MAVEN needs more accurate name
March 31, 2012 11:59 PM | 1092 views | 6 6 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

In a letter to the editor published in the MDJ on February 18, Michael Paris stated that a two year delay, that many citizens believe is necessary to review and improve some apparent problems in the Transportation Investment Act (TIA), would only compound the problem. He goes on to say that now is the time to get our region moving again and we cannot afford to wait any longer.

Paris is a key member of the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network (MAVEN). MAVEN states on their website that they are a non-partisan organization engaged only in educational activities and will not campaign for or against passage of the sales tax referendum. However, it’s pretty clear from reading his article that Paris is strongly advocating the passage of the TIA referendum. Instead of educating, he’s openly trying to persuade and indoctrinate MDJ readers.

If MAVEN is not for or against the TIA, why did they hire a team of professional power-brokers and lawyers last year to support the work of the metro Atlanta Regional Investment Act (TIA)? It’s starting to appear that the cards are being stacked against anyone that tries to get in their way of passing the T-SPLOST referendum this year.

No matter how worthy or justified everyone’s intentions are to improve the TIA before the referendum, MAVEN has the team, funding and the unmistakable plan to quickly get it approved by the voters.

It’s time for MAVEN to stop trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. Perhaps MAVEN should consider changing its name to MAVIN, the Metro Atlanta Voter Indoctrination Network.

Joe O’Connor
Marietta
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BringBackHorse&Buggy
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April 05, 2012
Thank you for uncovering this evil plot to ease congestion and create jobs. If the unemployment rate goes down what will we be able to blame on Obama! Down with progress!
anonymous
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April 05, 2012
If Maven was actually promoting a plan that was truly aimed at a solution to our traffic and congestion issues that would be one thing

but

If you look at who is financing the MAVEN propaganda effort (developers) and then look at where most of the money from the TIA is going you will see that it is aimed right at their own greedy pockets.
Thomas Palmer
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April 03, 2012
The Transportation Tax Referendum (TIA) is being highjacked by MAVEN & CID influence with their huge budgets, television commercials, polished brochures, radio ads and power messages to gain control of $6.1 billion for economic development....not SOLID PLANS for improving traffic flow. Maybe the voting public will hear the real message.
TIC
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April 03, 2012
@ Thomas Palmer

Don't count on the general public being able to discern the truth through all of this slick misinformation being distributed by MAVEN and their already brainwashed minions.

Unfortunately, most people readily absorb what they read, hear and see as fact as long as it is presented in a format they find attractive.

Advertising 101

The MAVEN propagandists know this and have built their voter manipulation strategy around it.
frogbreath
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April 02, 2012
MAVIN

Good one Joe.
SG68
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April 01, 2012
MAVIN.

I like that Mr. O'Connor!!

It is certainly a much more accurate characterization of their one sided propaganda campaign aimed at misleading and misinforming the voters.

They are definitely trying to indoctrinate rather than educate.
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