Don’t give in to fear-mongering on Franklin bond
September 21, 2013 11:53 PM | 1157 views | 3 3 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

In response to your article reporting on U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s endorsement of the Marietta Bond Referendum, it never fails to amaze me how relentless proponents of the bond are in exaggerating how much crime there is on Franklin Road.

Political strategist and self-proclaimed fiscal conservative Heath Garrett goes so far as to claim it has one of the highest concentrations of crime in “all of metro Atlanta.”

Apparently, Mr. Garrett has not taken a recent stroll along the side streets of Hallowell Parkway running from I-285 to midtown Atlanta, or some of the neighborhoods adjacent to Turner Field. Nor does he recognize or mention the results of the Franklin Road Weed and Seed project, which conclusively shows that the per capita crime rate from 2004 to 2011 on the Franklin Road corridor is no greater than in the rest of the City of Marietta.

Even more galling is his paternalistic claim that the bond will give current residents an “opportunity” to live better lives by forcefully driving them out of their homes. That, at least, is not the conclusion of the people who live on Franklin Road, who are working diligently to create a vibrant community for themselves and their families and have made considerable progress toward that end over the past few years.

As for Sen. Isakson driving “as fast as I can every day” to avoid becoming a crime statistic on Franklin Road, perhaps he should slow down a bit and check out the many viable small businesses and retailers along the road who are providing valuable, safe, clean products and services, not just for Franklin Road residents, but for people throughout the area. To suggest otherwise is insulting to their hard work and entrepreneurship.

While fear-mongering is a time-honored practice for those who seek taxpayer funded bailouts, hopefully the voters will see it for what it is, and on Election Day will vote NO on Nov. 5th.

Lance Lamberton

Chairman

Cobb Taxpayers Association

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Pro Middle Class
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September 30, 2013
I doubt most of the politicians and people writing into the MDJ ever go on Franklin Road. The opinion for most is typical Obama voters, hand stuck out waiting on a government check. Yes there are people that match that description, but there are people on Franklin that get up every day and go to work. They have a roof over their head and a place to sleep at night. They pay taxes out of their checks, buy Marietta Power and Water. They support local businesses and contribute to the economy.

The problem isn’t the low income on Franklin Road, low income is a symptom. The problem is the lack of descent jobs with benefits in America. A very elite class in America has been slowly taking away the American Dream. How many of you are in family that both parents work to make ends meet? What used to be obtained with one salary now takes two. How many of you shop at Walmart? How many people on Franklin work for Walmart? Don’t you understand that the reason they receive government benefits is the salaries at Walmart are so low we have to subsidize them? While the Walton’s make billions their employees make squat.

Buying up Franklin Road and believing there will be a race to build new businesses is a dream. A nice dream but it is still a dream. Look at Powers Ferry Road. There are many very nice buildings on Powers Ferry with a lot of empty office space. Look at Marietta, a lot of property has been purchased and remains vacant. What has been built on was either given away or sold for very little to try and force growth.

Buying up Franklin Road and moving out the low income doesn’t address the problem, it just moves the symptom to another part of town.

LLED
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September 30, 2013
You get what you pay for, and in the City of Marietta you pay for little in the way of City taxes. Throw out City School and Cobb Taxes and your City taxes are a joke. The burden for providing services in the City of Marietta has been placed directly on the Employees working for the City. While the millage rate has continued to drop the cost of being an Employee for the City has continued to rise. Most homeowners in the City pay between 10 and 20 dollars a month for City Taxes. With fewer turnovers the police department and code enforcement could have kept Franklin Road in check.

The City’s budget documents states that they count on employee turnover and vacancies to keep the budget low. This is an insult for people that work for the City. Tumlin and the other council members need to determine whether to cut services to the Citizens or start charging them for the services they are receiving. The pockets of the Employees that work for the City cannot continue to subsidize the low taxes and failures of City leadership. There is a battle brewing between City Employees and City Leadership and it is coming like a freight train.

Don't make things up
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September 22, 2013
Come on Lance, trying to make Franklin Road sound like a great place to live and do business is not credible. We have been living with this crime infested area for at least 25 years! I know you are against all taxes, but to claim that there is no value in cleaning up Franklin Road is obviously false.
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