Readers sound off on TSPLOST vote
May 03, 2012 12:01 AM | 1284 views | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a selection of the responses from readers of MDJOnline.com in reaction to recent MDJ stories.


New group doesn’t plan to show TIA much TLC …

Last GA Democrat — Vote NO to HOT Lanes on I-75 and I-575!!! Vote (HECK) NO to T-SPLOST!!!!!

Educate yourself — Please educate yourself. There is really good information out there about what the reversible-managed lanes on I-75/I-85 will be. Also, you don’t have a chance to vote on that project as it is not one of the projects to be considered in the Regional Transportation Referendum on July 31st. You just sound like you don’t know what you are talking about and it is apparent that you do plan to vote. You can at least make an educated choice.

JustVote —I am confused though by those that seem to be against TIA. Where were they hanging out when the law was passed overwhelmingly at the Gold Dome? Where was the alternate plan at that time? The good news is we all get to vote on July 31. I plan to vote yes! None of those who are opposed now were offering a better plan that the majority would embrace then or now. So where’s the credibility? Outline a plan that creates jobs in GA, allows GA to remain ahead of other states, many of which operate a successful toll road systems, keeps businesses, yes, in GA and brings businesses to GA. I work in the construction in GA and my folks need jobs in GA. See you at the polls.

Vorant1 — Cobb taxpayers net almost nothing from this poorly conceived bit of fraud and passage will doom any future SPLOST here in Cobb County for roads or schools. VOTE NO!!!!!!

SG68 — It was pretty obvious once the project list was published that it was a taxpayer scam to fill the pockets of unethical politicians, well connected special interests and greedy developers. The real “tell” (to use a poker term) was when the very people and organizations who were going to derive the most benefit from the proposed projects started pouring millions of dollars into a misinformation campaign aimed at misleading potential voters. Follow the money.

Kennesaw Resident — Please vote “NO” for TSPLOST!

Republican Rob — Undeniable facts: Traffic is bad in Atlanta and will only get worse. $ for transportation projects is flat, at best. WE CAN’T RELY ON THE FEDS. If we don’t improve AND change our transportation network, my kids won’t want to live here when they grow up.

URKiddingRight? — @ Republican Rob. “These projects were developed by us”? WRONG. Sorry, the self-serving TIA project list was developed; let’s just go ahead and say manipulated, by a group of ethically and intellectually challenged elected officials, unscrupulous developers and self interested special interests. Once they got their slimy paws on the TIA legislation they worked long and hard to make sure it was to make sure that they were the primary beneficiaries.

Jack Staver — The approach taken by the ARC needs to revisited as Rep. Setzler had attempted to do in the last legislative session and was shut down. This not the time to burden the taxpayers of Georgia with a 10-year tax to start with. What if federal funding does not come through as Congressman Price and Transportation Sec. LaHood have been talking about? Load it on the taxpayers? How does this all fit in plan 2040 and 2050? Too many unanswered questions.

Kennesaw Voter — The project list is a big zero for Cobb County. Tim Lee and Mark Mathews dropped the ball and failed us Cobb citizens. Vote NO to this boondoggle and vote Tim Lee out. BIG waste of Cobb Tax money.
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top cat
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May 12, 2012
Good points, Larry.

I add only one...

Do you really trust politicians and govt. bureaucrats to do anything right?
Larry King
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May 04, 2012
There is much to consider when looking at the 157 projects on the ARC wish list and trying to understand how the greater good will be served, traffic congestion reduced, travel times shortened, air quality improved, and business induced to invest and locate in Cobb County. Asking the average citizen to make an informed judgment over the entire initiative is a tall order. There is also the question of true cost when most organizations lobbying for passage of the ballot question admit the 6 billion dollar price tag does not reflect the full long term operational cost over the ten years.
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