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For those of you who wanted to know how much this cost the taxpayers:
"The trip won’t cost Gwinnett taxpayers anything, said Joe Sorenson, the county’s communications director. Masino said much of the cost is being paid for by Chinese hosts. The chamber also is pitching in, and some delegates are paying their own way for part of the trip".
Of course, what is NOT included in his statement is the fact that Gwinnett County gives taxpayer dollars to the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. So if we give money to the Chamber and the Chamber pitches in to pay for Nash's trip, it doesn't cost the taxpayers anything for Nash's trip? Can Joe Sorenson and Nick Masino please explain how this is a true statement?
I agree with you Dave. Just because Tony Powell is opposed to 737s at Briscoe, his ethical standards are attacked. Can someone please explain any REAL ethical complaints against Tony? I have never heard any that were credible. Once again, those who support forcing taxpayers to bear the responsibility of operating a commercial airport in the event that it fails, will not explain their position. If history is any indicator, the odds of failure are very high. Because those who support 737s at Briscoe do not have any real facts on their side and refuse to answer questions from concerned taxpayers, they attack those who are concerned about taxpayer liability and threats to home values and quality of life. None of the questions have been answered. Instead of attacking Tony, does MissDaisyCook care to answer questions about the claimed 20,000 jobs, or how home values will be increased, or why soundproofing is a home improvement, or why Propeller can make this a success when no one else ever has and Propeller has no experience operating an airport ?
Why is it that anyone opposed to the airport is not open minded? If those of you who are for 737s at Briscoe are so open minded, why won't you answer any questions about why the taxpayers should be forced to assume the risk for this "privatized" venture? Since no airport has ever been successfully privatized under this program, why should we take this risk now? The same people who sold us the Braves Stadium, Collins Hill Gold Course and the trash plan are the same ones pushing this folly. Where are your facts about how this will raise home values? Where are your facts about how this will not have any impact on the schools in the immediate area of the airport? Where are your facts about how soundproofing in homes are considered home improvements? Where are your facts that a commercial airport is more beneficial to home values than the apartments that Paula Hastings is so worried about?
This is GREAT news, but let's hope this is not like the federal stimulus program. How much did the taxpayers pay per job created? How much have the taxpayers given to Partnership Gwinnett and how many jobs did they create or save?
I'm sure no one is surprised that none of the airport supporters answered the questions. They have no credible explanation for continuing to push this white elephant project. They have been using the same lame explanations they used for the trash plan, the Braves Stadium and the Collins Hill Golf Course. The only problem is that if they get this passed, it will be worse than all of the other taxpayer ripoffs combined.
Mike Beaudreau touts his accomplishments on his campaign website:
Mike believes that homeowners have a right to expect that their property values and neighborhoods will not suffer from zoning and development decisions that are inappropriate for their communities. For example, the Lake Lucerne-Five Forks Trickum Road Gas Station, zonings off Oleander Road, West Park Place, and Grayson-New Hope Road have all been turned down.
Hey Mike: You take credit for saving the residents of Lilburn from the destruction to their property values and quality of life that would have been caused by a gas station. On the other hand, you refuse to explain to the residents of Lawrenceville and Dacula why their property values and quality of life are not as important as Brett Smith's commercial airport that will burden ALL taxpayers in the county if it fails.
Do any Beaudreau supporters care to explain why a gas station is more harmful than a commercial airport?
... and while I'm asking questions that airport supporters will never answer, would someone please tell me why it is so much worse for a board member of Fly Gwinnett Forward to have to live near an apartment than it is for others to have to live next to a commercial airport?
Because the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has received millions of taxpayer dollars for economic development, why don’t they provide us with details of the economic impact in Gwinnett County that has resulted from their trips to China? Don't taxpayers have a right to know?
If supporters of commercial service at Briscoe have the facts on their side, why do they refuse to answer the most basic questions about their position?
For people who claim they want the facts, the silence is deafening when we ask them to provide facts to support their position.
I would like to know how other readers feel about economic development near their own home.
Which would you rather have built near your neighborhood:
b.) A Commercial Airport
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