GREGORY MARSHALL, MARIETTA
Labels keep politicians from solving problems
Major news issues are typically described in terms of Republicans versus Democrats. This is misleading. These issues are typically between those who give top priority to money (“capitalists”) and those who give top priority to people (“populists”). Obviously, both money and people are important. Both are almost always involved in any major issue. When debates over major issues are framed as Democrats versus Republicans, however, emotions run high. Resolution of those issues can range from difficult to impossible, since neither party will endorse the other. Debates between populists and capitalists, however, could explore the potential impact of a decision in terms of money and people, without party doctrine. With some issues, the impact on people will be given priority. On other issues, the monetary impact will be more important. Either way, the impact on people and money will be compared directly, so decisions can be derived rationally, rather then emotionally based on party loyalty.
BILL FOKES, BRASELTON
No, AJC, not every MARTA opponent is a racist
Your coverage of the Gwinnett MARTA vote implies that anyone voting “no” is a racist.
I disagree, because the deal with MARTA is fiscally irresponsible. In the contract, it states 29 percent of the tax money will go to MARTA in the first six years; then, after year seven and beyond, the money will go to MARTA to be utilized by them for whatever they see fit. Any change will have to be renegotiated by Gwinnett and by MARTA. There is no guarantee MARTA will extend the subway into Gwinnett. With no abrogation clause, why would MARTA negotiate? I have seen the boondoggle the Gwinnett Braves and Cool-Ray Stadium brought to the county – both big money losers – and I believe the MARTA project will be right along those same lines.
In addition, increasing the sales tax, the most regressive tax, will hurt the working poor and young families.
WILLIAM MONEIT, PEACHTREE CORNERS