one of the most important training hospitals in the country. something like 1/2 of georgia physicians go through this program, so if it were to close, we would lose many of our residency spots. I personally worked here for 10 years through training (med school, residency, and fellowship) so it is truly an important place to me and may others. Thats why, 3-4 yrs ago, when things like they might go to hell and grady would close its door, people stepped up and saved her.
this guy needs to do a bit more continued medical education, me thinks. what an idiot.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Wanted to send out an email encouraging you to consider voting Yes in the upcoming TSPLOST vote. This is obviously a complex, major issue. I have tried to understand at least some of whats at stake, and i will try to briefly give MY view after reading the pros and cons over the past 6 months, in addition to discussing this with some of my non-medical, politically inclined friends. Also, as a native Atlantan who has been here for some time, has been involved in some political work at the state capital over the years, and wants this city to continue to grow and improve, I want to share my thoughts.
1) We are 49th in the country in investement into roads/transportation infrastructure as a state.
2) JUST TO GET TO THIS POINT WHERE A REFERENDUM WAS EVEN ALLOWED TO BE
PLACED ON THE BALLET, IT TOOK 3-4 yrs OF LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS. This is because every year that this came up, it died in the last days of the session (the session only meets for 40 days, once a yr). There is a real divide between the rest of GA and Atlanta, and though people are working on trying to bridge the gap, this has been a MAJOR issue over the past 5
3) THE gas tax, one of the lowest in the country, will likely never be increased by a strongly conservative state legislature.
4) If the tax fails, there is no suitable, ready to go plan B. At the
least, another vote may come up in 2 yrs (2014) but its unclear if
politicians will have the will power to get together as they did this
time. Already, some of those who sat on the roundtable are being aggressively challenged by other more conservative, anti-tax candidates in primary elections (see cobb county)
5) The cost of the tax per person per year will be around 130 dollars (>18 yrs of age). Lost productivity in sitting around in traffic, gasoline, etc is estimated to be 950 dollars per year per person.
6) Companies are choosing to relocate businesses to cities that invest into infrastructure. Places like Charlotte, Dallas, and Houston are already some years ahead in transportation infrastructure. Atlanta currently has the same number of jobs as it did in 2001.
7) July voting elections are notorious for low turnout. SO TURNOUT WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. THATS WHY IM ASKING YOU TO CONSIDER VOTING!
8) This is a major source of funding for the Beltline, a massive in-town project which is thought to be one of the most aggressive,
forward-thinking re-development plans in the country at this time.
9) The 400 toll is ending (finally; it was supposed to be ended more recently, but extended by a lame duck Sonny Perdue) and so further transportation funding is a big question
Is this a perfect piece of legislation? NO, absolutely not. There is 52% transit investments, 48% road infrastructure investment. Are there some flaws with the bill. Likely, yes. However, there will always be people unhappy with things like this on both sides of the isles. Some think not enough roads, some think not enough transit.
The above is just my 2 cents.
Here are the places to vote early (you can vote this week monday-friday)
1) Dekalb County: Downtown DEcatur, 330 W Ponce De Leon Rm A;
2) Fulton County: North fulton Goverment Annex, 7741 Roswell Rd, Suite
232, Sandy Springs (8:30-5PM); South Fulton Government Anex, 5600
Stonewall Tell Rd, room 108, College Park
Forward this email on to your friends. Its flagrantly biased, and pro-yes vote. However, I dont think the status quo is a good option and I want to see this city improve and succeed.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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