Online responses to last week's issue, which featured "Secession fever" by Scott Henry, "Edgar's top 5 North American beers" by Lee Valentine Smith and "Digital playground" by Mosi Reeves.
Good riddance to the inbred, conservative enclaves of Alpharetta, Roswell and Sandy Springs. I hope MARTA pulls up the tracks that the suburbanites use to come into Fulton. Hopefully Milton will choke on their own car exhaust in their plastic houses on their isolated cul-de-sacs. Perhaps Fulton will put up a toll booth at every road that leads from Milton into Fulton. Only Milton County residents would be charged of course. Enjoy your exclusivity up there. Feel so special now?
I understand how Milton would still be responsible for partially funding MARTA, but can someone explain why they would be responsible for Grady? Is Grady a major outstanding debt or is it a yearly expense?
-- Brian Stoddard
North Fulton is crawling with conservatives, right?
Aren't they the ones who say: If you don't like America, get out? Well if those folks don't like Fulton County, why don't they move to the lily white, wealthy, conservative county of their choice? We might miss their tax dollars, but not them.
But the idea that they can just take the part of the County that they want is ridiculous - again, can you imagine the suggestion of applying the same philosophy to our country?
Wow "American", you really hate the North Fulton area for some reason, not sure why?
As someone who has lived here for 30 years, I can certainly tell you how much the unincorporated areas in North Fulton were ignored while money flowed into South Fulton.
That's a primary reason for the formation of new cities in this area, we were tired of being ignored by Fulton County. We paid the same proportion of taxes as the rest of the county, but we didn't feel that we benefited as much.
I don't really appreciate being called inbred, and I doubt that many of the folks that moved here from other areas of the country would like it either.
Next time, why don't you make an educated statement and back up your opinion with some reasoning.
It's sad that the 13th Amendment, the Civil War and the Freedom Riders are all part of the distant past yet some people try to view every issue through the prism of race.
I'm talking to you 'American' and Alex. It's not an issue of lily white vs brown skin. The color that really matters here is green. And the people who live in N. Fulton are tired of paying out their hard-earned $$ and getting little in return.
Grow up people; let go of the past and embrace the 21st century.
Sad But True
"You can paint a turd, but it's still a turd." The unfortunate part is we are paying for the paint! It is time Shirley Franklin and South Atlanta start chipping in.
Hold it, Jethro
How is it that north Fulton gets so little from the county, dare I ask, and that Atlanta and south Fulton get so much? Whenever I drive through North Fulton I see perfectly well-kept streets and schools (run by the county--how about that new one with the fountain out front?), not stuff I see to the same degree in south Fulton. Is it just that you want even more money to keep your part of the county looking spic-and-span?
It's easy to make the issue appear lopsided when you only focus on one element of the county provides.
The population growth rate in North Fulton is such that those new schools were required and many are already overcrowded. The school system (run by the county) went over budget on many of the projects, yet another reason that this area desires more control over how money is spent. South Fulton should be asking the same questions, but they don't to the same extent that North Fulton residents do.
Many of the "well-kept" streets that you are referring to are maintained by the cities they are in, not the county. Feel free to take a drive through the majority of Milton and let me know if you still think our streets have been maintained as well by Fulton County as you believe.
We don't want more money, a common misconception, we just want a say in how the money is spent.
Another ITP, OTP Story
Travis, that's absolutely right. Milton, Alpharetta, and so-forth are well kept because our local, not county, property taxes are paying to keep the place looking good. This shouldn't be a liberal, conservative, left, right issue. An awful lot of money is being paid into the system in North Fulton and it's incredibly apparent there is a major distribution imbalance.
Having lived in New England and Central Florida, to come into an area that has such wealth, go visit our Fulton libraries, they're a disgrace. Most of the books are out of date, out of print, and they are few and far between. When the Orange County Public Library System (part of Greater Orlando area) has a way better system, it certainly makes me wonder where our tax dollars go.
A Novel approach...
How about we eliminate counties altogether? Then each city could continue doing what they're doing with roads, schools, etc. in regards to spending their money on improvement.
Sounds crazy and would take a lot of legislation, but it makes sense.
Really who care's?
When I am trying to get food on the table and keep the heat on who cares whether your school has brick on it. Most kids up there go to private schools anyway. Who cares if your street has 4, 5 pot holes in it when my street has sewage spewing out of it. Who cares if you can't donate computers to your school when my school has metal detectors and police locking kids up for fist fights?
Who cares if they secede, so what the money they talk about isn't going into south Fulton either it's going into the pockets of the politicians. Don't blame the less fortunate blame YOUR elected officials. Since "we don't vote anyway" you are the ones who put these people into office. But really who cares....
EDGAR'S TOP 5
From the Land of sky-blue water...which is supposedly also Milwaukee, Wi, have you ever been there, the waters aren't so sky blue, but the beer is good.
Not even available in Georgia
Looking over this list, the only substantial brew on the list is NOT EVEN AVAILABLE IN GEORGIA. Therefore, including Fort Collins Chocolate Stout is a waste of time. Since there ARE plenty of quality brews available here (thanks in no small part to the legislation of a year or 2 ago permitting the sale of high-gravity beers), including many good stouts, it'd make all kinds of sense to include of those instead. Some excellent choices include the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter.
Overall, a pretty weak list, considering that the other 4 are pale macro beers.
-- Rich Pearlstein
great observations, mr. pearlstein. and how was your last album? everyone knows beer is best served in cans. oh, and i believe you're looking for the 'food & drink' section.
What a stupid list. Has this dumbass ever even HAD a good beer? Besides the obscure first choice, the others are shitcan american lagers.
a little help with "where to go." Unfortunately, because of these services, I may never buy an actual CD or record ever again. But this also opens the doors to stuff you may not have otherwise actually SEEN in the stores.
And, personally, e-Music is a rip-off. There are very few choices, even the most popular stuff is not in their catalog. They could not pay me to use them again.
what's a download?
Never "downloaded" a song and never will. As a true vinyl lover, I can find all the music I care to listen to online (artists who care about the quality of "their sound" will release their music on vinyl) at the hundreds of online vinyl record shops that dot the Internet landscape. And what exactly do you get with your download? Do you get an album cover that was deliberately designed to add substance to the music? Lyrics to follow along with to understand the artist's feelings? A physical object you can hold? No offense, I'll stay with what I feel is the best medium for music, the vinyl record. www.collectingvinylrecords.com
-- Robert Benson
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