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FreeSpeech for 10-06-10

Outdoor burning ban is lifted. That’s great. Just when the weather cools down and we can turn off the air conditioning and open the windows. Guess we will have to hold our breath until the ban goes back into effect. Why can’t you just be a good neighbor and bag it and take it to the recycling center?

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Nothing lowers the quality of life in a town more than that angry, thumping, heartbeat noise that is popular with a few idiots and their “pimped” cars. I’m trying to have a nice evening on my back porch and suddenly it feels like there’s an earthquake or explosion somewhere. It’s a LOUD bass noise. I can’t believe this is acceptable in Peachtree City. Then I realize the source of the noise and I can’t help but feel like I live in some sort of ghetto. Low quality living. I don’t know where these individuals come from, but I think it’s time we silence the blaster tubes in their cars. Extremely loud noises are universally unacceptable. I should not have to tolerate sonic assault. It is a violation and these youngsters should be taught what is and isn’t appropriate and considerate in a civilized society. I am asking, as a citizen of Peachtree City, that the police please step up enforcement of the noise ordinances. Toughen the penalties if necessary. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. If you live near Ga. Highway 74, Peachtree Parkway, Robinson, Crosstown, or Hwy. 54, you definitely know what I’m talking about. Let’s find a solution to this growing problem. This is the #1 quality of life issue in Peachtree City, as far as I’m concerned. Thanks for reading my rant.

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I was sorry to hear the PTC Council is still considering a ban on gas carts. I use the paths for walking and for my electric cart and have for seven years, and during that time I have very seldom encountered a gas cart. I don’t believe there are that many here. The carts are not that loud and the smell of fumes lasts only a few seconds as they pass. They certainly do not pollute the the air as much as the numerous semi-trucks that travel Hwy. 54 through town day and night. I also don’t recall any of the council members saying they would ban gas carts before the last election. To do it now would be unfair and an abuse of power. What next, will they mandate hybrid autos for all citizens in the city? We are all hunkered down now waiting to see what the federal government will do to us next. We shouldn’t have to worry about our City Council in the same way.

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Thought I’d seen it all until I saw a bicyclist on Hwy. 54 in the middle of town, texting while driving a bicycle through town. I was behind him for a while and thought he was either drunk or impaired, but when I pulled up beside him, he was texting. This is just the greatest country in the world: you can ride down a major highway and text on your phone at the same time.

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I’d be delighted to share the road with cyclists. Is your bicycle licensed and are you paying insurance to drive it on the road? If not, hop on the cart path and quit blocking traffic on Hwy. 74 and 54 and endangering the public on Peachtree Parkway north and south.

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Aren’t bicyclists adorable in their brightly colored “Sesame Street” Speedo outfits? They look so manly and feminine.

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I have no problem with sharing the road with bicyclists. Although if I am going to share the road with them, I think it should be mandatory that they have their bicycles inspected yearly, pay taxes on them and have them properly licensed to use the roadways.

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Bicyclists on Peachtree Parkway north and south and on Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 74. Why not let golf carts travel on these roads also? They are more visible and provide more protection than on a bicycle and can travel just as fast or faster than a bicycle.

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Seen on the golf cart path: a blue stretch golf cart with five or six little children under 5 years old, and the Mommy (or babysitter) driving with one hand and talking on the cellphone with the other. May I ask why is it so important that you talk on the phone and jeopardize the lives of those small children? You are really a sad person.

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Someone keeps building sidewalks. These sidewalks start nowhere and end nowhere. There seems to be no logic to their location or purpose. It is the Fayetteville city planners or the county. Spend our money wisely, and this is not it. Let’s look at Whitney Street. The potholes are not deep but they can rattle your teeth and might burst a tire. City Council does not seem too concerned right now, but next year is an election year for some. Let’s see if anything happens then.

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After a 4.5 percent pay cut this past year for ALL Fayette County Board of Education employees, and a one-time “bonus” check of 1 percent of that back this year, many in the schools have found they are not being treated equally. The teachers were given a step-raise that gives them a raise for the years that they have served in the field. That is great and they deserve it, but what about the staff that work so hard to support the schools and the teachers? Although the board gave the teachers step raises, they did not give that step raise to staff positions or parapro teachers. Considering that HR only gives one year of credit for two years of work in any field and the 4.5 percent pay cut that everyone took, why are they left out? Some employes have 14 years of more experience in their field and are only given credit for six. To add insult to injury, they may have worked in the school system for four or more years, which would normally give them two steps, and have NEVER gotten a raise. Is this fair? Some of the full-time parapro teachers make so little that they have to go and get free meals at school just to feed their kids. For being the “best” school system in Georgia, are we really making it worthwhile for the good people to work for the FCBOE? How good do we want to be if Clayton County pays better?

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I have been living in a rental house for a little over two months that is found to have a mold problem. My health has suffered, and I was blessed to quickly find another place to live to get my children and me out of this unhealthy environment. I am a teacher in Fayette County and a single mother who is temporarily handicapped due to complications with a knee replacement surgery and a subsequent surgery six weeks later. Teachers get paid once a month, and my ability to move is limited. One of my coworkers caught me in an emotional state a couple days ago. I shared my plight with her. As a result, she has organized people (some of whom I do not know) to show up at my house on Saturday morning at 9 to help me move. I just wanted to let someone know that there are some seriously wonderful people in in Fayette County.

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I just returned from the members-only presale at the Friends of the Library book sale. When I got there at the opening time, an obvious book dealer was already indiscriminately grabbing handfuls of books and filling large boxes with them. He filled box after box as he grabbed books from under people’s noses. I was very offended that he was taking so many books away while I was looking at them. While I understand that the library benefits from huge sales, I think a dealer should only be allowed to shop after the rest of us have had a chance. A book dealer should not be allowed to shop before members and the general public. Even if the dealer has bought a membership in order to snag a lot of books, he should still not be allowed to make his huge purchase until the afternoon of the regular book sale day. We members are book-lovers who eagerly anticipate the book sales to find books by favorite authors. This man was only interested in taking what books he could grab and then selling them in order to make money for himself. He really took my joy out of the anticipated book sale.

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Why do road workers in Fayetteville decide to paint lines and arrows during school rush hour traffic on the main road through Fayetteville. Why not do this at night during non-busy hours. What is the road department and/or DOT thinking? Oh, maybe they aren’t.

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Although it was recently reported that Peachtree City and Tyrone have some of the lowest violent crime rates in the Atlanta area, we need to take off our rose-colored glasses and look at how crime has continually increased here over the years. We should all ask our sheriff to start the ball rolling to make these thugs not want to go to jail for free room and board and basketball. If our inmates were treated like those in Maricopa County, Ariz., and had to wear pink jumpsuits, work on chain gangs, give up smoking, coffee and unrestricted TV, that might just be a deterrent. Ask the sheriff to make the inmates clean up these blighted and foreclosed homes to help better our community. If he did this, he would be as popular as Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has been reelected an unprecedented five times. Take note, Sheriff Hannah.

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Why do we need a gate at Kenwood Park? There are plenty of Clayton County kids in our schools; why not the parks too?

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When I go to my son’s honor roll awards event I prefer not to have 40 minutes of black history month presentations forced on me. Let’s keep on task and honor those students that have worked hard for good grades. Inman Elementary, I’m looking at you.

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I am an American. I am also a Muslim and the mother of a young man who was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center nine years ago. This loss has been made even more painful by the attitudes of a growing number of Americans toward people of my faith. Please, please, try to understand that the great majority of Muslims are very much like you. We too want to see our children and grandchildren grow up in a safe and peaceful world. Do not judge an entire population by actions of the fanatic few. Anti-Islamic rantings, such as several published recently in this newspaper, are adding to the prejudice and misunderstanding that hurts us all. I thank those voices that have spoken out in defense of reason and tolerance. I wish I felt courageous enough to sign my name.

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The Tyrone mayor has been trying to get the council to hire a part-time code enforcement officer. After reading the minutes of the last council meeting, I can only surmise the reason a part-time code enforcement officer is not hired is because Mayor pro tem Furr stated, “In these economic times, we ought not to be too hard on the towns’ businesses.” As a taxpayer of Tyrone, I expect the council members including Mayor pro tem Furr to enforce the town ordinances in good and bad economic times. To do otherwise is a violation of her oath of office and she and any other council member that refuses to enforce the town ordinances should be removed from office.

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How hard would it be for the owners or operators of Marnelle in Fayetteville to enforce safety laws? If you’re going to post speed limit signs in the community, then find a way to put some actions behind the signs. Also, how many arrests have to made for driving without an operator’s license before you can remove them completely? One kid has been hit in the community. Will it take a kid being killed before someone enforces the law?

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PTC Observer's picture

I think I'll go outside and watch that rocket!

Cyclist's picture

Did you see it? It went right overhead.

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Cyclist's picture

Well actually a spent rocket body. This object is travel from south to north starting at 19:19 (7:19p) and will be directly overhead at 19:22 (7:22p). The magnitude will be .8 which will be easily seen. It can be distinguish from a jet liner since there are no blinking strobe lights. The rocket was launched in Japan in 2003 and carried aloft an IGS or information gather system. Kids really like seeing this sort of stuff. I suspect CHR$ would too. ☺

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Cyclist's picture

is on now.

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hutch866's picture

For commissioner, instead of Steve (won't answer questions) Brown.

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hutch866's picture

OK gang, it's not to late to vote for the Cyclist, yeah, Steve (won't answer questions) Brown has already won, but show your displeasure with out choices and our result, and vote for the Cyclist and not Steve (won't answer questions) Brown.

PS, In Steve (won't answer questions) Brown's defense, although I asked him several questions as soon as he declared for the office, the night before the election he did ask what the questions were, and said he had been out of town. The fact that he ran his whole campaign from out of town is an awesome feat, or a colossal lie. You be the judge.

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Dems vote tomorrow.

But it certainly doesn't sound like the "normal" Starship store. Not from the free advertising, I mean article, on the front page of our neighboring town's newspaper.

I may have to check it out.

Busy Bee's picture

Goofy would have been more appropriate, but they only count votes with a first and last name, and I don't know Goofy's. So I decided to vote local and cast mine for Bald Cyclist.

hutch866's picture

Voted for the Bald Cyclist.

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Funny, Pelosi didn't seem to get the memo 2 years ago.

I told JeffC around a year ago, the House was going GOP, he said no way. I would like to hear his comments on this. He seems to have pretty good ones, most of the time. :)

I was on the record as predicting that the Democrats would retain control of the House and Senate too. Turns out I was half-right.

The Democrats lost 60 seats in the house, including 26 out of 54 seats held by "Blue Dog Democrats".

Give credit where credit is due: The Republican strategy of "Party First, Country Second" worked for them election-wise.

Unfortunately, now they'll have to actually govern, which has been the Repubs' Achilles heel historically.

BTW, what do you think of Cal Thomas column this week...should "Job 1" of a Republican house be to extend tax cuts for the richest 1%?

1/3/5/10%, pick number and just do it. The Senate will attempt to block anything meaningful that comes across the board in this area.

Honestly, I've always liked the way our Govt works when it "gridlocked" so to say.

Will the newly elected GOP's be the old breed, or the new breed? That will tell the tale.

I've made money under all administrations, I'm not all that partial to one or the other. I'm a fiscal conservative and a social liberal.

I will say, that until we get this "foreclosure" thing under control, this Country will continue to suffer. Big time. I know folks, good folks, developers even :), that have been hurt a lot. These folks provided a LOT of jobs to good people, and they are all hurting.

It didn't help the Dems when they basically "crammed" Govt Healthcare down the Countries throat. I think that cost them more than anything.

TinCan's picture

Sorry Hutch, you're too late. Should have posted this to cover early voters. Guess I wasted my protest write in.

hutch866's picture

I actually forgot that we still had Steve on the ballot, as long as Steve didn't get the vote, it wasn't wasted. I hope this doesn't offend the ptctaxpayer too much, according to him us "old guys" shouldn't have opinions. Funny how when you reach 53, it doesn't seem as old as it used to.

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TinCan's picture

Hey...I'm one of them. Don't think he was elected by PTC votes. And if you can't have an opinion at 53 I might as well fold up shop and quietly expire.

TinCan's picture

Somewhere on here someone asked a question about the number of write in votes cast in the Stevie B contest. The Fayette county results shows 912 write ins out of 31123 votes cast.

Here's the link to the voting results.
<a href="http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/elections/archives/1122010%20SOVC%20REPOR...

It's quite lengthy. Brown totals on page 120 out of 184.

Based upon the Citizen article linked below it appears that somewhere over 11k people did not bother to vote in this uncontested post.
<a href="http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/11-03-2010/fayette-voter-turnout-nov-...

hutch866's picture

Look under the jobs heading, they are looking for a experienced 2 year old teacher. How much experience can you have at 2?

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Besides that, who would they teach?

Cyclist's picture

in Fayetteville is......well it's no more. It seems that the parent company went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy and had to close and release some of its restaurants.

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I won't miss them--never darkened their door.

TinCan's picture

Went once several years ago. Not impressed.

Didn't 1 of the past county credit cards get used there too often? Guess they missed that patronage.

hutch866's picture

Meeting Hack at the Fayetteville Starbucks at 10 am today for coffee, all are welcome to attend.

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Pay attention to your trash co. bill. Just got a 12% increase. No advance notice. Was just told "all customers have been given the increase due to an increase in landfill costs". Even with a justified increase of any amount, no company deserves my money unless I am notified in advance of a rate increase. Time to fire them and use another co.

TinCan's picture

Ironically I got to CLM because of an unannounced rate increase by Waste Management a year or so ago. Haven't checked lately, but I think CLM is still the least expensive. Getting a little tiring changing services since I just dropped Wells Fargo because of loss of features I had with Wachovia online banking. Also because of higher scheduled fees for screw ups even though I never encountered any of them.

SPQR's picture

Check out IWS 678 854 8169

I fired Republic and hired ANS. Ans Sold out to IWS (integrated Recycling Solutions) $40.00

Thanks for the feedback. CLM told me today they haven't had a rate increase for 2 years. So? You just don't slap one on your customers without any notice. It's not only a way too huge increase, it's the lack of customer service in not notifying you of it. I can (barely) tolerate rate increases, just don't take my money for granted and feel the service doesn't have to go with it. If I have to pay the same increase with another company, I will. CLM needs to feel the financial backlash when they do stupid stuff like this. In Sept. 07 when I went with CLM, I paid $33. New rate this bill...$50.28. Thats almost a 54% increase in just over 3 years. Do I look that stoopid that I wouldn't notice this? (Don't answer that). I'll let you know what I find out.

You don't complain about their pickup svc, just their admin procedures. C'mon, get over it--or start your own trash pickup service. BTW, just curious--does your auto insurance co tell you in advance that they're gonna charge you more? How about electricity? And what would you do different if they did?

So stop trying to regulate them! Competition is dead.

Right?

CLM trash was delisted from NASDAQ recently but with the help of good old Goldman Sachs and Macquire Capital loans went private.
At least they aren't controlled by the Mafia as was the case for many garbage companies in the past.

Getting in with a small fee and then very quickly, (1-2 years) as dictated by the financiers, raise the price heavily, is a standard ploy.

We do have about three companies we can use don't we? Guess the prices aren't fixed since our town government is supposed to keep up with this.

However, this is the reason some cities do their own garbage pick-ups!

Cyclist's picture

Interesting, $50.28? I seen that my CLM bill went up 10% to $57.27 for one pick-up per week for 3 months of service. The reason stated was to cover rising operational costs and regulatory compliance. Are you in PTC or the county?

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TinCan's picture

My last bill, paid earlier this month, was $51.28. That is with the senior discount. Starting to look like their rate schedule is "pick a number between $50 and $60". I don't think it has been as long as 3 years since I switched, but I also started at rate in the low $30s for three months pickups.

Cyclist's picture

Before the increase, I was paying $51.99 since June of 09 and no discount.

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invoice for $45.00, with senior disc. to 43.00 every 3 months in PTC 1 curbside p/u a week. New invoice due next month is 50.28 with sr. disc. to 48.28.

BTW, if the other companies want to know whose service you currently have (before they will quote you), don't take the bait.

for PTC (for what it's worth). (Quarterly-1 p/u wk.)
Republic $52.50 Activation fee $15.00 no senior disc. No increase in "a long time" (would not specify when the last one was)

Integrated Waste $46.00 no senior disc. no activation fee
They are the only locally owned co. (Fairburn), started up in 2/2009 have had no rate increases (other than an increase to customers of a co. they bought out) They have no increases planned. Would only do so if the cost of gasoline goes up.

Waste Mgt. -total waste of time-had to call twice-put on hold, muzak, got a person in Smyrna, she had to come back on the line 2 times to tell me to continue to hold, then connected to someone else in the sales dept. They only service 2 HOA's here- Planterra and Ashton Park. No other residential. PTC should take them off the list on their web site.

Update: Just called CLM to cancel service-they offered to match the competition if I stayed. I told them I got a rate from another co. that will save me almost $28.00 year and if they had offered to match when I called last Sat., I would have stayed. I told them no advance notice of rate increase was the game changer, with price offered being a match now. Compete and your company will retain customers. Simple as that.

is not worth my time on the phone spent negotiating with them.

To each his own.

have spent on here, no doubt.

To each his own.

Now since the management of Fayette County are conservatives, this land fill increase for your trash IS NOT A TAX INCREASE!

It is a "FEE, as they call it.
It takes the same money to pay for it, and you can't just dump your garbage anywhere else, so you have to have it!

Other things that aren't tax increases are BONDS, SPLOSTS, Water & sewer increases, run-off fees, golf cart fees, school fees--the ones you pay that are not in your school taxes (or are they fees?),book fees, rolling stop fees, dark tail-light-fees, speeding fees, DUI fees, emergency vehicle fees, 911 fees, phone fees, license fees (other than drivers), tag fee, tag property fee, boat fees, trailer fees, swimming fees, tennis fees, dog and cat fees, sports fees, and of course, marriage fees.
I don't think that mil rate fees and property value fees are taxes either since they do go up and down (mils up, value down but not enough).

Check this out
http://www.ajc.com/news/mystery-boom-still-confounding-755208.html

My guess is it was the combined noises of many, many bubbas of 2 bodily functions that have been overworked with turkey and beer for 2 days now. Call it The Day After Coming Out Effect.....and a good night's sleep was had by all.

Cyclist's picture

Perhaps it was one of those "hey y'all watch this" kind of moments. ☺

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Reminds me of college days when I lived in a UNC Chapel Hill dorm that also housed numerous football players. Some of them had a habit of calling others out into the hallway to observe the "lighting of voluntary flatulence"--not to be confused with "sonic boom"!

No, it was a UFO from Titentium Gallaxy, diving down for one last look before blasting off with hydrogen ions for home (they live in Pods).

I can't wait for the TV shows to add this to the UFO surety!

Cyclist's picture

Please check in. Don't make me send our super sleuth detective CHR$ to look for you..

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hutch866's picture

Was thinking about wulfman today, almost two years since we lost him, I'm sure Joey's Toy Box could use another donation. What say we make a collection for them in the wulf's name.

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Cyclist's picture

I like it.

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hutch866's picture

It turns out that our Muddles mother is in the hospital in Fla. and isn't doing so well, so if you have a extra prayer laying around, please, use it on Mama muddle, he would appreciate it, and so would I.

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Cyclist's picture

Will do.

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Cyclist's picture

Egad....it's cold here!!!

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