Mouth soap for Chance, Ramsey; Plunkett flees her votes

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Art Linkletter coined the phrase, “Kids say the darndest things.” To borrow from Mr. Linkletter, politicians also say the darndest things.

Ga. Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) and Ga. Representative Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) just keep talking themselves into a corner. They wrote their first letter before the upcoming legislative session extolling their righteousness on budgeting and taxation.

In their letter to the editor, they say, “It bears repeating that this [adopting a balance FY 2010 budget in the last General Assembly] was accomplished without raising taxes, a path many other states have followed to balance their budgets.”

They continue by declaring, “We are a state that lives within its means and thankfully does not engage in the irresponsible deficit spending practices of the federal government,” (Chance/Ramsey, The Citizen, 11-11-09).

Someone needs to wash their mouths out with soap. Both Chance and Ramsey gladly accepted major allotments of federal cash in the billions from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to balance the state’s budget, a far cry from their “we did it all by ourselves” theme.

They did not raise state taxes, but they did go on the federal welfare dole, the same program causing the deficit spending they say they abhor. Conservative Republicans?

The prideful young politicians might get struck by lightning if they keep testifying they are not like the federal government. Perhaps the pair ought to start over, beginning with the virtue of honesty and take it from there.

You had also better watch out when local politicians hire campaign consultants for a municipal election. Mayor Harold Logsdon was the first local candidate to do so, followed by mayoral candidate Cyndi Plunkett this year.

The only reasons hired campaign consultants are brought into a municipal election are to hide past voting records, to assassinate the character of a political opponent and to talk around questions instead of answering them.

Councilwoman Plunkett’s latest campaign email says, “... keeping our taxes low is at risk, and positive growth is at risk.” Thanks to Plunkett’s actions over the last four years, I would say her statement is right on target.

Plunkett, a four-year incumbent, mailed two campaign postcards that contained no facts, an amazing feat for someone who voted on some huge issues. Obviously, the strategy from her hired consultant was omitting the voting record.

In her 11-11-09 letter, a very bitter Plunkett lashed out at those who challenged her on her voting record saying, “Don Haddix aligned himself to Doug Sturbaum and refused to work with other council members.”

Councilmen Haddix and Sturbaum chose to honor the wishes of the majority who elected them, not kowtowing to the developers and the self-serving Chamber of Commerce crowd, each councilman stating a logical rationale for following the city’s comprehensive land use plan.

Therefore, please know, Ms. Plunkett, a large number of us applaud the fact they resisted the temptation to get on the Logsdon/Boone/Plunkett train to land use destruction.

Plunkett continued her stern lecture with, “I voted within the comprehensive plan and the zoning.” Watch out for that lightning bolt. The Logsdon/Boone/Plunkett annexation of the Westside was the poorest execution of sucking land into our city limits ever witnessed.

Not only did the annexation not meet the standards clearly set forth in the comprehensive land use plan, but it also left an 89-acre chunk of light industrial land — to be fought over later — in the middle of the residential annexation.

The new upcoming big box shopping center she brags about negotiating on Ga. Highway 54 West was prohibited by city ordinance. The city’s ordinances kept the large Kohl’s and mega Costco stores out.

However, it was the Logsdon/Boone/Plunkett squad granting an exemption to our big box ordinance that allowed a yet undetermined big box store and shopping center to land there.

Even worse, Logsdon/Boone/Plunkett requested another traffic signal for the big box shopping center they exempted. This upcoming signal does not meet the engineering criteria for signal distances; expect ultra-congested traffic in the years to come.

Please keep in mind that the Plunkett in the Logsdon/Boone/Plunkett squad who shrieked she was a “steward for fiscal responsibility” has, in only four years, set records for the highest rate of taxation, the highest rates on city fees and the highest level of city expenditures.

Along with steep increases in taxation and fees, we have seen a precipitous drop in the level of city services.

Likewise, her spending priorities included a payoff of $1.5 million in illegal debts from the old Development Authority, tens of thousands for an early morning bicycle race that few attended, and tens of thousands for fireworks when other cities and counties decided to cut back or find corporate sponsors.

Those expenses resulted into a reduction of hours for library operations, large employee terminations, three-foot grass in public places, cut programs and depressed employee morale.

She also approved an annexation on Ga. Highway 74 South when city staff told her the city would lose $60,000 to $70,000 providing services to the site.

The Logsdon/Boone/Plunkett squad also gave their approval for city sewer to be run outside the city limits to a subdivision next to Starr’s Mill High School, possibly leading to future expansion of capacity into the county, the last thing we need.

The crime rate has jolted upward in the last few years, check the FBI reports.

If you are planning on living in Peachtree City for only couple of years, you could vote for either candidate; although, for those who plan on staying awhile, Don Haddix is your only choice.

I disagree with Haddix on certain policies, but he does not put the city’s superior quality of life at risk.

Plunkett’s hired spin doctor is not capable of generating enough spin to push her to victory.

[Steve Brown is the former mayor of Peachtree City. Brown ran unsuccessfully against Ramsey for the District 72 post in December 2007. Brown can be reached at]

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mudcat's picture
Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 8:06pm.

You seem very bitter towards my gal and seem to blame the whole westside thing on her. Didn't you cowtow to McMurrain amd accept campaign contributions from him or his partner or his comapny? Or did I imagine that?

Cyndi would make a great mayor. I'm voting for her.

Submitted by hi grover on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 9:28pm.

5. Wilksmoor Wants more....West Village annexation.
4. Hey Baby Everyone's got a Price...Selling city property to out of town business man to accomodate his wishes.You guessed it the Mcmurrin planterra's back yard.
3.Sinful Cyndi's Redlight District...Oh yeah baby HWY 54 Traffic light fiasco...honk if you want more action!
2.Gutter to connect city sewer to development outside the PTC limits.
drum roll please.......................................................
1.YOU CAN RUN BUT BABY YOU CAN'T HIDE! The voting record that keeps chasing Cyndi down as she runs for Mayor despite the best efforts of the paid political consultant she hired!!!

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 10:54pm.

My movie titles include:

Cyndi does Riverdale - turning PTC into pitsville

River[dale] Dance - watch as she dances with developers on our graves

Rocky XI - the battle against Plunkett

Forest Plunkett - stupid is as stupid does

I bet she wins an Oscar, but loses the election!!!

Vote Republican

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 10:23pm.

Those are hilarious! Here's some more:

GIRL CAN'T HELP IT- her voting record
CYNDI'S SIXTH SENSE- "I see red lights"
THE HANGOVER- "I actually voted for that last night? NOOOOOOO!"
CYNDI TREK- To boldly build where no one has built before

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 12:01am.

yer killliiiinnnnnn' mmmmeeeeeeeeee!!!! An alltime posting high five for all of you!!!

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 10:31pm.

These are all great movies but don't let our friends and neighbors think that Mrs. Plunkett will lose because of her voting record alone.

If you have to make several trips on the golfcart or go door to door, you and your neighbors need to VOTE and not just assume the right people are going to win.


Submitted by totellthetruth on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 10:31pm.


THE SHINING....too many traffic lights.

PSYCHO.....starring cyndi & "psycho barbie"

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Submitted by gelato on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 9:52pm.

Hey Hi Grover, that was really funny! Ms. Plunkett is certainly not a "star" for anyone in this town when we hit the morning or evening traffic on 54 - if that's the kind of action she is stirring, Cyndi needs to move to Clayton County!

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 9:50pm.

you are too funny! I really like the 'You can run but baby you can't hide!

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 7:54am.

Funny for sure, but be equal opportunity here and go after Haddix. He's vulnerable to your humour as well.

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Submitted by PTCspyglass on Thu, 11/19/2009 - 9:52am.

Creative Thoughts:Don Haddix is a solid leader and let his record speak for himself. He has the moral fiber to understand what PTC is all about and his record speaks for itself. VOTE FOR DON HADDIX if you do not want PTC overrun with more traffic lights and big boxes!!

Here is my humorous thoughts: Solid thinking/common sense/peoples choice Don Haddix has the audacity to win and become Mayor of PTC over a Lawyer/Councilwoman that is married to a Delta Pilot!

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 11/20/2009 - 7:51am.

That's news to me, but if true could be major trouble for Mr. Haddix. Delta people and all the new Northwest people will stick together and vote for one of their own - even if she's just an in-law. That's what happened when all the Delta people got behind Gary Rower, except they forgot to come out for the runoff.

I don't think it actually matters who gets elected mayor since everyone and anyone who could be on council will represent a strong voting bloc of 4 that will be faithful to the land use plan. The abuses of Logsdon/Boone/Plunkett are almost history - just as the damage done by Brown/Rapson/Weed has faded into the past.

I don't see Plunkett as a leader, she's much more of a follower and Haddix scares me with his know it all attitude and a unhealthy alliance with Doug, which could put us one councilperson away from yet another 3-2 alliance on something dangerous. I honestly have not decided - I keep changing my mind.

I'm probably going to write-in Rowland.

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Submitted by birdman on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 8:08am.

You said a mouthful with "know it all attitude and a unhealthy alliance" but his alliance is with Brown. If you didn't like the "Brown/Rapson/Weed triad" then you better avoid Haddix. He is "Steves guy." His public criticism of PTC sounds eerily familiar. Like Brown he sees himself as the "White Knight" who will ride in and save us from ourselves. I will comment on one other part of this blog. I find it interesting that it was Delta Pilots who voted for Rower in 2001. As I remember, and this is according to the Prophet Brown, it was "Developers." It was also the "Developers" who defeated King Brown in 2004 when all 11,000 of them turned out to destroy him. If you elect Haddix (and I think you will), we will see an administration that will be "Brown reincarnated." Then in 4 years 11,000 will again turn out to kick him out. Bad part, no good person will run because Haddix will no doubt also get to be an "Opinion" writer for the Citizen and no one wants to endure Brown AND Haddix constantly attacking them. So, we'll get another Logsdon. I will say that I am glad that both Brown and Haddix publicly denied the rumor that Haddix is going to hire Brown as City Manager. Now it is on the record.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 11:23am.

In Brown's mind, all pilots are developers (because some have rental property), all small business people are developers (because they rent space from an evil shopping center developer), insurance, real estate, banking - all developers - just because. Add 'em up - 11,000 developers in PTC. I am so glad he's gone.

I don't see Haddix as being Brown's man, although I see a similarity in the "know it all/white knight" approach.

So yesterday I went and held my nose and voted for Cyndi. BTW, she's a developer too - just like you and I. Of course the next rumour will be that Cyndi is going to hire Carol Fritz to be city manager.

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Submitted by Mike King on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 9:23am.

Hopefully, you have your sources, but I cannot see Don Haddix being "Steve's Guy" as you put it. In fact, knowing Don I would say that characterization is pure bovine manure. It reeks of something that our pal Bonkers would throw out.

As for the "unhealthy alliance" that Mr Morgan notes, I as a 22 year resident and homeowner, I cannot remember a vote they both made in which I am in disagreement.

You are correct that in four years the 11,000 may well return and vote Don out, but we both know that the 11,000 are the same ones that put Mr Logsdon in.

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Submitted by birdman on Wed, 11/25/2009 - 9:03am.

You may be right. I must admit that I am simply using circumstantial evidence. Brown has been a huge proponent of Haddix. Things that Haddix has written remind me of Brown. And then of course there are the rumors. I admit that he is probably his "own man," but I worry about someone who sounds like Brown and has total support of Brown. Hopefully I am wrong. But friends who have followed Haddix believe that if it "walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck," it must be a duck. Haddix will win. Especially after Brown's hatchet job of Plunkett. We will see in the next four years. But I am not fond of Haddix statement that he feels that golf cart path repair must be put on the back burner. Since Brown left office I have seen a great improvement in the paths (the real jewel of PTC). Many are still in need of repair. Guess we can wait 4 more years.

Submitted by Bonkers on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 3:32pm.

What provoked you to say I might "throw out" that Haddix and Brown were2 pigs in a poke?

Brown would never want a SPLOST! He also would eventually discover the details of the Tennis Center know, what is the balance, how much has been paid, who paid it--to what?
Did it ruin the amphitheater?
When are we going to have "Little" Richard there? How about Willie?
"Fats" may come if asked?

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Submitted by Mike King on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 4:00pm.

Quick, get back to your medicine cabinet and grab the green pill, swallow, then grab the blue pill, and swallow again. Else you might prove indisputable that someone can be so dumb that their hair hurts.

I merely point out that you and others toss wild summations throughout this blog that have no bearing on reality. It would be akin to me accusing you of blogging on behalf of Cyndi Plunkett, although that may not be as far fetched as most.

Submitted by Bonkers on Thu, 11/19/2009 - 11:37am.

about that lasr sentence! Lawyer and a pilot!

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