Letters to the Editor

PTC pay raise: Lies to ‘foolish, unthinking residents’

I was very disappointed to read [City Manager James] Pennington’s Nov. 5, 2014 front page article entitled, “Pennington fires back at pay raise critics.”

To me, it confirmed how seemingly dishonest our Peachtree management is; and reminded me of how weak our City Council is, in its duty of business oversight. Read More»

Imker to Fayette: Beware pay study

[Editor’s note: the following is an exchange of emails about a pay raise study item on the Nov. 13 agenda of the Fayette County Commission between Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker and Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson. The county pay study was defeated 3-to 2 Nov. 13. The first email is from Imker to Rapson.]

Please, when considering subject item [about a pay raise study], ensure you control which of the various municipalities and counties will be used in “comparison” of salaries. Read More»

Chairman Brown disavows Barlow’s ‘racial insults’

I received numerous negative comments about our Nov. 13 County Board of Commissioners meeting.

I wanted to express some thoughts about what happened.

First, let me say that Commissioner Allen McCarty was a class act and the embodiment of civility when he opened our meeting with congratulatory remarks for Commissioner-Elect Pota Coston, wishing her well. Commissioner McCarty’s final meeting will be Dec. 11 and he served his constituents well. Read More»

Help military families during holiday time

This month we celebrated Veterans Day, a day set aside to acknowledge the price some have paid for all of us, and to say thank you for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of all of us. When those brave men and women take their oath, there is nothing in it that says they will make that sacrifice in exchange for a lifetime of adulation or reward. They are serving a higher purpose, and that’s all the reward they need. Read More»

PTC pay hike close to unethical action

The Citizen headline on Nov. 5, 2014, was, “Pennington fires back at pay raise critics.”

My opinion is the headline should have read, “Pennington fired for misleading City Council and taxpayers.”

Pennington’s points in The Citizen are mumbo jumbo at best to try to temper public awareness that he misled the council and the taxpayer. Read More»

School endangers elementary kids

I am very concerned about a situation at a Fayette County elementary school.

Drivers picking up children after school are instructed to not get out of cars to buckle small children into car seats but drive forward to a designated area, pull over, then strap the child in.

Not all vehicles are configured so that the driver can reach into the back seat and fasten the child into the car seat. With those vehicles, the driver has to get out into the traffic lane. Read More»

PTC’s recreation budget is out of control

For the last four years we have been told by now-Mayor Vanessa Fleisch and council members Kim Learnard and Eric Imker that we have a great budget, all is under control, our priorities are sound and there will be no more tax increases from 2015 on.

I gave many warnings, which were ignored, that we were at a tipping point that can no longer be ignored. Sadly, too many think if a majority, any majority, comes up with an answer they must have knowledge and facts behind them. Read More»

Election wave swamps Democrats, puts GOP on hot seat

I’m waking up and looking at the morning news this morning, and what it headlines is the results of yesterday’s mid-term election. The Republicans have won almost every position that they have run for. Incumbency has been a minus. The people want “change.”

Can you imagine a worse nightmare than being a member of the steering committee of the national Republican Party today? It was a “sweep” by your political party in almost every elected position yesterday and your party is in the hot seat. Read More»

Congratulations to Fayette Bar Association

Congratulations and thanks to the Fayette County Bar Association.

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations and thanks to the Fayette County Bar Association for its role in recognizing the 10th anniversary of the Fayette County Justice Center.

These local attorneys donated, placed and unveiled a commemorative plaque during the celebration event, praising the “dedication and commitment put forth by the judicial staff, elected officials and, most importantly, the citizen taxpayers who funded the construction” of the judicial center. Read More»

Still no evidence for PTC pay raise

In the Oct. 8 edition of The Citizen, Peachtree City Councilman [Mike] King was quoted saying “Being in the 35th percentile is an embarrassment. We’ve got a chance to do something that will force the can not to be kicked down the road. From a business standpoint, you get what we pay for.”

In my opinion, the embarrassment is that Councilman King and the PTC Council obligated PTC taxpayers to over $600,000 in new spending on a whim without doing any homework. Read More»

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