Plunkett: Negotiated to avoid 54W. ‘blight’

Tue, 11/10/2009 - 3:37pm
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H-O-N-O-R. Your opinion piece of Nov. 7 begs a response from me. As a longtime resident of Peachtree City, I have often noted your biased and distorted pieces directed toward elected officials and county organizations. Once elected to a council seat, I certainly wasn’t surprised to be on the receiving end of what has become a typical tone of The Citizen.

I was thoroughly amused to read your “opinion piece” directing me to do the “honorable” thing and resign the mayoral race. Are you seriously suggesting it is “honorable” to kowtow to you, Don Haddix and Steve Brown? I grew up in the military, Cal; I learned “honor” by example.

Honorably, I committed and will fulfill my four-year term on City Council. As my term concludes, I am running for mayor because I understand the issues and opportunities facing Peachtree City and believe I am the best candidate to help Peachtree City thrive. Don Haddix did not fulfill his commitment to his elected post and quit in order to run for mayor.

Honorably, I work to the best of my ability with council members, city staff, county officials and constituents to benefit Peachtree City. Don Haddix aligned himself to Doug Sturbaum and refused to work with other council members. He chose instead to voice his opinions and viewpoints on his blog.

His blog actions are self-serving. They build a platform for his political aspirations – they do nothing for the enrichment of Peachtree City.

At no time have I aligned myself with others serving on the council. Regardless of how The Citizen has portrayed me as a “Logsdonite,” I am on record as having voted opposite Harold Logsdon more times than I have voted against Don Haddix. I vote for what I believe benefits our community.

Honorably, I demonstrated strength of character by understanding growth was unpreventable along the commercial corridor and negotiated to avoid the blight of a mega gas station and fast food restaurants.

I voted within the comprehensive plan and the zoning.

I voted for an attractive alternative that would incorporate trees, pedestrian walkways and allow for a safer, viable commerce center.

I voted against allowing a Costco, Kohl’s and Hooters to be built in our city. I will continue to vote against such establishments coming into Peachtree City.

Honorably, I am a steward for fiscal responsibility. I aggressively voted against raising taxes. Don Haddix lobbied for tax increases and voted to raise your taxes. Oddly, it was more important for Mr. Haddix to raise taxes to support a COLA increase when the city had just furloughed over 20 employees.

Honorably, I take responsibility for my voting record and my actions as a councilwoman.

My record highlights my belief that the heart of Peachtree City is our strong educational opportunities, safe community, recreation facilities and amenities.

Don Haddix wants to dismantle our recreation programs and outsource facilities like The Gathering Place. He wants to do away with special services that create community spirit and bond us. I have fought hard to maintain these programs and will continue to do so.

I have learned a great deal within my tenure as a councilwoman. Elect me as mayor and you will have a dedicated public official who will protect those elements which make Peachtree City an excellent place to call home.

Cyndi Plunkett

Candidate for Peachtree City mayor

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by editmom on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 10:44am.

Cyndi, thanks for your letter to the editor. I realize you don't frequent the blogs on here (and why would you?), but I appreciate the letter. Not much gets said on here about Don Haddix dismantling recreation here in Peachtree City, and as that is a subject near and dear to me, thanks for bringing it up.

Whatever the issue, some people are going to believe what they wish. I do find it interesting that the points in your letter are "I voted ...," "I committed ..., "I take responsibility ..."; so many on here simply point fingers at others.

Submitted by Citizen_Steve on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 1:58pm.

Funny how we see things differently. Plunkett's reluctance to address the mismanagement of the Fred and Tennis Center is another thing that has me voting Haddix. PTC has a top-notch Parks & Recreation dept., and yet the Tennis Center was so shabbily run for so long by the Tourism Assn. and Plunkett was a defender of the arrangement. With the help of Haddix, the tennis center was moved under the Parks & Rec. dept, where it should have been all along. I think the Rec dept. has done a great job finding a suitor in Cannongate to run the management of the facility.

Submitted by Arf on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 1:15pm.

Nothing that's been said has changed my mind about voting for Don Haddix, In my opinion, he is the candidate who has the best interest of Peachtree City and its residents at heart.

I used to work in Atlanta and thanked God that I lived in PTC every time I drove home down Riley Parkway. I now live in Wilksmoor and love the neighborhood, but I can't even get in and out without feeling irritated and overwhelmed with the traffic. Cyndi's votes for the destruction of the 54 West corridor by giving away city land to promote more and bigger retail in a saturated area, asking for more traffic lights when you already cannot get through the area, and generally siding with every developer request has lost her my vote. I have been to meetings and I've been impressed by the way she handles herself and what she says, but she often seems to cave at voting time and take the wrong turn.

Don has continued to communicate with the citizenry and actually seems to "get it." The people I know who live in and built this town don't want a mega shopping/business area as much as they want a quiet, safe and gentle area in which to live.

Submitted by USArmybrat on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 5:09pm.

I will gladly go and vote again in the run-off. Don has my vote again. This city is too important to me and my family to let that developer-lover stay on! Mr. Imker will get my vote again, also.

Submitted by GAltant on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 11:16am.

It's time everyone read the truth...

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 11:24am. pretty elusive. Her website does not explain the how's or why'sshe voted on past issues as a councilmember and is just the usual "I'm for fire and police services being staffed and love PTC."

On one hand you have Haddix who I don't support for a few reasons, and on the other you have Plunkett whose voting record to me is poor and out of touch with what PTC is all about.

What it comes down to is that Mayor or not, it's still just one vote on City Council. There isn't any way I can vote for Plunkett based on her voting record. Haddix's bad ideas will hopefully be outweighed by the rest of the Council, but his voting record as a councilmember is simply better than Plunkett's. I can't vote against someone based on "fear of what might happen" when I have Plunkett's voting record staring me in the face and it's not good at all.

Submitted by Citizen_Steve on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 6:02pm.

No question the attacks on Cyndi have gone overboard. She's worked very hard for us in what is mostly a volunteer job and she has my gratitude. I've followed her voting record and she does not do a sufficient job of representing my interest as a resident of Peachtree City. Perhaps if I owned a local business I'd feel differently, but I love PTC as a great residential community and I'd like it to stay that way.

The nail in the coffin for a Plunkett vote from me: voting to give up our city land for shopping center development, PTC OKs deal for road abandonment. Pitching in to make the next shopping center nicer than it would otherwise be is woefully short sighted and reflects a lack of discipline and vision. Following this same course as have some of our neighboring communities is indeed a recipe for blight; in 10 years we'll be plagued with the same mess of vacant and 3rd tier shopping centers. That's not my vision for Peachtree City.

Submitted by Angry Taxpayer on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 8:12pm.

Great Link.

True, some of the posts on here have been nasty at times, but your link is just one reminder of what has been fueling much of the frustration and anger during this campaign cycle.

Plunkett may be bright, polished, and professional, but her voting record has been very disappointing. I fear her frequent support of variances has created legal precedents that could dismantle PTC in a very short period of time.

Submitted by PTC Observer on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 3:29pm.

Thank you for your service to the city and good luck in the future.

BTW: What are you going to do with your free time after the election?

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 4:57pm.

How come we all say Ms. Plunkett instead of Mrs. She is married, unless that is a prop family in her campaign photos.

Submitted by Busy Bee on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 5:23pm.

Well it is 2009 - I thought the discussion of the use of Ms. versus Mrs. was over and done with about 40 years ago. It has to do with women prefering to be addressed in a similar fashion as men, especially in a setting where their marital status is irrelevent, which includes most professional and employment situations. You may have noticed that men have the same title (Mr.) regardless of their marital status. Most newspapers have a style guide that dictates among other things, the use of titles such as Ms., Mrs., Mr., Rev., Dr. etc. And most newspapers use Ms. instead of Mrs. unless the individual indicates a preference. They have been doing this since the 70's.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 7:55pm.

10. Do not use courtesy titles such as Mr., Miss, Mrs., or Ms., except in direct quotes or where needed to distinguish between people of the same name. Using courtesy titles may be polite. And the New York Times uses them in its articles. But it is not AP style.

From what little research I’ve done on this subject ‘Ms’ was originally used/introduced via the feminist movement of the 1070’s as an honorary to be equal to ‘Mr’ and is generally believed to be derived from the word ‘Mistress’.

That being said, I just couldn’t bring myself to refer to Mrs. Plunkett as Mistress Plunkett.

Now every time I read something that refers to Mrs. Plunket as Ms. Plunkett I'll just have to laugh at the thought of that.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 9:08pm.

Why not use "Councilwoman", her current political position?

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 5:11pm.

Probably for the same reason you don't use upper case for your online name.

Probably for the same reason Cyndi doesn't use Mrs.

Probably because many women don't define themselves by marriage.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 2:03pm.

How many have looked at Cyndi's website? A lovely photo of her with George H W Bush. Now how, tell me, does that relate to our local Mayoral campaign?

Cyndi, I wouldn't get into a contest of political aspirations during this race with Mr. Haddix. You will lose, hands down. There is nothing, politically, that you have to contribute to Peachtree City RESIDENTS other than using this office as a stepping stone to YOUR aspirations for higher office. You are a wannabe. Your need to BUY support from anyone who will write you a check is so transparent. You claim to not be a "Logsdonite", yet how many of your financial supporters have also contributed to his ins. commissioner run? How many financial supporters are from outside Peachtree City? And why IS that?

Just remember, Cyndi, we can all only vote ONCE, regardless of the amount of money we slap in your account. Big money does not mean more support at the voting booth. You are having a hard time differentiating between the two. How many VOTES have you earned by your record, and not by contributions? Again, you lose here.

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 8:43am.

I voted for you and I previously explained why.

However I do not know what is wrong with Cosco, Kohls, and Hooters, nor Red Lobster--they would be here if they were allowed the same tree clearance as others have been!

Could you enumerate your objections to these businesses? The girls in Hooters wear more than the beauty pageant girls, and don't flip around nearly as much! (seen the miss USA gal of Trumps lately---the one with the sex tape? There is little else to see or twist.

AsI said before, I don't vote due to one or two differences but the overall leadership. But I would like to know what is better about what is happening on 54W.
We can't even have a Goodwill, can we? We give them a lot of stuff.

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 9:06am.

Normally I wouldn't care, but Bonkers is kind of proving Howard's poit that bloggers are idiots. He (and Bonkers is certainly a he) makes all of us look bad. Let's up the standards, shall we?

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 11:31am.

Well, I would agree that SOME commenters are close to being idiots!

I don't quite know what to say to you since you had no objection or defense to any one item I wrote---just that I should be quieted and am an idiot. I don't know anything about "Howard's pot," or even Howard!

As to making you look bad I don't know to whom you refer that you look bad. It is easy to do anyway.

Are you saying that all idiots are hes'? And all women are not?
Could be something to that!

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 9:31am.

It's called Editorial Discretion because it's Beverly's site and he does the deleting. There's also that pesky thing called the Bill of Rights (which he has read and you apparently have not). I know you would like control. So would I. The first thing I would do is deport you. Give yourself some credit, Mudcat--- you don't need a bit of help from Bonkie to make yourself look bad.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 11:06am.

The Freedom of Speech clause is a restriction against governmental action. For instance, the PTC government cannot silence comments on this website as a rule. Cal has the right to enforce whatever he wants on this website. We have a freedom of speech from governmental decrees, not from Cal and his enforcement.

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Tue, 11/10/2009 - 6:36pm.

We are now left with the wreckage, and forced to vote for the lesser of two evils. And evil is as evil does.... both of our choices suck... BIG TIME!

Submitted by ptcmom678 on Tue, 11/10/2009 - 5:58pm.

1) I still have absolutely no respect for someone who seems to give credence to anyone and everyone commenting on The Citizen website at the drop of a hat. There is paying attention to voters, and then there is realizing that half of us commenting here do it off the cuff, and when we get aggravated about something. Heaven knows, I've been guilty of it too, which is why I'm quieter these days. In addition to having a busier life.

2) I will never vote for someone who cavalierly dismisses women voters, their roles,and what they think in general. We most definitely count in elections.

3) I also will not vote for anyone else who is in favor of outsourcing anything that becomes a problem and/or who seems in favor of outsourcing recklessly.

4) I have to agree that this newspaper does seem to be biased against Ms. Plunkett, and that it is getting a little obvious. It's a little tacky, Cal. Slight difference between editorializing and fair reporting. Look it up - I'm sure there are official guidelines.

I consider myself an informed voter. I research before I vote, and have voted in every election for 20 years - well, except last week's, but no one would have wanted my strep. I just don't have much respect for Mr.Haddix as a mayor for a variety of reasons. I don't know him, and he might be a nice guy at home, but is not representing me or (in my opinion) the best interests of Peachtree City. His online commentary seems to be more of a detriment to PTC government doings than anything. Cannot these things be aired out in a slightly more productive fashion?

Submitted by MYTMITE on Tue, 11/10/2009 - 6:48pm.

list. Wondering who dismisses women voters, their roles and what they think in general. I don't believe I have seen anyone in the race doing this--or if they have, I have missed it. Now, I did see some people saying we should have an all female council--which in effect is dismissing male voters, their roles and what they think in general. I am a female and champion all women but do not feel an election should be about gender no more than it should be about race. I will never vote for someone because of their gender and feel that anyone who does is foolish to say the least--and any candidate or citizen that promotes an all female council for the sake of having an all female council does not have the best interest of their community at heart. What an uproar we would have heard if the gentlemen running and those backing them came out and said that we should have an all male council and to work to see that come to pass. Let's get the best people and forget gender and color.

Submitted by GAltant on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 11:18am.

It's time to read the truth

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 12:33pm.

It was time to tell the truth several weeks ago when Cyndi stood up in front of a public audience and lied about her vote on that light. Cyndi wrote in her recent letter that she felt her vote were the better of two evils and that's fine. I don't agree with her but its an issue of opinion. When she was asked the question she should have explained her side instead of lying.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 11:48am.

It is time to vote her out of office

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Tue, 11/10/2009 - 5:41pm.

Of all the contests, this one is by far the worst in terms of candidates. Plunkett's voting record to me is poor and the campaign tactic of trying to make this election in some way about Steve Brown or Cal Beverly is very weak. It assumes Cal and Brown have a lot more clout than the reality shows. Brown lost by huge margins to Logsdon and Ramsey so making it sound like "Cyndi vs. The World" is bogus.

Haddix I feel lacks the self-control and temperament to effectively lead Council/PTC, even if his record is better than Plunkett's. Even if you've been on the "2" side of 3-2 votes, that doesn't make you some kind of "outsider;" you're still part of the same Council as the "3" and attacking them over and over because they disagree with you looks real petty and immature. That part is very Steve Brown-like and also what I fear will happen in the future. Creating another poisoned environment in PTC is not what we need.

I'm also sick of hearing anything from Haddix about what "Doug Sturbaum thinks." He can choose to speak for himself or not and I don't need to hear what he supposedly thinks from someone else. I've seen the guy utter a few things at Council meetings so I know he's not a mute and also have seen some writings from him.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 11/10/2009 - 5:24pm.

in PTC is disturbing, I'll say that. I'm not sure what he will propose to cut next.

Submitted by totellthetruth on Tue, 11/10/2009 - 5:19pm.

Cyndi. you can try to muddy the waters with your self-serving diatribe...but the truth remains just that the TRUTH.

1. West Village was voted down and then YOU Cyndi, huddled with your attorney cronies and it gets voted on again...and Bam! we have annexed the new Wilksmoor Village...The citizens came out in droves to fight this annexation...did you listen to us? No you thought you knew better....BIG mistake.

2. Selling streets to the developer of the big box in Planterra's backyard...No cry the citizens and you vote to do it anyway! Don says NO don't do it, this will enable the developer to come back and ask for a bigger box but you would not listen, and of course BAM! back comes MCMurrin for a bigger box.

3.Let's talk voted for an extra light at Line Creek to again accomodate Mr. McMurrin. Tell me Cyndi why would anyone in their right mind do this? The Ga DOT had twice denied that light!!!!!! Twice they GA DOT said NO, but you in you honorably sensible way knew better. Give me a break!

Maybe Cal is right, you should just quit and be the good steward of city funds and save us citizens some tax money!!!

Submitted by PTC Avenger on Tue, 11/10/2009 - 5:18pm.

What a joke. Even with your pandering to women, your Mcintosh football tailgates, your vapid "vote for Cyndi Plunkett she's my friend" supporters, your 5-to-1 fundraising advantage over Mr. Haddix, your developer buddies, and smear campaigns started by your supporters, you still couldn't pull it off. The people you turned your back on over the years, the citizens, have spoken. Go away already.

Submitted by editmom on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 10:37am.

Can't anyone on these boards say anything constructive?

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