Forget SPLOST, just build MARTA rail
July 15, 2014 07:22 PM | 1173 views | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print

After the Cobb Commission stole the park bond money to give it to the Braves, no one could believe that the SPLOST will be anything but political payback to Chamber of Commerce machine wheels. Secrecy and suppression doesn’t lend itself to trusting our rulers with more money.

Looking at the bigger picture, the Commission didn’t start that darn old Middle Eastern war, but when the al-Qaida guys take Saudi Arabia, the price of gas will soar past $6 a gallon. Then the county will be out of luck because it will be difficult to act on rapid transit. The money will be tied up on petty little projects.

When I was younger, and stupider, and gas was cheap, I opposed MARTA in Cobb. But now it’s time to have a full debate on the subject. We could put the penny tax where it would accomplish something real.

If the new stadium flounders, as it likely will, the commissioners will have to put MARTA in anyway to salvage it; the Chamber and the Braves will order them to, and it’s proven they obey the money. So we might as well start talking about in now instead of wasting effort on the SPLOST.

Johnny Plunkett


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July 17, 2014
Tax now for MARTA 20- or 30 years from now? And then, operating in the red, requiring constant operation subsidies? You've got to be kidding!

People in Cobb are smart enough to see the losing proposition that MARTA is. This is in stark contrast to the currently struggling counties who initially opted in. It is MARTA-style thinking that has led to BRT and light rail proposals in recent years!

Politicians want easy solutions, not the best solutions. Taxpayers want the best solutions, not just the easy solutions. Thus, the gridlock.

Give us a true leader who will seek innovative, effective solutions and you will find our traffic problems here in Cobb actually improving!
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