Need A Coming Out Party On The Issues

Spear Road Guy's picture

The "Don't ask, don't tell" policy needs to be challenged in the District 72 race.

Admittedly, there is a short window of opportunity because the election is 18 Dec 07. But if some of the information I've been given is correct, and I'm checking it out with my Republican Party connections, Matt Ramsey has, in the words of Ricky Ricardo, a lot of "splaining" to do.

We need to have an election forum, so concerned citizens can ask Candidate Ramsey about the TDK issue.

Candidate Brown made it clear he won't support local legislation to get TDK moving, but I want to hear the same from Candidate Ramsey. There's a good reason for this.

I'll let you know if the information a local real estate agent gave me is valid in the short term.

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Submitted by cogitoergofay on Sat, 12/01/2007 - 9:19pm.

I start with the proposition that not only is development constitutionally protected, but is indeed valuable and vital in some instances. Development involves choices of timing and location. I also start with the proposition that high levels of continued, intense development in and around PTC is a fair subject of debate, with both proponents and opponents.

I also concede the bias that I am one of those people that believes that it remains fairly likely that TDK will increase the traffic problems in PTC and reduce the tax base. Moreover, the recently unveiled 10,000 person development planned right outside PTC if TDK is built will make the negative impact of TDK substantially worse. Again, these are my facts.

So, a reader must first ask “Do I support TDK?”

Logsdon kept two campaign promises: (1) that he would pay off the tennis center loan and (2) that he would support construction of TDK. Numerous other politicians made completion of the road a top priority. State Senator Seabaugh has expended considerable effort to build this road.

Matt Ramsey is a young lawyer, two years out of law school who graduated from a local high school. He moved back to Fayette several years ago. He works for Doug Warner, a lawyer who represents numerous business clients, banks, development authorities and utilities. He was a member of the Development Authority during the tennis center and bank loan chapters. He also represents developer Joel Cowan.

Ramsey has a vague website which says, in part, “…I intend to work with the DOT and the members of the Georgia General Assembly to remove bureaucratic road blocks that hinder the timely completion of vital infrastructure projects.” Conspicously absent is any mention of WHAT road projects have been “blocked”. Also, is Ramsey suggesting that the state government, with a Republican Governor and a Republic State Senate and Republican House is unduly bureaucratic? Is he not criticizing the performance of his own party?

Supporters of Ramsey complain that bloggers speculate as to his stance on TDK, development and other issues. But with the vagueness of this website, the absence of any statements and the absence of any on line comments, we are left to speculation to decide how to vote.

With no choice, I too am left to speculation. I would suggest that Attorney Warner and his clients are most assuredly in favor of TDK. There can be no dispute. The fact that clearly established participants in the development business have contributed to Ramsey confirms this, at least in part. The suggestion that there is a “bureaucratic road block” must mean GRTA’s insistence that TDK be 4 lane or not at all. Seabaugh, Logsdon and Westmoreland have mustered enough money for 2 lanes but not 4. Thus, there is no doubt in my mind that Ramsey is for TDK and this is what he means.

What concerns me more about Ramsey than Logsdon is that his career depends on making Warner and his clients happy. If TDK does not go through, Logsdon may lose a couple of friends. Ramsey may lose his job. This is the antithesis of the independence that was the hallmark of Dan Lakly.

Ramsey will be more of the Logsdon agenda. Perhaps a majority of PTC want this but I do not.

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Sun, 12/02/2007 - 4:58pm.

What Moses was trying to say in 3 volumes is that Ramsey being committed to TDK is a no brainer. There is about much chance that Ramsey will turn his back on TDK as there is in him dropping a Day One bill for queer marriages.

You often weep over your bad decision to vote for Harold. If you vote for Ramsey, your disappointment will be so deep, you’ll need counseling and stiff meds.

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Submitted by the_assassin on Sat, 12/01/2007 - 1:42pm.

Spear Road Guy and Mike King, open your EYES!

This is from this Wedensday's article on The Citizen. Especially note the last sentence in bold:

All of the candidates indicated they oppose the previously-proposed extension of TDK Boulevard into Coweta County. Ramsey noted that TDK was a prime example of state government interfering with local governments making appropriate decisions.

Ramsey was referring to the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority’s requirement that TDK be built as a condition of approval for the 3,000-plus home McIntosh Village development in unincorporated Coweta County just across Line Creek from Peachtree City.

Ramsey said he strongly opposes “mandates by state agencies and interference by state bureaucrats or lawmakers into our local community’s decision making.”

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Sat, 12/01/2007 - 9:22pm.

What I believe Ramsey was referring to was that he didn’t like GRTA imposing any conditions on the 3,000+ home development, not that he was against building TDK.

Ramsey would rather Coweta be able to build whatever they want and then force PTC/Fayette County to build TDK to support it.

Wait and see what happens to Lake McIntosh when Coweta County drops their lines in it. Even though Fayette County is paying for the lake Ramsey will be in favor of letting Coweta use it. After all, it is on their border and will most likely encompass some of there land.

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Submitted by the_assassin on Sat, 12/01/2007 - 10:52pm.

What part of opposing "interference from state bureaucrats or lawmakers into our community's decision making" don't you understand?

Maybe Ramsey's TOO Republican for the likes of you!

After all, your boy Steve Brown is a district-voting supporter in Republican's clothing.

BTW you know JACK 'bout Coweta. They just opened up a NEW RESERVIOR. They just need the sew-ah to kick growth into high gear!!!

Submitted by johenry on Sat, 12/01/2007 - 8:49pm.

Ok, Matt Ramsey said he doesn't like the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, who does? What about TDK?

Like I said in another thread, anyone who has Bob Lenox, Fred Brown and Joel Cowan on their side is about to blindside the people of this city. They got behind Logsdon and look at what he's done to us.

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Submitted by Git Real on Sat, 12/01/2007 - 1:54pm.

Ramsey said he strongly opposes “mandates by state agencies and interference by state bureaucrats or lawmakers into our local community’s decision making.

Well Assassin. That's certainly not something he learned from his mentor Mitch 'The Traitor' Seabaugh, Westmoreland, or any of the other company Lawyer Ramsey keeps.

Believing Ramsey's 'toe tapping' denials on TDK and other development issues is about as believable as Senator Larry Craig stating that his 'toe tapping' episode among a bunch of toilet gays was coincidental. If he wasn't for TDK then he wouldn't be supported by all those who are.

Now stop peeing on our feet and trying to tell us that it's raining. Smiling

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Submitted by the_assassin on Sat, 12/01/2007 - 2:14pm.

When people go to slinging mud, they have no good argument against your viewpoint.

Lumping Ramsey in with Westmoreland is ATROCIOUS. What are his connections to Westmoreland huh?

Doubt you'll answer this with little more than your own version of "toe-tapping." You're so defensive I'm starting to wonder if you aren't an awful lot like the former PTC Mayor Brown.

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Submitted by Git Real on Sat, 12/01/2007 - 2:50pm.

I apologize. I erred when I called him mangy (Westmoreland). The rest I'll stick with. Let's see now.... Puzzled ....that makes me only 96.3% right. Well excuuuse me. Smiling

Now you're comparing me to Steve Brown. Well... I'll have you know that I've been called a whole lot worse by a whole lot better. Evil

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Submitted by the_assassin on Sat, 12/01/2007 - 10:56pm.

Thanks for admitting the error. I make enough faux pas on my own without rubbing it in ;)-

Being like Steve Brown isn't a bad thing. Got to admire him for sticking his neck out there.

Since we seem to agree on Westmoreland's manginess, why in the Hades doesn't somebody get him out of office (hint, hint: run for Lt Gov, run Lynn!).

Republicans who voted his butt back into office on his do-nothing record should be ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES!!!!

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Submitted by Mike King on Fri, 11/30/2007 - 7:42pm.

Give us, your neighbors and fellow citizens, some definitive statement regarding the TDK extension. I, for one, believe that creating what will amount to a four-lane thouroughfare encompassing Crosstown Road and Ebenezer Road with the included traffic lights disecting our city will ultimately drain the lifeblood from what I believe Peachtree City to be.
Notwithstanding, the fact that we have a substantial elementary school children attending Oak Grove that would be subjected to the traffic encumberance experienced throughout the north side of Atlanta metro. I simply am not convinced that the TDK extension will end at Hwy 74--We both know that once extended, the next step will be to continue it straight ahead to Hwy 54 so that those in Coweta County can traverse to Fayetteville with relative ease.
What about the homeowners along this route--Would their property values be hurt? Surely you see this, and please tell me that you will do what is necessary to prevent it in spite of the GRTA ruling.

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