1st, fill vacant shopping centers

I just wanted to compliment you on your article about the amount of vacant shopping centers in Fayette County. I am astonished that they continue to be built all over the place and then sit empty after the nail salon moves in.

1 small step against PTC littering

I would like to thank and commend the attractive young lady who was on her bike for the action she took [recently] at the PTC Municipal Building.

How Vista and Obama are alike

I personally own a dozen computers, mostly for my law office. However, I have several ones at home, including a laptop for sitting outside on the patio, and one that actually is on my television. I’m inundated with computers wherever I turn.

I was too a spy: PTC author defends book’s premise of CIA covert career

As the author of “Enter The Past Tense,” the book being critiqued, I read John Sullivan’s letter (Aug. 12) with interest. I normally don’t argue with quacks or CIA apologists, but in this case I felt I had to respond.

Fayette’s future: A call to involvment

Peachtree City and the rest of Fayette County are facing death by a thousand cuts. Little by little the city and county are lurching toward an urban wasteland. Due to a lack of broad citizen involvement in government and community, the city and county will be controlled by narrow special interests.

NAACP: The call for equal rights in the U.S.

Founded on Feb. 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People known as the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization will celebrate its centennial at its 100th Annual Convention in New York City during July 2009.

Marion Key: Thanks for school board support

Thank you to all Fayette County voters who supported me in the July 15 Republican primary. Thanks also go to the many friends whose efforts made my campaign a success.

More arguments on race: Affirmative action and the culture of victimology

Mr. Evans took exception to my letter because he saw it as negative. Well, Mr. Evans, I am not sure how one would write a letter delineating hypocrisy and double standards without sounding negative. You’ll have to explain that to me. Let me respond to his specific points.

Kiser: Support Christian City drive for disabled

I was recently privileged to have the opportunity to run for probate judge of our county. While we were unsuccessful in this attempt, we made many new friends, and were reacquainted with old friends, and we wish to thank all those persons who cast their previous vote for us.

Despite book, article, Haas was no CIA agent

I read an article in your 8/14/07 Names and Faces column by Ms. Emily Baldwin on Roland Haas. As a CIA polygraph examiner for 31 years, I took very strong exception to Ms. Baldwin’s article because, as sure as I am that I worked for the CIA for 31 years, I am just as sure that Mr. Haas never worked for the CIA.

Obama leads on foreign policy

A recent editorial decried Barack Obama as “an empty shirt speaking platitudes” and described the way the media has been ignoring John McCain as nauseating.

Obama is 100% for abortions

“America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past.“ So said Sen. Barack Obama at his June 3 speech declaring his victory in the Democrat primaries.

BoE ‘forced’ to build River’s Elementary?

One of the most unbelievable statements to come out of the SPLOST meeting held last Thursday was the school board’s insistence that funds from the school bond referendum “had” to be used to build River’s Elementary School, a school that most people now admit we do not need.

BoE, try this before calling for a SPLOST

I am usually silent on almost all articles published in The Citizen, but this one takes great exception for me. What is more insulting is the Fayette County Board of Education graciously allotting a whopping two minutes of time to ensure everyone has a chance to speak at the upcoming meeting. I would never be able in two minutes to say anything of value regarding this issue.

If given a choice between sales tax and property tax, take property tax hike

Do you want a millage increase on your property taxes or a penny sales tax increase?

I am a homeowner, but here is why I would rather have a millage increase than a penny sales tax increase:

Wieland multi-family would be better for PTC

I read the letter about Wieland’s multi-family housing and the comparison to Lexington Circle.

Many years ago, prior to anyone starting Lexington Circle, we, as Realtors, were approached by the original developers of that area. We were told the homes there would be multi-family, with small businesses on the first floor.

Democratic congressmen are AWOL

To Georgia Democratic representatives John Barrow, Sanford Bishop Jr., Hank Johnson, John Lewis, Jim Marshall and David Scott: As each of you campaign for votes during your five week “recess,” would ask you share answers to the following questions with your constituents:

Huddleston Pond now much improved

I am writing to express by appreciation first for the great improvements to the Huddleston Pond area in Peachtree City and secondly for the specific improvements to the golf cart paths for this same area.

BoE disappoints with call for SPLOST

Now that Fayette County Board of Education members Janet Smola, Terri Smith and Marion Key are assured of retaining their jobs for another four years, they’ve embarked on a crash campaign to raise our taxes.

Intersection holds dangers for school

As it appears, Inman Elementary School is scheduled to open in a few weeks.

May I ask what is going to be done about the intersection of Ga. Highway 92 and Inman Road/Goza Road?

There’s a new wind blowing at Burch Elementary, and good things ahead

Since moving to Tyrone three years ago, there has been a constant undertone about Burch Elementary school and the children who attend. I’ve listened to endless chatter of stay-at-home moms about all of the activities at their respective schools. When invited to participate, I am soon asked, “What school do your children attend?” When I answer, “Burch”, I receive the quiet, “Oh, I see” look. Almost a “your poor children” kind of look.

Thanks for your vote

I would like to thank The Citizen for asking hard questions and giving me an opportunity to respond to them.

I would also like to thank all the wonderful people who supported me as I ran for the Fayette County Board of Education. I am truly blessed by you. Thank you for the books you provided for our children’s book exchange. Thank you for walking with me in the Fourth of July parade. Thank you for going door to door to pass out bookmarks. Thank you for all the phone calls you made. Thank you for wearing those purple T-shirts. Thank you for putting up those purple signs. Thank you for all your contributions of time and money.

The U.S. Constitution and wars in the 21st century: Are they compatible?

It is undoubtedly fair to say that one can judge the basic goodness of a country by examining its constitution and the degree to which its basic contents are adhered to and practiced. Take for example the following two articles from the constitution of one major country in particular which read as follows, “citizens of (this country) are guaranteed freedom of speech, the press and of assembly, meetings, street processions, and demonstrations“ and, “the privacy of citizens, and of their correspondence, telephone conversations, and telegraphic communications is protected by law.”

Response to predictable assertions

There is an interesting cycle that occurs here in The Citizen with the frequency of a lunar eclipse: A local story will take a racial tack, tempers will flare, and a barrage of letters to the editor showing how “blacks have chips on their shoulders” or “blacks have still not gained racial parity” result.

Wieland’s multifamily housing: Look to Lexington for why not

Developer John Wieland Homes will be allowed to bring forward a proposal for multi-family homes as part of a residential development on an 89-acre site in Peachtree City currently zoned for industrial use.

Why no benefits from auto fees?

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, I am writing to you to express my frustration with the Georgia auto registration costs. I’m not sure if you receive many complaints, but I will say, it’s one heckuva birthday present.

Whitlock: Last voted Democratic in ’84; since then it’s been all Republican

It has come to my attention that someone perhaps thought that my response to a forum question was, “I have never voted in a Democratic Primary.” I would like to take this opportunity to clear up that question and at the same time explain why I think I am the true Republican candidate for Fayette County Probate Judge.

Jackson: I vote my conscience, but my values are shared by most in Fayette

My name is Ann Jackson, and I am a candidate in the Republican Primary runoff election for Fayette County probate judge.

Mayor Steele endorses Hearn

I have had the good fortune to work with and observe Lee Hearn for many years. The first thing you notice about Lee is his professional knowledge, dedication to his responsibilities and his humble demeanor.

Chairman Smith deceives the public

I read Jack Smith’s very long dissertation July 16 with a great deal of amusement and disdain. The title of his dissertation started with “The Truth, not speculation and conjecture.”

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