But, everyday, like most east Cobbers, I get up and head to work and sit in traffic. Bad traffic. Like most of us, I don’t have the luxury of working at home or even close to home. Johnson Ferry Road, Roswell Road, Interstates 75 and 285, Windy Hill or Ga. 400, it’s all the same. Where ever your route takes you to get to your workplace, we waste gas and money, but most of all we are forced to take time away from our families.
It’s time for a change, a bold change, and I believe that the Regional Transportation Referendum on July 31st gives us the best opportunity we will have in my lifetime to begin to solve our congestion problem.
Is it instant gratification?
Does it solve every problem?
Does it address major bottlenecks and pressure points?
Does it show leadership and vision and set the future course for our children and grandchildren?
I would like my kids to stay in Atlanta, in Cobb, and enjoy economic success and the quality of life the way we have. But without investing in transportation options, we severely limit our ability to provide a strong economic base and job opportunities.
Our wonderful lifestyle in Cobb is due to our forward-thinking predecessors like Ernest Barrett, who understood the necessity of building infrastructure in our county and connecting to the rest of the region, so we could grow and compete. This commitment did not come for free; it came with the guts and fortitude to do the right thing.
We are now faced with a turning point for Cobb’s future. We can sit back, do nothing and naively believe we can continue without investing in our future. Or, we can do the right thing like those that came before us. Invest in our family’s future the same way that we do by investing in our homes, college education and retirement.
I have a lot of faith in Cobb. I know it from one end to the other.
Taking a stand now, committing now, resisting the negativism and focusing on the positive by supporting the referendum is what is right for my family.
I believe that logical-thinking Cobb residents who believe we have many good years ahead will agree.
Michael Paris is a native Cobb Countian and was born at Kennestone Hospital. He and his wife Kim have raised and educated two children in Cobb and have resided in their current east Cobb home for over 20 years. Michael is the President and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth.