Letters to the Editor

Encourage creativity, develop interpersonal skills in young people

The county’s team of high school interns gave their presentations at our Aug. 14 Board of Commissioners meeting. There was a large audience in attendance and everyone was very impressed by the quality of the presentations.

John Hlas, Haider Khan, Vanessa Johnson, Kyra Parks, Tessa Strickland and Khalil Coleman worked throughout the month of July researching their issues and preparing presentations. They interviewed experts in various fields, worked in conjunction with our professional staff members and reviewed numerous studies. Read More»

Liberty charter vote a wise financial decision

Recently our neighbor Dr. Dana Spears, Ph.D. expressed her concern that our Fayette County Board of Education decided not to make Liberty Tech Charter School part of our excellent Fayette County public school system, but rather supported Liberty’s goals and expressed hope that the state of Georgia would approve Liberty as a state charter school. The difference is money. Read More»

‘Mean’ headline for Little League story

My son is a player on the PTCLL team which won the Georgia State Championship. I’m writing to let you know how disappointed I am at the headline that was chosen when they were disqualified from the Southeastern Regional Tournament. Read More»

New EPA regs could affect rates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to release regulations to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at existing power plants. The result could be more expensive electricity for Coweta-Fayette EMC’s service area residents. This means less money in your pocket.

On July 29, the EPA held their first “listening session” in Atlanta. At the meeting, many electric cooperative and utility leaders from Georgia and other surrounding states voiced their deep concerns about the economic and other unintended consequences that the carbon dioxide emission regulations could bring about. Read More»

‘Socialist’ water policy

I am a senior citizen that lives on Social Security and a long time resident of Fayette County. I want to express my voice in opposition to this new socialist type of water leak decision. What next? If my neighbor’s car breaks down will I have to pay a percentage of that as well? What about when he can’t pay his rent or taxes? Why not offer a plan whereas the pipe would be fixed if it leaked; like the $4 a month I pay on my hot water heater that will be replaced should it break down. That way everyone would benefit for what they pay out. Read More»

Charter school veto ‘sad’

I attended a Fayette County Board of Education meeting [July 29] and was saddened to hear the reasoning of most of the board members in rejecting the charter school application from Liberty Tech.

With the exception of Dr. Barry Marchman, this board is living in 1970. They really believe that every school can be all things to all students. Read More»

Longing for the lake’s return

Kudos to Mr. Charles Phillis (The Citizen, Letters to the Editor, July 30, 2014). We came to Peachtree City from south Texas two years ago and rented a golf cart and took a couple of days in what we thought was the most beautiful place we had ever seen, sold our house in Texas and purchased a home here.

“Sunset on Peachtree lake.“ Now what do we have? Weeds and a bunch of folks who were elected to take care of these kind of things.

And what are they doing? Passing the buck, afraid to make a stand. Read More»

About regulatory overreach

What power and what authority does the EPA and now the EPD have over states, counties, and cities? Do they have the authority to require these governing agencies to add departments to do the work already being done by other departments? Read More»

On Garlock: ‘This guy is just not right’

I suppose we could blame it on Grumpy Old Man Syndrome. You know, Cranky Old Fart. Cantankerous Aged Misanthrope. And if we did, we could just laugh and say: Well, it’s just old Terry spouting off.

But Mr. Garlock is developing an edge that is, in many ways, not easily overlooked.

I almost always disagree with his column, but there was a meanness and a bile in his latest foray that I can only assume derives from lack of cranial oxygen, and exposure to the Tea Party. Read More»

Reclaim our country from the destroyers

Mr. Garlock’s column last Wednesday expressed frustration and anger at the state of America, its future, and those who would see it brought low. I just saw the movie “America” as well. I don’t blame him one bit for feeling the way he does.

That said, I wish to offer suggestions of reforms regarding the policies, laws, expectations, and beliefs that must change to restore our nation: Read More»