]> The Citizen Online - Free Speech http://archive.thecitizen.com/taxonomy/term/6/0 en What do you really think? http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/375 <p><strong >E-mail us your pithy opinions, your short takes on life in Fayette and environs, your gotta-get-it-off-your-chest questions or sound-offs. E-mails only to editor@TheCitizen.com. Put Free Speech in your subject line and include your contribution as the body text of your e-mail. No signature required. No phone calls, faxes or snail-mail letters, please. No personal attacks on private persons, but just about any aspect of public life is fair game.</strong></p> Free Speech Thu, 20 Oct 2005 14:57:09 -0400 FreeSpeech for 02-24-10 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/42221 <p>The last three health inspection grades for the Fayette County Jail are 99, 97 and 100. I can’t find another eating establishment in Fayette County with an average this high. What are my options if I want an extra clean place to eat out and don’t want to go to jail?</p> Free Speech Tue, 23 Feb 2010 16:24:41 -0500 FreeSpeech for 02-10-10 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/41980 <p>Anyone else notice all the new crosswalks in town? They connect to about a four-foot pad of concrete. What’s up with that?</p> Free Speech Tue, 09 Feb 2010 16:46:27 -0500 FreeSpeech for 01-20-10 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/41603 <p>We too were dumbfounded at the installation of unused and expensive crossing signals by Ga. Highway 314 and Kenwood Drive. But then we thought maybe this is in preparation for a walking/biking trail into Fayetteville. Wishful thinking?</p> Free Speech Tue, 19 Jan 2010 16:18:51 -0500 FreeSpeech for 01-13-10 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/41518 <p>Just over two months ago the voters of Peachtree City decided they wanted to carry on the theme of “change” and elected what was certainly to be a new and improved City Council. After just one meeting of the new council, it’s apparent that they have every intention of keeping their campaign promises of taking Peachtree City back to the good old days, when Kmart reigned supreme as the only big box in town and there were no traffic lights for miles and miles on the city’s highways. Mayor Haddix has an agenda, and he doesn’t want to hear any more from the citizens; he has heard enough. Now our new City Council will be doing all they can to run new businesses (and their tax dollars) out of the city, but likely not very far. Soon these very same voters will be taking their business to Coweta County and shopping at the new stores just beyond our borders. How long before our taxes go up, Mayor Haddix, because you and your council minions lack the vision to see that putting stores just west of the county line rather than just east of the county line will not ease traffic congestion on Ga. Highway 54, it will only extend our drive to the stores we want to patronize by a few hundred yards? Luckily, we have Mr. Imker and his budgeting genius to save us.</p> Free Speech Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:46:34 -0500 FreeSpeech for 01-06-10 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/41395 <p>I want to thank Cleveland Elementary School for posting “Merry Christmas” outside of their school. Finally, someone is not afraid to say it! All you hear these days is “happy holidays and holiday party” and everything else except “Merry Christmas.” Thank you, Cleveland, for your example.</p> Free Speech Tue, 05 Jan 2010 16:17:27 -0500 FreeSpeech for 11-04-09 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/40357 <p>I have come to notice that there are a great number of cars from other states here in Georgia. I have repeatedly seen the same cars week after week, month after month. A person has 30 days to change their license plates as well as their driver’s license when moving here from another state. I cannot see where it would be a problem for law enforcement to pull over a car with out of state license plates to check to see how long they have been in Georgia and if they have moved here to ticket them if they have been here for 30 days or more. There seems to be a great deal of “lost tags” or “tag applied for” driving around. Stop these vehicles to see if in fact this is the case. You may also want to check on those “dealer tags.” This might help the municipalities with their financial shortcomings by enforcing all of the above.</p> Free Speech Tue, 03 Nov 2009 16:17:47 -0500 FreeSpeech for 10-07-09 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/39780 <p>[What do you really think? Email us your pithy opinions, your short takes on life in Fayette and environs, your gotta-get-it-off-your-chest questions or sound-offs. Emails only to editor@TheCitizen.com. Put Free Speech in your subject line and include your contribution as the body text of your email. No signature required. No phone calls, faxes or snail-mail letters, please. No personal attacks on private persons, but just about any aspect of public life is fair game.]</p> Free Speech Tue, 06 Oct 2009 15:19:16 -0400 FreeSpeech for 09-16-09 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/39361 <p>Bost Hogg, being the loser in court on the silly recall hearing, should not only have to pay lawyer fees but also pay for the judge. And by the way, why are we taxpayers paying extra for this other judge? We have judges on salary that should have heard the case. Why we paying</p> Free Speech Tue, 15 Sep 2009 16:31:17 -0400 FreeSpeech for 09-02-09 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/39041 <p>How sad for Terry Garlock. He served admirably in Southeast Asia, but didn’t receive a ticker-tape reception when he returned from Vietnam 40 years ago. Apparently, he lies awake at night cursing the Woodstock attendees (many of whom were Vietnam vets) who had fun one weekend while he was away serving very nobly for an ignoble cause. His ire is misdirected. Instead of criticizing a few music fans who didn’t share his views, he should be angry at the Presidents who invented a incident to start the war (Gulf of Tonkin attack), lied to the American people about our progress (Tet Offensive), lied to Congress about escalating the war (bombing Laos and Cambodia), and sacrificed over 58,000 brave American soldiers for a cause they later abandoned — as well as rogue soldiers who sullied the army’s good name by committing atrocities (My Lai). Instead of being proud of his own personal sacrifice, Mr. Garlock must vilify his peers who didn’t serve with him (perhaps for cowardice as he suggests or perhaps because they saw the futility of the struggle that he couldn’t). The sad conclusion for Mr. Garlock is that he devotes so much time to revisionist history to prove that America’s cause was heroic when he need only rest in his own knowledge that he acted heroically. Thank you for your service Mr. Garlock; get some peaceful sleep.</p> Free Speech Tue, 01 Sep 2009 16:28:19 -0400 FreeSpeech for 08-19-09 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/38813 <p>When a tree falls on my property during a storm, I have to hire a company to remove it. When a tree falls on a Fayetteville city councilman’s property, he has city workers and city trucks to remove it. That’s your taxpaying dollars at work.</p> Free Speech Tue, 18 Aug 2009 16:58:42 -0400 FreeSpeech for 08-05-09 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/38484 <p>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.</p> Free Speech Tue, 04 Aug 2009 16:39:04 -0400 FreeSpeech for 07-29-09 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/38358 <p>My son had to go for a special job for his company in Holland. As it would last four months, and being a single father, he needed to take his two kids with him. He went to Starr’s Mill High School to look into keeping the kids’ school books so they could keep up with their class. He was refused even though he offered to pay a deposit or outright buy the books. Two friends of my 15-year-old granddaughter wanted to come to the U.S. for a visit, part of the time school starts here. My son went to Starr’s Mill to see about the two girls sitting in a few classes. He thought the girls could be invited to take a few minutes and tell about their country and answer a few questions. My son was told the girls would not be allowed on campus. I am very ashamed of the school board and administrators. Are they so strict that allowances can’t be made?</p> Free Speech Tue, 28 Jul 2009 16:07:33 -0400 FreeSpeech for 07-22-09 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/38212 <p>Could the missing signs and the walking signs in Peachtree City be one and the same?</p> <p>Okay, Kroger, your redesign sucks enough to stop traffic and taxes. It’s only a matter of time before before someone gets run over trying to into or out of your newly re-designed store in Fayetteville. You have people running into each other trying to get into and out of the exit doors, and if you park near the entrance doors, you take your life in your hands getting back to your car.</p> Free Speech Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:41:40 -0400 FreeSpeech for 07-01-09 http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/37765 <p>Yard sale season is upon us. Everyone loves the opportunity to make some money if they’re holding a sale, or finding a treasure if they are the buyer. But, as a frequent yard sale attendee, I have noticed increasingly people being inconsiderate in the way they park, often times making it difficult for through traffic or for homeowners to exit their own driveways. Many times, I have witnessed a lot of careless driving including speeding, pulling out of a space without looking, not signaling, etc. Have fun at yard sales this summer, but please remember common courtesy and safety.</p> Free Speech Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:36:32 -0400