Commission chair candidates differ on funding for light rail …
Shaddison wrote — I don’t want to see public transportation in the Kennesaw/Acworth area. It will bring the area down just like it has done to Smyrna and Marietta. If you can’t afford a car get a job close to home. Lord knows Kennesaw has is already full of trash and thugs.
Hat wrote — Tim and Mark, what a pair. They would be a good pair working along side Jack and Jill. I bet the mule procurer could arrange that.
FuzzyLogic wrote — I am not a huge Bill Byrne fan, but when he’s right, he’s right. He hit the nail on the head when he focused on the real villains in this scam. Kasim Reed, Tad Leithead, David Connell and Rob Garcia and their special interest constituencies in the City of Atlanta, MARTA, ARC, the Cumberland CID and the Cobb Chamber are at the root of this issue. These people are not friends of Cobb County! Lee and Mathews are just their willing, non-thinking, non- questioning dupes who have been tasked with doing the dirty work. Regardless of what you may think of Byrne, he certainly isn’t gutless like the shills that are supposedly representing Cobb County on the TIA Roundtable.
Deborah F wrote — It is most important at this point to work with others in the region to defeat this tax completely and fully so that it does not exist to start with. I don’t want to debate the projects, I want to stop the tax! Can you really afford to give away another 1 percent of your income? I will vote NO.
Light Rail wrote — I still have not had an answer to my question I proposed at the Town Hall in East Cobb as to what the benefit was of putting a light rail at Cumberland when the traffic issue starts way north of that, meaning that you would still have to get there “in traffic.” How about proposing the rail to go up to the huge bus depot there is by Southern Polytech? That is a huge CCT depot and a lot of buses go there and it would make much more sense for them to then be able to hop on a train from there.
Byrne in Heck wrote — Mr. Byrne, you kept Cobb County down and disconnected while you were in office. You were difficult and elitist. Because of administrations like yours, Cobb County has spent years trying to overcome the good ol boy network reputation. I am assuming you have never been to a major metropolitan city with excellent transportation options. It is because of the lack of vision from previous administrations (like yours) that we are in this transportation mess. I applaud Mr. Lee and Mr. Mathews for putting their necks out there instead of simply running for re-election like their predecessors. I am happy to see elected officials all working together for once in this region. What took so long? Oh, I know, having short sighted people like you in office.
Jals wrote — Does anyone take Byrne seriously? Gosh, I hope not.
Concerned taxpayer wrote — Thank you Bill Byrne for, as usual, speaking the truth. The entire process has been at best, extremely misguided, and NOT in the best interests of Cobb County.
Last GA Democrat wrote — “Lee is happy to cut $110 million from the Cumberland-Midtown light rail proposal now to get it approved later, he said.” I’ve got a better idea: How about cutting $856.5 million from the Cumberland-Midtown light rail proposal and getting it approved NEVER! Take the $856.5 million and just widen the (darned) roads!!!!
Don McKee column — Light rail on back burner but still on the stove …
Anonymous wrote — Dear Cobb County, You would not exist without the City of Atlanta. You do not live in a fortress. You depend on the city and surrounding counties for education, hospitals, airports, and jobs. You need to update your 1950s-era perspective and realize you benefit when the core of the region is more mobile and ready for a 21st century economy. More highways do not cut it anymore, and living in the ATL region currently stinks — you can’t wander around anywhere interesting without a car, and Cobb is miserable and ugly to drive in. Without Atlanta/Fulton, there would be no Cobb as you currently know it.
FuzzyLogic wrote — @ anonymous. You may have been right 30 or 40 years ago, but in recent years being a part of Atlanta has been more of a drag on Cobb County than an advantage. High crime rates, high property taxes, Atlanta School System cheating scandals, continued gross mismanagement and corruption of city government, a poorly operated and bankrupt transit system, etc. have served to cast the entire region in bad light.
CobbCountyRedneck wrote — Dear Anonymous, Cobb County has a larger population than the City of Atlanta, a better educated population than Atlanta, a more culturally diverse population than Atlanta …. is safer to live and work in than Atlanta.
However, in spite of being perfectly capable of existing without Atlanta, I would contend that it is still in our best interest to connect to Atlanta with a high capacity transit system.
NotSoPC wrote — If I had someone who I depended on to provide me with logical, well thought out solutions to the transportation dilemma in Cobb County and they kept feeding me half-baked, knee-jerk ideas that made me look really stupid and incompetent I would do one of two things. Stop listening to them or fire them. Probably both.
Disenfranchised wrote — Before, Cobb voters faced a specific list that included one bad project, and could vote the list up or down. Now, Cobb’s list includes a completely unknown project, and we don’t get to vote on it at all. “The AA decides.” $689 Million without a vote.
FROM TEXAS wrote — Why vote yes for TSPLOST they are going to make you pay tools anyway, the northeast mindset has taken over the Atlanta metro area. All the retirees will be moving out of the Atlanta metro area because they can live cheaper in other areas of the southeast. These are the very people that don’t take up many resources and have cash to spend but go ahead and drive them away.
SG68 wrote — This latest proposal, as pointed out by Mr. McKee, is a thinly disguised smoke and mirrors effort to continue down the path of trying to swindle Cobb County Taxpayers. Does anybody doubt what the results of the AA will be?