Re: Chris Welsh letter to editor (“’Old dog’ Byrne not capable of ‘new tricks’”), Friday’s MDJ
I am uncertain where Kennesaw Councilwoman Cris Welsh finds her facts, if indeed any may be found, in her attack on Commission candidate Bill Byrne. My surmise is her assertions are politically motivated, and truth has been discounted as an inconvenience.
Let us look at facts as opposed to political sophistry: The Byrne campaign is focused on working with the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta because large parts of each are in Commission District 1. Similarly, Byrne is a dues-paying member of the four business associations; Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta and West Cobb because these, too, are in his district and important sources of community input. Byrne needs this input to faithfully represent the constituents he expects to serve.
BEDMINSTER: Changes in State law required a response by Cobb. The County was required to reduce its waste stream by 25 percent or lose State funding for all programs. After months of reviewing all options, the commissioners had to choose between building a landfill on McConnell Road in west Cobb or a bioconversion facility that converted the waste stream to a usable compost. That decision was, by all accounts, an easy one, and the Board voted 5-0 to build a composting facility.
RUSSIAN ART FAILURE: There were no county funds at risk or expended for the project. The event was a private investment led by then-Commissioner Gordon Wysong. The marketing effort failed to generate any interest. Bill Byrne had neither financial interest nor involvement in the event.
COBB COUNTY OLYMPICS: Like the majority of Cobb residents, Byrne believes in “traditional family values” as understood by the drafters of our Constitution. The Olympic Committee, perhaps owing its internationalist perspective, removed the Women’s Volleyball event from Cobb. Cobb still enjoyed all the Olympic events: the filled hotel rooms, restaurants, and entertainment facilities and the tax revenue generated within the County. It may be that Byrne felt the Founders were on to a universal truth when identifying a fruitful marriage as between a man and a woman.
POLK COUNTY: Byrne operates a multi-county business as a Landscape Architect. In discussion with him, I learned that he served a 17-county area in North Georgia, and the Polk County address best served the marketing for the business model. It is not the case that he wanted Polk to look like Cobb. One is rural — Polk— the other urbanized. Bill understood that the people of Polk enjoyed their lifestyle and simply assured them he would not seek to change that. Similarly, although I enjoy the ambience of east Cobb, Bill assures he will not seek to make me surrender my more leisurely west Cobb lifestyle.
I appreciate Kennesaw City Councilwoman Cris Welsh has the right to her opinions. But to her constituents she owes the facts, and in this instance she fails them.
To the children of the nation, the American voter has an unbreakable oath to leave a country as full of hope and opportunity as the one in which they were born. Likewise, each voter of west Cobb has the duty, and the opportunity to be a part of taking back our county from special interest groups.