I find myself suffering from great shock and embarrassment. I have discovered that I actually agree with something Marietta Councilman Philip Goldstein said.
There are some local politicians who are getting a little overzealous trying to “improve” things around here. I use the quotation marks because frankly I’m not sure they really care about improving at all.
The Marietta council was the first to jump on this bandwagon with their attempt to improve Franklin Road. And now the county commission wants to follow their example while taking things to a whole other level. In the end what we get is politicians run wild.
It’s pretty much next to impossible to actually improve Franklin Road. I’d still like to know why no one saw this for the slippery slope it was. First, it starts with trying to clear out the crime in a certain area and then they want to clear out all forms of wrongdoing everywhere. And they’re taking this to the point of stepping on the toes of landlords by forcing them to take certain crime stopping methods which they probably can’t afford. It’s also — as Goldstein has pointed out — unconstitutional due to the fact that it infringes on people’s right to run their businesses how they see fit.
But however bad the Marietta council is, the Cobb commission is far worse, with the biggest example being their war on blight. It’s getting to the point where these people are starting to see blight around every corner. Part of their reasoning is to reduce crime, but is there really that much crime? They’ve talked about raising property taxes so owners of blighted land would pay seven times more property tax than anyone else. What are they going to do with all that extra money?
Is blight really that big an issue? One tends to wonder if this is really about the blight or the taxes. Or maybe something more. When they start condemning people’s property like they’re doing to the family in Mableton you begin to wonder what is really going on here. What could possibly be their reasoning for that? It’s about time somebody found out.