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  • Reply to: Racism today in America   13 hours 47 min ago
    Davids mom

    When we use history to prevent the repetition of past mistakes - progress is achieved. The citizens in Fayette County are DEMONSTRATING positive change. Why not highlight the progress that has been made and celebrate it? Fayette County has attracted some of the largest corporations in our country and on the globe because of it's low prices - and it's acceptance of all world citizens. There are not many places in these United States that have the current reputation of Fayette County. Racism or anti those who are different, is not just an American problem. Because the words of our Constitution and the historical success of the changes made in this country in the past 50 years is recognized by the world, we are still looked up to for our implementation of an inclusive democracy. You can't celebrate progress if one refuses to look at the point at which progress began. We/ve come a along way in my lifetime - and there is hope that we will reach the goal of the DREAM in the not too distant future.

  • Reply to: Classes in Obamanomics   14 hours 3 min ago
    Davids mom

    • The right of access to health facilities, goods and services on a non-discriminatory basis, especially for vulnerable or marginalized groups;
    • Access to the minimum essential food which is nutritionally adequate and safe;
    • Access to shelter, housing and sanitation and an adequate supply of safe drinking water;
    • The provision of essential drugs;
    • Equitable distribution of all health facilities, goods and services.

    Equitable, non-discrimatory distribution depending on NEED. Amen!

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   14 hours 3 min ago
    Spyglass

    Color me crazy, but I see this as pretty much a done deal. The commercial zoning is and has been in place. They only need a couple of variances to make this work. I don't see the City walking away from 1.6 million or so a year...assuming the study is accurate.

    I don't think it's the best fit for PTC, but I could see worse things going in there. Such as the parcel being broken up and developed in a hodge podge of things. Like most things, it is never as good nor as bad as it seems.

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   14 hours 36 min ago
    moelarrycurly

    Workforce in FC
    The jobs will be minimum wage or just above. Anyone who says differently is lying. Yes, Alan, that's you and your faux expert newbie who has no clue what PTC is about. The age group of those being hired will be in the 18-24 year old group. GW said they do not hire under 18. This county has one of the highest percentages of seniors who go on to college. Someone tell us where this workforce is coming from when the majority of grads have packed up and left for college.
    Those 100 Dolce employees will become unemployed. All benefits and wages are out the window. Working in a conference center hotel vs. this wannabe disney environment is apples and oranges. Those long term highly professional hospitality staff there now would rather eat dog food than become a part of this chlorined kiddie camp.
    Did everyone watch the Undercover Boss video of GW? Oh, please do:

    https://youtu.be/bCtruAAtZe8

    My take on the "study"? Burn it, don't recycle or throw it away. Do the same with the Pond & Co. traffic memo joke, too.

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   15 hours 9 min ago
    MYTMITE

    Anyone of our reps who vote for this should be run out of town on a rail. The small tax benefit (if indeed there ends up being one) far outweighs the damage that will be done to our community. I would be picketing each of our representatives if I lived in the vicinity of this monstrosity. This is something we do not want, will not/cannot use as home owners and it will destroy our community. Why are they not looking at all the empty land that is around and not in the city to build this? We can only assume if this is voted in that someone is benefitting from their vote above and beyond what is 'supposedly' beneficial to the city. We did not move here to live in Clayton County and that is what our area will become as people move away and relocate to areas that are more like what Peachtree City was and could still be and home values plummet. That would be disgusting and sad.

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   17 hours 29 min ago
    mudcat

    $72 million in improvements on a 38-acre property.

    Seems to me you could spend a few million to buy some AR land or industrial land or Scarborough land and have almost $70million left over to build the thing from scratch (pun intended) and have universal support from council, planning Comm. and residents. It all depends upon location of course, but get your Google map looking at large pieces of land in and around PTC and make it work there. I'm talking to you Nancy Price - earn some of $800k windfall you are expecting.

  • Reply to: 6 public hearings on Thursday Fayette Commission’s agenda   17 hours 50 min ago
    Husband and Father of 2

    MLC, 467 and 475 are a given. We are simply too far past slow growth and saving our rural feel. And where else do we house all these new doctors and nurses?

    I am anticipating the fireworks when commission discusses the policy and procedure changes being proposed by Mr. Brown.

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   17 hours 58 min ago
    Husband and Father of 2

    One sided report

    The GTEII report was so one sided you almost have to throw it in the trash. What bothers me is no one on council has said anything about this. Property values, traffic, environment, increased crime, increased government expenses were all glossed over or not addressed. The majority of the city residents won't even get to use the main attraction (water park).

    They discuss jobs. 100 vs 500. I wish the Citizen article had gone into more detail regarding the jobs. What is the average pay and do these jobs include healthcare and benefits. I doubt most, except management, include benefits besides discounted swim.

    And why in the world would anyone approve $800K a year for increased marketing for the CVB?

    If I were on council, it would be an easy no vote. I have no problem with Great Wolf. It would be a great addition to the city and possibly the county. It's simply not the right location in a planned community.

  • Reply to: 6 public hearings on Thursday Fayette Commission’s agenda   1 day 38 min ago
    moelarrycurly

    467 and 475 Veterans Pkwy. The last 2 pieces of the puzzle for Pinewood Forrest.

    One vote will allow for the tunnel under the road and the other will allow for the roundabout at Veterans Pkwy. and Sandy Creek Rd.

    Another historic moment in the history of Fayette County will come and go quietly Thursday night with this vote. The simplicity of "aye".

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   1 day 2 hours ago
    moelarrycurly

    Yo, Preston Chase and Coventry and assorted other dwellers along that tree lined Allbutseen Parkway.....question for you. When did FCDA or PTC Mayor and Council contract with anyone you know or they know to do a study on the negative property value this project is going to have on your home, your property, your quality of life?
    Did you get an offer of 10K of your tax dollars to have a study done for you, to protect you, your family and your biggest investment by any of the above?
    What's that you say? No? Really, no one called or wrote to you or emailed you or met with you or said they would give you the same courtesy, the same leg up, the same support as the FCDA has given Great Wolf and the CVB and the local politicians who have TDDS now? (Which is, of course, tax dollar drool syndrome).
    Surely just an oversight.

    Alan, you da man! You say it so it must be so. "The study was paid for entirely by the FCDA." Let's not parse words, shall we? I mean, are you confused and think you hold political office? Tell us Alan, where did that 10 grand come from now...come, come, you can say it, Alan.

  • Reply to: Racism today in America   1 day 3 hours ago
    PTC Observer

    It's not about race Mr. Garlock, it's about controlling the narrative and putting political opponents on the defensive. It's a progressive tactic used to deflect social failures instituted by government.

    Each individual is discriminated against to some degree, the question is how you react to it that makes the difference between being in control of your life or letting others control it.

  • Reply to: Piedmont Fayette Hospital to add 60 beds, expand ER   1 day 3 hours ago
    Shoebox

    Fabulous! Really needed!

  • Reply to: PTC, petition to get Google Fiber here   1 day 3 hours ago
    Husband and Father of 2

    It's nice to read a letter like this. These students are to be commended. Well thought out, supporting information supplied and easy direction for those in the community to participate.

    I will log in when I am done with this comment and petition for this high speed fiber.

  • Reply to: Classes in Obamanomics   1 day 4 hours ago
    albion

    ...that federal policies and legislation can, have and will continue to impact the economy and affect citizens at all income levels.

    Federal subsidies, made toward bettering the education, health and welfare, offered to society at large, don’t just “seem like a helpful idea” they are actually helpful ideas and indicative of the sort of good that can come from government.

    Ascribing nefarious, self-serving motives to the government gives the body too much credit. You would be hard pressed to find many in or out of government advocating for larger government. It would however be quite a simple task to find lots of people supporting the idea of more effective government.

    Education and good health are not merely “desired lifestyles”, but the foundation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Choice and freedom are not harmed by our government working on our collective betterment. The power in these actions belongs to us the voters, the electorate, the beneficiaries. If and when we don’t like the way it’s going we can press for change, through movements, lobbying efforts and the ballot box. We are not victims of ourselves in this regard. Unless of course you choose to take up that mantle.

    Where inefficiencies exist, and they do, we should press for improvement and accountability not oversimplified proclamations of “government too big” and “government bad”. Where federal programs are deemed beneficial, the revenue should be obtained through taxation. If we want these things and we vote for politicians who create legislation supporting these things, we should be willing to pay. Not everyone will agree. That’s OK. There will be another election cycle.

    Middle class is a thing. People of lesser means aspire to a moving up the financial ladder to middle, upper-middle, upper class etc. There is no pre-destiny or entrapment in merely calling the thing what it is. Demonizing the term is simply silly. Social mobility has been stifled in large part due to government policies enriching the rich, rewarding the out-sourcing of jobs and creating one of the largest unequal societies in the history of the world.

    Republicans continue to break the government so they can than point at it and say “Look how broken it is! Let’s shrink it and drown it in a bathtub.” It’s absurd, made even more so by the misdirected anger and vitriol suggesting that it’s the fault of the poor and the under-educated. How heartless.

    I have often said, and I’ll say it again here. I am willing to pay higher taxes for improved government services. Free healthcare and free college get my vote and my financial support. Today I have very good and affordable employer-subsidized heathcare, but there was a time in the not too distant past when this wasn’t the case. After changing jobs while expecting our first child, my wife’s pregnancy was deemed by my new insurer to be a pre-existing condition. They declined to cover her medical costs through the remainder of the pregnancy and the delivery. I signed a promissory note to the hospital for nearly $12,000 before I could take my son home. I am thankful that my children and grandchildren have not had to be subjected to the same treatment.

    In my adult life healthcare costs have always increased. Today the rate of increase has slowed, thanks in large part to the ACA. Two years ago I received a rebate check because my employer-based insurer had not applied sufficient funds towards providing care and took too much profit. These are steps in the right direction. This is government recognizing that the free-market solutions of the past had been harmful and no amount of boot-strapping would prevent bankruptcies and decisions about whether to buy food for the kids or medicine for myself.

    Healthcare is a right. It is a basic human right. To deny this is to deny reality. Providing affordable and ready access to healthcare does not diminish our nation, it strengthens her. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes “The Right to Health”, in part, as follows:

    • The right of access to health facilities, goods and services on a non-discriminatory basis, especially for vulnerable or marginalized groups;
    • Access to the minimum essential food which is nutritionally adequate and safe;
    • Access to shelter, housing and sanitation and an adequate supply of safe drinking water;
    • The provision of essential drugs;
    • Equitable distribution of all health facilities, goods and services.

    We can have policies that promote health and education as well as stimulating and encouraging small business. These things are not mutually exclusive and we can’t thrive without either.

  • Reply to: F’ville man gets 17 years for robbing, beating store clerk   1 day 9 hours ago
    Spyglass

    All for 170 bucks...I hope this scum enjoys prison.

  • Reply to: Racism today in America   1 day 12 hours ago
    MYTMITE

    I know there are some on this site who will disagree with you, but that will not be news to any of us. Please continue to write your articles that are always a breath of fresh air.

    No one should forget the past, but we should not live in it. We cannot change what others did years before we were on this earth, yet some expect us to continually dwell on those things and others seem to want to stir and agitate. It is a shame that one of them happens to be our President and another our Attorney General. And, then we have them on the local level also. While they can on occasion admit to the good that has transpired since that time it is always followed by a but--but, look what happened to my forefathers, etc. So sad.

  • Reply to: Copper stripper suspect cuffed   1 day 14 hours ago
    G35 Dude

    Amen BTR. I was expecting a story about a stripper that started out dressed as a cop. LOL Imagine my disappointment!!!

  • Reply to: Racism today in America   1 day 17 hours ago
    suggarfoot

    "But given all the time and change since the tear gas and clubs were used on civil rights marchers on that bridge long ago, who would have dreamed that the agitators who incite crowds to violent acts with their racist views would be the President and Attorney General of the United States"
    Obama and Holder are out of control. They have joined Sharpton as agitators.

  • Reply to: Copper stripper suspect cuffed   1 day 19 hours ago
    borntorun

    Reading that headline at 5:30 in the morning before my first cup of coffee, I thought the storyline would be about something entirely different! :-)

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