Tell officials you oppose big-box light, bypass

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I am encouraged to see the people of Fayette County speaking up on a number of issues, voicing their dismay of shady projects like the big box center on Ga. Highway 54 West and the developer-friendly West Fayetteville Bypass, protesting the faulty fiscal judgment of the local City Council and the Board of Education.

Successful cities, counties, corporations and human beings decline or end up in a total shambles by making a series of flawed decisions. In many cases, it is difficult for people to see how a series of events or decisions can elicit such a downfall. Consequently, we rely upon the forensic ability of history to teach us the lessons.

Look at our current economic calamity, beginning with a change in the law, followed by a few decisions from the Federal Reserve, ending with banks pursing their mad desires. At the time, no one said, “If we change this law, things will come crashing down,” and so it is with Fayette County.

An important thing to remember is principles are not cast into stone. Some enter positions of authority without recognizing a specific set of principles. Others fall prey to forces which cause interference in the name of personal advantage or profit over the public good. As a result, the community which rests on its laurels takes a severe beating in the end.

Abraham Lincoln said, “If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.” But the problem is the people who take their profits over the public good rarely care about the respect and esteem of their fellow citizens as long as they dredge up enough cash for their personal coffers.

So let me ask those of you who live in Peachtree City, are you resting on our collective laurels, not paying attention, unwilling to take action, thinking someone else will act for you?

We know the traffic signal at Hwy. 54 and Line Creek Drive (which does not even meet the criteria set forth by state and national engineering standards) will cause horrific traffic congestion. Are you willing to take five minutes and write the Commissioner of the GDOT and ask her not to approve the traffic signal?

Take action to preserve the quality of life in your community. Give the commissioner’s email address to your neighbors and ask them to write a quick comment. That address is Gena L. Evans, Ph.D., Commissioner GDOT,

Now, let’s talk about Pathway Communities’ (Mayor Logsdon’s largest campaign contributor) proposed residential project called Callula Hill. Pathway wants to abandon our city’s comprehensive land use plan and build around 80 homes in the midst of the industrial area at the end of our Falcon Field airport runway. It’s a really bad proposal, period.

Why have land plans if the city is not willing to follow them? Furthermore, if the city continues to abandon its ordinances and land planning instruments, we will have no legal standing in the courts to enforce our plans throughout the city.

The Pathway Communities land is zoned industrial and is surrounded by industrial development, making a wonderful site for a corporate headquarters, bringing continued tax revenue, employing local residents for decades to come.

Take three minutes and send an email to the planning commissioners and ask them to protect our local airport, follow our comprehensive land use plan, keep the village development concept and vote “NO” on Callula Hill.

Their address is Peachtree City Planning Commissioners,

We end up in one calamity after another because we do not hold our government officials accountable.

If the prospect of watching hours pass by in slow, gelatinous traffic at the intersection of highways 54 and 74 seem enjoyable to you, then, please, do nothing.

However, if you want to avoid harmful development and continue to abide by the planned community’s land plan, then get everyone in your family, subdivision and civic organization to send emails in opposition.

[Steve Brown is the former mayor of Peachtree City. He can be reached at]

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Submitted by CCB on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 10:43am.

Mr. Brown –
I attended a few West Georgia Home Builders Association meetings and we’d make funny of you and tear you apart. That was years ago and most of the builders are going broke now – guess you won. You always stuck up for what you thought was right. I still don’t agree with you on killing putting TDK into Coweta. But one thing I’m willing to say is you’re honest and you really do care about the place.

I don’t think Harold Logsdon is evil like you do. Ok, he’s in way over his head, but that’s not the same as being a wicked person. Anyway, I do appreciate you speaking up on the stuff like the school board and the traffic light.

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Submitted by Steve Brown on Tue, 03/03/2009 - 1:14pm.

I have never said the mayor is "evil" or "a wicked person." You can review every column I have written on this site and you will not find those terms used.

Now, I will say, without doubt, that Mayor Logsdon has not told the truth and broken his promises on multiple occasions. And I will say the mayor has been financially irresponsible.

I have said plenty of things, and feel free to quote them as you like. All I ask is that you do not put your words in my mouth as it is not sanitary.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Thu, 02/26/2009 - 10:46pm.

When did Steve Brown ever call the mayor "evil," tell us?

His article quoting Harold Logsdon's words on that stupid traffic light were Harold's words. Harold has done more in three years to crush the city than Bob Lenox did in 10.

I think Afghanistan has more of a chance at making it than Peachtree City. And yeah - I think what Harold has been doing is evil and we don't deserve it.

Vote Republican

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 10:48am.

Mayor Logsdon is not evil. He's not incompetent, either.

Having established those two important caveats, though, I have quite a bit of trouble figuring out exactly why he assumes the positions he's almost as if he does some sort of calculation on each of his actions to determine the benefit to the PTC taxpayer.... and then votes the opposite way.

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Submitted by CCB on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 10:56am.

Look, I supported the guy in getting elected. Sure, I feel bad about the way things have turned out. You're not alone on figuring out why Harold votes the way he does.

Some people say he's taking money but until somebody proves it I'm doubting that's true.

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Submitted by Liferfrom65 on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 11:08am.

Sent my email to Miss Evans asking her to not approve the light.

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