Letters to the Editor

Somebody doesn’t know what’s up

In the Sept. 24, 2014 issue of The Citizen, the headline article on Page 1 was entitled, “Young adults wave goodbye to Fayette.” On Page 3 there was an article entitled, “Peachtree City prepares for 1,329 new residents.”

The first article noted that Fayette County leads the nation in the exodus of millennials (age 28 and younger) that are leaving for other communities.

The second article noted that the proposed Crestwood subdivision would have 650 “age-restricted units for persons 55 and up” (almost half of the proposed 1,329 units). Read More»

Seeing cops through race-colored glasses

In response to David Browning, “How could cop shoot unarmed man 6 times?”

Easy.

Just like the two East Point, Ga., officers tazed a man they caught up with after chasing him down. A man who was unarmed, out of breath, sitting on the ground, fully winded and presenting no immediate danger to the two officers. Yet they tazed [shocked]this partially incapacitated man so many times he died.

How could two cops taze an unarmed man so many times he died? Read More»

Youth football game raises sportsmanship questions

This weekend, the 10-year Rec Chiefs took to Riley Field to face their fourth opponent of the year. There was a good crowd and the cheerleaders were there. The boys, most of whom are playing football for the first time this year, were excited for a good game. Read More»

BP, lawyers and the environmental trough

I would like to give another side to David Browning’s letter of Sept. 17. In the first place I would not consider it gross negligence, only negligence. It could be gross negligence not drilling for oil off the coast of California that regularly washes up on the beaches because of natural leaching from the ocean floor. Read More»

Booth Lego League champs need help

When the rookie J.C. Booth “Tsunami Warrior” team became the state champions in the first Lego League Robotics Challenge, they created a big problem for STEM education in Fayette County. Their success has created such demand for this exciting STEM learning program that more than 80 eager students signed up to fill the 20 planned slots.

The problem was that there was no school budget for the additional Lego robotics equipment required to field this many teams. Booth science teacher, and Robotics Head Coach, David Carnow had a tough choice to make. Read More»

For PTC folks, it’s more than a lake

Mayor and Peachtree City Council, you need to stop dragging your collective feet and take whatever actions required to return Lake Peachtree to its former state.

I can’t speak for others, but this summer will be remembered as the one without:

The summer without the afternoon breezes that are generated daily by the pressure difference between the water and the land.

The summer without my after-work respite flipping flies and plugs for bream and bass and crappie.

The summer without the fireworks over the water. Read More»

Garlock critic himself is blinded by prejudice

Mr. Coleman waxes eloquent regarding his recently found mantra written by Krister Stendard, “Our vision is more obstructed by what we know than by our lack of knowledge.”

He may have read it but then he did not follow it in his writing. As he delved into Terry Garlock’s article, he steps over the line several times due to his “lack of knowledge” of Mr. Garlock. Read More»

Another explanation of the $3 leak fee: More money

Thank you, Mr. Brown, for properly scrutinizing, or should we say ingeniously spinning, the Leak Protection program. I am sure that everyone is removing his hand from his wallet after reading your letter to the editor from Sept. 10.

After all, $36 per year to pay for a service that has been free for the last 50 years is not more than anyone can afford. No one minds if your raise our mandatory bill by almost 15 percent. We all wish that everyone we do business with would do the same (!). Read More»

Obama’s lies keep piling up: Count abortion untruths

This week I wanted to highlight just one example of Obama’s extreme mendacity and cynicism.

In 2009, amid concerns that the healthcare law as written would permit federal funds to be used to pay for abortion in violation of the Hyde Amendment, Obama went into full for finger-wagging mode and said: “And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up — under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”

To be clear, he was saying here that Obamacare would not allow federal funds to be used for abortion. Read More»

How could cop shoot unarmed man 6 times?

I read the letters to the editor by Mr. Terry Garlock and Mr. Anthony Coleman, both concerning events surrounding the shooting of an unarmed young black youth by a police officer. Mr. Garlock defended a previous letter and Mr. Coleman wrote criticizing Mr. Garlock’s letter. Both letters were very well-written but neither really addressed the central issue.

Clearly a capital crime was committed. An unarmed citizen was shot at least six times and killed by a police officer. Read More»