PC courts vs. the reality of terror

The London Bridge attack was the third Islamist terrorist attack in Britain in as many months, the second in 11 days. Many killed, scores injured. Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday, “Embarrassing conversations need to be had.” (American dog-whistle code, no more PC) May was not “embarrassed” to call out Islamist extremism and too much […]

A letter of apology

Having been privileged to host the previous three Memorial Day Remembrances, it has been an honor to recognize all of our special citizens, especially those from World War Two. Yesterday I mentioned that I knew of two in the audience, but regretfully, I failed to recognize a third. This most special individual enlisted in the […]

The repairs to Hwy. 54 pavement: Too little, too late

Back in 2014, the “black tar rumble strips” applied on Ga. Highway 54 through Peachtree City and between PTC and Fayetteville, were said to have been a “temporary fix.” Now we’re learning that the state’s definition of “temporary” is at least four years. (“Fayette’s rough roads get patches,” The Citizen online, March 19, 2014; recent […]

Cringe-worthy letter shames overdose victim

I am personally affected by the article that appeared in the May 17 The Citizen (“A letter to a dead addict”). The headline made me cringe. The writer squarely put the burden on the young woman who died: “Well, you did it. You’re dead.” That statement alone stirred my compassion for the young woman and […]

GOP bill is false fix for healthcare

The “fix” to the ACHA that the Senate is working on is no improvement at all to the House bill. There is nothing in it to protect the poor and the middle classes, those with pre-existing conditions who might let their coverage lapse, children, the elderly, the disabled. It protects nobody but the rich and […]

Healthcare and lack of knowledge

It is surprising to me that some many otherwise intelligent people seem to be completely lost when it comes to healthcare insurance. A recent letter to The Citizen by a retired colonel is a good example. He rants about government being involved in healthcare, which is strange in that retired military get more government healthcare […]

Readers have their say on tax assessments

Readers have their say on tax assessments

Last week we asked our readers to email their responses to property tax assessments recently mailed in Fayette County. Below are emails we’ve received since then, closing in on three dozen so far. One thing to keep in perspective: Property owners who received little to no increases probably would not object, whereas those who got […]

Assessing agenda of each appraisal

A 12 percent increase in home values in Fayette County? Let’s look at the facts regarding home valuations. Each and every appraisal/valuation is subject to the purpose for which it is being done. In the past many appraisals were done to reap the highest value possible for the buyers, lenders, mortgage companies, etc. This practice […]

Fayette’s tax burden pressures residents to move elsewhere

Last year’s assessment at “fair market value” — $527,400. This year’s assessment at “fair market value” — $589,600. Percentage increase: 11.8%. Total tax burden: $6934.18. The total increase in assessment over the last two years comes to just over $100,000 with absolutely no capital improvement on the property. While one should be pleased that someone, […]