Rick Laupus 
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Re: “Reed: No way Braves would have stayed without costing taxpayers 'hundreds of millions of dollars'

Now we have 2 stadiums that won't be used. Build 'em up, tear 'em down. I think my loyalties just shifted. The Braves can go wherever they want. They just told thousands of loyal Atlanta fans to go _____ themselves. I am most happy to return the favor. Please join me in boycotting Braves games at Turner field and on TV.

Oh, and by the way, maybe they can be replaced by one of Mayor Reed's favorite stores, a great big Wal-Mart. Lots of parking there for the taking.

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Posted by Rick Laupus on 11/11/2013 at 2:28 PM

Re: “CL's picks for Atlanta City Council

I can understand how you might have mistakenly endorsed Carla Smith. There's a lot to be said for the progress of Grant Park as a desirable neighborhood. If trickle-down economics is your model for improving the district, then by all means endorse and vote for Carla. But it should be noted, and noted strongly, that there is an ugly underbelly to her story and it is this: Only a few neighborhoods have benefited from her 12 years on City Council, primarily, those neighborhoods near her own.

Carla Smith's district remains largely poor, laying claim to the highest poverty and unemployment rate of any district in the city. Statistically, crime rates in District 1 have not improved since she took office in 2001. She's made no effort to solve the blight of vacant housing save her no-brainer vote for Obama's Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Attract meaningful business development? There's a laugh. Most of her district has to travel miles just to go to grocery store. As for the Wal-Mart on Glenwood Avenue, for the majority of district residents it's not even relevant. Either they don't care or would welcome it for the jobs it might create. Indeed, it is highly likely that the reason she came to the table with too little, too late was her long standing (campaign contrbution) relationship with the developer, Fuqua, and his lawyers. And, while we're talking pay-to-play, how many millions in no-bid contracts did her campaign contributor, Republic Waste Services, get from ordinances introduced by Councilmember Smith?

If this sounds little like a third world country, it's because that's what District 1 essentially is. It's time we had a representative for the rest of us. Unfortunately, your editorial endorsement provides little insight into the parts of the district Carla Smith would like to forget (and has). Your readers and District 1 voters deserve better.

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Posted by Rick Laupus on 10/31/2013 at 12:50 PM

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