LETTERS: I'm saying 'no' to TSPLOST

I'm voting "no" on the T-SPLOST as it now stands in the referendum on July 31. A "yes" vote would tie us to an antiquated transportation system based on a technology, the automobile, that is over 100 years old and still nothing more than a box with four wheels and a motor.

We need something more than a "band-aid." We need radical surgery on our ailing transportation system. We need new ideas, new techniques and new approaches to the problem of traffic congestion.

It is a form of insanity to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. Let's encourage the innovators, entrepreneurs, creative guys and dolls out there that can come up with something new for a change.

To give billion of dollars and 10 years to building new roads and rails without an eye on a new approach to congestion would be like buying more "rope" to build bigger and more complicated "knots." And the knots would still be there 10 years from now.

-- Robbie Parker

Sugar Hill


Jan 3 years, 2 months ago

I love your sentiments. It is unfortunate that voters have proven to be very short sighted. They seem to be unable to look more than two years into the past or the future when choosing a side in an issue. Most listen to the most prevalent rhetoric, i.e. the side with the most money for ads, and choose their vote.Your ideas require planning and innovation, things rarely found among politicians except when it comes to getting elected.

PS You should have included "internal combustion" with motor, the primary source of automotive power for over 100 years.


dentaldawg83 3 years, 2 months ago

agree with you, but for vastly different reasons. Local politicians have proven over and over they can't be trusted and this vote is no different. they have constructed some regional layer of government to do this. I personally think this is, or should be illegal, in that there is no recourse if my county (Gwinnett) votes it down, but the 'yes" vote is a majority othwise, this is forced on citizens of Gwinnett. I can't comprehend that Cobb County, or the City of Atlanta can usurp Gwinnett's resources without our permission. I thought only the state or fed govts could do that. As far as the promises that growth will come from this, nope. still a resounding no from me.


gordon7 3 years, 2 months ago

I disagree, though I see your point and understand it....even sympathize with it. However, to do nothing right now sends a terrible message to businesses thinking of locating here. It says, "Atlanta is not willing to invest in improving its traffic problems."

I don't think any plan will be completely satisfactory to everyone. My main objection to the TSPLOST plans are that so much funding will go to the frivolous belt line trolley. That's the grain of salt I take for wanting interchanges and improvements on 85 and 316. My preference would have been rail lines paralleling 85 , 75 and 285.

But to do nothing is just illogical.


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