I am an admitted suburbanite. But I have an affinity and affection for Atlanta, and want to be proud of it.
I recently enjoyed some of the amenities downtown Atlanta offers, but the enjoyment was mitigated due to the deplorable road conditions. The bone-jarring trip was a wake-up call — literally and figuratively. I had no idea how our city’s transportation infrastructure had declined.
I realize Atlanta perhaps has more urgent issues to tackle. However, the way a supposedly great city physically presents itself has a bearing on perception — and investment — by outsiders. I hope that new leadership will find funds through more effective management policies ... and other means to resurrect the “pothole posse,” and at least attempt to make the deplorable roads drivable.
Michael L. Shaw, Stone Mountain
Brother’s bad situation could have been avoided
My brother recently had a debilitating stroke. Having worked full time as a security guard for the same company for many years, he had no health coverage or sick time and no vacation. That he managed to work and support himself is a story in itself, as he has a developmental disability. That he is now debilitated is a failure of our health system. His situation, which now requires Medicaid and Social Security disability, could have been avoided with regular, preventative health checks, and medication to control his blood pressure. The public option would have cost far less to my brother, family and taxpayers than the result of its absence.
Betsy Vonk, Lawrenceville
Democrats are putting themselves out on a limb
While Democrats press on with their health care reform bill, they should ask themselves three questions. Since this effort is overwhelmingly a Democratic-led effort, are they willing to absorb the blame that will begin in 12 to 18 months, as people realize they’re being charged for something they won’t yet be able to receive? Will they be able to handle the criticism from the inevitable goof-ups, like the H1N1 vaccination shortage? Do they realize the risk of becoming a permanent minority party over the fact that the program won’t deliver as promised? Once their program fails to deliver (and it will), voters will seek revenge.
The assumption by the Democrats that passing health care will lead to a generation in power is only valid if they deliver something better than we have now.
Gary O’Neill, Marietta