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FreeSpeech for 06-23-10

[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 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.]

To the lady in PTC with a cocker spaniel on a leash: Why don’t you let this animal poop in your own yard? You don’t even take a plastic bag with you. (Most dog walkers do not carry plastic bags with them, but they do make sure the dog makes it to the cart path system, prior to his release, that ends up draining into Lake Peachtree.) Then the dog, and you and I, drink that treated water, that comes to us via a water pipe, beneath the ground, where you stood, waiting for your dog to relieve himself. And once a week, prior to cutting the grass, I am in my yard, with a shovel in hand, scooping up a feces that started in your kitchen, in the form of table scraps, or pet food, plus a bowl of water, that came from a water pipe, beneath your clean yard.

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Fayette County Sheriff’s car #277, you need to get your turn signals fixed. You were weaving in and out of traffic this morning on Ga. Highway 314 and not once did you signal. I guess they are broke.

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To particular residents of Building A of Gable’s Courts Apartments (Steven’s Entry) and Building 13 of The Retreat Apartments (Senoia Road) who recently ordered Chinese food delivery, please spend some time to learn about tipping your driver before you order food again. There’s no reason to shaft a struggling college student; a common courtesy: if you cannot afford the tip, then pick the food up yourself.

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We keep hearing that the U.S. education system sucks and many states and other countries are doing a much better job of educating their population than we are. Here are some questions that need to be answered by the Georgia state superintendent of schools so that the average taxpayer can better evaluate our system: (1) How much are leading states and countries spending per student compared to us. (2) What are their average student/teacher and student/administrator ratios compared to us? (3) How many hours do they spend in core courses (reading, writing, arithmetic, history, and science) per week compared to us? (4) How many hours do they spend in school per year compared to us? (5) How many hours do they spend in physical training/sports and arts/music education each week? (6) What are their discipline standards? (7) And, why aren’t we doing what they are doing?

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To the parents of the kids that sprayed graffiti all over the stop signs and AT&T box in my neighborhood on June 15: I know your kids and where they live. This time I cleaned the graffiti off the signs. If this happens again, I’ll report them to the police. This time’s on me; next time’s on you.

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What in the world is PTC thinking? We need a Walgreens like we need a hole in the head. What a complete waste of money. Furthermore, we keep on building more retail spaces and cannot occupy the ones that are already in place. It should be a law that all open retail spaces must be occupied before we can build any more. PTC is becoming to look like a long lost western town with empty buildings. Along with the neglected cart paths, overgrown weeds, vacant houses, and empty retail spaces the city, like it or not, is in a sorry and declining state. Wake up, Mr. Mayor and council, before it’s too late.

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Wow! And yet another drugstore. Just what this town needs. Why not put it in one of the many vacant buildings in town. They are plentiful. And while we are at it, let’s build more apartments and condos. We can’t occupy the ones that are already built. I thought I had made a pretty good selection on the last election. Man, did I ever screw up. Promises made, promises broken. Sad, sad, sad.

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In response to Steve Brown’s letter to the editor, I don’t care what Steve Brown thinks of Jack Smith personally, he has no right to imply that the Bank of Georgia is a “failure.” The cease and desist order he linked to is a year old, if anyone cared to scroll to the end of the document to find out. They’re still open, in case Mr. Brown hadn’t noticed. The AJC article Mr. Brown quoted is also a year old, and was shortly followed by another article that he seems to have forgotten: “One small bank’s course to safer seas,” by Paul Donsky, which outlined the changes the bank had already made. The Bank of Georgia is not “Jack Smith’s bank,” as Mr. Brown asserts, and he should be ashamed of himself for falsely dragging a business’s reputation through the mud for his own political gain. This community needs to support its small businesses, including the community banks that have invested in our future.

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As somebody said in this column, Peachtree City is lucky to have a code enforcement office. Unfortunately, we almost never see one of its employees enforcing the ordinances. They don’t do it on their own; most of the time we have to call if we see any irregularity. I believe there are at least three employees

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Is it just me, or does PTC appear to be overgrown with weeds? There are many areas in town where the grass and weeds has grown several feet. I’m not sure if “I love to call it home anymore.” Let’s bring back our Public Works people and get this city back to looking like it should.



DarkMadam's picture

I happen to agree with the comment about PTC looking over grown. But this city would not be looking the way it is now if MORE PEOPLE would have gotten involved January 2009 and stood behind the employees and against the council. These employees were warned not to rock the boat. Don't question anything, not to show up at particular council meetings by supervisors (off the records...of course), and most of all shut up and just "take" their six weeks severance pay. One employee worked for the city 13+ years with a clean record but when they asked someone too many questions they were written up! And the article in the paper recently wondered why "not many" employees showed up at the last meeting. It is because they NEED their jobs and can not offer a public opinion without being punished for it ... indirectly or directly. Yes PTC looks bad, but frankly, and it pains me to say it, we have only ourselves to blame. Those that currently have all the power are the ones we voted there. We just didn't learn enough from the last Mayor and Council that we voted in and how badly the city ended up.

Fire the whole group and start over. Tammy has been in the business way to long and lost touch with reality.

OLDPTC's picture

Tammy is doing a fine job. She has helped us numerous times and gone beyond the call of duty. She has, in recent times, gone through a rough patch with a death in the family. Before you start looking at the speck in someone else's eye, please remove the plank out of your own.

"The truth will set you free!"

highflyer2's picture

Since accepting the job as Constable of Fayette County some three years ago, I have not met someone as determined and diligent as Tammy Babb. Ms. Babb has helped me in numerous situations and has always done it at a moments notice.
Lets all look at the facts…….revenue is not what it use to be in our cities and county. While we (as home owners) fuss to make sure our taxes don’t rise, our government offices are cut to the bone and STILL we expect the workers to do what they did when there was three times as many of them.
My hat goes off to you Tammy!

Westmoreland-Seabaugh "Code of Conduct"--- whatever happened with that story?

To the person who says that they hardly ever see code enforcement, check your facts. You say you "believe" there are at least 3 employees-you are incorrect. There are only 2 employees that are code enforcement officers. Tami Babb has not been in code enforcement for over a year. Her current title is Housing Code Official and she enforces the International Property Maintenance Code. And on top of the "2" code enforcement officers the city has for the entire city, one has been out for the last couple of months. So I "believe" that leaves 1 code enforcement officer for the entire city. So saying they are not doing anything is ridicilous-Imagine how it is to listen to your kids complain all day, multiply that by 10 by the whining and sense of entitlement that some, well a lot of the citizens in this town have. I know this information about this department because I chose to sign up for PTC 101 to learn more about our government and the faces that do it for us. They are dedicated employees and dedicated to the city in general. So, when PTC 101 comes around again you may want to sign up so you can find out what you "believe" may not necessarily be the case. Good job Code Enforcement, I don't know how you do it day after day!

eo1lurch's picture

If they were not always getting called to take care of a bogus complaints, they may have a chance to take care of real complaints. I know of one "crazy" resident that is upset with one of her neighbors and is always calling code enforcement. GROW to your neighbors if you have issues, leave code alone.

hutch866's picture

Ok people, show your discontent with our choices for commissioner, write in Cy, that's CYCLIST. Granted, he won't serve, but if he did, we would never find a more compassionate, learned, respectful, and better person for the position. I've known ol'Cy for four years now, sweated beside him working for our kids, fretted beside him hoping for our kids, and have enjoyed his company without reservation. He would be the ideal candidate, but alas, all we get are Smith and Brown, worse and worser. VOTE FOR CYCLIST, HE'S OUR MAN. MAKE YOUR DISPLEASURE KNOWN. Signs will go up soon.

I yam what I yam

Cyclist's picture

Luv ya man. We'll get together when I get back home to discuss strategies over a beer or two.

Now if this airplane would please get off the gate and start flying. The sooner I get home the better. I miss the boss.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

S. Lindsey's picture

and pass out flyers.. CY you da man rather you want to be or not 8-)

Be careful coming home...

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

Cyclist's picture

<strong>stupid. </strong>


<cite>COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- A man was injured when a loaded gun <strong>hidden inside a stove</strong> exploded after the homeowner started cooking, Fulton County police said.</cite>

<cite>Antoine Boutte told police that he normally kept his gun in the bottom of the gas stove so it would not get stolen and said he forgot it was there, according to an incident report obtained by Channel 2 Action News.</cite>

<cite>According to the report, Boutte and a few others had just returned home at about 3: 30 a.m. Saturday when they began cooking food. That’s when the gun started to melt and bullets started heating up and exploding inside the oven, the report said.</cite>

I would have posted the link to this story but lately, my posts that contain these links are not showing up. I wonder why?

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Cyclist's picture

an interview with a Douglas County Sheriff deputy discussing the use of roadside checkpoints during the holiday.

But why did the cameraman take a picture looking up at the deputy from the ground? I mean OMG, that deputy had a little extra tummy hanging over his belt. It kind of reminds me

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Cyclist's picture

AD Damon Evans had between his legs was.....well was UGA red?

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No what the Athletics Director had was a shade of red different than the official Georgia Football red.
It was more like what the Lieutenants in the "Red Hotz" wear at the school.
How do I know? I really don't!
Isn't such a thing really cheap to write up by a cop (red). He could have just said female under garment. NO, why even say that? She put them there, I guess.

Court, you are right--the panties had zip to do with what he stopped Evans for and the resultant charge. Just might be an nvasion of privacy.

Cyclist's picture

If you got some time, get the family together or get the grand kids or get your wife/husband and go see <strong>"Despicable Me"</strong>. It's a cute movie that I think everyone will enjoy. I suspect even our resident "old guy", bonker$ - in his latest <cite>nom de guerre</cite> - would like it.

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Cyclist's picture

Where ole Cy is racking up a score against those pesky fish.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

Is anyone out there going thru this digital converter crap?

Cyclist's picture

You mean Comcrap's little game to get more money out of you?

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That is about $2160 a year. About $2000 more of stuff I didn't have for 50 years!
Where is my Apple White" 4G? I can then waste all of my time!~ I can APP myself to death. (Instead of working those hours)

Why yes, the very same. I have 5 tv's, and just got 2 of the DTA's (the free converters). One to hook up to an analog tv, one to hook up to another analog tv with VCR (how's that for old?). Knowing how anything they change results in a tech visit to my house, I tried to do just the tv connect. Nothing. Two phone calls to a nimwit in the Phillipines and still nothing.

I have been thinking of going to Direct TV for about 3 months, but the BBB has given THEM an "F" rating for their service! And, they cost more. Screwed every which way. Do you have Comcast, may I ask?

Cyclist's picture

Yep. We have five TV's on cable which, when we get back form the beach, we'll be down to three because of their little game. The three remaining are all on the digital plan already. I'll miss the TV in my workshop but I should watch it less anyways. I remember a few years back when TV was free and there was no cell phones or internet. Heck I'm paying $300 a month for phone, internet and TV. It's nuts. Oh, the boss just bought them new I4 phones. I get to pay for that next month.

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I might, just might, tolerate some of these fees that never existed before, if these providers ever learned to EARN my business. You know, the concept of customer service to go WITH the product? It is an anachronism nowadays. None of this equipment can be bought anymore, it has to be "leased". This is so much b.s.
The feds tell them they all have to go digital then step back and let them charge for every freakin' nut, bolt and box to get there. Not just once, but monthly till you die.
I pity the poor tech who is coming between 8 and 11am tomorrow. They tell me it will be up to the tech whether they charge me $17. to come out to get THEIR equipment hooked up to 2 fewer tv's than I get reception on now, with remotes that have fewer functions than the ones we use now. Oh, yeah??

Cy, I bet your gang doesn't go potty without letting everyone know when and where and how. And get feedback on it, too. And to think of the poor souls in the world who are worried about whether they can make just one meal for one day to keep their families alive. Thanks for listening, I just gotta vent now and then.

Cyclist's picture

I know what you mean. I wish I a had magic wand thingy that would solve all of that.

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SPQR's picture

You can feed more than one tv from the same satellite receiver ( and probably cable digital converter ) Of course it will be the same channel. You can also buy a remote control extender that allows changing channels in one room from another room. So if you can run a cable from a satellite receiver or convertor ( say in your bedroom) to your tv in your workshop you can see the same programing that's on the bedroom tv in the workshop. with the remote extender you can change channels on the bedroom receiver from the workshop. I've been doing this for years with Dish TV. However,If the boss wants to watch TV in the bedroom while your in the workshop you'll just have to watch Opera.

What you doing, buying phones for somebody's baseball team?

Cyclist's picture

Nope, I'm not but the boss....................enough said.

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What you said: Tv was free; no cells phones; no internet----and now you pay $3600.00 a year for that!

This IS an example of "job generation" that we could do without that is just ONE of the causes of our recession!

All "service" jobs---no American manufacturing to speak aboput!

Cyclist's picture

[quote=Courthouserules]no cells phones; no internet[/quote]

That kind of reminds me of the lyrics of song from an old TV show.

<cite>No phone ,no lights, no motor car,
not a single luxury
like Robinson Crusoe
it's primitive as can be.</cite>

Remember that one little buddy?

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