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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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hutch866's picture

Great game, 20-19 the Mill, and you did it without Laskey, Fandamntastic.

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What a great game it was.

Beating Tucker without Laskey ... wow!

I hope the Laskey kid is OK.

Observed a certain blond PTC police captain in uniform and driving a PTC patrol car at our local Wal Mart on Wed, Dec 8, about 3:30 PM. Guess not wanting to violate city policy prohibiting smoking in city vehicles, the captain just tossed the cigarette on the ground. Never know who is watching!

oldretired202

[quote=oldretired202]Observed a certain blond PTC police captain in uniform and driving a PTC patrol car at our local Wal Mart on Wed, Dec 8, about 3:30 PM. Guess not wanting to violate city policy prohibiting smoking in city vehicles, the captain just tossed the cigarette on the ground. Never know who is watching![/quote]

First because she is smoking in a publicly owned vehicle and secondly because she is littering all over the city.

Look at Shannon Mall folks.... there is PTC in ten years.

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Took the wife there tonight to return something to Macy's. That place is like visting a haunted house! Completely dark from one end to the other, from Macy's to Sears. Almost ran off the road trying to turn with one hand on the wheel and one on the 1911. -GP

Why not keep both hands on the JMB and let the wife drive?

Hey oldretired you know that smokers are pigs. They throw their butts out the window all the time. I see it every day on the streets and gutters going into subdivisions. I am not sure why they do it but then again they do smoke and that tells you something about their mentality

hutch866's picture

This was a great concert, and helps a great cause.....
https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/DetailNews.aspx?S=4067&NID=1373&NTID=1

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How good are your prediction skillz?

Go <a href="http://www.thecitizen.com/node/5109">HERE</a> to take the 2011 Citizen Blogger Inflation Prediction challenge!

Go on record with your prediction for overall inflation in the United States in 2011!

Rules in that thread.

hutch866's picture

Muddle posted this earlier today, he's down in Fla. with his mother...

After a long conversation with both my mother's best nurse and the surgeon who is spearheading my mom's treatment, we authorized a "no code" (DNR) tonight. It is pretty clear that we are in the final stages.

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dawn69's picture

I am so sorry to hear this. Please let him know that I am thinking of him and his family.

<"The most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller>

my sincere prayers are with Muddle and his family.

Cyclist's picture

Keep us in the loop.

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On the way to iron plant this morning - while it was still dark - I seen a rare sight in Riverdale; someone actually in the crosswalk. I had the green light while the "ped" had the blinking red hand so I wondered do I have to stop?

GVC 40-6-91 - Right of Way in Crosswalks - makes no mention if the "ped" is illegally crossing but states the burdened is on the motorist who has to yield to the "ped". The "ped" didn't appear that she was going stop anytime soon as I started to slow down. This caused the car behind me to brake but I can tell the he wasn't about to stop. That car switched lanes quickly and accelerated by me on the right. As that car went by I noticed it was a Riverdale PD patrol unit. Oh well, and the beat goes on.

Oh, I continued through that intersection with caution.

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Both the pedestrian and the cop assumed what you were thinking about!

I assure you if you had hit this person no matter the light color, you would be in serious trouble!

A dead person is far better evidence than you saying you had a green light!

He certainly has had a lot to contend with. It never gets easier, but it always seems doubly sad when it is around the holidays.

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From muddle about 4 hours ago....
A quick update: We took my mom off of the ventilator at 4:30. It is nearly 6:30 as I write and she is still hanging on and peaceful. We'll remain here in ICU long enough to see her off.

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PTC Observer's picture

Sad, sad stuff this

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From muddle.....

It has become common practice to include an "in lieu of flowers" clause in obituaries. I'll have one of my own, but we will not be naming a charity.

One memory that helps to define my mother was when she was in the grocery and overheard an elderly couple discussing their dire financial circumstances and wishing they could afford the groceries they really needed. She apologized for overhearing and asked if they would allow her to buy them their groceries. They gratefully accepted her offer.

If you knew my mother, you know that this is but one of countless instances in which she put the interests of others ahead of her own. She was, quite frankly, the most selfless person I have ever known.

In lieu of flowers, please practice a random act of kindness over these holidays

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Cyclist's picture

Thinking of you.... I will do that act of kindness.

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Sharing that inspirational memory has given the season its true meaning. Continued support to the 'muddle' family during a difficult time - and 'random acts of kindness' will be at the top of our agenda! Your mother has blessed many.

Godspeed to you and your Family.

Act of Kindness will be done....

Pay it forward.

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Our Prayers are with you.

[quote=hutch866]From muddle.....
In lieu of flowers, please practice a random act of kindness over these holidays[/quote]

*smiling* <em>done!</em>

Muddle, your mother is a remarkable woman.

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I certainly will do this in memory of your mom.

Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I'll miss you
Until we meet again!

-- Author Unknown

AJC announced tonight that Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah will be filming a movie here at the Fred this summer. <a href="http://www.ajc.com/news/fayette/peachtree-city-amphitheater-wins-776979....

next year? That's not something we hear about every day, is it? Way to go PTCCVB.

Anyone know about this? Seems they didn't get the proper permit to parade down Main St., so they are going be in an empty lot next to City Hall?

If you have never seen them in person, go see them. Take your kids/grandkids. They are magnificent. I just don't get the permit bit. I mean, who's gonna stop them if they decide to take a little stroll? If you've seen them, you'd know what I mean.

Buncha govt. Grinches, if you ask me.

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has got the attention of a few lawmakers at the gold dome. Oh, and Perdue is in the scheme. Imagine that.

<a href="http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia_elections_news/2010/12/16/senate-leaders-ob... leaders object to Oaky Woods deal</strong></a>

This is just wrong.

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so why not apply those funds to the needed Trauma Centers? Do we have misplaced priorities here? I still favor using the unspent portion of the dumb "Go Fish GA" funds ($20+ mil originally appropriated) for the Trauma Centers.

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Regardless of what one thought of Bernie McMullen, he did work for seven plus years as our city manager. Today was his farewell at city hall. In attendance was our two previous mayor's, several council members of past and present, and even Mr Logsdon was the Master of Ceremonies.

Conspicuous by their absence was our current mayor and his second vote, Mr Sturbaum.

I mean really, guys.

Cyclist's picture

minute gift? Well here's one that's an American classic!!!! Be proud and display your very own Chi, Chi, Chi, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsOMHjXxzSc&feature=related"><strong>Chia Obama</strong></a>!!! Just spread those seeds and watch it grow.......scary isn't it.☺

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Cyclist's picture

Hey gang,

We could get some snow accumulations in the area if a subtropic low stays on its current trajectory just off the Florida panhandle coast and pumps moist warm gulf air over much colder air near the ground which is currently inbound to the area. While this is not going to be anything like the March '93 event it should be pretty and on Christmas.

Cy

See the news story in The Citizen as well.

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Happy New Year.....................................................!!!!!

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Happy New Year to u too! I am so looking forward to 2011. This Monday I have a scan to check n see if the cancer is back. I feel good about it. Hope u are well!

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We'll all be thinking about you!!!!

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Any idea where git real is at?

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I seen the old goat last Tuesday. He'll be at the farm soon.

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hutch866's picture

The hutchette made 3rd chair All-State Orchestra.

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Cyclist's picture

will be very visible tonight starting at 6:24p on the Northwest horizon and reach max altitude of 45 degrees at 6:29p and continues to the Southeast horizon at 6:32p. It's supposed to be almost as bright as Venus. Get out of the house and see it!!!!

http://www.heavens-above.com/gtrack.asp?date=40555.9784778592&lat=33.449...

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Wouldn't you say we have wasted at least a TRILLION dollars on tne NASA program since 1965? Maybe would have been better spent on infrastructure and schools.

It got us cell phones and all that crap kids are wasting their lives with is about all.

We are not going up there anywhere to live in the next thousand years.

Cyclist's picture

it must be a slow day, eh?

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As usual, no opinion on anything, huh? To hard to fathom.

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I can't play right now as I got to go to my "man cave" and change the oil in couple of cars.

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<strong>Wouldn't you say we have wasted at least a TRILLION dollars on tne NASA program since 1965?</strong>

Nope.

But you know a lot of money was wastefully spent starting in the mid 60's on that war on poverty thingy. All that money spent and it yielded what?

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Pretend it is 9 days ago and I walked up to you and tell you the following-

The Falcons and Patriots will be done for the season by MLK Day.

A US Congresswoman and many others would be dead or injured by MLK DAY.

You will have snow and ice on the ground outside your house for 7 of the next 10 days straight.

Jeez....enough already.

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Does anyone know if the Kevin McMullin (PTC Firefighter)that was arrested is the son of former City Manager Bernie McMullen? I just saw a very short clipoin WSB news about him being arrested. Very little info and it seems to me that this would/should be a very BIG story here in the paper (wether it was or was not the former city managers son).

It seems that that this paper is slipping. I know it has been a while since I posted, but what has happed to free speech. It has not been updated in months. At a glance it seems that the "have your say" only applies to regulat columnists.

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Regis is retiring. We better keep an eye on roundabout. I don't know how he's going to take this.

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