Letters to the Editor

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»

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»

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