Letters to the Editor

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»

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»