FreeSpeech for 12-10-08

Tue, 12/09/2008 - 4:20pm
By: The Citizen

Please say it ain’t so: no Santa coming round Peachtree City neighborhoods on the fire truck?? Let me get this straight: due to budget cuts and vehicle “wear and tear,” this fun tradition has been canceled. Wow, what a disappointment. My kids are older, but we all still loved running outside to see the annual Santa visit to our neighborhood when the sirens announced his coming in the weeks before Christmas. It is something I am sure they will talk about at their family gatherings when they look back on their childhood Christmas memories. I would be outraged if my children were younger and I had to try and explain to a disappointed group why something so traditional wasn’t going to happen. I mean, really, is there that much wear and tear to the vehicles that it has to be abolished? Budget cuts: I know gas for them is costly, but it is cheaper now than it was last year. I don’t know, it just is very disappointing to me that this had to be axed, especially when so many of all ages enjoy it, and I am sure there are plenty of others young and old that feel the same way. Maybe it was due to lack of enthusiasm from neighborhoods, but if that’s the reason, then don’t hide behind something like wear and tear on the vehicles. That sounds too much like Scrooge.

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Peachtree City is facing big budget cuts because of a revenue shortfall. Remember back when Harold Logsdon took office and insisted on paying close to a million dollars to a bank that Peachtree City was not legally obligated to pay? He said it “was the right thing.” How does that past reasoning square with all the wrong things that will be done to our city services for our citizens? He bailed out a bank, when the city did not have to, and we now suffer. Does that sound familiar? He kowtows to special interests who put him in office, and, well, we eat it in the long run.

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To the 15-year-veteran detective of the Clayton County Police Department, I am grateful that you have decided to grace us with your wisdom and law enforcement expertise. After all, Clayton County has become a much better place to live in the last 15 years. We are looking forward to receiving your application, an officer like you who knows where and when the criminals will strike will surely be a great asset. A person of your dedication (as it must have been painstaking work checking all of those tickets to know that they were written for exactly 10 mph over) will truly be a pleasure to work with. I look forward to putting down my radar and learning from such an all-knowing-crime-fighter. By the way, the fact that you have noticed our presence means the criminals have, too. Thanks for the compliment.

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Good to see the comments on the Fayetteville Police Department. Comments last week were so true. I-Team has promised to look into the possibility of an investigation. I wish The Citizen would do so. It is a crying shame that in this economic crisis we are in, this department is charging such outrageous fines. It would be interesting for the newspaper to post some of these. It appears that there must be a real push on to load up the treasury of our great(?) city.

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What is the Blue Light Special in Fayetteville? Not Kmart. It is the Fayetteville Police Department. It would almost be a joke if this were not hurting our image and most of all putting a lot of people in financial straits this time of the year. The fines charged by Fayetteville are exorbitant compared to other jurisdictions. Thanks to the writer last week who posted his/her views. Yes, this department could spend time in the Fayette Pavilion where crime is rampant. I know many who will not go to Tinseltown anymore due to break-ins, etc. They go to Griffin and Newnan instead. Take a look at how fast traffic speeds through in the a.m. both on Ga. highways 85 and 54. No patrols to be seen, but look in the residential areas and see the officers ticket innocent citizens who have gone 5 or 10 mph over the speed limit. I would like for the citizens to speak up and demand an investigation of this department.

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Pray tell what good is it going to do to shore up the real estate market and the auto industry with a lot of taxpayers’ hard-earned money? If people don’t have the money to pay their mortgage payments and car payments now, what good will it do to make it easier for them to buy new houses and cars later on? They still will not have the money to make monthly payments as long as most of their income goes to buy gasoline, food and health care. Why in the name of goodness doesn’t our government address the problem instead of the symptoms of the problem? This is what happened when affirmative action started putting incompetent people in charge of everything in our country because of their race or gender. Because I am not being politically correct (dishonest), this letter will probably never be read in the newspaper.

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Suppose you have a car accident and your leg is severed. You are bleeding profusely when you reach the hospital. The doctor looks at your leg and says, “Oh, you can’t walk on that; we will give you a nice shiny new expensive wheelchair so you can keep going for a while.” In the meantime, you will bleed to death. That is what our government is doing with our tax money and these stupid bail-out programs. Will they ever address the real problem and not the symptoms? Bail-outs are simply feeding more of the working man’s money to the rich. When will people wake up?

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Main Stream's picture
Submitted by Main Stream on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 4:43pm.

...I noticed a company van set up to administer on-site spaying and neutering of cats. The name of the company was "Catsnips"

Whoever came up with that name is a marketing genius Laughing out loud

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 9:45pm.

Without succumbing to Comcast's upgrade are there any other options to getting History Channel in PTC?

Git Real's picture
Submitted by Git Real on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 9:53pm.

Download programs from the History Channel web page? That's what folks like me who don't have cable do. Just a thought....

It's kind of like... On Demand

The History Channel - Ancient Discoveries - Flame Throwers

hutch866's picture
Submitted by hutch866 on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 6:18pm.

My wife and the hutchette are leaving for London on the 26th of this month on the FCHS band trip and I want to give them some local money, is there anywhere around here I can exchange dollars for pounds.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

bad_ptc's picture
Submitted by bad_ptc on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 7:59pm.

Hutch, go here and select 'Travel', 'currency' and see what you get.

sniffles5's picture
Submitted by sniffles5 on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 7:35pm.

Believe it or not, there is a foreign currency exchange desk at the Lenox Square food court. It is located to the left of the Cinnabon store, directly across from Chick-fil-a.

Exchange rates are slightly better than the airport.

Note: I've only sold foreign currency there, never bought. You might want to call first.

Cyclist's picture
Submitted by Cyclist on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 6:23pm.

Travelex at the airport. That's who I use. When my son went a few years back the tour organizer worked out a deal with them.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

Cyclist's picture
Submitted by Cyclist on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 6:37am.

Beach time is needed!!!
Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 6:59am.

You know you aren't supposed to dangle that carrot in front of me, I've explained that to you, and especially on a day like today! LOL! Yes indeed beach time is needed.

JeffC's picture
Submitted by JeffC on Tue, 12/09/2008 - 7:07pm.

Who wrote: "This is what happened when affirmative action started putting incompetent people in charge of everything in our country because of their race or gender."

What an idiot. The Republicans you voted for were in charge.

Submitted by FayetteFlyer on Wed, 12/24/2008 - 5:47pm.

But you said it all JeffC. As the saying goes, tis far better to keep one's mouth closed and hide their ignorance than open it and prove it!

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 7:20am.

Clayton County School Board
Clayton County Sheriff
Clayton County Commission
DeKalb County Commission
New Orleans Mayor
Louisiana Governor
Rep. William Jefferson
Lewiston Maine City Council
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Janet Reno
Cynthia McKinney
Billy McKinney
Atlanta city council
Bill Edwards
South Fulton County

and the grand prize winner of all time
Nancy Pelosi and Henry Reid in 2009 (I know he doesn't look like a minority but he acts like one)

Submitted by Davids mom on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 11:41pm.

Some names for you Mr. Morgan – Are these guys competent because of they didn’t benefit from Affirmative Action?
Enron CEO'S
Bank CEO'S
The Big Three of the Auto Industry
etc., etc., etc. and how about that wonderful competent 'Brownie', the former President of the Arabian Horse Society? Incompetence knows no color or gender.

JeffC's picture
Submitted by JeffC on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 10:15am.

Those aren't the people they were referring to, they were referring to the national politicians who are bailing out auto and banking interest under the direction of and at the behest of the Republican administration. Republicans whining that the Democrats are following the administration's lead. Remember when Paulson got down on his knees and begged Pelosi to vote with them?

Mike King's picture
Submitted by Mike King on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 8:55am.

Could it be that since the preponderance of support for the auto bailout comes from the Dems, they will refer to it as just another failed Bush program? We do know the auto industry will be back for more money, don't we?

Funny how politics and responsibility move in opposite directions. But we both can cite the irresposibility of Congress for more than two centuries. It is high time we stop pointing fingers at one another and help the President-Elect select appropriate courses of action.

We all can contribute by demonstrating more support and less name calling.

JeffC's picture
Submitted by JeffC on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 9:14am.

You're raining on my parade.

Mike King's picture
Submitted by Mike King on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 9:35am.

OK, guilty as charged. You did bring your umbrella, didn't you?

mudcat's picture
Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 7:48pm.

You said "This is what happened when affirmative action started putting incompetent people in charge of everything in our country because of their race or gender."

Robert gave you examples.

Don't do the Obama dodge - just answer - what about all those bozos on Robert's list?

Competent? Qualified? Given a pass because of liberal policies?


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Submitted by yardman5508 on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 7:25am.

the only problem with using Robert's examples of "affirmative action" is that most (if not all) of them are elected positions. Sorry, you are going to have to do better than that.

Democracy is not a spectator sport

mudcat's picture
Submitted by mudcat on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 7:59pm.

Affirmitive action forces businesses and universities and others to accept/hire less qualified people solely based upon their race. Have you not heard the word "Quotas"?

What that leads to is "A Respected Harvard graduate" being hired by a law firm who now has a "Highly respected partner" who happens to be a minority. Then the previously-mentioned "Highly respected" person runs for political office and gets elected because he is "Highly respected" but not because he or she has actually accomplished anything.

Actions and laws have consequenses. Pay attention to the next year and see if you can figure it out for yourself.

JeffC's picture
Submitted by JeffC on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 1:53pm.

It's still not affirmative action.

But I agree with your last statement, "Pay attention to the next year and see if you can figure it out for yourself."

I'm predicting that in a year we'll start to see signs of recovery from the Bush recession and Obama will (of course) get the credit.

Mike King's picture
Submitted by Mike King on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 2:30pm.

Let's see now, was it not a year or so after Mr Bush took office that we began to see a recovery from that "recession" that began late in his predessessor's administration? Now granted, that recession was no where near the significance of today's but we did have that 9/11 thing. Could this recession thing be kind of cyclic in nature?

Being somewhat cynical today, could it be that this global warming thing is cyclic? After all, the Great Lakes were glaciers once, and if Native Americans had a decent immigration policy we probably would not be having this discussion in english.

It's Friday afternoon, darn it, go get an adult beverage of choice and unwind!

Submitted by bowser on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 7:58am.

...and the AJC is a private business owned by a very wealthy white family and run by a white male publisher. I'm not sure what Mr. Morgan's list is supposed to represent...but I can guess.

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 12/09/2008 - 11:54pm.

Come on, you call the free speecher and idiot? The dems have had majority for 2 years, this next year will be the 3rd....

The bailouts have been nothing but a mistake and they have lowered the value of the dollar almost beyond repair. Both parties voted for this mess.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Tue, 12/09/2008 - 5:06pm.

4 letters to the editor and 7 free speech's, either we're slacking off here drastically or there'sgonna be a lot of ad's this week.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

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