Letters to the Editor

Who does Pennington work for?

Members of the City Council, I read The Citizen on a weekly basis to keep up with what is going on in Peachtree City. I am writing to you to express my concern about the events leading up to the recent split vote granting employees of PTC pay raises.

I never attended a city council meeting and I was never involved in any PTC activity mainly due to work, family and other commitments. After reading The Citizen, I feel I must voice my dissatisfaction on the decision of the three members who voted yes for the pay raises and the PTC city manager. Read More»

Haddix: I’ve been vindicated

The purpose of this letter is to comment on what City Council members Eric Imker and Kim Learnard had to say on the employee pay increase. It is not to try to evaluate the data officially collected or take a yea or nay position on the increase itself.

Understanding their mindsets is critical to understanding what they said and why.

Learnard is now trying to backpedal on her no vote. If she truly wanted more information before being able to vote, she would have abstained. Compounding this she now says she wanted more information for the taxpayers on their upcoming tax increase. Read More»

A Democrat woman’s perspective on David Barlow

I met David Barlow in the spring of this year, after he made some disparaging remarks on Facebook about female Democrats. His comments left me mad enough to spit nails, as my mother would have said, and I requested a meeting with him to discuss them.

He replied immediately, and we set a date for me to come to the office and talk. I walked in and introduced myself as a Democrat who was very unhappy to be pigeonholed, to be dismissed as one dimensional, just a member of a registered political party. Read More»

GOP: Barlow doesn’t represent our views

On Nov. 13, 2014, Commissioner David Barlow made some inflammatory and inappropriate remarks at the County Commission meeting.

While Mr. Barlow was elected as a Republican candidate, it should be clearly understood that his statements are neither endorsed nor embraced by the Fayette County Republican Party.

Moreover, his attempt to buttress his personal expression by adding that his declaration was done “in the mighty name of Jesus” made it even more objectionable. The Jesus I know and love preached a message of love and forgiveness. Read More»

PTC pay raise: Lies to ‘foolish, unthinking residents’

I was very disappointed to read [City Manager James] Pennington’s Nov. 5, 2014 front page article entitled, “Pennington fires back at pay raise critics.”

To me, it confirmed how seemingly dishonest our Peachtree management is; and reminded me of how weak our City Council is, in its duty of business oversight. Read More»

Imker to Fayette: Beware pay study

[Editor’s note: the following is an exchange of emails about a pay raise study item on the Nov. 13 agenda of the Fayette County Commission between Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker and Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson. The county pay study was defeated 3-to 2 Nov. 13. The first email is from Imker to Rapson.]

Please, when considering subject item [about a pay raise study], ensure you control which of the various municipalities and counties will be used in “comparison” of salaries. Read More»

Chairman Brown disavows Barlow’s ‘racial insults’

I received numerous negative comments about our Nov. 13 County Board of Commissioners meeting.

I wanted to express some thoughts about what happened.

First, let me say that Commissioner Allen McCarty was a class act and the embodiment of civility when he opened our meeting with congratulatory remarks for Commissioner-Elect Pota Coston, wishing her well. Commissioner McCarty’s final meeting will be Dec. 11 and he served his constituents well. Read More»

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»

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