew him know of whom I write. Read More»

Somebody doesn’t know what’s up

In the Sept. 24, 2014 issue of The Citizen, the headline article on Page 1 was entitled, “Young adults wave goodbye to Fayette.” On Page 3 there was an article entitled, “Peachtree City prepares for 1,329 new residents.”

The first article noted that Fayette County leads the nation in the exodus of millennials (age 28 and younger) that are leaving for other communities.

The second article noted that the proposed Crestwood subdivision would have 650 “age-restricted units for persons 55 and up” (almost half of the proposed 1,329 units). Read More»

Seeing cops through race-colored glasses

In response to David Browning, “How could cop shoot unarmed man 6 times?”

Easy.

Just like the two East Point, Ga., officers tazed a man they caught up with after chasing him down. A man who was unarmed, out of breath, sitting on the ground, fully winded and presenting no immediate danger to the two officers. Yet they tazed [shocked]this partially incapacitated man so many times he died.

How could two cops taze an unarmed man so many times he died? Read More»

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