A response to the article on the upcoming election is warranted.
It is real easy to label and criticize the contentious atmosphere that has enveloped the current [Peachtree City] Council. But, you need to look deeper to discover the merits of the disagreements.
Discussions, disagreements and debates are needed. Harmony for the sake of harmony does not serve the citizens.
Issues that arise have consequences, both short- and long-term, for both the city and the citizens. Middle or common ground can be quicksand.
For instance, the willingness to add another traffic light to Ga. Highway 54 West, a cut-through to Planterra Way, support of a SPLOST, raise taxes, take money out of the reserves or add more debt to the city are all yes or no questions. There is no middle ground.
The tone of the City Council is placed squarely on each elected member. It is incumbent for all to understand the city charter and acknowledge and accept the limits of authority and rules of the office they hold.
Everyone runs individually, not as a slate, on a campaign platform and promises. Once elected all have a voting record. Each must be judged on their own. Have promises made been promises kept?
There is an expectation from people that resolutions are achieved through mutual respect between elected officials. Agree to disagree, if need be, but move the city forward to a secure and realistic future.
It would be wonderful if council were all on the same page. Since this is not the reality, look at the details of all issues coming before council and see what each participant brings to the discussion. Are they working for personal glory or for the good of the city?
Peachtree City, Ga.
[Mrs. Haddix is the wife of Mayor Don Haddix.]