Welsh ‘facts’ on Byrne’s past missed target
May 11, 2014 04:00 AM | 1762 views | 9 9 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

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.

James Strawn

Marietta

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No Escape
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May 14, 2014
The more I read that quote from him before the Polk County folks and this lame explanation there is no escape that Bill does not care about Cobb. He has tried to reinvent himself several times, to the point of me questioning if he really knows himself the way we all do. We need to move forward as a county not keep looking back.
Byrne not a leader
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May 14, 2014
Byrne continues to prove that electing him would be a disaster for our community. We do not need a leader that is divisive and cannot work with others to move our community forward. His past record proves that and he continues to prove he has not changed.
Zach Hudson
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May 12, 2014
What poorly researched explanation can you put forward to the FACT that Byrne said this.

“God, no. The last thing I wanted to do is live in Cobb County, let alone serve in Cobb County. I want to make damn sure Cobb County doesn’t move to Polk County.”

To say electing Byrne to public office again would be a disaster is an understatement.

HappyHere
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May 12, 2014
Why wasn't this letter signed by anyone? Never seen that before. Byrne supporters can be anonymous?
Hoping for the best
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May 12, 2014
Aint politics fun?

Here we go again with people who are uniformed talking about issues they have no knowledge off.

Just check the records not the political rubbish that a candidates opponents spill onto the scenery.

Byrne provided our public safety folk with all they needed, he stood for values that 95% of us adhere to and carried this county into the highest ratings granted in its history. Get the facts and then spread the word. Rhetoric is useless. We need a person who will stand up for what is right and decent.
Sgt Quartertrack
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May 12, 2014
Great to see Bill getting all the free publicity here. It will further guarantee his successful election, and once again Cobb will benefit from his superior leadership. Go Bill! Semper Fi!
Pathetic record
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May 11, 2014
Your airbrushing of Byrnes pathetic record is comical. Byrne was the worst chainman of the commission we have ever seen. Bedminster was a fiasco and even after it burned down he wasted millions to rebuild it. Cobb enjoyed none of the Olympic evens and was made a pariah because of his hateful stance. And please the traditional family values stance was a homophobic reaction from a man with a gay daughter who was filled with hate. Byrne criticized Cobb County while praising Polk. Welsh was 100% right on Byrne and his terrible record. Please stop trying to clean up his shameful history.
Adjustments
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May 11, 2014
It is incredibly sad that the good doctor has stepped out to throw stones at a candidate, If this candidate should win, what then...can she rebuild a relationship for the city she represents??? Has her city title gone to her unadjustable head? As usual the bull headed tactics of narrow minded Kennesaw politics prevail, "don't like you- I will destroy you". Figures, why all Kennesaw can build is parking deck and apartments, not people...and when people leave the confines of this nazi driven state of thinking their businesses flourish...just ask ones that have moved out of the city limits to Acworth or Marietta. Of course, this is more like they were railroaded out...after all Kennesaw knows all about railroading, take a look at the museum...still loosing a million dollars a year and nothing stops the flush of money...oh and don't mention the tax problem of the ones who are behind on their property taxes...(whoops council member...did I let that slip out) guess there is something about glass houses...
Good Try
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May 11, 2014
Typical propaganda from a cussing poor representation of what we want in District 1. I will vote for ANYONE other than Byrne. His past and present way of conducting himself is enought for me to not ever vote for him. District 1 does not need to return to the stone ages. Please go back to Polk County and leave District 1 alone.
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