Cobb giving corporate welfare to Braves
November 13, 2013 12:02 AM | 1187 views | 14 14 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

From the Braves’ standpoint, moving to Cobb is a logical decision. Their fan base is centered in the Northern Arc. The fans don’t want to deal with Atlanta traffic. Therefore they don’t go to as many games. Can’t get your customers to come to your business? Take your business to them (with the taxpayers footing a lot of the bill.) I think that qualifies as a “no brainer.”

What will be far less logical will be the explanations your county leadership is going to give you as to why you should pay for it. Make no mistake, if it passes, you’ll be footing the bill.

You will hear it will revitalize the area. Just like Turner Field did? You will hear about increased sales tax revenue. That means the sales taxes you pay, because remember, they are moving here to be closer to you. But in the end, one of the reddest areas of a red state will probably dish up a huge serving of corporate welfare for a business to relocate 14 miles up I-75.

Meanwhile, our infrastructure will continue to crumble, our senior centers will continue to reduce services, our libraries will shorten hours, we’ll lop another day off the school year, and cram another kid into a classroom that has mold.

But on the bright side, the Braves will be close by. What a great deal!

Brad Beebe Marietta
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Lib in Cobb
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November 15, 2013
@guido: I am under your skin, it's obvious by your tone. You like being poked with a stick, it gives you purpose.
just sayin
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November 14, 2013
What every Cobb Conservative wants to know, "Is this going to cost us anything"?
Chief Nock-a-Homa
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November 13, 2013
I suspect the Atlanta Braves are playing the Cobb County rubes.

The club threatens to leave Turner Field so Atlanta and Georgia officials spend whatever it takes to keep the Braves where they are. Other professional teams have done this before and I wouldn't put it past Braves management to try it now.
Rubber Arm
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November 13, 2013
The reason to be concerned about this deal is that the Cobb County Commission and the Authority which will be issuing these construction bonds are not smart enough to know what they don't know. If they are going to "guarantee" with taxpayer backing, hundreds of millions of dollars in financing costs, they had better take it slow, be thorough, retain their own advisors with experience in stadium deals to protect the public interest, be completely transparent and don't let the team dictate the deal. Instead we get an announcement on Monday and supposed County action in two weeks. It's the Cobb way. Git-er-done and worry about the consequences later.
Hank Moody
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November 13, 2013
This whole letter to the editor is speculative and with no basis in facts. You have no idea how anything is going to happen as the financial plan has not been released. Why don't you sit back, have a coffee, and wait before blubbering on here.

Lib in Cobb
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November 13, 2013
If the Braves were a contender , I would not feel any differently. When I say contender, I am thinking, Red Sox.
Lib in Cobb
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November 13, 2013
This is Sports Socialism by the GOP. The $450 million is just the beginning number. I am thrilled to be leaving GA and especially Cobb in the near future.

Every member of the GOP agrees with this deal and who has called our president a socialist, should really look in the mirror now and you will seen a chronic hypocrite.
Guido Sarducci
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November 13, 2013
Lib, you cannot be any happier than the entire State of Georgia that you are leaving.

Let me know if you need any help oacking.
Lib in Cobb
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November 14, 2013
@Guido: My sentence in this political wasteland is over. I will however maintain contact via this website. I am not done getting under the skin of the repubes of Cobb.

You are not the first person to offer us help.
Bob Johnson
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November 14, 2013
Be sure and take Kevin Foley with you when you leave.
Lib in Cobb
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November 14, 2013
Guido: Thanks for the offer to help us pack, no thank you. I am very particular who touches our belongings. If you still wish to help, you can clean the carpets after we move out and don't forget to do a final yard clean up.
dixie boy
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November 14, 2013
WOW! Guido now speaks for the "entire State of Georgia". What an awesome responsibility.
Guido Sarducci
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November 14, 2013
Yea, Dixie Boy, it is an awesome reponsibility and I take it very seriously. Is there anything else you wanr to know?
Guido Sarducci
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November 14, 2013
Lib, you flatter yourself. You, long ago, lost the ability to get under anyone's skin. At worst you are like a case of acne and at best you provide a lot of laughter as we marvel at how utterly asinine your comments are.

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