Debtors’ prisons cure for boarded buildings
March 04, 2014 04:00 AM | 1657 views | 8 8 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Wednesday’s MDJ article highlighted the strong message City Councilman Stuart Fleming hopes to send to delinquent property owners. It was shocking learn there are 20 boarded up buildings out of the 22,000 taxable properties in the city. To think Marietta has gone so soft as to allow a noncompliance rate of 0.0009 is scandalous. Thank goodness Mr. Fleming is a hard-nosed public servant who won’t tolerate such blight. (And to think we were one vote away from suffering this injustice for another four years!)

Still, if we are to make Marietta into a tough but thriving city like San Francisco or New York City, we cannot settle for Mr. Fleming’s hope for an ordinance “with more teeth.” We need to bring back debtors’ prisons, public floggings and chain gangs. If Marietta is large enough for its own health clinic, surely it is big enough for a gulag.

Am I right comrades?

Russ Wood

Marietta

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just saying
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March 07, 2014
I know you are kidding about debtors prisons, public floggings and chain gangs but in conservative Cobb County best be careful. You might get elected to something!
land grabber
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March 06, 2014
Forgot to mention that you can already go to jail for up to a year, a $1,000 fine, one year probation plus all court costs for EACH code violation. In Austell, council members Causey and Standard and Thomason wrote up over half the homes and businesses in Austell for code violations and wanted the owners jailed. Two were thrown out of office in the recent election. Thomason will be thrown out next when she comes up for re-election in less than two years. All were one-term council members. Standard got in because he ran unopposed. They even wanted to put people in jail for having a plastic tarp on their property.
land grabber
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March 06, 2014
Go to "Center for Community Progress." Check out this group and its social engineering. They've been contacting govt. officials all over the country.

You Know
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March 05, 2014
Mr. Fleming is new man on the block and wanted to bring attention to himself, particularly gaining attention from Republicans who can help him in the future. First it was one term on the school board, now city council. Put a note 4 yrs out on your Outlook calendar about his aspirations which says- this council post is just a stepping stone for his political career. Just watch.
anonymous
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March 04, 2014
I'm not sure Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee would want debtors prisons.
Russ Wood
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March 04, 2014
My admittedly silly suggestion is not an attack on Councilman Fleming. He's a hard worker who loves Marietta and won't settle for anything less than perfection in the city.

My point explicitly is already Marietta is doing a fine job in this area. 99.91% is about the best we can hope for from any government operation. The marginal cost of trying to improve on that number is near infinity. Even if we took the draconian measures of locking folks up or publicly flogging them, we might never get the number of boarded properties to zero.

Economists understand not every good thing is worth pursuing, and not every bad thing is worth preventing.
anonymous
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March 04, 2014
Hard worker perhaps. But, your point highlights a tendency to perhaps focus on things that really aren't that big a deal(...except to him?)

Plus, I would be more impressed if Councilman Fleming displayed his civic commitment by some other means, such as rounding up PRIVATE funds to help pay for a neighborly applied painting/repairing of the property he finds so objectionable. From all I can tell, Mr. Fleming has done nothing of the sort. Instead, he has reached for the big hammer of government...to impose (his view of ) perfection on a neighbor/private property owner.

A little neighbor-to-neighbor reach out is a heck of a lot more admirable/community minded than turning to the big hand of government powers to whack your neighbors into submission.

Mr. Fleming can do better in how he deals with our/his neighbors who own private property in our community. I hope that he will.

anonymous
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March 04, 2014
You are spot on Mr. Wood.

Seems Comrade Fleming has a fire in his belly to make sure everybody is doing what he/his comrades want us to be doing with our private property.

Interesting how the timing of Comrade Flemings assault on private property rights coincides with Comrade Putins move into Ukraine. Could Comrade Fleming be coordinating his moves with Comrade Putin?
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