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  • Reply to: FreeSpeech for 10-06-10   10 min 13 sec ago

    As a child living in Spain, we learned a very helpful word that I feel you are looking for in this case. Caca...just to help you fill in the blank. I am so proud I was able to remember and use that word over 50 years later....thanks!

  • Reply to: Classes in Obamanomics   10 min 48 sec ago

    I would like to throw something out there and see just what the opinion of fellow bloggers may be:

    We have two young men, Joe and Jack. Both are from average homes, a father, mother and younger sister. Both fathers work at blue collar jobs, both moms are stay at home moms.

    Joe applies himself, attends school regularly, studies toward getting a scholarship for college. He is interested in engineering. Joe participates in sports at school but also has an after school job earning extra money. He hopes to buy a car so he can get a better job farther away from home.

    Jack attends the same school, but sees no reason to apply himself. He barely passes his classes, particpates in no school activities and prefer to hang out with his buddies after school.

    Graduation day John is awarded a four year scholarship to a decent college. Jack barely graduates. John goes off to college, applies himself once again and works at a part-time job to help with expenses.

    Jack gets a job through a friend of his father's, helping out at a garage. After several weeks he is let go; he was often late, sometimes did not even bother to come in and showed no interest in his job. Dad's friend had to let him go. He then got a McJob, going from one fast food place to another.He becomes a father, the couple livies with one set of parents then another. Finally Jack decides he can make more by getting food stamps and other benefits from the government than a low paying job. His children get PeachCare, or whatever the free health care is called, he and his wife go to the emergency room for any medical needs. Now there are 3 children and they are in government subsidized housing.

    Joe finishes college, gets a job with an engineering firm, starting at the bottom. He doesn't mind because he knows he will move up the ladder and he does, by hard work, offering suggestions and putting in the time. He marries his high school sweetheart who has her teaching degree and is working at a local elementary school. They wait to have a child so they can save for a good down payment on a home. They aren't wealthy but they are doing okay and have insurance and other benefits from their jobs.

    Now, the question---should Joe have to help take care of Jack who has no job, no education, no future but has a girlfriend/wife and several children.? Should Joe be obligated to do the 'humane" thing,? What should Jack's obligation be/have been? Does Joe have to become his brother's (Jack) keeper when Jack did nothing for himself?

  • Reply to: 6 public hearings on Thursday Fayette Commission’s agenda   33 min 28 sec ago

    Barlow has a new suit shoes!

  • Reply to: FreeSpeech for 10-06-10   1 hour 22 min ago

    Really??? Why is he now charged by the Army?

    What a bunch of _______ coming from this administration.

  • Reply to: First craft beer festival is Saturday in Fayetteville   1 hour 50 min ago

    Actually you could a year ago....;

    Don't know where you were living a year ago, but you could buy alcoholic drinks out of restaurants on Sunday in Fayette County and in PTC for many years. Couldn't buy it in the store "to-go" but, in restaurants, sure.

  • Reply to: Classes in Obamanomics   2 hours 5 min ago

    Now I'm curious; what about those who are not here legally. Are they going to participated in this little utopia you have described?

  • Reply to: 6 public hearings on Thursday Fayette Commission’s agenda   4 hours 23 min ago
    Husband and Father of 2

    I don't agree with everything he does either, but he is the best leader of the 5.

    The problem was that three thought the present chair could do a better job. If you have been to meetings or watched on the net, you can see its a lack of preparedness. You couple that with being outworked, and yes, you will have a problem.

    Lets look at the last few weeks. Mr. Brown brought the HB issue up regarding transportation and now he is following up with new proposals due to the willy washy meetings procedures along with limiting spending limits. What has anyone else brought to the table? We may not like some of the methods, but one has to admit, he outworks all the others.

  • Reply to: First craft beer festival is Saturday in Fayetteville   6 hours 44 min ago

    Forty five bucks...or even twenty bucks. How many beers do you have to drink to break even?
    Thanks for correction on price....I think.
    A year ago, couldn't even buy a drink on Sunday anywhere in this county. Now, come on over and get that BAL up, while on county land, before you get in your vehicle and drive home. Sweet.

  • Reply to: Racism today in America   7 hours 7 min ago
    Earl E Bird

    I thought Fayette County was a bastion of white supremacy? That's what the NAACP says? And you not so long ago agreed. LMAO

  • Reply to: 6 public hearings on Thursday Fayette Commission’s agenda   7 hours 9 min ago

    Anyone who thought SB was going quietly into that good night after loosing the Chairman vote, is nutz. Like him or not, he craves attention.

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   8 hours 3 min ago
    Husband and Father of 2

    Sounds like we keep as is and hope they provide help marketing better to fill the rooms. Then we receive the taxes anyway. Just not as much.

    Do not approve any of the variances requested. It is just not worth it and will show that council simply cares about the tax dollars and not the people that make up the community.

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   8 hours 5 min ago

    This seems somewhat contradictory. On one hand they say they don't typically keep a property such as Dolce in the portfolio, then they say they have a plan for property renovations IF the sale doesn't go through. I wonder what they really mean?

    Whichever happens, I see the property tax assessment going up...or at least it should.

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   8 hours 9 min ago

    PTC CVB Meeting Jan 21, 2015

    Partial meeting minutes:

    "Blumberg stated that a purchase sale agreement was signed on January 9th with Dolce and Great Wolf. Blumberg stated that GE Capital is their owner and they do not typically hold assets like Dolce and that the property has been on the market. Blumberg stated that Great Wolf would look to repurpose the property for a hotel and indoor water park. Blumberg stated that it would go to the planning commission on the 9th of February. Blumberg stated that Great Wolf would keep some of the existing buildings and just remodel. Blumberg stated that if the sale does not go through that management has presented a plan to do extensive remodeling of the facility and the owners would not put the property back on the market, Blumberg says the timeline is March/April for a decision. Blumberg stated that either way this decision goes, the intent for both options is to be a long term player in the market. Blumberg stated that Great Wolf will close the property for renovations and depending on the timing it could be anymore from July to September."

    For those who cannot make the 8AM Wednesday meetings held behind the public works area and in the cast house, Blumberg is Wende Blumberg, who is the general manager of the Dolce since May 2013. And she is the new Chairperson of the PTC CVB. The next meeting is going to be April 15th, the day before the mayor and council vote on this.

  • Reply to: Racism today in America   8 hours 9 min ago
    Davids mom

    When we use history to prevent the repetition of past mistakes - progress is achieved. The citizens in Fayette County are DEMONSTRATING positive change. Why not highlight the progress that has been made and celebrate it? Fayette County has attracted some of the largest corporations in our country and on the globe because of it's low prices - and it's acceptance of all world citizens. There are not many places in these United States that have the current reputation of Fayette County. Racism or anti those who are different, is not just an American problem. Because the words of our Constitution and the historical success of the changes made in this country in the past 50 years is recognized by the world, we are still looked up to for our implementation of an inclusive democracy. You can't celebrate progress if one refuses to look at the point at which progress began. We/ve come a along way in my lifetime - and there is hope that we will reach the goal of the DREAM in the not too distant future.

  • Reply to: Classes in Obamanomics   8 hours 25 min ago
    Davids mom

    • The right of access to health facilities, goods and services on a non-discriminatory basis, especially for vulnerable or marginalized groups;
    • Access to the minimum essential food which is nutritionally adequate and safe;
    • Access to shelter, housing and sanitation and an adequate supply of safe drinking water;
    • The provision of essential drugs;
    • Equitable distribution of all health facilities, goods and services.

    Equitable, non-discrimatory distribution depending on NEED. Amen!

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   8 hours 25 min ago

    Color me crazy, but I see this as pretty much a done deal. The commercial zoning is and has been in place. They only need a couple of variances to make this work. I don't see the City walking away from 1.6 million or so a year...assuming the study is accurate.

    I don't think it's the best fit for PTC, but I could see worse things going in there. Such as the parcel being broken up and developed in a hodge podge of things. Like most things, it is never as good nor as bad as it seems.

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   8 hours 58 min ago

    Workforce in FC
    The jobs will be minimum wage or just above. Anyone who says differently is lying. Yes, Alan, that's you and your faux expert newbie who has no clue what PTC is about. The age group of those being hired will be in the 18-24 year old group. GW said they do not hire under 18. This county has one of the highest percentages of seniors who go on to college. Someone tell us where this workforce is coming from when the majority of grads have packed up and left for college.
    Those 100 Dolce employees will become unemployed. All benefits and wages are out the window. Working in a conference center hotel vs. this wannabe disney environment is apples and oranges. Those long term highly professional hospitality staff there now would rather eat dog food than become a part of this chlorined kiddie camp.
    Did everyone watch the Undercover Boss video of GW? Oh, please do:

    My take on the "study"? Burn it, don't recycle or throw it away. Do the same with the Pond & Co. traffic memo joke, too.

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   9 hours 30 min ago

    Anyone of our reps who vote for this should be run out of town on a rail. The small tax benefit (if indeed there ends up being one) far outweighs the damage that will be done to our community. I would be picketing each of our representatives if I lived in the vicinity of this monstrosity. This is something we do not want, will not/cannot use as home owners and it will destroy our community. Why are they not looking at all the empty land that is around and not in the city to build this? We can only assume if this is voted in that someone is benefitting from their vote above and beyond what is 'supposedly' beneficial to the city. We did not move here to live in Clayton County and that is what our area will become as people move away and relocate to areas that are more like what Peachtree City was and could still be and home values plummet. That would be disgusting and sad.

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   11 hours 51 min ago

    $72 million in improvements on a 38-acre property.

    Seems to me you could spend a few million to buy some AR land or industrial land or Scarborough land and have almost $70million left over to build the thing from scratch (pun intended) and have universal support from council, planning Comm. and residents. It all depends upon location of course, but get your Google map looking at large pieces of land in and around PTC and make it work there. I'm talking to you Nancy Price - earn some of $800k windfall you are expecting.

  • Reply to: 6 public hearings on Thursday Fayette Commission’s agenda   12 hours 12 min ago
    Husband and Father of 2

    MLC, 467 and 475 are a given. We are simply too far past slow growth and saving our rural feel. And where else do we house all these new doctors and nurses?

    I am anticipating the fireworks when commission discusses the policy and procedure changes being proposed by Mr. Brown.

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   12 hours 20 min ago
    Husband and Father of 2

    One sided report

    The GTEII report was so one sided you almost have to throw it in the trash. What bothers me is no one on council has said anything about this. Property values, traffic, environment, increased crime, increased government expenses were all glossed over or not addressed. The majority of the city residents won't even get to use the main attraction (water park).

    They discuss jobs. 100 vs 500. I wish the Citizen article had gone into more detail regarding the jobs. What is the average pay and do these jobs include healthcare and benefits. I doubt most, except management, include benefits besides discounted swim.

    And why in the world would anyone approve $800K a year for increased marketing for the CVB?

    If I were on council, it would be an easy no vote. I have no problem with Great Wolf. It would be a great addition to the city and possibly the county. It's simply not the right location in a planned community.

  • Reply to: 6 public hearings on Thursday Fayette Commission’s agenda   19 hours 12 sec ago

    467 and 475 Veterans Pkwy. The last 2 pieces of the puzzle for Pinewood Forrest.

    One vote will allow for the tunnel under the road and the other will allow for the roundabout at Veterans Pkwy. and Sandy Creek Rd.

    Another historic moment in the history of Fayette County will come and go quietly Thursday night with this vote. The simplicity of "aye".

  • Reply to: Water park economic impact: Big for jobs; not so much for city taxes   20 hours 42 min ago

    Yo, Preston Chase and Coventry and assorted other dwellers along that tree lined Allbutseen Parkway.....question for you. When did FCDA or PTC Mayor and Council contract with anyone you know or they know to do a study on the negative property value this project is going to have on your home, your property, your quality of life?
    Did you get an offer of 10K of your tax dollars to have a study done for you, to protect you, your family and your biggest investment by any of the above?
    What's that you say? No? Really, no one called or wrote to you or emailed you or met with you or said they would give you the same courtesy, the same leg up, the same support as the FCDA has given Great Wolf and the CVB and the local politicians who have TDDS now? (Which is, of course, tax dollar drool syndrome).
    Surely just an oversight.

    Alan, you da man! You say it so it must be so. "The study was paid for entirely by the FCDA." Let's not parse words, shall we? I mean, are you confused and think you hold political office? Tell us Alan, where did that 10 grand come from now...come, come, you can say it, Alan.

  • Reply to: Racism today in America   21 hours 21 min ago
    PTC Observer

    It's not about race Mr. Garlock, it's about controlling the narrative and putting political opponents on the defensive. It's a progressive tactic used to deflect social failures instituted by government.

    Each individual is discriminated against to some degree, the question is how you react to it that makes the difference between being in control of your life or letting others control it.

  • Reply to: Piedmont Fayette Hospital to add 60 beds, expand ER   21 hours 35 min ago

    Fabulous! Really needed!

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