Letters to the Editor

Plutocrats rule us

In the wake of [the recent] federal court decision finding BP and its drilling partners guilty of “gross negligence” for their part in causing the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that did so much damage to the ecology of the Gulf, I, and many other Americans, are wondering where we go from here and what penalties these companies will suffer. Read More»

An explanation of the $3 leak fee

In an effort to ensure the details on the Fayette County Water System’s Leak Protection Program are properly scrutinized in public view, I wanted to give you some specifics.

The Leak Protection Program is a three-dollar per month add-on to your water bill. For $36 per year, you are covered in the event you have a major line leak on your property, which is your responsibility. Read More»

A quick history lesson

One of our high schools this past spring was asked to create two collage boards depicting scenes from our county.

The students promptly fell to work completing the task, but unfortunately there did not seem to be anyone with any historical Fayette County knowledge to assist them — not their fault.

One depiction shows an Indian with a full-dress hat/cap on, full of many feathers. I don’t know where this fellow was from, but it wasn’t Georgia. The Creek Indians who inhabited Georgia from the Chattahoochee River south wore a simple band around their head, with only one feather in it Read More»

Garlock’s advice to black sons colored by his prejudice

Several months ago, while reading a book by the late Christian theologian, Krister Stendahl, I came across an influential quote that said, “Our vision is more obstructed by what we think we know than by our lack of knowledge.” Read More»

What’s behind the new $3 ‘leak’ fee?

I have received the Fayette County Water System notice about the Excessive Leak Protection Program and am writing to insist on a public unveiling of supporting data for this new fee.

It seems to me that $3 per month per household is an excessive amount to cover their losses for leaks in residential plumbing. Read More»

$3 water fee ‘scheme’: No customer input

According to a recent notice from the Fayette County Water System to its customers: “Effective July 1, 2014, the Fayette County Water System implemented an excessive Leak Protection Program. We have implemented this program to financially assist our customers in dealing with large, unintentional water leaks.”

Is this program yet another scheme of Steve Brown and Steve Rapson to extract money from paying water customers without these customers’ input? Read More»

Militarized local police? Hard to find information

Militarization of local police departments has become a hot topic due to recent events in Ferguson, Mo., that has lead to a military response to demonstrators in Ferguson by local police forces.

The controversy stems from a federal policy called the 1033 Military Surplus Property Program. The 1033 program allows the Pentagon to send excess military equipment to states upon the requests of their county police departments.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety (GDPS) Georgia has received $200 million worth of military equipment since the birth of the 1033 program. Read More»

New PTC budget improved, but what about pensions?

I was pleasantly surprised in the most recent Peachtree City Council meeting. Staff had recommended increasing the millage rate and the PTC budget for Fiscal Year 2015. The actual action was a vote to keep the millage as is, and manage costs better.

This was, I believe, a dramatic improvement over the city staff proposal. Having sat through the entire meeting (yes, until 11:15 p.m.), I was also struck by the dramatic improvement in the PTC Council’s interaction. Read More»

Some PTC ‘angels’ help out grandmother, baby

I would like to bring attention to some very special people who came to the aid of a grandma in distress. Sunday, Aug. 17, I got stranded by a golf cart that refused to shift into gear near the SpeedZone in Braelinn Village. The worst part of this is that I had my 11-month-old granddaughter on the golf cart with me.

Rich Van’t Hof, owner of the SpeedZone, saw my dilemma and without hesitation offered to help me. His top priority (as well as mine) was my granddaughter. Read More»

Lessons I learned in school

So much talk about Common Core and the academic progress of students. It sounds like we are now thrust into teaching kids toward “the test,” whatever the test of the day is.

Thinking back to the highlights of my education, I wrote down the first thing that popped into my head for each grade. Oddly enough, the academic points didn’t score high for even one year. Read More»