FreeSpeech for 3-14-07

Tue, 03/13/2007 - 4:25pm
By: Letters to the ...

Steve Brown, you may be right about TDK. But the question still remains, Why didn’t you and your Council kill the project? And please, Steve, explain why you took all credit for getting the TDK project moving in your letter to the editor of October 2005, while blaming the former administration for not doing enough? Come on, Steve, it’s obvious you are posturing to run again. Please, please, simply answer the questions. Why didn’t you stop TDK while mayor?


I am so sick of Mayor Logsdon’s fake arguments on annexation and TDK that I could just barf. His campaign promises are nothing more than a bunch of hot air. Wasn’t he the one who said he could easily reduce our taxes? Logsdon promised to keep our community the great place it has always been, but we’re losing trees and cramming in big boxes and whopping annexations. He advocated “zero-based budgeting” and never did it. This so-called financial expert can’t even justify current spending in all city departments and he wants to make increases across the board. His move to double his salary while pulling from city reserve funds just to make things balance demonstrates his primary conviction – selfishness. Start determining whether what our city departments are doing is necessary or can be done cheaper. Show some financial discipline, Mr. Mayor. Stop trying to con us with excuses about why helping your developer buddies is good for the city.


The property that the developer wants to trade with PTC so he can extend the Days Inn location: Is this land in the flood area? Is this the land at the end of Rockaway Road? If the land is not buildable, why should we trade for land we have to maintain? If anyone knows where this land is, let me know.


More proof that we’ve got probably the worst city council in the history of Fayette County on our hands. God forbid that we listen to those idiots (a.k.a. “voters,” “homeowners” and “citizens”) about annexation. Peachtree City only sent out the citizen surveys to appease them, not to ask for direction. Councilwoman Cyndi Plunkett has turned out to be Peachtree City’s version of Marie Antoinette. We’re going to get a “proactive” annexation. Is that anything like rectal exam? Ninety-three percent of the citizens said stop the annexations! Three cheers for Steve Brown for telling it like it is on TDK! Somebody really needs to check Mayor Logsdon for brain wave activity. This city council doesn’t care one bit about the people.


Wake up, City Council of Peachtree City, and listen to your constituents. When the local residents say don’t annex and rezone to higher density, they mean don’t do it. The City Council needs a severe attitude adjustment.


A lot of the voters saw Harold Logsdon as a common sense, back to basics person who was a man of his word and had the best interests of the community at heart. Reality has painted a much different picture of the mayor and a lot of us are beginning to notice. Mayor Logsdon came into office as a die-hard fiscal conservative who was going to put Peachtree City’s house in order. The promised tax cut ended up being a tax increase. The balanced budget ended up being funded from reserve funds. Over $1 million was wasted on the fruitless, some say shady, Peachtree City Development Authority loan matter. If you go on the Web and look over the City Council retreat workbook, you’ll find a long list of more free-spending actions on the horizon. Hosting the big bike race in April will cost us somewhere around $60,000 to $70,000. That’s a lot of money for a bike race in financial trouble and lacking a major sponsor. The mayor wanted to increase the pay for his position — he claims it’s a part-time job — by 109 percent. The truth of the matter is the mayor, painted as a fiscally conservative financial guru, is really a laissez-faire tax-and-spend guy with twisted priorities. Cutting back on city employee compensation at the same time you fund a bike race is foolishness down to the bone. The Kohl’s and Sam’s Club idea is also ridiculous. Many of us hope the city retreat produces a yearning in the hearts of the mayor and councilmen to turn things around and start looking out for the interests of the local taxpayers. We can’t afford to keep going in our current direction.


Of course PTC is gonna be selling liquor at a public family-oriented bike race at City Hall. What else would you expect from a city where the local mayor declares the Y-Knot bar as a second residence and the city manager was arrested for DUI on a golf cart?


If Chief Murray is so concerned about not being able to hire more Gestapo, maybe he should do like some professional athletes and restructure his contract to give back some of his exorbitant salary for the good of the city. Not.


I am a senior citizen and in the course of a long life I have lived in virtually every region of America. This is a big and beautiful country and I found it so everywhere I went. I also served as a consultant to certain government agencies in a half-dozen foreign countries and I found them beautiful also. When I retired four years ago I moved from Washington, D.C. to Fayette County, Ga., to be near my original home. As far as I could tell when I arrived here this was just another beautiful part of America. Unfortunately there is a very ugly side to life here that I never encountered anywhere else and that is the local law enforcement. Fayetteville and PTC police are the worst bullies and most threatening element of society that I have ever seen. During my long life I have been stopped by the police two times and issued a citation (properly I admit) for exceeding the speed limit. In the four years I have lived in Fayette County I have been stopped six times and each time for either a concocted reason or for an inadvertent minor infraction that should have been overlooked because it posed no danger to anyone. I strive to obey all laws. Three of those times I was given large fines which I promptly paid because I am a law-abiding citizen who respects the law, right or wrong. Once when I asked for assistance from an officer involving a minor situation, his partner, who was not asked to assist, turned on me and I thought I was going to jail before he finally ceased his tirade against me. He insulted me, threatened me, verbally abused me and humiliated me in front of my young daughter who was with me at the time. After the incident she said, “Dad, you are a nobody if a common street cop can talk to you like that.” She has grown very distant from me since that incident. I feel threatened and afraid when I go out onto the streets here. The police are supposed to “Serve and Protect” the public as the public servants they are. Incidentally, my long life includes a 40-year career as the director of criminal investigations for the most professional federal law enforcement agency in America.


The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department must have done their shift changes. I no longer see car #64 and and #82 sitting side by side all day long. Sure am glad that my tax dollars provide you two with the time to socialize instead of patrol. At least the park was safe for awhile.


It is well known that Tyrone is a speed trap. The police will ticket you for looking at them wrong. What you all may not know is that if you fight the ticket in Tyrone’s “pretend” court room, you can ask for your case to be bound over to the county court. You not only get a postponement, but you have a better chance of winning in an unbiased court. Oh, and the best part: the fines are LESS at the county court. Don’t let Tyrone have any more of your money. Maybe the police will get the message.


For all you student town planners out there, Tyrone is in the midst of building a shining example of how NOT to create a public park. First they killed off the mature hardwood trees, then they erected mammoth signs that look like oversized tombstones, and now they’ve put in lights on steroids that make the “park” look like a landing strip. All this for a mini-park bordered by high-traffic streets, while the safely located, large park that everyone uses sits down the street in need of improvements. Whose idea was this, anyway?


I love our unique Avenue shopping mall in PTC. It seems everywhere I go in Georgia I find the same stores in every community. The neighborhood shopping areas look exactly alike. How boring! I think the developers need to attract some new shops. They should check other progressive states to try to attract the businesses people actually want to shop in. If the Day’s Inn parcel is going to be developed. I would think something more suitable than a (cookie cutter) (same merchandise) Kohl’s. What about a HomeGoods store or, better yet, some of the stores in Buckhead? PTC is an upscale area and the shopping should reflect this.


Our legacy of liquor in PTC: All joking aside, I see PTC as creating an environment accommodating public drunkenness. Prior to being elected, Mr. Logsdon was a private person. Now as mayor, he is frequently conveying an image of open public drinking, frankly unprecedented for any prior mayor. I consider this a bad role model. Our city manager got a DUI. Teenagers read the police report online (e.g., dumping wine on the officer’s shoes, slurred speech, etc.). City Council then gave the manager a bonus. The amphitheater, with the sale of hard liquor, beer and wine, is quite a site. The latest is that the city wants to suspend the rules regarding alcohol so that people can drink freely while watching the Tour de Georgia, at the City Hall plaza. Numerous parents have commented on their teenagers consuming alcohol, and getting arrested. When our teenagers read these stories, how will you answer this question: “Mom, Dad, can’t you grownups have fun without getting drunk?“


According to Arbitron, Spanish-language radio is the fastest-growing radio format category in the country. Just who is assimilating with whom?


While some Americans go bankrupt trying to pay their hospital bills, people who have illegally crossed our border are getting free care. That alone is enough to change the system.


R. Beckworth stated that President Bush has a clear plan for victory in Iraq. What price victory? How many more troops have to be maimed, and killed to prove that the plan is not feasible? Are you aware of all the problems the returning troops have? Are you aware of all the costs to support our troops? Supporting the Bush plan is adding fuel to the fire.


George Of The Bungle never tires of claiming that giving illegal aliens a “path to citizenship” is not an amnesty. He will put the Department of Homeland Dysfunction in charge of placing these millions on that “path.”

login to post comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Submitted by oldbeachbear on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 11:04pm.

and had it bound over, and yep, got a lower fine in the county court. I know some of the good police prob hate it, but the young ones seem to love to give tickets for anything they can. Wise up Tyrone citizens, teach them a lesson, if you have it bound over, Tyrone ..da....and the county seems to be fair. More money for the county, non for Tyrone, and sooner or later, they get the picture and no speed traps!

PS. I also think the "new park" stinks, it is an obvious "up yours", to all who wanted to keep Shamrock park from being a library. Shame Shame!

Submitted by thebeaver on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 9:00pm.

If you would like a glimpse of the Socialized Health Care that Hitlary is planning, you need to look no further than Walter Reed Hospital. That is what health care will look like if the Hildabeast is elected.

maximus's picture
Submitted by maximus on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 9:21pm.

That's pretty much it in a nut shell, beaver, except if she was in charge the media would be talking about what a great place it was.


Submitted by Concerned Citizen on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 8:06pm.

40 year career huh? And you were bullied. Sounds like alot of bull to me.

How can a director of a law enforcement agency not understand that "minor" infractions are still infractions. Simple way to fix this, get the tail light fixed!

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 6:14pm.

If this involves my tax money I'm angry. This whole "race" is a farce to watch anyway. There is a reason Fayetteville didn't want any part of this. They finally learned their lesson after 2 years.

If this were a real "race" it would have a REAL SPONSOR Duuuuuuhhhhhh!!!

So now our worthless drunk city manager and his flunkie log-for-brains want to be able to drink and drive in public just for this one event it's OK????? HUH???? Does anyone else understand this???

Harold resign us the worthless, worthless IDIOT!!!!!!

Also as an added bonus instead of using that 60-70 large for our emergency and safety personel, and their are going to waste it on a bunch of half-hack bikers?? In girlie pants????

This event is going to cause our police and firefighters to have to work extra to protect the extra drunks(athletes)?? Armchair athletes

harold you and your drunk worthless city manager disgust me!

mudcat's picture
Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 7:05pm.

Issues with drinking perhaps. Do you have a loved one who is (or was) alcoholic? City manager is not a drunk, he had one incident. Leave him alone.

Instead the city manager is worse than an alcoholic, he is a gummint worker who thrives on trivial pursuits and uneeded layers of management.

And he has a really overpaid assistant. Focus on why that guy needs to be sucking 120 large out of our pockets each year.

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 10:09pm.

My brother was in the hospital for over a year because of a drunk driver and still has a permanent disability. So yes, I have "issues" with people who drive drunk. I have an even bigger "issue" when it involves a city official who is paid with my tax dollar. I have an enormous "issue" when this all happens at a city event.

I have an even bigger "issue" with those same DUI city officials decide to make drinking and driving legal for one money losing event.

Wow, mudcat, you are more than just a cheap flea hotel, aren't you?
You are a shrink with ESP.....I guess that was how you "outed" each and everyone of us Steve Browns on here?

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 6:58am.

As long as we have people in power around here who need alcohol as a crutch to exist, they will have drinks where ever they can manage to place one.
They also think that a drink in hand makes for a more "high society" function. It also excuses poor behaviour.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.