Full Speed Ahead

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Damn the tax­pay­ers of Ge­or­gia, full speed ahead! “Damn the tor­pe­does! Full speed ahead!” Ad­mi­ral David Far­ragut’s leg­endary quote as he in­vaded Mo­bile Bay dur­ing the Civil War seems to be the motto of our elected of­fi­cials in the Ge­or­gia World Congress Cen­ter.

This past week our leg­is­la­tors voted unan­i­mously to ap­prove a deal for a new down­town sta­dium for the At­lanta Fal­cons.

The new sta­dium is pro­jected to cost be­tween $948 mil­lion to just over $1 bil­lion.

As we have stated ear­lier be­fore in this space, if Arthur Blank and the NFL are not sat­is­fied with the cur­rent more than ad­e­quate Ge­or­gia Dome, then they should use their own money to build a sta­dium. Then they can fur­ther fill their pock­ets with cold hard cash, since this pro­posed sta­dium is cer­tainly not go­ing to fill the pock­ets of the tax­pay­ers of this state.

This is not a project that the ci­ti­zens of Ge­or­gia need to be tak­ing on at this time, as we are all fac­ing the largest tax in­creases in the na­tion’s his­tory. We hardly need a ad­di­tional tax that will ben­e­fit no one ex­cept Arthur Blank and the NFL and pos­si­bly, way down the road, the city of At­lanta.

We re­quest you chal­lenge your elected of­fi­cials on this as re­cently the gov­er­nor ap­pointed our lo­cal se­na­tor as one of his leg­isla­tive floor lead­ers.

If you think we don’t need this pro­posed and now fast­tracked sta­dium, con­tact your lo­cal leg­is­la­tors and let them know.

We don’t need to pay one penny of tax to in­sure the legacy of Arthur Blank, we love the Fal­cons but not at any cost.

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