Letters to the Editor

King: In defense of Kim Learnard

Ms. Smithfield: A rebuttal.

Your assertion that it was [Councilwoman Kim] Learnard who is responsible for our council’s moment of silence is totally baseless.

In fact, it was my suggestion that we have this moment to allow all in attendance to quietly ask guidance of their deity prior to the Pledge of Allegiance.

I did this because I feel one’s religion is personal, and I see no need to display one’s religion over another.

If you’re looking to cast blame, I’m your target. To date, council has received only one public comment on the change and it was to thank us. Read More»

Credit card breaches seem on the increase

My **** credit card was compromised when someone “skimmed” the information on the magnetic strip. On March 28, someone used that information to make an $800 purchase at an electronics store in Greenville, S.C.

My bank caught that, cancelled the card, refunded the bogus credit, and issued me a new card.

The new card was compromised less than three weeks later. Someone made a $1.50 purchase at a vending machine in Sioux Falls, S.D. My bank caught the bogus charge and cancelled the card. Read More»

Comcast needs competition

This past week has been frustrating on so many levels I felt the need to share.

Beginning this past Sunday (May 4), my Comcast cable, Internet, and phone service went out. When I reported the problem, the call center said there was an outage in my area and to periodically check “My Account” for updates.

When I explained I had no service and could not connect, they pretty much threw their hands up in the air. Read More»

Lowry: District vote ruling was not racial

It is amazing that the issue of district voting versus at-large voting has so divided the citizens of Fayette County.

All one has to do is read the comments to my letter to you in the April 30 edition of The Citizen to see this divide.

A lot of this division is perhaps due to the way your newspaper reports this as a “racial issue.”

I’m sure that you know that using “race” as the primary basis for the way you report on the issue, makes The Citizen [to be] the Fox News, Wall Street Journal and the New York Post of Fayette County. Read More»

Anti-Learnard letters display false outrage, high drama

I would like to begin by saying that I agree with Neil Sullivan’s opinion that we please spend education dollars on educating our children and not on lawyers. Point well taken. Now to the business at hand.

As an avid reader of local news, I am disgusted by the four recent letters to the editor from Dienhart, Gainy, Richter and Benson, all claiming that council member Kim Learnard is somehow on the attack. Read More»

PTC Council bitterness a cancer spreading into county

The constant bitterness surrounding the City Council in Peachtree City looks to be a cancer spreading into the rest of the county.

Now that there is no [former mayor] to constantly berate, it appears Councilwoman Learnard is looking for other targets. Unfortunately for the Fayette Board of Commissioners, they appear to be the next target of her wrath.

The commissioners say a prayer before their meetings and I know Learnard had such acts of faith removed from their meetings. Read More»

Misquoted on Common Core

I appreciate The Citizen reporting on the Republican candidate forum for the open Board of Education seat in District 4 on April 14. However, I would like to clarify my position on Common Core standards, which I believe was misstated by The Citizen.

You reported that I “said perhaps Common Core fits the academic bill. ...” To be clear, that is not what I said, nor did I speak directly to the quality of the Common Core standards. Read More»

‘Insanity’? Learnard does the same thing

I am disappointed with Peachtree City Council member Kim Learnard’s behavior in the newspaper as of lately.

As a council member, she could do much to change the negative perception of the persistent fighting in Peachtree City. Instead, she has chosen to once again throw gasoline on the fire.

Using the term “insanity” was not a wise choice of words to use when discussing the county Board of Commissioners’ appeal of a lawsuit.

It is her right to disagree. As a conservative Republican council member, I disagreed with Kim on many occasions. I never once called her insane. Read More»

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»

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