Maybe officials will be more honest next time
June 10, 2014 12:00 AM | 1407 views | 2 2 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz said last week the new stadium might not have happened if the public learned about it too early. He went on to say that the planned deal was not a secret but was confidential information.

According to the dictionary, there’s no difference between the words secret and confidential. Nevertheless, the decision was made to not to inform the public about the deal early on. Was it legitimate? Maybe, maybe not.

The public is not against the Braves coming to Cobb and certainly do care about new commerce and jobs. As all the loud supporters have chosen to call them, they are NOT opponents. They ARE citizens and taxpayers that have a vested interest and a right to know all the facts. They are lending the Atlanta Braves more than $700 million for 30 years. They deserve to be treated like insiders, partners and investors instead of strangers. Clearly Tim Lee, Schuerholz, VP Mike Plant and several Cobb Chamber members were afraid an informed public would ruin their deal and elected to withhold valuable information. They have taken their eye off the ball by this tasteless move and fouled out.

I wonder how many other county governments around the country have supported a major league baseball or football stadium construction with a $700 million loan without taxpayers’ approval?

Unfortunately, we were denied access to secret information about the Cobb Braves deal. It should have been provided earlier, allowing the public to make a more knowledgeable decision on the deal. Instead, the deal was rushed through the process, preventing many objections and potential disputes.

It’s too late to change what has already taken place. However, in the future, maybe our county leaders will be honest with the public and won’t let it happen again. If not, the public will fix matters and vote accordingly the next time around.

“Go Braves”

Joe O’Connor


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Inform yourself
June 10, 2014
The 29 million was for a contingency and almost surely will not be needed. I seem to be informed on the deal as all relevant information and costs have been made public. Start reading the documents and you also might be informed. And if you still have any relevant questions and not just whiny opposition then go to the meeting tonight and reserve all the slots by coming early.
June 10, 2014
Cry me a river, Joe. Why don't you run for office if you don't like what our elected officials are doing. Mayor Kasim Reed and the mayors before him had 17 years to do something with that crapped up area around The Ted. You make a person feel like they weren't going to get mugged or murdered while attending a game. They should be royally embarrassed they sat on their hands and lost the team.

Mr. Schuerholz is a smart man and knows that we, the people of the metro Atlanta area, deserve a first class team and surrounding facilities. If you can't see what a POSITIVE this will be for our area, you are clueless.

It's called taking the bull by the horns and I'm so happy they had the initiative and foresight to pull this off. You can despise baseball all you want but this development will be more then that for our county.
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