jwcush 3 years, 1 month ago on OUR VIEW: HOT lanes hot button for road tax

I will forever vote no on SPLOST type taxes. We need to start living within our means. People need to take responsibility for the unintended consequences of their decisions. Decisions like where to buy or rent a house need to be well thought out. Most people make those decisions too casually. Many make how much house can I get for my money as the prime decision point. They forget about time and cost of commute - now and in the future. I do not want local, state or federal government telling me hoe to live my life or spend my money. I am OK with the HOT lanes except for the fact that they are projected to run at a loss and thus be subsidized by the taxpayer anyway. Price the lanes to be a break even and if they can't be then get rid of them.


jwcush 3 years, 1 month ago on Occupy Atlanta protestors set up shop in foreclosed Snellville home

While I feel for the owners they did try to scam the system. A police officer should have more common sense than to put his house in jeopardy by stop paying the mortgage that he ahd the means to pay. As to the protesters, they should be immediately removed from the property. The sheriff could be viewed as dragging his feet since this is a police officer. That needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Our house is underwater but the reality is that is only a problem if I am looking to sell it. My hope is that by the time I want or need to do so the housing market will have recovered. I never put my family in a position that I have had to rely on the equity in my house to live. Financial and personal responsibility need to be taught to all generations. I am not part of either the 1% or the 99%.