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Fri
13
May

"(Scott) is the type person the criminal element and the deceived endorse"

Editor:
There's a curious thing about an incumbent sheriff: He must enforce the law upon every person of the county he would also depend on to vote to keep him in office. A good sheriff is going to impartially enforce the law upon every citizen who violates it, even upon his relatives, or friends, the rich, the famous, or pillars of the community.

In order to remain in office, the good sheriff must look to the good citizens of the county who have not had an encounter with the law. He must also look to those who have had an encounter, but who are able to submit to the fact that they broke the law and the sheriff properly did his job.

Wed
11
May

Sheriff Sills not good about giving his employees credit

Editor:

It is time for the people of this community to wake up.

I attended the (first) debate between the incumbent sheriff and his opposition -- DJ Scott. I have known DJ since he was a kid. I cannot think of someone that would be better for sheriff.

I hear that he has no experience. I ask the people of the community to name one sheriff that they know of that had experience as a sheriff when to took office.

DJ has led Marines in combat in Iraq -- that is a true leader.

(Sheriff) Howard (Sills) told the community in the debate how he felt about the children. He said there was no crime problem in the schools, but when a black and white pulls up, they know somebody is going to jail.

So do we have a problem at the schools or not?

Seems to me that if we did not have one as he said, there would be no need for the black and white to have to go to the schools.

Sun
08
May

Experience, reliability and skill of Sheriff Sills are something worth noting

Shackled Nuwaubian cult leader Dwight "Malachi" York covers his face as Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, wearing suit, leads him from the Putnam County Courthouse in 2004 after York was convicted of molesting dozens of children and sentenced to more than 100 years in prison. The conviction brought to a close one of the uglier chapters in Putnam County's history. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Editor:

Experience, reliability and dedication = Sheriff Howard Sills.

The citizens of Putnam County will have a choice of two men for the position of sheriff on May 24.

When reviewing the credentials of each, it is quite obvious that the 42 years in law enforcement that Sheriff Howard Sills brings to the table, far exceeds the experience of his opponent.  Prior being elected our sheriff, Sills was the chief deputy in Baldwin County.

Sun
08
May

How can Janie Reid stay in office with tax issues unresolved?

Editor:

I have been following the saga about Janie Reid and her unpaid taxes with great interest.

I find it quite disconcerting that this situation has gone on this long and that Janie has been able to dodge the bullet for so many years.

Someone or some people have either been covering for her or they have not been doing their jobs. It seems strange that for several years that Janie has been able o provide proof of making payments on her delinquent taxes, including federal, state, county and labor department, yet has still been allowed to run for the position of county commissioner from the 2nd District in Putnam County.

Wed
13
Apr

Commissioners' water park study is terrible idea, a waste of money

Editor:

As a Putnam County taxpayer, I am upset that the Putnam County Board of Commissioners has authorized spending up to $100,000 for a study on whether the county should build a combination convention center, hotel and water park. To make matters worse, they are using money from the general fund to pay for the study. As a retired businessman, I must point out that the commissioners' vote violates several good business principles:

>> First, it seems to presume that such a project is what the county needs, when there are a number of other possible projects that might be considered.

>> Second, the basis for supporting a possible water park seem to be other cities, such as Statesboro, which is nothing like Eatonton -- Eatonton's situation is nothing like Statesboro's.

Thu
07
Apr

Putnam Pete for April 7, 2016

Putnam Pete

Heard there’s going to be 500 bicycle riders pedaling into Eatonton starting around 11 a.m. on Friday, April 15, so get ready to see some spandex y’all. We should take pride that this Bicycle Ride Across Georgia Spring Tune-up group is stopping by to see our beautiful Veterans Wall of Honor Park and have their lunch in its picnic pavilion area. They are coming in from Rutledge, probably on Monticello Highway. Wave to these folks and extend a friendly welcome as they will drop a dollar or two here and spread the good word about Eatonton when they go back home. I don’t worry about ol’ Budweiser taking a bite out of any of them, because he’s overindulged in dog treats over the years and his get up and go got up and left. Can’t say this about all Putnam pooches though, so please make sure yours is penned up that day.

Thu
24
Mar

Councilors Butts, Stokes lack vision; voters should oust

Editor:

Monday night, I attended the Eatonton City Council meeting and witnessed the passing of the movie deal to bring Tytan Pictures and opportunity to Eatonton and Putnam County.

I also witnessed council members Alma Stokes and Alvin Butts voting against it.  They voted against jobs for Eatonton and Putnam County! They voted against the possibility of young people being able to stay in Putnam County once they graduate.  They voted against other businesses that would spring up because of the movie company. They voted against our current businesses being able to expand. They voted against Eatonton!

But thank goodness five other council members had vision and could recognize opportunity knocking.  Those five opened the door to progress!

Thu
24
Mar

Downtown Eatonton dangerous -- trucks constantly speeding, operating unsafely

Editor:

I constantly hear how downtown Eatonton wants to attract additional shoppers and tourists.

There is one thing that hurts this effort that I have not seen discussed -- namely, the truck traffic through downtown Eatonton.

My wife and I do not like to go to downtown Eatonton because it is dangerous. There are many trucks going through town and many are speeding and make wide turns at high speeds. They also appear to be violating various laws, like not having working brake lights or log trucks carrying poorly secured loads.

I cannot help but feel that there are many others who feel the same way and I believe actions should be taken to improve the situation. I realize that truckers must make a living and deserve to, but downtown Eatonton's unsafe, potentially dangerous road situation needs to be addressed.

John Q. Clary Jr.

Eatonton

Thu
10
Mar

Putnam Pete for March 10, 2016

Putnam Pete

"Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink. Hard to believe we would end up finding all our water tanks empty. Problem was not just for hours, but for days. George says folks have known about the problem for a long time. Can’t believe a passerby spots the problem. Zeke says a major overhaul is needed in the system and elsewhere. The EPWSA folks are not known for keen, public relations skills and didn’t handle the situation well. Many ask why we didn’t vote for the bond issue years ago to replace a worn out system? You can’t grow or survive without water -- Budweiser says it should be a lesson learned. Will be interesting to see what is done, or rather, not done. Big Congratulations to Gatewood Girls and Boys basketball teams -- STATE CHAMPS!"

-- Putnam Pete

Thu
10
Mar

Use last week's water catastrophe as a community wake-up call

Last week's city-wide failure of the Eatonton-Putnam Water and Sewer Authority's water system was catastrophic on many levels:

>> It caught EPWSA customers in the city of Eatonton off guard, though they perhaps shouldn't have been. Rumors of the fragility of the system have widely circulated for some time. It is said to feature miles of leak-prone 100-year-old cast iron pipes, mostly all buried with no official maps to locate them. Problems with the system, which was for years managed by the city, were inherited by EPWSA when the entity was created in 2005 and assumed control of city water.

City residents started reporting water loss the afternoon of Feb. 24. A second water system patch was put into place the following day (after an initial one failed to hold). But an official OK that the water from the patched system was safe to drink did not come until the afternoon of Feb. 26 -- that's about 48 hours without safe-to-drink tap water.

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