20+ yr resident of Atlanta district 6. Occasional commentator on local political follies. Financially numerate, so inevitably concerned for Atlanta's fiscal fate. Wish Martin Luther…
Entertaining but very silly and shallow play, fast-paced and very well-acted. So go for the acting and direction. Veronika Duerr couldn't be playing a role much further removed from the gracious Viola in the Shakespeare Tavern's recent Twelfth Night, which just shows her comic range. Let's hope Atlanta sees more of the other young actors, too, who are all a joy to watch.
Eff Earl Ehrhart! Using one county's tax dollars to bid away a team from a neighbor is really not what public officials are being paid for. What a jerk. His plan is to ease Cobbers' pain at being taken advantage of by their slimy pols by speaking out when they get their feelings hurt by us wicked in-towners.
Could FreshLoafers start a petition urging that City Council restore Utz's lost pay in next year's budget? Almost all of us here believe he should not be penalized for caring or for retaining a sense of humor under stress. (Doublephantom at 10.45: 30-0) Anyone who has never exhibited a flash of anger on finding out he/she has been led down the garden path is welcome to dissent.
Moving on, it would be good to hear the board's opinions: Dep COO suspended for saying a few rude words about the Cobb Crackers? He should get a medal. Discuss.
Dep COO suspended for saying a few rude words about the Cobb Crackers? He should get a medal.
Oy, Neither of these stadia will be a public amenity any more than the Cheetah or the Ritz-Carlton is a public amenity. The profits of both stadia will flow to the respective billionaires, not to the public. Both deals channel massive tax streams to replace buildings that have decades of life left in them - no bragging rights are added by these deals. Fans are not even being subsidized, since they'll have to pay higher prices to attend. Retract your nonsense or admit that you're not a true conservative but a shill for crony capitalists, the sort that extract monopolistic rents from regular taxpayers.
Hey Thomas, do we really have to go over this again? The shape of the earth is surely not in dispute. Nor is the value of 27 years of Atlanta hotel-motel tax going to the Falcons under this year's deal. About $500mm at the time, a bit less today because interest rates are up. Never $200mm, unless you predict the end of the world around 2030.
And the jobs impact of losing a 10-game per year team - if stiffing Arthur would have lost it - is a measly couple hundred of minimum wage jobs on year-round equivalent basis, and that includes the hotel and restaurant impact. Losing the Braves will result in about 8 times the loss of these min-wage jobs. Still nowhere near enough to warrant throwing any city (or Cobb County) money at them.
Finally, state laws are not immutable. Don't overlook that they can and often are changed.
But yes, your main point is right: the billionaire lobby speaks much louder to pols than all the rest of us put together. And in this year's local election we people took a small step to put the pols on notice. The big money crowd championed several go-along incumbents but we kicked them out.
Hey, y'all didn't cover the latest Cobb Braves-related tax story.
Cobb Schools, famous for laying off teachers, are rightly miffed at the Cobb Developers' Authority trying to throw away $8mm of tax to keep their buddies happy at a development near the new Braves dump around Cumberland. So much for the vaunted economic impact of the Braves for the average Cobber, if any benefit is thrown straight back to the money-boy developers. Don't need no stinkin' teachers, anyway.
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