Bill Kinney: Readers Sound Off - TSPLOST rail, Coleman assault allegation prompt ire
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October 09, 2011 12:01 AM | 1009 views | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Two of the biggest stories of the past week generated plenty of comments on the MDJonline.com web site. The first involved the TSPLOST rail proposal. On Thursday Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee reversed course and said he now favors using much of that money to enhance bus service in the I-75 corridor, with rail transit possibly to come later.

The other big story reported that the GBI is looking into the report that Marietta Councilman Anthony Coleman physically assaulted and cursed Councilwoman Annette Lewis after a recent council meeting on redistricting. Here are some of what our readers had to say on those stories:

Light rail moved to ‘back burner’ …

NotSoPC wrote — I would be very interested in hearing what the Cumberland CID and the Cobb Chamber have to say about this latest debacle by Lee. Not the public, for print comments, but the real behind the scenes reactions. A glorified bus line. WOW! What a creative solution!! If our political, governmental and business leaders had any guts whatsoever they would have negotiated for Atlanta to build the light rail to the River and then used Cobb’s funding to complete the line to Acworth. That may have generated some support in Cobb. At least our dollars would have been spent locally. But NO! These numbskulls capitulated to Kasim Reed’s locally focused, non regional Beltline “trolley” project and sold Cobb County out!

Alan Faircloth wrote — We already have bus service from Acworth to Arts Center and Downtown. The buses are premium buses. The schedules and number of routes are adequate. What exactly is the $110 million going to provide that is not being provided now?

Wrong Again wrote — Buses? Maybe they are just trying to secure jobs as drivers for themselves after they are voted out for being so narrow minded? They must not realize the majority of people in Cobb will never give up their cars. That same majority is going to vote them both out of office.

Still voting NO! wrote — The fact that the politicians on the other side of Atlanta have a voice in the spending of Cobb citizen’s contributions to this proposed sales tax is enough reason to vote NO to the entire deal next year. This “regional” approach is a way to steal Cobb citizens’ money to redistribute the same to residents of other counties.

Bottom Line!! wrote — Please read the entire article!! Mathews states “It is possible Cobb’s list could be revised.“ What it really means is when we get your tax dollars we CAN and WILL do what the heck we want. I have never seen two elected officials that are so talented at turning on the dime.

$689 Million TBD? wrote — Now we are asked to approve $689 Million for something “TO BE DETERMINED” by the DOT and the Cobb Board of Commissioners.

Who are they kidding ? Before it was Fulton light rail, now we know even less what we get for the money — “whatever the DOT determines in its Alternatives Analysis.” TSPLOST is looking weaker every day.

FLIP & FLOP wrote — FLIP and FLOP (Tim and Mark) are back at it. What a joke!

West Cobb Resident wrote — How about bus service to Perimeter, Norcross and Buckhead? Those are also large employment areas.

Some common sense? wrote — Let’s hope so, the rail line was an ill-conceived idea that frankly, I wonder why it was ever considered or supported. The bus line and road improvements make so much more sense for Cobb County.

Check list wrote — Voters check list

1. Lite Rail Removed CHECK

2. Lee Removed

3. Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews Removed

4. Cobb DOT head Faye DiMassimo Removed

5. Return government back to people.

One down and four to go!

GBI probe under way on alleged council altercation …

Past Time wrote — When is the council going to take action against Anthony? There is a pattern of behavior excluding this incident which is under investigation. His behavior will continue as long as they do nothing.

Love Living Marietta wrote — What is the city council going to do regarding Coleman’s unprofessional behavior? It is past time this council hold Anthony accountable for his actions. To date the council has been too chicken to do anything. It is time to “Man Up!” For now they are letting a woman fight the fight and, it would seem, take the hit.

Alison Stricker wrote — As the Marietta City Council turns . . . theatrics all the time.

Loser_trio wrote — Well, isn’t this fishy. Councilman Philip Goldstein was the only witness?! Let’s wait for another week of more exciting news ... soo delightful. It was just a matter a time for this trio to hit the police blog!

Coleman Out wrote — Coleman needs to resign immediately. What a shameful thing to do. What kind of man attacks a woman?

Oh please wrote — No map can “push anyone out of his (or her) ward.” Coleman will ALWAYS live in his ward and if he moves he will be in HIS WARD again. Now whether he chooses to live in a majority black ward is his business. This is absolutely ridiculous. Is Coleman not willing to serve on the council unless his ward is majority black? Are we going to make a ward that resembles the black squares on a checkerboard just to make this man happy? He is NOT entitled to serve a majority black district, nor is he entitled to a council position. He can certainly serve the ward he lives in if the voters choose him. Believe it or not, white people can and do vote for black people. Get over it Coleman, you are taking Marietta back 50 years with these political antics simply because the demographics in your ward changed.

Bill Kinney is associate editor of The Marietta Daily Journal.
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October 09, 2011
What happened to the overwhelming support that was exhibited at the TSPLOST "rally" held in late September at the Cobb Commission Meeting room?

Based on the comments in the above article it seems to have evaporated.

Now if Lee, Mathews and DiMassimmo would just follow suit and evaporate, we might have a chance at making some progress on transportation solutions in our community.

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