FreeSpeech for 08-05-09

Tue, 08/04/2009 - 3:39pm
By: The Citizen

I see where Gloria Furr is running for a second term as councilwoman in Tyrone on a 4-NO platform: NO vision; NO plan; NO progress; NO problem, Grace will tell me how to vote.

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In response to S.O.S. or Save our Summers, I do NOT agree with extending summer vacation. My kids are bored and are ready to get back to school. It is too hot in August to go outside and play. I am a working parent and would love to see a year-round school schedule adopted in Fayette County. You are right, I can’t take all my vacation in the summer, so I go to work and my kids stay home. I can’t say that I have any more time with them at all. So, extending summer break would just be more of the same. At least with year-round school, we’d have several two- or three-week breaks throughout the year and I would be able to take vacations. We’d still have four to five weeks of summer vacation. I think Fayette County BOE should re-visit the option of year-round school and see if the student scores are better in these school districts. It would be more like a home schooling system to me. The kids would be learning throughout the year.

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How can you not be totally mortified by the PTC Council and the Fayette County Commissioners’ power play for more taxes? President Obama would be so proud. You’d think unemployment at 10 percent and major cutbacks throughout the country would be a red flag for our elected kings and queens to maybe hold off on pounding us serfs with another SPLOST tax. It’s time to start voting out the incumbents and see if we can get some people with common sense to replace them. The sorry Logsdon bunch is just killing us, one decision after another. The commissioners need to get rid of the sorry bypass. Spending money just to spend it and asking for another tax increase while my child has to abandon his dream and leave Vanderbilt to attend college at home because we can’t afford it means Frady, Smith, Maxwell, Horgan and Hearn need to get the heck out of office. They’re just plain greedy.

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What we’ve got on our hands in Fayette County is a bunch of RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) who are just tickled pink when it comes to raising our taxes. Not a one of them feels uncomfortable about frittering away our taxes on the ridiculous Fayette bypass deal. The school board is an embarrassment. Jack Smith and the mayors are pulling out their wish lists of pet projects. You can bet they don’t give a darn about the pain many of us are going through. When a lot of people are smarting financially, they want to heap all of their long-term debts on us now. I hope everyone remembers this when it’s time to mark a ballot.

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An issue I have with there never being anyone at the fire station in the pavilion when I go by to get my blood pressure checked: No big deal, right? One of the most important aspects of having strategically placed fire stations throughout the county is to be able to provide a fast response when called upon. I found out yesterday that someone called for a woman who was in cardiac arrest and couldn’t call. Sadly, the closest fire station to her location was not home. I asked if they were on another call and found out they were not. I was told that the response time for the first arriving unit was just under 10 minutes. After arriving there they stayed there for close to an hour before driving the lady to the hospital and letting a doctor confirm that their delayed response ultimately played a key factor in this woman’s outcome. You were just on the news bragging about how you could be anywhere in five minutes or less. Well, were were you this time? I don’t like the fact that most people have a false sense of security in this county. The fire service here needs to be run with a little more consideration of the citizens and less of the consideration of padding some chief’s résumé.

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I’ve tried my best to stay loyal to Mayor Logsdon. I talked him up during his election, and put the sign in the yard. But I’m throwing up my hands on his latest call for a tax increase and a new SPLOST. My neighbors are moving to Sharpsburg because they see the costs in PTC going up and the value going down. I’m a contractor by trade and my work has dropped off by almost 60 percent. It’s pretty disappointing for me to hear my mayor and city council keep asking for more money in times like these. My two cents worth.

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Funny how the “suspicious cart path activity” went away so quickly. Surely nothing bad could ever happen on our paths. After all, we are one of the best small cities in America. I personally know the three boys that were attacked. Come on, police, be honest with your citizens.

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Recall election for Horgan? What a monumental waste of money. True that what Horgan did is indeed a horrific example for our youth. But I agree with Cal Beverly that the spending habits of the County Commission show a lack of sense and perhaps a lack of sobriety. What’s the big deal about Horgan? Really. Harold Bost wasted $50,000 of county money because he bailed out of his term as commissioner after two short months, under questionable circumstances, and we were forced to hold a special election. Now Bost the Florida man is wanting to play politics again, insisting that we need a special election. Say “No” to this ridiculous recall waste of money and send Boca Raton Bost back to Florida.

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What a wonderful site to see sidewalks coming back into our community. I sure hope the trend continues; it would be great to have one down Hood Avenue past the schools for the many kids I see out walking. While you are at it, how about down Gingercake and Sandy Creek with a sidewalk or cart path for all the walkers and bikers? In the new “going green” times I think it would be a great idea to have more accessibility for bicyclist and walkers. What about a walk-over bridge at Ga. Highway 54 and the hospital to the new shopping center and community behind the center, one such as Peachtree City has for better access for all.

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Maybe our Fayette County teachers will follow the lead of Kathy Cox and file bankruptcy since they are getting a pay cut from the county and furloughs from the state. What is next? Will the feds take some for heath care? The Fayette County Board of Education is in bad shape. Is theirs a cash for dummies stimulus plan? They need it fast.

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Last Wednesday the usual group of seniors were gathered to play their weekly bunco. In marched the director, senior services director and a volunteer who was introduced as an attorney. He told the seniors to place their gift cards in their pockets because they were no longer playing for prizes (a very ugly attitude). These seniors have been playing for two years. What brought this to this climax was that a group had been playing poker for money and they had to stop this. The administration had allowed this bunco group to play for almost two years. If this is illegal, why are they sponsoring a bus trip to Shorter, Ala., for a gambling trip? Some answers need to be forthcoming.

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This is to the thief who took a couple of items, including a $500 radar detector, at a yard sale on July 31 on Prestwick Court in Peachtree City. Did it ever occur to you that most people these days have yard sales to make some extra money? I hope you are proud of yourself, you pathetic loser. As the saying goes, what goes around comes around. You will get yours in the end. In the meantime, hope you enjoy the radar detector.

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Is Scott Rowland another PTC Trojan Horse mayoral candidate? As a refresher, the term comes from the Greek story of the Trojan War, in which the Greeks give a giant wooden horse to their foes, the Trojans, ostensibly as a peace offering. But after the Trojans drag the horse inside their city walls, Greek soldiers sneak out of the horse’s hollow belly and open the city gates, allowing their compatriots to pour in and capture Troy. Is Scott Rowland yet another of these insider candidates that do the bidding of the few, the proud and the well-monied? Mr. Rowland comes to the political arena with credentials consisting of membership in the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary. No other political, civic, church or volunteer experience is noted. While one would normally laud his Eagle Scout achievement and agree with his observation that it proves “that I am willing to work hard to achieve a goal,” one would have to ask, What are your goals if you sit in the mayor’s chair? Mr. Rowland pledges to “reward members of the community for their achievements and contributions.” Pardon me, but is it not that precise thinking that plunged us into the PTC Development Authority scandal, in which newly minted Mayor Logsdon (now candidate for state insurance company commissioner, wading in cash) gladly wrote a check for $1.5 million to bail out bad bank loans? Always troubling to me is when someone who is new and unknown to community has the hubris to run for the top spot before acquiring the experience and background of lesser positions first. The result is politicians who do what they are told to do rather than decide for themselves what is best to do.

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Judge Sotomayor is going to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice even after she said several times that a wise Latina woman would make a better decision on the law than a white man. Senators from the Democrat Party don’t have a problem with her declared prejudice position on race and gender and will vote for her. Do you think they would feel the same if the Republicans nominated some guy who said that a white dude would make better decisions than some Hispanic chick? Those liberals are so dishonest.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 4:00pm.

in Dartmouth, Mass. He bad mouths and criticises his constitutes as seen on c-span. Hopefully, they'll show him the door.
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Submitted by hutch866 on Sat, 08/15/2009 - 7:15am.

Our Tigers beat Jonesboro last night in football, it was 33-14 when we left.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sat, 08/15/2009 - 7:22am.

I remember back when another winning season started like that. Great job!! Who drove the Penske?
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Submitted by hutch866 on Sat, 08/15/2009 - 7:27am.

Home game, this was a scrimmage (real game except for no kick returns or rushing kicker), we play Stockbridge on the 28th, here.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Fri, 08/14/2009 - 4:50pm.

Did you know the NEW rate starting this month for trash service is $57.00 per quarter??
Check out the city web site for new rates from ALL trash companies.
Be sure to call Harold Logsdon PERSONALLY for screwing all of us over for these increased fees.

Submitted by Spyglass on Fri, 08/14/2009 - 5:08pm.

How did he manage to do this all on his own? I haven't seen a rate increase from my provider.....Maybe I should call Logsdon and thank him...

I checked PTC's website, there are 3 companies cheaper than yours, and one more expensive..I suppose this all due to King Logsdon.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Fri, 08/14/2009 - 5:01pm.

So, change to a cheaper sanitation provider! Pretty simple solution if you don't like CLM's rates and a much better choice than having local government dictate who you can or cannot use for sanitation service.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Fri, 08/14/2009 - 5:07pm.

until Logsdon brought this crap up and stirred a pot that didn't need stirring.
I WILL shop rates. How long do you think the other companies will take to jack THEIR rates up due to this b.s. tax Logsdon initiated? How many companies have/will discontinue service as a result of this nuisance?

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Submitted by Cyclist on Thu, 08/13/2009 - 7:28pm.

Damn crazy cyclist.


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Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 08/09/2009 - 5:44pm.

Check Facebook for the NCHS sites, I believe they're planning a reunion soon in Hampton.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 12:54pm.

What's up with this? Not really sure what this person was trying to get at. If anyone has a clue please blog and let me know please.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 9:02am.

See if you can find the airplane that's supposed to be at the gate here in Seattle. Smiling
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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 5:38am.

Friday was my summertime flex day, so I wasn't here to help you out. Sorry! Hope your trip was good.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 11:16am.

Git gave you a summertime flex thingy? That's interesting. I didn't know that he was such a liberal boss. Smiling
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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 11:55am.

He'll agree to most anything when I have him over a barrel. See that's what a good assistant does, make him look good and have more than enough info to put the boss over a barrel! LOL! I had a very nice day too. Let's not tell him this, OK.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 2:43pm.

Git! Over a barrel? I got to see that. Smiling
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Submitted by PTCGOIL on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 10:34am.

Saw the ad and went over to see this place.
Why haven't I heard anyone at City Hall talking about this gorgeous facility? Tim Hudson's going to be there, too.

I called the PTC PD to ask if an exception could be made for golf carts to cross Hwy 74 at Crosstown for the grand opening this Sat. morning and was told flat out, NO WAY will we EVER be allowed to cross Hwy 74 again. I asked even with a police detail there, they said no way, no how.
Another reason to hate this ugly stretch of road.

Submitted by Dondol on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 11:21am.

There is a tunnel at Kelly drive that can be used and then just drive south on Dividend to the Chuck. Simple and no traffic.

Obama's weapon of Choice!

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 12:25pm.

I live south of Crosstown. Before the Hwy 74 widening, we used to enjoy this crossing on the golf cart. We would go to the airshow at Falcon Field. We could go to the pool at Planterra. I wanted to go to welcome Sgt. Beale home a few months ago on the cart. Last year, there was a Patriot Day event at Falcon Field. I would like to take the golf cart to Falcon Field for the F-16 dedication coming up.

I personally feel that it is more dangerous driving the length of Dividend with cars/trucks going by at 40+ miles an hour than it would be to use the new pedestrian controlled cross walk at Crosstown.

I want to know how long it will be after the mayor approves this new cart path behind Morallion Hills tonight at city council meeting, that goes into Gardner Park, that employees of Cooper Lighting will be golf carting across 74 there. Will the PD be there to say no and issue tickets?

It's a simple quality of life issue that has gone away. It could help make us a "small community" again. I bet this mayor knew nothing of this event at this gorgeous ballpark until the ad in The Citizen today. Exceptions could be made for special events. A police officer could be assigned for the 2-3 hours this Sat. morning.

Have you seen how little parking there is there? Twice as many golf cart could get in there. It's just so discouraging, that's all. I'll get over it.

Submitted by hammerattack on Sat, 08/08/2009 - 4:58pm.

I don't know why we're getting upset at the Peacthree City officials. Highway 74 is a State-maintained road subject to State laws which require that only properly licensed vehicles be driven on them. Municipalities are subordinate to and subject to these laws. If you want a special exception to crossing 74, you need to contact the State. (Try GADOT or the State Highway Patrol - they don't mind shutting down GA400 for bike rides.) Otherwise, PTC police are required to enforce those laws - not doing so is called malfeasance, and they can get in trouble for this.

Incidentally, I know people who work at Lighting. Yes, they will be ticketed. When the 74 construction was going on, the Police came in and gave an informational seminar on traffic laws and warned them that anyone who made left turns at any uncontrolled portion of the road would be ticketed and fined double since it was a work zone. I witnessed several people getting tickets on that stretch, and they had the double insult of having their employer get on them about it too.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Sat, 08/08/2009 - 8:16pm.

Okay, so I drove the gas polluting vehicle today for less than a mile over to this event. So did about two or three hundred others. Who cares that most could have golf carted?

I guess the PTC PD had committed "malfeasance" for over 10 years when they USED to station an officer at Crosstown so carts could cross Hwy 74 for a special event. Not shut it down, as you suggest. There are actually more crossing markings now, for pedestrians, than there ever were for golf carts.

Again, where were representatives from PTC? No mayor, no council, NOT ONE official to welcome this new small business to our town. I did see Jim Basinger, our retired City Manager there. No, it wasn't a political event, it wasn't about health care or budgets or taxes or voting. Just a small company trying to make some money in a small little town that we are lucky enough for it to have chosen us, Peachtree City. Did the mayor even call them to see if he could come over to welcome them? How many businesses are even attempting to open in this climate right now?

Take a ride over- you will be amazed the beauty of this place. The Chik-Fil-A cow was there, Tim Hudson was there, Steve Bedrosian was there. Good music, the national anthem, a balloon release, inflatables, local merchants. And most importantly, a man who realized a dream for his father and young people who will benefit from that dream.

Finally, my point again, about who will benefit from the cart path at Gardner Park? What was/is the purpose of spending all this money on a path that benefits so few? Other than it is coming out of the neighborhood that the current mayor lives in. Especially, if Cooper employees can't benefit from it? Aren't they the largest employer in PTC? None of us others can get over to the industrial park either, since we can't cross 74 there.

Submitted by boo boo on Sat, 08/08/2009 - 10:35pm.

What is The Chuck, for those of us who don't get the Citizen News?

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 08/09/2009 - 6:09am.

I was just about to ask the same question!

Who opened it?

What do they make money doing there?

What are the costs?

Will PTC take it over and run it?

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Sat, 08/08/2009 - 10:45pm.

playing field made out of synthetic turf. If you go to, you can read about it and see it. But, really, take a ride over there if you can. It's a thing of beauty. I'm just a fan, not connected at all with this company. I saw the ad in The Citizen and was curious since it sounded so unique. It is.

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 08/09/2009 - 6:18am.

Thanks for the web site.

This much land investment can't possibly make money charging to instruct baseball! I would think the taxes and maintenance alone would eat up any profits!

Will there be individual "qualified instructors?"

I suspect it is an investment to resell later, maybe by ball players.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Sat, 08/08/2009 - 10:03pm.

for covering The Chuck on the 10PM news this evening. Nice story and it was great PR for Peachtree City.

More than our mayor can afford to offer us, I'm sorry to say.

Submitted by Jelly Bean on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 8:03pm.

If you know the boys personally, then maybe you should talk to the parents and the boys to get the truth. It may make you reconsider your "free speech".

Submitted by heatjam on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 4:02pm.

I haven't decided if I am for or against this, but for the record, it is not an additional penny which would raise taxes to 8%. It's basically a continuation of the one which is set to expire in 2010. Sales tax would stay at 7%.

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