I was impressed with Barry Paschal’s column on anonymity in the March 7 News-Times. I agree wholeheartedly.
I was not impressed with Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross’ column in the March Endless Opportunities newsletter, regarding actions being taken by a Cobb County group in Atlanta to have funds transferred from the item for which they were approved.
Cross should not throw stones without first checking his own mirror. Several years ago, the state provided funds for the improvement of Flowing Wells Road. The county decided to take those funds and use it in the Greenbrier High School area. We were told it was done to improve the traffic flow in that area. I know the traffic in that area has been helped, and I am happy for that. In the years since then, several other new roads have been constructed in the county.
The Flowing Wells Road area, on the other hand, has been left to suffer with nothing more than a new layer of asphalt and some new traffic lines. These have done nothing to relieve the traffic problems for the area residents.
Don’t get me wrong; we are very happy that at least we did get that. The Flowing Wells project is listed in the projected SPLOST. It is so far down the list that the current residents will probably never see the project get done if the county keeps moving the funds to areas not yet under development.
I realize that development is important, but taking care of all the citizens who have been paying taxes for many years, (more than 35 for me), is also important.
Gary L. Vahrenwald