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.
Cobb Taxpayers Association