Letters to the Editor

Volunteer to dig out Lake Peachtree

Having previously opined in these pages my personal angst related to empty grassy knolls where there once was a lake and the sense of urgency that I believe needs to attend the planned dredging and repair of the Lake Peachtree dam spillway, one might assume that maximum dredging is also my desire.

To the contrary, I look at the maps offered showing the extra slivers of shoreline that would be dredged with a cost borne by the city citizens and have to say, “No way”!

First off, the cost estimate seems ridiculously high, has way too large a variance and includes way too many “unknowns.” Read More»

PTC Public Works should repair dam

Why is Mayor Fleisch not ordering the repair to the spillway? Why are the Peachtree City Council persons not serving the people who voted them into the positions they now have?

Is there anyone in Peachtree City who does not understand that the Georgia Dam Authority, the EPD and the USGS do not have the authority to tell Peachtree City citizens that they cannot repair the spillway?

I have written articles in The Citizen explaining why this repair is an in-house problem and that the Peachtree City Public Works Department should repair it and refill the lake. Read More»

PTC senior staff, end the lies. Here’s a pay solution

At the Nov. 20, 2014, Peachtree City Council meeting, I witnessed growing disquiet among citizens who appear very frustrated at being effectively shut out of deliberations that involve decisions of great importance to the long term financial viability of PTC.

The frustration, in my opinion, is resulting from a less than honest PTC senior staff that refuses to provide basic information to the public, and by a PTC Council that is not requiring enough transparency. Read More»

Who does Pennington work for?

Members of the City Council, I read The Citizen on a weekly basis to keep up with what is going on in Peachtree City. I am writing to you to express my concern about the events leading up to the recent split vote granting employees of PTC pay raises.

I never attended a city council meeting and I was never involved in any PTC activity mainly due to work, family and other commitments. After reading The Citizen, I feel I must voice my dissatisfaction on the decision of the three members who voted yes for the pay raises and the PTC city manager. Read More»

Haddix: I’ve been vindicated

The purpose of this letter is to comment on what City Council members Eric Imker and Kim Learnard had to say on the employee pay increase. It is not to try to evaluate the data officially collected or take a yea or nay position on the increase itself.

Understanding their mindsets is critical to understanding what they said and why.

Learnard is now trying to backpedal on her no vote. If she truly wanted more information before being able to vote, she would have abstained. Compounding this she now says she wanted more information for the taxpayers on their upcoming tax increase. Read More»

A Democrat woman’s perspective on David Barlow

I met David Barlow in the spring of this year, after he made some disparaging remarks on Facebook about female Democrats. His comments left me mad enough to spit nails, as my mother would have said, and I requested a meeting with him to discuss them.

He replied immediately, and we set a date for me to come to the office and talk. I walked in and introduced myself as a Democrat who was very unhappy to be pigeonholed, to be dismissed as one dimensional, just a member of a registered political party. Read More»

GOP: Barlow doesn’t represent our views

On Nov. 13, 2014, Commissioner David Barlow made some inflammatory and inappropriate remarks at the County Commission meeting.

While Mr. Barlow was elected as a Republican candidate, it should be clearly understood that his statements are neither endorsed nor embraced by the Fayette County Republican Party.

Moreover, his attempt to buttress his personal expression by adding that his declaration was done “in the mighty name of Jesus” made it even more objectionable. The Jesus I know and love preached a message of love and forgiveness. Read More»

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»