Letters to the Editor

The evidence of Christ’s resurrection is compelling

Almost two thousand years ago the single most important and profound event in the history of mankind is alleged to have occurred.

But is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead truly a fact of history or is it a myth that is still around simply because people want to believe it?

Consider that the rise of the Christian faith began in Jerusalem right after the crucifixion with a belief in the resurrection. Read More»

Thanks to Fayette County

This open letter was started as a thank you note and has grown to become a love letter.

I moved my family to Fayette County in 1987. Like most of you, my wife Bonnie and I came for the great schools and the very low crime. We still had young children at home and our last home didn’t feel as safe as it had just a few years earlier. Read More»

DAR honors Carla McMillian

Each year the Peachtree City chapter, Fayette-Starr’s Mill, of the Daughters of the American Revolution select a notable woman of history in Fayette County. March is officially “Women’s History Month” so the chapter uses this occasion to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of the woman of the chapter’s choice. Read More»

Jones: ‘What would you do?’

[Editor’s note: The Citizen posed several questions to John E. Jones, one of the plaintiffs in the Voting Rights Act lawsuit, following the close of qualifying for the upcoming primary elections. The questions follow Mr. Jones’ response below.]

The most important thing I can tell you is that the lawsuit is a result of a violation of the Voting Rights Act more so than a discrimination lawsuit.

The NAACP never wanted to sue and truly hoped for an out of court settlement.

During the qualifying period, candidates were totally free to run or withdraw as they see fit. Read More»

How about districts for Hispanic, Asians?

In reference to Kim Learnard’s letter of April 2, 2014 (“Stop the insanity”):

Kim’s position on not opposing district voting by using her council position in Peachtree City as a “bully pulpit” is off base.

Fayette County, founded in 1821, sub-divided in 1858, with all voting at-large. This form of government, and voting, has created a very successful county.

The South was punished in 1965 with a voting rights act. An activist judge, Timothy Batten, was appointed in 2005, and wants to change 193 years of history by requiring district voting. Read More»

Crime blights Fayette

Thank you so much for what you do. We the citizens of Fayette County feel this paper on Wednesday is “our” paper.

But, how very, very sad to see crime all over the front page. This is your job to report and we need to know. However, the citizens of Fayette County need to stand up for decency and quit being so nice and politically correct if this is what it brings.

We have been residents since 1976 and the changes of current times are very disturbing. Even something as minor as the trash up and down the side of the roads and in parking lots shows the lack of respect for our county. Read More»

DOT’s ‘typical junk’ favors signals over traffic circles

I read the article about the crash at state roads 34 and 54 with interest — and surprise — that these don’t occur more often. The road “design” in that area is typical Georgia junk that favors congestion over flow.

The triangle formed by SR34, SR54, and Fischer Road should be changed to a large traffic circle. SR34, SR54, Fischer Road, and Lower Fayetteville Road would be the primary “spokes” to the circle.

As is great about traffic circles, other spokes could be used for the shopping areas nearby. No signals. Flow. Read More»

2 views on climate change

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “Summary for Policymakers” was released on March 31, 2014. Not all of the news is good.

The impact of global climate change is different throughout the world. The assessments of the impact are based on models which incorporate different assumptions. It’s good science (which can be studied more closely in the Working Group II study at http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/report/final-drafts/). Read More»

Myeloma numbers increase

I am contacting you about a proclamation that [was] presented to our group March 20 by Mayor Clifton and the Fayetteville City Council. This proclamation [also declared] March as Myeloma Awareness Month.

I am a member of the Southside Myeloma Support Group led by Mrs. Doris Morgan, founder. Additionally, we work closely with the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, which serves over 1,000 myeloma patients.

We appreciate the mayor’s help in raising awareness of myeloma, also called multiple myeloma. Read More»

Learnard: ‘Stop the insanity!’

Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in certain minority groups.

Most lawsuits that arise under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act involve challenges to at-large election scenarios like the one we have here in Fayette County.

Section 2 litigation usually involves a claim that an entity such as a county, a city or a school board is in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, resulting in an inability of minorities to elect a candidate of their choice. Read More»