OPINION: What now, 3 lame ducks?

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So here’s the January 2010 PTC Council lineup: The grizzled two-year veteran, Doug Sturbaum; the newly promoted two-year veteran Don Haddix as mayor; and three rookies — Vanessa Fleisch, Kim Learnard and Eric Imker.

Discounting the early November returns for this fun but otherwise meaningless exercise, let’s do the numbers for the runoff completed this past Tuesday. (I know, I know — there was the election and then the runoff. Play along with me here.)

Cyndi Plunkett got $19,103 in cash and in-kind contributions. She got 1,598 votes Tuesday. That’s about $11.95 a vote. Haddix got $3,184 in cash and in-kind contributions. He got 3,058 votes Tuesday. That’s about $1.04 a vote.

So who got the better return on their investment?

For my money, the answer is ... the majority of Peachtree City homeowners.

But what about the lame ducks, the unhappy trio of defeated council members Steve Boone and Cyndi Plunkett and aspirations of higher office Mayor Harold Logsdon?

They have two more meetings before their terms end, and there’s a game-changing annexation and sewer extension proposal coming before them this Thursday night.

Completely unfettered by any political obligations to the voters who rejected them, what final legacy will the triumvirate of Logsdon-Boone-Plunkett leave the people of this city?

I have a heart-felt suggestion for the trio: Punt.

Punt everything to the new crew coming in with the new year. Except for actual emergency issues, table everything, and let the new slate of officers make the calls.

Mr. Logsdon, Mr. Boone and Ms. Plunkett, do this final great favor for your city: Do nothing.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to the trio as they fade into PTC’s past.

Just please, please, don’t do us any more damage that cannot be undone.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 12/18/2009 - 7:06am.

Cyndi grew a pair and Boone blinked. Either they realized why they were not reelected and did the right thing - which happens to be what 90% of citizens of PTC wanted OR they just got tired of blindly following old Harold. His stubborn lone no vote cannot be explained.

The new group in January listening to McMurrain's nonsense will either have an entertaining debate before they say no or they will simply say a quick no - which will send a message to all developers who want to change things to not bother asking for the next 4 years.

I simply cannot wait until Mitchell brings forth Calligulla Hills to the new group on council. I suspect he will be lectured in addition to being turned down. Of course he's a coward and won't show up, but they read these blogs everyday at HQ and discuss once a week, so the message will get through. In fact I'll bet he doesn't have the courage to even have one of his underlings present the thing. He'll withdraw.

BTW, new mayor and council - How about keeping a copy of the land-use plan displayed at all council and planning commission meetings? If televised, give it its own camera and a screen-in-screen treatment. Yes, it is that important.

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Submitted by yellowjax1212 on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 8:36pm.

What's the procedure for stopping the home delivery of the Citizen? I'm tired of peeling the waterlogged bag off of my driveway. I pick one up and other one appears in its place.
Cal keeps making a big deal out of the fact that Cyndi raised so much more money than Don but he never factors in all of the free publicity he gave to Don and at the same time trashing his opponent. I know he has the right to support anyone he want's, to whatever degree he want's - it's his paper. But you've got to compare apples to apples.

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Submitted by yellowjax1212 on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 8:13am.

Why is it that Cal's opinion pieces always get front page treatment until someone asks a tough question or makes a comment negative to the Citizen and then it disappears to the archives?
Oh yeah, it's his paper.
Sorry, so silly of me.

Submitted by Bonkers on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 7:36am.

Driveway papers get the right to litter when they buy a business license, I think.
Frankly, The Citizen is the best non-subscription local paper I have ever seen!

When one considers what they get from the current AJC for a couple of hundred dollars a year it wouldn't be worth it except it pays the fellow who delivers it and creates a job there.

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Submitted by yellowjax1212 on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 8:18am.

But the very lopsided political coverage the last couple of years has turned the pages of a once good local paper very "Yellow".
I agree that your description of "litter" is accurate. I have a circular drive and some days I get a copy of the paper at both ends (that should help the circulation numbers).
Wonder how Cal would feel if everyone who disagrees with him would gather up their papers and drop them on his driveway a few times a week?

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 12/18/2009 - 7:18am.

Your driveway would be semi-circular if indeed it has 2 ends where Cal can deliver 2 of his papers. If it were circular, you would never get a paper and would never leave the house. You'd just drive around endlessly. It could make you Bonkers.

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Submitted by ahavah_lachaim on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 11:02am.

Don't forget the "Complimentary" features papers that sometimes find their way onto my drive as well...I do not subscribe to any other paper and have, on several occasions when I've been out of town and it's rained, ended up with five different plastic baggies of paper affixed to the pavement.

"Despite treason after treason, and sabotage after sabotage, God's empire of light never falls into total eclipse. Satan wages a futile war."

Submitted by MYTMITE on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 12:58pm.

mailbox with rubber bands or thumbtacks--then too, the ones who use little plastic bags with rocks in them which they throw on your drive way? Do they really think we would use their services after using this manner of advertising? I usually call them and let them know that I will never use their service because of the way they deface my mailbox or driveway. They probably pay a kid or someone a few bucks to distribute these items and don't care how they are done.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 12:21pm.

Why does he keep delivering papers to houses with 4 or five papers already sitting on the lawn? If I was the paper guy and I saw a yard littered with 4 or more papers I would stop adding to the collection.

Submitted by dandy on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 9:18pm.

I'm all for comparing apples-to-apples, but since when does the word "wants" have an apostrophe in it?

Submitted by jevank on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 10:41am.

The phrase "apples to apples" does not require hyphens the way it was used in your sentence.

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Submitted by yellowjax1212 on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 8:08am.

O Dandy, U sting me so!
U R so wright. Eye shud b more careful. Eye furgot we were being graded four gramor and typoes.

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Submitted by ahavah_lachaim on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 11:14pm.

Go and dig in to the postings of our new mayor-elect.


"Despite treason after treason, and sabatoge after sabatoge, God's empire of light never falls into total eclipse. Satan wages a futile war."

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 11:02am.

I don't care who you are.

Submitted by Angry Taxpayer on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 12:19pm.

Cal should consider himself lucky there isn't a penalty for the journalistic version of "Excessive Celebration".

I'm pleased with Tuesday's results, but I DO wish Cal would stop spiking the ball and dancing in the end zone.

It's time for PTC to start moving forward after this ugly campaign.

Submitted by Citizen_Steve on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 2:01pm.

I drove by at lunch and saw him doing the Captain Morgan in the parking lot.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 1:40pm.

Merry Christmas and get the H*ll Out!- That is basically how this article read to me. While I am also happy to see Cyndi go, there is a right way and a wrong way for an editor of a paper to express that.

I think Cal and others need to take a step back and think about their conduct through out this past election.

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 3:22pm.

Coach Mark Richt, when asked, said he had no problems with Cal Beverly's Post-Election Celebration.

You say "Cal and others need to take a step back and think about their conduct through out this past election"--- what in the hell are you talking about? We have just seen Logsdon and his buddies at the developer bank rape our treasury and our zoning code for 4 years and you think a few editorials were not nice? LOL

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Submitted by The Wedge on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 1:46pm.

The point of it was that the voters have spoken and this voting block on the council has been defeated. defeated soundly. There are two opportunities for this council to vote on projects, zoning changes, etc. Perhaps they will feel the need to vote for every one of the proposed changes as a final parting shot. Perhaps done out of spite or ennui. In any case, they should table all proposals of a nonemergency nature until the new council is seated in January. What is so difficult about that point?

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 2:00pm.

I get that the main point of the article was to inform us of PTC's current city council status. However, the way it was written read to me like "hahaha I win you lose".

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Submitted by ahavah_lachaim on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 11:21pm.

While his intentions may have been journalistic, his delivery was not. I felt as if I were reading some teenagers personal blog with a "neener-neener-neener" to an unliked classmate written in it.

Bad form Mr. Beverly, bad form.


"Despite treason after treason, and sabotage after sabotage, God's empire of light never falls into total eclipse. Satan wages a futile war."

Submitted by Angry Taxpayer on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 2:10pm.

Add Cal's premature (but accurate) "Voters Pull Plug On Plunkett" column and the "What Makes Cyndi Run?" column to the mix and it has really seemed like "piling on"

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 7:32pm.

Journalistic ethics would require that, don't ya think?

But no, now we have an editor/publisher/caywoodbuttboy stoking the coals of an unlit fire - the taming of the shrew. Ok, she's tamed and done. Stop gloating.

Now that the candidate you and Steve Brown have endorsed has actually won, why don't we get a little background on Mr. GSD, NSA flunkie and Dover Square resident? The brown clown's connection with him would be a good place to start.

I'm going to be a thorn in the side of Mr. Haddix. I decided that late last night on my own (Hubby is on an overseas flight). Front row, every council meeting. Red hat just like Ms. Fran Shelton.If not a red hat - maybe fluffy brown hair turned up at the brow in that sexy peek-a-boo way. Anyway Don, try to act like a normal person instead of an "entitled" politician.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 9:57pm.

When you say "NSA flunkie", I can guarantee to all readers that you have no clue what in the hell you are talking about. As a retired Intelligence professional with major experience in NSA type operations, you, as a rank no-knowledge outsider, have no credibility to make a comment on the service Don Haddix performed at that facility. You are a simple troll who is willing to venture into the unknown in an attempt to discredit someone who you obviously do not know. Shame on you. What is obvious however is that he is a winner and you are a loser--in more ways than one.

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Submitted by mudcat on Thu, 12/17/2009 - 8:03am.

NSA does great work for the country. Have an in-law who is fully tuned into their mission. With thousands of employees covering the world 24/7 there are high, low and mid-level employees. There are also flunkies - entry-level employees who earn their promotions through hard, demeaning, compartementlized work or leave after a couple of years.
Haddix can't comment on his service other than to say he was there. The dates he was and his age at the time should make it clear he was entry-level.

The 2 best weapons we have in our arsenal in the war against muslim extremists is the NSA and the Predator drones. They definitely keep us safe.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Thu, 12/17/2009 - 9:44am.

Once more you display your ignorance--While I don't know under what circumstances Don worked at NSA, I suspect it was as a member of the military. Each branch of our armed forces has what is called a "Service Cryptologic Element" and a number of them work on site at Ft Meade--in uniform--and BTW, no one who works there is called a "flunkie" and the work is not demeaning and neither is it called "compartmentalized"---compartmentilization is simply part of the classification system for certain information/materials, based primarily on source or method. Suggestion: why not do with Haddix what most liberals want us all to do with Obama: Give him a chance. And just remember that action will overcome eloquence every time!

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 12:23pm.

Hey, it sells ads!
He has the right to take sides.

However, I do think he should eliminate some of the terrible columnists, even if it does cost him money.

Submitted by Angry Taxpayer on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 1:01pm.

I'd just be happy Cal would eliminate one blogger: You, Bonkers!

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Submitted by The Wedge on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 1:47pm.

It is tough to do. You have to stave all of its heads. Good luck with that

Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 11:38am.

Why not just wish the winners well and move on?

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 6:43am.

Total combined votes each race:
Mayor 4646
Post 1 4319
Post 3 4409

Shouldn't the totals be the same in each race? Only 2 people in each, the only variable I can think of is write-in votes or some people just voting for mayor and leaving the other 2 blank.
But the difference is over 2 or 300 votes. Doesn't make sense.

Nevertheless, the results are fine with me. Inexperience seems to be the theme of this new administration. Could be a good thing - no agendas, no voting blocs.

Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 11:42am.

and you would be surprised at how many people just don't vote in all races. I've worked enough elections in other areas to know this is true. Baffling, but true.

Submitted by Citizen_Steve on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 9:21pm.

It makes perfect sense - if you're undecided or haven't done enough research on a race or ballot initiative - just don't vote that one, plain and simple. This runoff should have been pretty easy to research, but I expect some voters were motivated to simply vote for (or against) one candidate.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sat, 12/12/2009 - 6:33am.

But future candidates should pay careful attention to what it actually means. They might lose a couple hundred votes because they made no impression whatsoever on the people empowered to elect them. Getting out and shaking hands and yard signs (how I hate them) seem to be the weapons of choice. Even standing on 74 during rush hour makes sense if you are after those elusive couple of hundred votes.

Nevertheless, I am satisfied wit the results and look forward to an almost all-rookie line up at council in January. Haddix promised televised council meetings. Sure hope that actually happens. Wonder why past council's didn't do that. The technology was certainly there. Egos like Lenox and little brown and even Logsdon should have loved being on TV.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Sat, 12/12/2009 - 10:18am.

It costs money in equipment and staff time on a continual basis. Comcast may provide the channel for nothing, but that doesn't mean they provide the cameras, the A/V systems, etc. The feeling is that if people really care, they'll show up for the meetings or ask someone else who did, read the minutes, email someone, whatever. If they don't care, they probably also don't want their tax dollars going towards televising the meetings in the first place.

Submitted by R. Butler on Fri, 12/18/2009 - 1:45pm.

But work related commitments make in almost impossible for me to be free during the early evening hours. The fact that I am busy earning the money for my property taxes at that time doesn't mean I don't care how they are spent.

Hence my vote for webcast (since I am frequently out the local Comcast viewing area as well).

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Sat, 12/12/2009 - 10:57am.

We already have the equipment from other uses for taping etc. The wiring, brackets, etc are already in place. The cost is minimal.

The forum software is free. So once that is on the website it will actually significantly cut Staff and other time replying to reoccurring emails and getting information out to the public.

Don Haddix
Mayor Elect

Submitted by PTC Observer on Sat, 12/12/2009 - 11:30am.

First Mr. Haddix, congratulations on your election.

Second, if you pull off having the PTC council meetings televised, maybe you can go over to the county commission chambers and show them how to do it. They don't seem to like a whole lot of public exposure.

Looking forward to seeing how the new council handles the city.


Submitted by justchecking on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 12:35am.

Come on Cal, you and Steve can quit gloating. The money per vote had nothing to do with election. It was the opinion per square inch. Congrats on such supreme social engineering. The two of you have elected the perfect puppet. Let's see how you pull the strings!

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Submitted by deltamama on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 2:09am.

with your comment, justchecking.

I think the next four years will suck with Haddix at the helm. Poor PTC won't be on anyone's top 10 lists for best places to live now that Haddix (and Cal & Steve) are going to run things. >:-(

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Submitted by Evil Elvis on Tue, 12/01/2009 - 11:25pm.

Cal Beverly: Peachtree City's answer to a question nobody asked.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Tue, 12/01/2009 - 10:25pm.

I heard the neighborhood near the runway could come back. Is it on the agenda???

Vote Republican

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