Letters to the Editor

Learnard’s attacks tarnish Fayette, PTC

It amazes me why Councilwoman Kim Learnard of Peachtree City continues to pick fights with other politicians. She seems to have her claws out for Steve Brown now. It was this same councilwoman who continuously skirmished with former Mayor Don Haddix, wasn’t it? Read More»

Food poisons, inequality and dull, complacent citizens

Fayette County’s “Summer of Stinky Water” pales beside what the chemical industry and others are doing to poison our water and our food.

The USA is the world’s largest producer of soybeans. Most soybeans are grown from genetically modified (GM) seeds. The GM seeds are resistant to Roundup, a herbicide produced by Monsanto. Farmers are applying Roundup liberally. Read More»

More histrionics from Learnard

Tax revenue funds everything from the Sheriff’s Department and our judiciary system to schools and water treatment.

Since the commissioners and Board of Education are responsible for approving budgets that support those activities, it seems most appropriate that the Development Authority would at least advise them of a deal that has a major impact on their revenue projections ... in this case, a glaring 20-year impact. Read More»

Haddix gone but Ms. Learnard quarrels on

For the life of me, I can’t understand why the City Council of Peachtree City has turned into the epicenter of fighting and negativity.

[Council members] Kim Learnard and Vanessa Fleisch fought with former Mayor Haddix over and over again for four years. Don Haddix is gone and everyone thought that if we just got rid of him it would all go away; yet the fighting continues!

I’m not sure why Kim feels that hurling insults at the Fayette County Commission is a good idea, but I wish someone would tell her that she is making us look bad AGAIN around the metro region. Read More»

McIntosh HS needs more than a facelift

I recently read the article in your paper (“PTC’s McIntosh High School to receive a facelift”) about the $900,000 the Fayette County Board of Education is planning to spend on a glass walkway between buildings so the kids won’t have to walk downstairs to get to another part of the school. Read More»

‘A passionate, vocal minority ruled on fire consolidation’

Now that I have your attention, allow me to explain. We did indeed have a packed house, perhaps 250 or more people, to attend the special CALLED meeting (not an emergency meeting) to discuss Fire Department consolidation, and I am glad that our citizens are passionate. Passion for our community is part of what makes Fayetteville such a great place to live.

Nevertheless, those who came and spoke against fire consolidation only represent a very small portion (by definition, a minority) of the total population of Fayetteville (which is somewhere between 16,000 and 17,000 at this time). Read More»

Lawsuit appeal funds could be better used for education

Recently our school board announced that they will appeal the recent U.S. District Court decision requiring district voting for Fayette County. While I agree that it is better to have all five school board members accountable to the entire community, I have to question whether this is a good use of our scarce school tax dollars. Read More»

‘SCHS’s dogma of the day’

To some within the Fayette County Board of Education, Sandy Creek High School’s seven-period day schedule may seem excessive and even unfair relative to scheduling at the other high schools. Academic teachers receive two “off“ periods (one being a traditional planning period and the other being a Professional Learning Community, or PLC, period designated for sharing best practices, staff development, etc.). Read More»

Consolidation: Where’s the fire?

In order to further understand the issue about the county wanting to take over the city of Fayetteville’s fire department, I did a little research on how a “city” works.

First of all a “city” is much like a non-profit organization, meaning it must pay for all the services it offers and all the employees’ wages within these services with money “donated” in several different ways. The most obvious of these is through a property tax based on a “millage rate.” Read More»

District voting and who really gets disenfranchised

Many years ago, I learned about the representative democracy we enjoy from Mr. Hill, my government teacher.
 
At the federal level there are 435 U.S. Representatives of which I get to vote for one. I don’t get to vote for all 435, only one.
 
There are 100 U.S. Senators in the Senate and I get to vote for two to represent my interests, not all 100 but strictly two.
 
At the state level there are 180 state representatives in Georgia of which I get to vote for one.

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