Read some of the lively conversations in recent reader comments on articles in The Citizen –
OPINIONS – Below are examples of our readers’ comments on articles published in The Citizen. Please note that ALL are the opinions of our readers, which reflect only their opinion, and not necessarily the opinion of the Citizen.
From My.02 – Features of modern public schools that students may miss out on if given financial freedom of choice:
Instructions about who is the victim and who is the executioner in our society.
Biological men on women’s sports teams, in their bathrooms and locker rooms.
Several times more than those administrators who were “needed” when we went to school.
Reliable identification of your student’s gender, whether you know it or not.
Do not demand, acknowledge or celebrate achievements in the name of justice.
Teachers who are not assisted in maintaining discipline in the classroom.
Libraries that have been freed from Dr. Suess’s copies but contain “They, she, he, me: free to be!”
Fourth grade lessons on definitions of “cisgender” and “transgender”.
Teachers’ union AFT, which made “anti-racist” education a priority, including what every child should know about “microaggression” and “restorative justice”.
The list of what happens in public schools goes on and on. Maybe it’s not in Fayette yet, but it’s for others elsewhere.
Choosing a school is an alternative for parents who value their child learning the basics, not the latest quirky social experiment.
From the_wing_t — Show leftists who want the government to control everything your kids are taught – er, taught – in 3….2…1……
From Doug Tucker I agree that Peachtree City shouldn’t be spending $12-14 million to cross state highways when those costs might not help. If the engineers disagree, give priority to the jurisdictional engineer. In the case of state highways 54 and 74, this is the state engineer. The provision of any necessary funding is within the jurisdiction of the State and the responsibility of the State. However, if the municipality wants to add something to the requirements of the state, the municipality must provide additional funding. If I understand the conversation correctly, we are talking about signs, not about 12-14 million dollars for signs. I personally believe that creating a well-timed “No Right Turn on Red” signal for southbound Highway 74 turning right (west) on Highway 54 with an additional well-timed flashing yellow signal will help clear the intersection for northbound Highway 74 traffic . turning west onto Highway 54.
From hometown600 — Sneakers that you can try to call urban works. Their phone number is readily available on the Peachtree website. I was told that the markings had nothing to do with speed bumps.
From Brewster – As for your “no right turn on red” is a great idea, but westbound Highway 54 will need another sign that says “All Good Samaritans only left lanes.”
From the_wing_t — This shifted left turn lane is obviously only a solution to the “box lock” problem and does not solve any of the 54W traffic problems. Why aren’t we talking about some northern Peachtree City bypass? There is a right of way, it’s not too hard to imagine a northern bypass starting at 54E and Tyrone Road, with a route following Tyrone Road to Dogwood Trail, then dogwood west through 74, around Lake Tyrone and just north of Aggregate quarry connecting to Minix and then eventually back to 34 at Sams/Costco. For God’s sake, it doesn’t take a genius (only someone with Google Maps) to figure out that there is an opportunity to use the existing infrastructure, add to it and take some of the load off the 54/74 intersection. Add another junction 85 at Palmetto Tyrone Road and 85 and you have solutions that really make sense. Is there a reason why these ideas aren’t gaining ground?
From Doug Tucker Cowet County won’t let that happen. They, Coweta County, want to preserve their “rural” environment. Can you believe it?
From Dragnet – Cowat County is bringing back PTC service….why isn’t PTC allowing 74S connections to Cowata via TDK Boulevard and on McIntosh Rd? This will take up most of the traffic at junction 54/74.
From Dragnet – Much of the traffic sitting on 74N trying to turn left on 54W could have been avoided if there was a connection to Coweta County via TDK Boulevard. All vehicles attempting to reach Newnan will have an alternate route. It’s so easy to see, I just don’t understand why it’s so hard for our city hall luminaries to understand.
From Dragnet – A meeting to discuss a stupid sign… How about getting serious about traffic at this intersection?
Have you considered alternative solutions/connections between PTC and Cowet County to alleviate the terrible mess at 74/54?
From Doug Tucker Traffic will flood Crosstown Boulevard, Robinson Road, and inevitably Peachtree Pkwee. It is unacceptable.
From Doug Tucker On the west side of Lake Macintosh, there are many properties with initial infrastructure for residential and commercial development awaiting access to the TDK. It does not appear that Coweta has opened any right of way to east–west traffic. The TDK expansion is probably the fastest way to make Peachtree City uninhabitable for many of its residents.
From Doug Tucker I think everyone has considered alternative solutions. Traffic has been openly discussed for a couple of decades. This is not much worse than in 2002. No alternatives are acceptable to either Coweta County or Peachtree City. It’s not good, but I’ve experienced much worse. We’ll just have to live with it for the foreseeable future.
From Dar Thompson – Doug-Sorry, you’re wrong. Just the opposite.
Also, what traffic research have you done that indicates that traffic outside of TDK could flood Crosstown?
From Doug Tucker I do history and a few land records. Dar, this is the same conversation we had a few years ago. Have you seen the history of the area around the Reese Road development and McIntosh Trl? This began when Pathway Communites purchased the land and the Fayette Chamber of Commerce “proposed” to expand TDK Blvd to improve the business environment in Crosstown. You are a builder/developer and understand what the TDK Blvd extension will do to Crosstown and beyond.
From Doug Tucker By the way, Dar.
It has become clear that you are more interested in investing along the Crosstown Dr/Robinson Rd corridor than in the smoother east-west traffic flow between Coweta County and Fayetteville.
I believe that other than Harold Logsdon, starting with Steve Brown, he was pressured to expand TDK Blvd and each of them turned down the offer. I also believe that every city council member has done the same. They understood in more detail than I did what the expansion of TDK Boulevard would do for us. As one local great American patriot said, “I will (expletive deleted) before I let Cowet County turn Peachtree City into a doormat.”
It’s bad enough that our city is bisected by Highway 54, we don’t need to bisect the southern half into blocks.
From PTC Bernie – Doug, this traffic is already coming into PTC, but through the clogged corridor 54.
The suggested offset pivot pockets will NOT work if there is more reverse traffic than the offset lane can handle.
54/74 was problematic when I moved to PTC in 1997, and everything our elected officials have done in that corridor has done nothing but make the problem worse.
Contrary to Mr. Brown’s claims to the contrary, there was a viable TDK expansion plan many years ago that would have added another option for PTC’s inbound and outbound traffic.
Again, this traffic has always existed, but it passes through the 54th corridor, which exacerbates the perpetual congestion.
Until another PTCT entry/exit route is found, this problem will never be solved.
Just my less than humble opinion.
From Dar Thompson – Doug, first of all, I’ve never considered investing in real estate near the Crosstown corridor. Not sure where you are getting the information. Also, 80% +/- will not cross Highway 74. The answer is to add 1600 acres, now you can control the growth. Even the current council has made statements that at some point the government is going to step in and build TDK, after which 1600 acres won’t need to be attached to the city. Remember what happened at Fisher’s Crossing, PTC didn’t annex, now all that money is going somewhere outside the city. Some of us play chess and some of us play checkers.
From Doug Tucker Bernie, I agree with you. The movement has been around for more than two decades and probably closer to three. It started to build up in 1993 when I wanted to build a wall around Peachtree City. I think TDK’s “viable expansion plan” failed when retail started to pick up and residents, myself included, realized we were starting to lose much of the charm of the “bubble.” You may remember the battle for Kmart.
Highway 74 traffic has already been diverted from Senoia Rd. Shortly thereafter, the AMOCO gas station moved across Highway 74 to become a truck stop at 74/I-85. The CSX Fairburn Ramp was commissioned and the second set of tracks were laid in Peachtree City.
What was once a 10 minute drive to Fayetteville has turned into 15-20 minutes. Many people now use Redwine Rd. State Highway 85 became a mess and people started dying because they couldn’t get to the South Regional Medical Center.
But back to the round-trip route from Fayetteville to Newnan. We missed the opportunity when we allowed Rockaway Road. cross Highway 74 and Holly Grove Road, not Redwyn Road. Our Recycling Center has become much smaller, residential buildings on and around Holly Road. and Robinson Road. (from South Boulevard to Redwyn Road) there was much more traffic, causing Peachtree City residents to move out of Peachtree City and away.
I don’t want the same to happen to the villages of north Breilynn and south Glenloch. I prefer backing up traffic from Macon to Chattanooga and Birmingham than seeing more of it in our city and villages. As I understand it, we can condemn and bulldoze 75 to 90 percent of our retail and live better than we do now. It amazes me how our population remains somewhat stable and yet we need so much more municipal services and infrastructure than before. Go find out. I think there is some truth in the fact that small towns and rural areas have become “colonies and havens of the metropolis.”
From the editor – The above are opinion comments in response to stories on our website from registered users over the past couple of days.