While I do think that we are 20 years behind on developing a viable rapid transit system, I am absolutely unable to trust the current leadership to "clarify any issues." The Cobb Board of Commissioners has already squandered enough of our money on mules and special elections. Unless Chairman Tim Lee chooses to resign beforehand, we are stuck with him until the next regular election. (Unless he wants to hold another special one) That said, I would like to comment on some of the words in his Sunday letter to the editor:
* "Other innovative funding approaches will also be considered." (Scares the hell out me.)
* "All these efforts are being carefully coordinated at the federal, state, regional and local levels" (Think: Moe, Larry, and Curly, building a yellow brick road.)
* "Reliability of the passenger/commuter trip, ridership, CSX negotiations, cost, operations and time are all undefined factors." (Then why not hold another special election, pop another SPLOST, and pay Moe, Larry, and Curly to get you the answers?)
The first quote indicates Lee is still looking for more money. The second; to actually use the words "coordinated, federal, state and local" together in one sentence takes real imagination. The third is the most maddening; for it says, in so many words, that there are things Lee claims are currently undetermined, that should, and probably have, already been determined.
No Mr. Lee, we are 20 years into digging this rapid transit hole. Do not spend more tax dollars to "study" anything. Wait until we taxpayers can elect someone else.
Kenneth D. Parrott