The Daily "Post" - June 6, 2012 - Privatization would have been beneficial

"In today's economy, Gwinnett needs JOBS! The BOC obviously has no conception of the reality of current county needs. The privatization would of have benefited local residents and improved the county's current needs. "

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R 3 years, 4 months ago

WOW another fan of Solyndra !! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solyndra_loan_controversy

             Jobs Jobs Jobs 
      Rocking in Atlanta at Tattletails
                  Crazy Horse

Dance for me, I'll keep you overemployed

             Jobs Jobs Jobs 
     Friday night and I need a fight
             Jobs Jobs Jobs

    (Sorry MOTLEY CRUE)

See ya in Bloomberg country Brett!


rco1847 3 years, 4 months ago

Whoever wrote this hasn't studied the matter. Privatization of otherwise government entities has been more of a political ideology than a business success. In many cases privatizing hides a path to corporate welfare, tax breaks, revenue diversion, taxpayer subsidies and bailouts. When there is blood in the water the sharks are the first on the scene and they're not after a win / win result.

Some people may think Briscoe Field is open for drug smuggling to Gwinnett. Is that your business plan?

Maybe you and others should privatize the county jail. It's seems your credentials are better suited for that. Call Shirley and she'll show you the ropes.

Maybe the author(s) of this comment are proud of the commissioners - ( 3 now )- who've recently resigned-in-disgrace. We know we can't trust them and I doubt we should trust the people they wanted to do business with.

Your opening comment insults the will and wisdom of all the people who worked in opposition and I dare say we did a service for the entire county including District #1 which sent us the last two commissioners who were forced to resign.

Privatizing does not enhance competittiveness, efficiency, or standards. If anything goes wrong they cry "government intrustion" and demand less regulation and oversite. That's the history which brought us debacles like Enron, Wall Street, Mortgage Banking failures, bank closures, salmonella contaminated peanut butter, mining disasters, failed meat inspections, the BP oil spill and Pink Slime. Your comment is - like the author - a failure.


Mack711 3 years, 4 months ago

Sounds Like Teepee or Teelee wrote this comment tha appears at the heading of this article.


KarinD 3 years, 4 months ago

RCO1847--glad to see someone else has been paying attention. Privatization would NOT have been beneficial-- ask anyone what "chasing smokestack economics" is and that's what we had here. Not to mention-- did it ever occur to you that those people who would be hired aren't those currently unemployed locally? Did it occur to you that our properties have already been devalued by significant amounts of money and we can't recover those losses easily? Propeller had two years to come up with a useful and usable proposal and they failed to do so...I couldn't be happier about this turn of events. We aren't L.A. or New York and can't support this right now, and I don't think another Gwinnett Braves field fiasco is what this county needs, either.


roaads1 3 years, 4 months ago

This isn't gone, just set aside for now. It will come to a vote eventually by the citizens of Gwinnett. I don't care either way but I'm betting that will happen.


Dubbin 3 years, 4 months ago

More money skimming politicians will get elected and try to screw the taxpayer again - just like they tried to this time. My hope is that people remain vigilent.


gordon7 3 years, 4 months ago

The detail left out of every discussion regarding privatization and commercialization was this: How would the 65,000 residents within a couple of miles of Briscoe's runways be compensated for their lowered quality of life and property values?

To ignore this problem, or to just pass it off as, "They moved near an airport." was just nonsense. It was like saying, 'You moved near a convenience store. You shouldn't complain when it turns into a mall." The notion that jets today don't make any noise was plain silly.

Would an expanded airport be beneficial to Gwinnett residents other than those near Briscoe? Who knows, but throwing the citizens of Dacula and Lawrenceville under the bus was not the way to proceed.

....and then there was that very offensive campaign led by proponents to portray opponents as ignorant, hysterical, and worse. That was probably not the best tactic either.


Jackson 3 years, 4 months ago

Every person I’ve heard express worry over having small airliners flying over their houses lives nowhere near an approach (actual flight path) for such classes of aircraft. Modern engines and noise abatement procedures were of no consideration for those with the “Chicken Little” mentality and their emotional hysteria is based on pure ignorance and exaggeration.

Now that the future development of LZU as a viable resource has been declared dead, maybe now they can get on with closing the airport and proceeding with plans to redevelop the airport property for low income housing projects.


gordon7 3 years, 4 months ago

@Jackson...I live 1.4 miles from Briscoe's runway and I grew up near an airport. I know what jets sound like and I know how the government ended up taking care of noise abatement in my parents' neighborhood. Again, trying to paint opponents as hysterical and ignorant was not the best way to proceed.


R 3 years, 4 months ago

Without a real factual comeback, or stating outright for the record that “the few must suffer for the good of the whole”. There is NO other approach but attempting to discredit and deflect remaining.


CD 3 years, 4 months ago

@ roaads1: as contractions of a birthing mother increase in both frequency and veracity, I agree that this is not the end; more is to come and the Heathens, cloaked in Republican red, will fight even more vigilantly for their rightful 100% of all available wealth.

The citizens will have a choice, too: roll over or fight. It looks like they will collectively fight. It has been quite a while since I have witnessed anything so blatantly criminal as the Briscoe expansion proposal.

The citizens are waking up and they know those on the BOC that wanted this and hopefully those two individuals will receive their just reward: a pink slip.


DaveEmanuel 3 years, 4 months ago

The core problems with the Briscoe Field privatization effort are that the true projected economic impact isn't known, the true projected environmental impact isn't known and the true feelings of a majority of the citizens isn't known. That hasn't stopped people on both sides of the issue from acting as if they had all the answers. The fact that they don't, won't stop chatter about privatization. If nothing else, every campaign season for the next few years, at least one candidate will claim, "My opponent plans to privatize the airport".

The BOC did the right thing by voting against privatization because they didn't have enough valid information to even consider voting in favor of it. But until airport privatization is competently researched and the information formally presented, and the issue is decided by the voters, my bet is that this political football is going to be kicked around for quite a few years.


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